How to develop patience (2)

Jun 20, 2024

‘Whoever is patient has great understanding.’Proverbs 1 4:29 NIV

Patience begins by changing the way you view something. When you’re impatient, you have a narrow perspective. All you see is yourself: your needs, goals, schedule, desires, and the way people are messing up your life. Basically, the root of impatience is selfishness.

Try to see things from the other person’s point of view. If you want to succeed in marriage, learn to see life from your partner’s point of view. If you want to succeed as a parent, learn to see things from your child’s point of view. If you want to succeed in business, learn to see things from your customer’s point of view. If you want to be a successful employer, learn to see life from your employee’s point of view.

Try to discover why the other person feels as they do. If you never had to deal with irritations and interruptions, you would never develop patience. You must accept the truth that God is directing your steps, and that trust doesn’t require explanations. The Bible says, ‘The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?’ (Proverbs 20:24 NLT).

Patience is a mark of maturity. When babies don’t instantly get what they want, they get upset. Maturity includes the ability to wait, and to live with delayed gratification. ‘Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly’ (Proverbs 14:29 NIV).

A person of understanding and wisdom who learns to see life from another’s (and God’s) point of view, displays patience. So, pray and ask God to give you a new perspective on things.

SoulFood: Eze 43-45, Luke 1:39-56, Ps 139:1-6, Pro 15:25-27
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2024

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