The fruit of the spirit, I struggle with the most is patience. Another term for patience is self control.
The King James Bible uses the word temperance. I love that word because the first part of the word “temper” indicates what we often lose when we get upset.
When I get irritated, frustrated or overwhelmed, I’m more likely to lose my temper, and while I no longer yell and scream, I can get snarky.
I don’t intend to be snarky, but the words just come out that way since I’m already beginning to get frustrated inside.
“Luke 6:45 says, A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”
This is not to say that you or I are evil people, but I know I can certainly think some evil thoughts and those thoughts have an impact on the tone I use when I’m frustrated.
I’ve learned to lower the volume on my voice when speaking, but now I want to master the art of patience under stress.
This year I’m working on improving my communication by becoming a more patient person. While I no longer yell and argue, I still have areas that I need to work on.
I’ll be following many of the same disciplines from Remove from Me This Venomous Tongue to become a better at being patient.
My ultimate goal is to be able to demonstrate Godliness in my character and communication with my husband at all times.
To become better at it;
I will come up with a course of action to address what I should do when I feel myself becoming frustrated, agitated or irritated.
I will discuss with my husband the best way to communicate to him that I am either getting frustrated, agitated or irritated or am already there.
I will address sources of frustration and do what’s necessary to avoid becoming frustrated. For example, skipping meals which leads to headaches and then I get frustrated, agitated or irritated. Also, not getting enough sleep or being in a super busy seasons of life.
I’m going to include you in my growth process as much as I can over this year. I want to be a friend and an inspiration to you. In return, I want you to share your experience with me via comments on my posts and video updates.
We are never on this walk of faith alone unless we choose to be. I’m here for you and am looking forward to hearing your success stories and praise reports.
Patience may not be something you struggle with, like me. Which one of the fruit of the spirit do you plan to work on?