Friday, August 17, 2018

Patience is a Virtue, Don't be too fast in Judging others, for you might cause harm!

Although human beings are capable of acting rational, most of the time their behavior is driven by emotional, spontaneous, and unconscious motives. So how does that happen? Let’s learn from this simple story below…

A man received this message from his neighbor...

"Sorry sir, I have been using your wife day and night when you are not at home, in fact, much more than you do.  I confess this now because I am feeling very guilty.  Hope you will accept my sincere apologies.  I will pay if you wish to charge service fee”

Immediately after reading the message, the man shot his wife dead.

A few minutes later, he received another message:
"Sorry sir, a spelling mistake.. I meant "WiFi" not "Wife".

James 1:19 
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry

Romans 2:1-3 
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.  Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?

Colossians 3:12
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience

Galatians 5:22-23
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."

Why don't you take a moment and think of your patience level!

We live in a judging world.  People spend a lot of time during the day judging themselves and others.  We do it as leaders, colleagues, parents, family members and friends.  That little voice inside your head, you might be hearing it right now, is the biggest judger of all.

When we judge others, we aren’t open to understanding them.  We think we know best.   We think we are ‘right’ and they are ‘wrong’. When we judge we are choosing to listen to what we want to hear rather than choosing to listen to understand what is actually being said.

We must be very careful how we react to things, don't be quick to get angry, find out the other person's version of events and allow yourself room to reason before you react. This man killed his innocent wife, just because of a spelling mistake.

It takes lots of practice, but it's an important skill that can improve your communication. Withholding judgment while you listen to others means you can truly hear them with an open mind. 

Patience is not optional for the Christian it’s a must, especially when it comes to decision making and judgments in our lives. Waiting for the Lord is not giving up and not surging ahead, but looking to him for the next move; it is waiting on God for him to tell us where to go. Our job should be to ask the Spirit to fill us, empowering and directing us even as we continue to wait on the Lord. There's no disputing that we ought to be patient in all that we do, especially in the judgement we are about to take.

Patience is keeping anger in check, and often, patience is keeping your mouth shut. Patience is getting treated unfairly without whining or retaliating.

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Rumishael Ulomi is a Freelance Christian Consultant, Life Coach, and Motivational Speaker in the areas of Christian Ministry, Business, Entrepreneurship, and Social Sector development residing in Moshi,Tanzania.


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