You know that person that has a personality that just rubs you the wrong way? Maybe it's something insignificant like the sound of their voice, or whistle their nose makes. Maybe it's something a little more substantial like differing points of view on a topic you are passionate about, or they have said or done something that deeply affected you.
Whatever the reason, you find your patience stretched, and you are tempted to react in a way that normally you wouldn't.
We have all been there, and we have all reacted in a way we regret. So what are we supposed to do in these moments? It feels like we have done all we can, and we are ready to blow.
I have a suggestion for you to consider. You don't just have a patience problem, you also have a love problem.
1 Peter 4:8 says, "Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins."
Patience that is rooted in love, goes a lot further than patience that is rooted in self-discipline.
So the next time you find yourself feeling thin, and when you are tempted to react in a way you know you will regret later, consider this thought.
Ask God to increase your patience, but also ask that God would increase your love too.