The one who is patient calms a quarrel Proverbs 15:18
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1
“Tough words hurt. So my friend…struggled with how to respond to the criticism he received… I decided to see what Scripture…has to say about how to react to strong criticism. The book of James advises, ‘Everyone should be quick to listen , slow to speak and slow to become angry’ (1:19).” Patricia Raybon
The bible (or scripture as Patricia puts it) gives wonderful advice on how to approach relationships other than tips such as ‘let it go’. And although the Frozen song has gained much popularity, it may not be the easiest or greatest advice for the believer. Patricia shares several suggestions for her devotional readers this morning.
- Everyone should be quick to listen , slow to speak and slow to become angry James 1
- Live in harmony with one another Romans 12
- A gentle answer turns away wrath Proverbs 15
- The one who is patient calms a quarrel Proverbs 15
- The one who heeds correction gains understanding Proverbs 15
- Fear the Lord…Humility comes before hoonor Proverbs 15
All scripture and beautiful advice. But we should also look to the author and perfecter of our faith Jesus who in relationship with us was intensely patient. Patricia recalls a time when her friend is struggling with criticism. Jesus faced an even greater challenge: coming to a people who would reject him, deny him, abandon him, beat him and kill him. Yet He did so willingly… Why?
He did so because as proverbs 15:18 points out, “the one who is patient calms a quarrel”. He was patient with us and instead of leaving us to our own devices helpless before the wrath of God, He instead took our place and offered his life as payment for our quarrel with God. We had rejected God, pushed him out of our lives, refused to listen to him. Even in the midst of all that rejection, He loved us, sending his son to make a way for us to come home. Even though he had every right to correct us, punish us and give out acceptable payment, He saved us.
In light of the love and patience God has had for you, what type of patience might you display to others? How might the love of God change your life today?
Prayer of the day: “Dear God, when criticism strikes or a dispute hurts, guard my tongue in humble honor of You” and what your son Jesus Christ has done on my behalf.
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