But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-25
Earlier I mentioned that God’s been working in my heart about patience. One day of meditation hasn’t been enough, though!
- God has helped me to be more aware of when I’m impatient.
- I still need more work on asking God forgiveness when I’m not patient. If I’m not patient, I’m not walking in the Spirit. If I’m not asking God’s forgiveness, then I’m not taking seriously my sin.
- I discovered that one way I can stop being impatient is to followup my impatience with patient words. For example, I might say “Hurry up. We’re all waiting for you” to one of my dear children. Now, encouraging a child to think of others isn’t the problem. The problem is that I’m not thinking of her sanctification, but my inconvenience at holding the door open. I’ve discovered that instead of chalking up the conversation as another failure, I can redeem it by expressing myself in a more Christ-honoring manner. Sometimes I’ve explained my reasons for concern. Sometimes I’ve asked forgiveness for being impatient. Sometimes I’ve just added something pleasant to the conversation. I think this is a good response.