Patience Instead of Folly

Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick tempered displays folly. (see Proverbs 14:29)

This devotional comes from my book, Dealing With Difficult People: 31 Empowering Christian Devotionals For Those Dealing With Negative, Manipulative, or Mean People. (Click here to see the book or go to

First, thank God that you can choose how to respond to a difficult person. You can choose to respond with patience and understanding.

Or you can choose to respond with a quick temper and folly. You can choose your response, even when you cannot control what the difficult person says and does.

Second, you should choose patience - bearing pain without complaint. The more patient you

are, the more God will bless you with understanding and peace with the situation. You can patiently decide to end the relationship or limit your interaction. Patience is more of a description of temperament than your course of action.

However, the more quick tempered you are, the less peace you will have and more energy you will waste on a situation that is made worse by your lack of emotional control. Make this the day that you choose patience over folly.


1. Think about a situation or two that tempts you to be angry. Think about how your angry outbursts will simply make things worse. Now, think about how if you would choose to be patient, God can be trusted to work things out for your good.

2. On a scale of one to five, where five means you are doing great and no further action is needed, how would you grade your living by this principle (i.e., choosing patience over folly)? If your grade is under four, what are you going to do to improve in this area?


Patient and longsuffering God, the One who is so patient with me, it is to You that I pray. Thank You for being so patient and merciful towards me. I confess that I have not always been patient towards the difficult people in my life. Please forgive me and help me to do better in this area. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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