Are you known as a patient person? Me neither. But I am learning. Slowly.
It merits mentioning that, when Paul describes Christ-like love, the adjective with which he chooses to begin is: patience.
What follows was written by Stephen & Alex Kendrick. Be encouraged. Be challenged.
When you choose to be patient, you respond in a positive way to a negative situation. You are slow to anger. You choose to have a long fuse instead of a quick temper. Rather than being restless and demanding, patience helps you settle down and begin extending mercy to those around you.
Patience brings an internal calm during an external storm.
No one likes to be around impatient people. Impatience overreacts in angry, foolish, regrettable ways. But the irony of impatience is that it spawns new wrongs of its own.
Patience takes a needed deep breath. It clears the air. It stops foolishness from whipping its scorpion tail all over the room.
Patience is a choice to control your emotions rather than allowing your emotions to control you. Patience stands in the doorway where anger is clawing to get in.
Patience is where love meets wisdom.
Few of us do patience well. And none of us do it naturally. But it’s a good starting point in demonstrating the love Christ asks of us in truly following him.
“People with patience control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.” – Proverbs 14:29