Are you impatient with the passive resistive person in your life?
When leading the passive resistive through listening, first, we need to be peaceful. Second, we must be patient. Wise King Solomon witnessed the power of patience: “Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone” (Proverbs 25:15).
Leading the passive resistive person requires patience, which allows us to deflect his resistance to taking initiative. To be patient is to be: (1) understanding (Proverbs 14:19), (2) calm (Proverbs 15:18), and (3) one who overlooks an offense (Proverbs 19:11). If we aren’t patient, enduring the passive resistive person’s slothful responses, we will never effectively communicate wisdom. This means time. Paul said that we should be patient with everyone, including the passive resistive (1 Thessalonians 5:14).
After connecting with the passive resistive person’s heart by being peaceful, next, deflect his passive resistance through patience. Be understanding, be calm, and overlook his offense. Give him time. As you surrender to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, He will give you peace and patience to lead the passive resistive through listening (Galatians 5:22).