Today's Verse: Proverbs 14:29

Monday, August 29, 2005

A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.
— Proverbs 14:29

Thoughts on Today's Verse...

Responding quickly to aggravation, threat, insult, or difficulty suggests strength to many folks today. However, responding hastily out of anger is foolish. A hasty, unfiltered response seldom produces the desired long-term effect. This kind of response nearly always compounds the problems that need to be addressed. Patiently dealing with frustrating and painful situations shows understanding and is nearly always more fruitful in the long run and can prevent the unnecessary loss of friendships, integrity, and respect.

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My Prayer...

Father, I ask for patience and self-control. I know these virtues are part of the fruit of your Spirit's presence in my life, so I ask that the Holy Spirit have more impact on my heart and life. Please give me the understanding and wisdom to keep my mouth shut until I have had an opportunity to pray and think about the issues and people involved. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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Illustration of Proverbs 14:29 — A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.

About This Devotional

Today's Verse is a free daily devotional that includes a Bible verse, thought and prayer.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware.

All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.