Thursday, February 02, 2012

Love Is... Patient

   ''Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called sons of God.''
Matthew 5:9.
Wait... Didn't I say love is patient not a peace maker. Well actually these two words correlate. When you are not walking in peace, you are walking in discord and arguments. When does one argue with a person? We argue with people when we've lost all sort of patience with them.   

Patience is to be mild and slow in avenging, to be longsuffering, slow to anger, slow to punish.  When things happen to us that are not to our liking, our first and natural (fleshly) reaction is to lash out and lose our temper. When we are impatient we become, quick to avenge, quick to anger, and quick to punish. We are so quick to do evil and not good. Dropping the issue, or asking for forgiveness does not come to us in the heat of our anger.
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!"
Psalm 133:1

When we live in peace, life is more pleasurable. Haven't you realized that when you walk in peace you seem lighter? You actually smile. To live a life filled with peace, we must deny ourselves. We must do what we do not want to do. We must also turn away from our anger and surrender all of our emotions to Jesus.
"Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it."
 Psalm 34:14

It is easier for the flesh to walk in anger and discord. We do not want to live like that right? The above Scripture states that we must pursue peace. Pursue is a verb. It is an action word, meaning we must DO something. 

You can start by confessing your emotions to God. Talking about your impatience and anger shows that you recognize your faults, this allows the Lord to begin ministering you. Then you need to purpose to stop. 

So ladies what can we do to remember to stop being impatient? 

Challenge: I got this idea prior to a Bible study I did with my mom. You should make an impatience journal. The one we used had 5 columns which included: Situation, People Involved, How I Expressed Irritation, Scriptural Principles I Violated, and What I will Do Next Time. This journal allows you to see how many times you get impatient. I was so surprised at how many times I got impatient in one day.

1 comment:

  1. Great post! It is definitely hard for me to control my temper sometimes, but your idea about stopping and confessing your emotions to God is a great place to start.
    - Aimee


"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer."
(Psalm 19:14)