I live with my family of six people. And there is one bathroom. Sometimes it’s kinda hectic in the morning. And sometimes other parts of the house(such as the kitchen) get pretty crowded. And the wait can be long for the washing machine also. You may not share a bathroom with five people, but I’m sure you have experienced it. The frustration of having to put your plans on hold because of the plans of others.
The last part of 1 Thessalonians 5:14 is, “be patient toward all men.” This is in the middle of a big long list of commands. It’s right up there with “Rejoice evermore” and “Pray without ceasing.” But this command, to be patient, is more than what we would think. It’s more than forgiving that person that takes 5 minutes to remember that a green light means go.
Sometimes it’s about being slow to avenge.
I would like to challenge you, whether you are restraining yourself from avenging a past hurt, or you are sitting at a green light because someone’s color blind, or waiting for the bathroom. Whatever you are doing, or whatever the situation is, be patient. Ask the Lord to help you have patience with your fellow man.
“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto allmen, apt to teach, patient,” – 2 Timothy 2:24