Of the 26 character traits that I rotate through focusing on 1 each week, patience is one that I recognize how very important it is in my life in pursuit of healthy, growing relationships. As my patience with people goes up, my proneness to irritation and anger will go down. As my patience with people goes up, my influence in their lives will go up. As my patience goes up, my enjoyment in the time I spend with people goes up, and their enjoyment in fellowshipping with me goes up as well. Patience is built on the awareness that there are no perfect people including me, and imperfect people do dumb things. Imperfect people will do things that are hurtful, rude, and inconsiderate, all people do them, including me. Patience is understanding that everybody starts at zero and and that most of us are growing from zero to 100, we all are on a journey towards full maturity, being perfect in character as Jesus is. Patience is knowing that I am ahead of a lot of people in my growth, and a lot of people are ahead of me. We all are on a journey towards Christ like behavior and character, and we all are in a different place. I have memorized this verse, and I meditate on it often so that God’s power will work in me, and make me a patient person in reality.

Matthew 7:12 In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

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