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Patience provides peace
by Shandha Woodard
04/29/10
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"Patience provides peace"


ôLet nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All things pass; God never changes. Patience attains all that it strives for. He who has God finds he lacks nothing:God alone suffices"-St. Teresa of Avila.

Patience and peace as defined by the dictionary:Patience is bearing of misfortune, or pain without complaint, loss of temper, irritation.
Peace is freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, or an obsession. After reading that I think that we can all agree that patience and peace fit perfectly together just like a hand and a glove.

If you're not exercising patience how then can you expect to have peace? In Philippians 2:14 NIV the Bible tells us to do everything without complaining or arguing. Now that's some great advice! If you're complaining and or arguing wouldn't that suggest that you're irritated, annoyed or angry? Again let's take it back to what the word says-a man's anger doesn't bring about the righteousness that God desires (James 1:20 NIV). So if the Bible tells us not to complain and that anger brings no light to our lives, why then are we still practicing them? My initial answer, like most others would probably be IDK (I don't know). But after a few minutes of thinking about it I'd then change my answer to it's easier to mimic what I see going on around me. That of course would be the wrong answer as well because we've been commanded not to conform to this world in Romans 12:2 NIV. I guess that's a question that we all need to give some more thought to because what do we really have to complain or be angry about?

If you want peace in your life start simply by shutting your mouth. I say shut your mouth because our tongues have the ability to corrupt our entire body and whole course of life
(James 3:6 NIV). Here's another verse that we need to reflect back to if we want patience to provide peace in our lives:Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry-James 1:19

Remember NO PATIENCE NO PEACE!





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