PATIENCE, NOT DOMINANCE
“Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”
Have you ever had the kind of day when you got up on the wrong side of the bed and snapped over even the most minute issues or problems? The kind of day where you start to lose control by screaming or taunting others because of a slight misunderstanding, and then later regret your words and actions? With that regret comes the question: “Why did I even do that?”
We’ve all had that kind of day. This world trained us to think that the instinctive response to the things that grind our gears is to protect and defend ourselves: attack the other person and establish dominance.
King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, tells us a different story. He said that patience is better than impatience; losing an argument is better than losing a person or our credibility. Being watchful and reflective of what’s happening is better than an aggressive approach. Patience is our ability to remain calm during a stressful situation. Patience is a sign of wisdom and maturity.
We’ve all have bad days, but our response to difficult situations matters because it will always reflect our character and most especially our faith. It will save us from hurting people and would allow us to be an example to those who observe how we live.
The next time you are tempted to react to a situation: pause and pray. That will make a world of difference, and I guarantee that your day will end up so much better than how it started. Like the verse above, even if you are a mighty warrior capable of conquering a city, what will ultimately stand out is whether you are patient and temperate, keeping your self under God’s control rather than going amuck.
Pray today that God would grant you a self-controlled life, only possible through His grace. Let the Holy Spirit grant you the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control.