I found this excellent quote “When you’re tempted to lose patience with someone, think how patient God has been with you all the time”.
This is so true. I have to pray for patience every day. When we encounter things that annoy us, just ask the Lord to guide us to show Love, Joy, Peace, Compassion, Kindness, Gentleness & Humility towards everyone as referenced in scripture. This can apply to pets as well.
The Lord is working with me daily on this. Today, while out walking Cody, a tiny dog came up to Cody and tried to bite him! My reaction was “wait” but don’t hesitate to boot the little dog when it hurts Cody. My prior reactions would have been just to kick the little thing across the street like a ball and ask questions later!
I realize now that even animals can be influenced by sulfuric foul smelling creatures. I know now that I need to pray over Cody for protection against these things. I also need to ask for wisdom on how to talk to people that are “a few fries short of a happy meal”. Sometimes a little humor in these situations is good 🙂
Some scriptures that tell us about patience:
James 1:19 My dearly loved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger
James 1:2-4 Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.
Proverbs 16:32 Patience is better than power, and controlling one’s temper, than capturing a city.
Proverbs 19:11 A person’s insight gives him patience, and his virtue is to overlook an offense.
2 Corinthians 6:6 by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love,
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith,
Ephesians 4:2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love,
Colossians 1:11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy
Colossians 3:12 Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,