It seems we live in a world of “I want what I want when I want it”, and “I want it now.” Patience, self-control, long-suffering, feel like things of the past. If someone is driving a bit too slow, or doesn’t start through the green light fast enough, or the driver ahead doesn’t make a turn fast enough, how do we respond?
If the line is too long at the store, or the person ahead of us has way too much for the fast check-out, what is our attitude?
How cool are we when the drive-through is jam-packed with other people wanting their dinner to be “fast” food?
How patient are we? How much self-discipline do we exert? Can we hold our tongues?
“Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone. If you find honey, eat just enough—too much of it, and you will vomit. Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house—too much of you, and they will hate you.” Proverbs 25:15-17
Patience, self-control, discipline, gentleness are not necessarily attributes we are born with. But the fruit of God’s spirit can cover over all of our ineptness when we walk with the Lord.
Father, today I acknowledge that I fall very short when it comes to patience and self-control. I yield all of those shortcomings to You and ask for You to fill me with Your sweet, kind, gentle Spirit. Thank You.