Words from the Heart for Friday July 24th, 2020
Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.
Proverbs 16:32 (NLT)
Patience and Self-Control
An Ipsos poll for Global News poll released back in April showed that fewer Canadians were strictly adhering to physical-distancing orders than they were the previous month. Nearly four in 10 respondents said they weren’t rigorously following physical distancing and self-isolation guidelines, which health officials across the country were saying were crucial to slowing the spread of COVID-19. In April, 26% had said they weren’t following public health recommendations to the fullest, suggesting that by April, Canadians’ patience with the rules were already wearing thin.
I was speaking with someone the other day about the need for patience and she responded, “I don’t pray for patience. I’m not willing to pay the price.” That struck me like a hammer. This was a mature Christian who realized that in order to produce the fruit of the Spirit, some pruning is necessary. And it can be painful. At the same time, we really don’t have a choice. As followers of Jesus we are called to be like Jesus, who evidenced all of the fruits of the Spirit perfectly. Years before Jesus lived on earth, King Solomon wrote these words in Proverbs 16:32, “Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.” King Solomon knew of what he spoke. He was powerful and he lived in a world where conquering a city was seen as a sign of prestige. He understood the principles of the Kingdom of God. In God’s kingdom, patience and self-control are honoured. They come about in the life of the godly as God’s Spirit works in our lives. Have the courage to ask the Lord for both patience and self-control.
These have been words from the heart.