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Proverbs 15:18 Real Power: Patience in Contentious Situations

Proverbs 15:18 (NLT)
A hot-tempered person starts fights; a cool-tempered person stops them.

Many of us in life are secretly in love with the word, power. Just as we learned last week that real power comes in the form of patience, and true power is represented in the image of God. This text illustrates last week’s scripture and shows how real power can control the outcome of a situation through the use of patience.

Consider the following: 
The word of God states that wise men learn to rule their spirits and avoid getting angry. It also states that a glorious man will defer his anger and pass over the transgressions of others. Further, it says that soft words work wonders with angry people. Now, let’s take a look at this. When someone offends, what is your initial response? Is it to “check” the person? Be sarcastic? Humiliate the person? Retreat? Calm the storm? Shutdown and internalize? What behaviors are manifested in the moment that are a direct result of the emotions you are experiencing? These are questions to contemplate because patience is necessary to exercise in contentious situations. Always remember a person of a peaceable disposition, who is not easily provoked, and eases the heat of anger makes the storm or situation quiet, as it is written in the word of God. If you don’t believe it, I encourage you to try it. The next time a client, colleague, friend, family member, customer service representative, partner, or stranger press your trigger button, try God. Be patient with the person, gain self-control, and as our scripture reminds us, just be cool!

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