“And He sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for Him; but the people there did not welcome Him, because He was heading for Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, ‘Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?’ But Jesus turned and rebuked them. Then He and His disciples went to another village.” (Luke 9:52-56, NIV)

Difficult People

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Have you ever worked with a difficult person? Wouldn’t it be great if you could just make that person disappear? Even Jesus has felt the wrath of difficult people. Jesus and His disciples had just entered a Samaritan village. The people didn’t welcome them – they gave Jesus and His disciples a hard time. In response, the disciples asked if they should “call fire down from heaven to destroy them.”

Can you understand their frustration? Surely you’ve wanted to “call down fire from heaven” on someone who has made your life difficult. Thankfully, Jesus wasn’t as easily offended because He corrected His disciples. He knew the Samaritans were acting out of ignorance and needed His patience. In the same way, we need to have patience with others. More than judgment, those who irritate us need our patience.

“A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” (Proverbs 19:11, NIV)

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So the next time you’re tempted to “call down fire from heaven”, take a moment – and a deep breath – to pray for patience. You may just be the first one to show that person mercy.

Enjoy your Wednesday, “Working for Christ”!

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6 Comments on “PRAY FOR PATIENCE!”

  1. I needed to hear this message today…like a breath of fresh air. Thanks!


  2. Lyn Says:

    Dealing with difficult people certainly requires patience, but, often the person it’s hardest to be patient with is yourself ~sigh~


  3. Darius Says:

    Good thought.


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