When I think of this word, I see it as a negative. I remember feeling the results of this in my life while riding in a car with someone when I was younger. As we drove, I remember the weather was pleasant and the view spectacular, but the car was filled with so much tension and stress, my stomach hurt, my shoulders were in knots, I was fighting a headache, and my legs were trembling from trying to stop the car with the nonexistent passenger brake pedal. Everybody was an idiot, nobody knew how to drive, and if we rode their bumper just a little harder, they would suddenly get the message, pullover, and let “your majesty” pass, augh! What if we truly saw those in the car in front of us as brothers and sisters made in the image of God? What would happen if we drove the streets according to Ephesians 4:2? “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in self-sacrificing love.” What if we took to heart Proverbs 19:11? “A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression.” Wouldn’t there be more peace within us and peace with others? Lord, forgive me for what temper I have expressed, help me show tolerance and overlook transgressions, living at peace with my brothers and sisters.

I love You God. I trust You God. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Thank You God.