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A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. Proverbs 19:11
Jesus-like wisdom makes us patient people and patient people are forgiving people. Instead of becoming irritated, wise and patient people overlook the sins of others.
Q: What does it mean to overlook the sin in other people’s lives?
A: The Hebrew verb indicates movement and typically means to pass by or pass over. In this context, it carries the sense of forgiving. When you/I walk in the Spirit’s wisdom, we patiently put up with other’s failures; I look over, past, and beyond them, as Jesus has done for me (per Psalm 103:12). I choose, through the power of Jesus, to not remember them.
→ Husbands, how does this look with your wives?
→ Wives, how does this look with your husbands?
→ Parent, how does this look with your kids?
→ Single guys/gals, how does this look with your friends?
→ Pastors, how does this look with your church members?
→ How does this look with your neighbors, co-workers, etc.?
It speaks to a person’s wisdom, maturity and grasp of the work of Jesus to overlook an offense.
Taken from Robert Jones’ book “Anger: Calming Your Heart (31-Day Devotionals for Life)”