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October 25, 2012 - Patient Living, Joyful Life

By Doug Clay

Don't you wish the world was a perfect place? Someone gave me these definitions of a perfect world:

Chocolate would have no calories.

Procrastination would be honored as a virtue.

Teenagers would rather clean their rooms than talk on the phone.

Politicians would pay us taxes.

Children on trips would say, "Isn't riding in the car fun?" and then they'd go to sleep.

Men would go through childbirth.

OK, I'm not sure about that last one. The fact is, we don't live in a perfect world, and that's why all of us need to grow in patience!

"Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly" (Proverbs 14:29, NIV).

Did you notice Solomon said it's not only wise to be patient, but it's foolish to be quick-tempered?

Here's the deal … you can't grow in patience without dealing with anger. After all, to be patient means to be slow to get angry. Anger is not wrong. God got angry and so did Christ! It's my belief God gave us the capacity to feel angry, but anger must be controlled and managed, and that's patience.

I really think people would be less likely to get angry and "fly off the handle" if they realized it was going to hurt them. Think about what uncontrolled anger causes …

Arguments: "A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel" (Proverbs 15:18).

Mistakes: "People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness" (Proverbs 14:29, NLT).

Regrets: "A quick-tempered person does foolish things, and a crafty man is hated" (Proverbs 14:17, NIV).

Family Feuds: "Those who bring trouble on their families inherit the wind. The fool will be a servant to the wise" (Proverbs 11:29, NLT).

Patience calms you down so you don't do or say something you regret. "A stupid man gives free reign to his anger; a wise man waits and lets it grow cool" (Proverbs 29:11, NEB).

So, patience is a pretty important virtue in life all of us can grow in to our benefit. Thankfully, God who is patient himself, has promised to help us in the gift of patience.

"May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus" (Romans 15:5, NLT).

Be patient … and make it a great day!

— Doug Clay is general treasurer of the Assemblies of God.

 

 

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