• Ardith Arnelle `Price

Patience and Forgiveness

Have you found yourself wondering what kind of year we are going to have? I have had many thoughts, and the two most proving ideas are “forgiveness and patience.” We all have to be aware that we are mortal creatures that God has made and no one is perfect. The scriptures state, “Be patient with everyone.” ( 1 Thess 5:19) and “Bear with one another; if anyone has a complaint against someone else, forgive him. Indeed, just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must forgive.” ‭‭(Col)‬ ‭3:13‬ )

Forgiveness and patience are words to live by; however, they are challenging to achieve. I struggle as many of you do to forgive people when they have wronged you for no particular reason. Maybe they wanted to be spiteful and mean-spirited, yet you do not know what is going on inside of that person’s mind and spirit.

Forgiveness is difficult for most of us when someone has hurt a loved one for no specific reason. Forgiveness comes from a lot of prayers, falling on your face before God, and asking HIM to help you to forgive the person/persons who have hurt you or a loved one. We are quick to say, “I forgive you.” Knowing that we don’t mean it. I struggle with forgiveness, as many of you do.

Patience is a place where we all struggle to let our emotions get the best of us. When we need something completed at work or assume a family member or friend will complete a project and they tend to forget about you. You have to move on and be patient with them. Maybe it is time to get new friends and or find a new job or occupation. Patience is a trait that you have to learn with much prayer. I am a type AB personality, and I have to bite my tongue and pray when people are too slow to respond to a request or just lazy and don’t think your apparent offer of assistance is essential. However, if the shoe were on the other foot, they would want your full attention and a completed project on time.

With the current tension and unrest in our world, we all need to take a “cool-down” pill and back away from everything and “exhale” and pray for guidance and ask for patience and forgiveness.

If we, as humans, can do these simple tasks, we will make the world a better place.

I will be working on these traits myself this year. Join me in this effort.

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