Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs. – (Proverbs 19:11, NLT)
Smart people know how to hold their tongue; their grandeur is to forgive and forget. – (Proverbs 19:11, MSG)
A wise person demonstrates patience, for mercy means holding your tongue. When you are insulted, be quick to forgive and forget it, for you are virtuous when you overlook an offense. – (Proverbs 19:11, TPT)
Wisdom is slow to anger and quick to forgive. Patience prevails and mercy will not fail when dealing with those who have done wrong. Though there is a time and a place for correction, or at least making known the offense, there too are times when it is best that we simply forgive and move forward, allowing grace to cover what the words or deeds were lacking. May we continually seek the Lord to grow in wisdom, so that we will know how to demonstrate patience and hold our tongue when it is best for us to overlook an offense.
Wisdom is made clear,
When mercy is shown;
Makes God’s goodness known.
For we are not called,
To judge each other;
But rather to love,
Sisters and brothers.
Help us to be slow,
To respond to hurt;
For grace extended,
Demonstrates true worth.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You forgive us despite our propensity to offend and insult You with our words and deeds, each time we act or respond out of anything other than love. Thank You that You do not withhold Your goodness and grace based on how we come before You. Forgive us for denying grace and forgiveness to others when we have felt insulted, offended or wronged. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would respond with Your wisdom that extends love and overlooks offenses. Show us how to love and give grace to those who offend us most. May many come into a lasting relationship with You, as they recognize and receive Your grace through us. Be glorified O God, due to our decisions to forgive as we have been forgiven by You. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
And the child grew and became strong; He was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on Him. – Luke 2:40