How Patient Are You?

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Here’s a good word about patience from theologian and author Christopher J.H. Wright…

Patience also means forbearance with others.  It means putting up with the things other people do (or don’t do, when you wish they would).  It means that you make the effort to “bear with” other people, even when they irritate and annoy you, or worse.  Forbearance is when you choose to forgive people, rather than hold a grudge against them.  Forbearance is when you choose to overlook something that was hurtful or unkind, rather than fighting back with harsh words or making sure you get even with the one who did you wrong.  Forbearance is when you learn to be patient with others, mainly because you are very well aware of your own shortcomings and weaknesses.  It means you remember that other people are probably also having to be forbearing with you!

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2).

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