Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone. Proverbs 25:15

How’s your patience quotient lately? You really do have to have patience with politicians. My favorite quote regarding politicians comes from a radio personality in Minnesota, Joe Soucheray: “if you don’t stay on ’em, they’re gonna get it wrong.” We chuckle because of the utter truth of the statement. We have to have patience with them because for some reasons (or thousands of monetary reasons) they just don’t get it.

On the other hand, can you persuade a friend? How many times have we wanted to keep silent until the proper moment but our impatience blurted something out?

I recall the days in my Air Force career when a vocal atheist approached me and said, “I know you’re not going to believe me when I ask you this, but I need your spiritual advice on something.” Do you think I had his attention on anything I said? Absolutely. But I confess there were times during my previous encounters with that same individual that my thoughts and judgements of him were less than pure and noble. Fact is, had I blurted out what I was thinking during that time, I’m certain he would never have approached me.

The takeaway for today’s devotional is this: if you have been consistently modeling the Christ-like life, people will approach you and seek your counsel. Obviously we aren’t perfect but our consistency will win the day.

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