Proverbs 19:11, James 1:19 NIV 2011
A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
Remaining faithful to God’s guidance, the wise men of Proverbs pressed Israel to fear the Lord and live wisely. Those attributes led them toward God, away from worldly ways. Proverbs 14:29, “Whoever is patient has great understanding.” Proverbs 16:32, “Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes cities.” James wrote similar words to the church in Jerusalem. Examining his or her responses, they would speak through the prism of Christ. James 1:26, “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves.” God’s grace and forgiveness enables believers to prayerfully choose godly responses.
As a partner with Christ, I need to be a partner to others. He accepts me with all my faults. Thankfully He forgives me over and over again. That’s the model I need to use with others when I’m feeling frustrated or angry with them. The price He paid for my sins is more than I can ever repay. What I can do is be more forgiving to those around me. Say a quick arrow prayer before I lash out is a start. Daily I need to prayerfully reflect Jesus.
Who needs to receive forgiveness today?
Prayerfully choosing Jesus,