Patience with Impatience

Are you ever impatient? I’ve been known to be mighty impatient at times; impatient with myself, impatient with others, mighty impatient.

Part of it has to do with my intense personality. Part of it has to do with my extraordinarily busy schedule. But, the greater part is a matter of heart and attitude.

This morning The Lord spoke to my impatient heart and helped me adjust my attitude. I am undone before Him and rightly so. He has been so patient with me all of my life.

  • He has shown me the same truths over and over when I should have already learned that lesson.
  • He has given me countless fresh starts when I stubbornly insisted on my own way.
  • He forgives me when I ask.
  • He helps me face the consequences of my poor choices even when I ignored His warnings to consider the paths before me and choose wisely.

Oh, I love Him so.

Here’s the wonderful part. Once we have been made aware, we don’t have to stay in that impatient place. We can ask for help. We can pray.

My prayer today and for many days to come is that I will extend that long-suffering kindness and patience to those I love and come on contact with.

And remember,

  • You never know what a person is struggling with.
  • You once were just as young and impulsive.
  • Impatience leads to the wrong thing at the wrong time.
  • Patience is a virtue worth pursuing.

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:2 NIV)

You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. (James 5:8 NIV)

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. (Psalm 37:7 NIV)

And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. (1 Thessalonians 5:14 NIV)

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