“The man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense” Proverbs 19:11.
According to the world, if insulted, the bigger man is the one who can give it back in the wittiest and weightiest way. But God says it is to a man’s glory to overlook an offense!
That takes patience, which is a product of wisdom, which God tells us He will give us if we ask without finding fault. But most of us don’t want to pray for patience because we know that God often gives us situations in which the fruit of patience will have opportunity to grow.
That’s just it; patience is a fruit of the Spirit that must grow in us, but one we’d rather not cultivate. We hope that life will go along so smoothly that we won’t have any reason to show patience. Then, when offended, we lash out as impatiently as the world, and the world would never be able to tell that we follow Christ.
Don’t have wisdom enough to pray for patience to grow in your life? Ask so you may receive so it can then be to your glory to overlook an offense! Then the world will glorify God as well.
Plattsburgh church of Christ
author of Kin of Cain
a Christian historical fantasy