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“Dear Lord, af­ter pray­ing around my too-short fuse, I vowed to be more pa­tient with my kids—who promptly ran roughshod over me. Weeks of ask­ing them nicely to do chores and check in when they were late got me noth­ing but ex­tra work and headaches. So this week­end I blew up, and now they’re be­hav­ing. How do I keep my tem­per when los­ing it is the only thing that keeps them in line?”

—Paul in his first let­ter to the Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans, 5:14

Wis­dom of the Word

And we urge you, broth­ers, ad­mon­ish the idle, en­cour­age the faint­hearted, help the weak, be pa­tient with them all. We un­der­stand and yet…

We try to draw a lov­ing line with oth­ers, but they cross it all too eas­ily. What do we do when chil­dren, co­work­ers and friends use our kind­ness as li­cense to walk all over us?

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