TUESDAY, JUNE 23
“For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.”
James 3:2 (ESV)
PATIENCE: WE ALL STUMBLE
Sunday, Daniel asked and answered the question, “Why do we need patience in our relationships?” One of the reasons was we all stumble and we are going to let each other down. There are lots of ways we can stumble in relationships. Stumble in James 3:2 means to sin and in particular to sin with our words. James includes himself in the group of people who stumble at times in speech and other ways. James goes on to say and if anyone doesn’t stumble, he’s perfect. And we all know that nobody is perfect.
Frank wasn’t known for his patience, and he had absolutely no use for negative conversation. When he got a call from his wife during a busy day at work, she talked slowly and didn’t seem very upbeat. Frank interrupted her and exhorted her to be brief and positive. She paused for a moment and then cheerfully replied, “I discovered the airbags in our new BMW work great!”
Every relationship we have on this side of heaven will be with imperfect people of which we ourselves are imperfect. And to be in a good relationship with imperfect people we are going to have to exercise patience with each other. One of the easiest ways to show patience toward others when they stumble is to remember our own imperfections and the times we needed someone to give us a little grace or a lot of grace.
Being grateful for the times God and others have shown you grace is a great way to keep you patient with others. Take some time and think of a couple of times when God was patient with you and when someone else was patient with you. Thank God for those times and ask Him to help keep you grateful which will help you be patient.