Patience and kindness – two attributes that are both supernatural and available to believers. But how often do we harness such divine power? How often, instead, do we rely on worldly logic and exhibit impatience and rudeness? Proverbs yields many wise sayings, and one of the more intriguing ones is found in Proverbs 25:15. It speaks to the need to access patience and kindness. It implores people of reason to realize that such qualities (patience and kindness) not only benefit the individual, but the people that the individual comes into contact with daily. Patience and kindness are necessary components to fostering healthy relationships, including family members, coworkers, neighbors, friends, and so on. Patience and kindness do not come naturally to us, and I think that is part of Solomon’s point. One needs to go to an external agent to get help for an internal problem. So grow in the knowledge of God, and fellowship with Him relentlessly. If you do then the supernatural patience and kindness of God will begin to seem more natural to your disposition.
Proverbs 25:15 “Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.’’ (NIV)
Kevin Orr (7/2/2019)