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Word4Today Daily Bible Devotional

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘Whoever is patient has great understanding.’ Proverbs 14:29 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 have a great relationship, learn to see life from the other person’s point of view. If you want to succeed as a team leader, learn to see things from your team’s point of view. If you want to succeed as a student, learn to see things from your teacher’s point of view. If you want to be a joyful Christian, learn to see life from God’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: Micah 1-4 John 19:1-16 Ps 12 Pro 31:1-5

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2024

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