Updated: Oct 13, 2019
IMPATIENCE: 1.) the quality of not wanting to put up with or wait for something or someone. 2.) a strong sense of annoyance at the (usually) unintentional faults and failures of others.
Whether you’re impatient with those around you, or you’re growing impatient waiting on God’s promises; impatience is the sin of CONTROL. Impatience reveals our desire to control, by wanting people/circumstances to conform to our expectations.
In Galatians we read that one of the nine fruits of the Spirit is not controlling others, but rather controlling yourself. Self-control! When we walk in the Spirit, we are able to control our mouths, our flesh, and our anger.
Controlling others = operating in the flesh. God is not impatient with us at all. He doesn’t act like a drill sergeant... why should we drill others and demand they act a certain way?
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16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.