Better A Patient Man
“Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city." (Proverbs 16:32)
Talk about going against this world! How many movies celebrate the patient man over of the warrior? The movie is Gladiator, not Spectator. It’s Superman, not Patientman. We want to be the warrior; we want to be strong enough to take an entire city. Usually we get one extreme or the other from this world: "Be a man! Be tough! Man up!” or "Stop throwing your weight around! Stop mansplaining! Stop acting so tough!" The world will be contradictory, but God’s word is constant, steady Truth.
We know that patience and self-control are fruit of the Spirit and outbursts of anger and letting anger control us are sins. So ask yourself, do you feel better when you have been patient with your kids/spouse/co-workers/friends or when you are short-tempered with them? It’s not always the easiest choice in the moment, in fact it rarely is, but when we choose to be patient instead of lashing out, we tend to feel much better about that choice in hindsight.
Does this mean that we are not warriors at all? Of course not. We even did a blog post about being warriors. At times, the Bible instructs with warrior language but we are warriors for our faith, strong in the battle against what Paul called evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world. Be a warrior in the real war.
“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)
Today, remember that it is better to be a patient man than a warrior, and it is a better man who controls his temper than one who can level a city. Talk to God today about growing patience and self-control in your life and then expect opportunities to do so!
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.