IMPATIENCE

 

DEFINITION:  Impatience is defined as annoyance with aggravating circumstances or people.  Patience, the opposite of impatience, is the ability to cheerfully bear an unbearable situation or person.

FACTS ABOUT IMPATIENCE:

Patience, the opposite of impatience,  is referred to as longsuffering, perseverance, and endurance in various translations of the Bible.

God mandates that you have patience.  You are to be longsuffering (patient) with joyfulness (Colossians 1:11).  You are called to be longsuffering (Ephesians 4:2).  You are to preach the Word of God with longsuffering (2 Timothy 4:2) and  put on longsuffering as a spiritual quality (Colossians 3:12).  Many verses in Proverbs extol the benefits of patience (Proverbs 14:29; 15:18; 16:32; 19:2,11; 15:18).

The Bible provides positive examples of patience. God is depicted as being patient and longsuffering in the following verses: Exodus 34:6; Numbers 14:18; Psalms 86:15; Romans 2:4.  Patience was a quality evident in the ministry of the Apostle Paul (2 Timothy 3:10).  James refers to the patience of the prophets and the long-suffering Job (James 5:10-11).

Impatience leads to wrong responses.  Angry, hurtful words and actions often result from impatience.

When you are impatient with God, you are not trusting His timing and will for your life.  Abraham became impatient and birthed Ishmael of his own flesh and created problems that last to this day.  King Saul became impatient because Samuel didn’t arrive on time, acted in haste, and it cost him the kingdom.  What will impatience cost you?

Patience is a hallmark of true love.  First Corinthians 13:4 states that true love is patient.

Patience is developed through tribulations  As you learn to develop patience in difficulties, it sets in motion an important spiritual process so that you can …”glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us”  (Romans 5:3-5, KJV).

You are to make an effort to develop patience. 2 Peter 1:5-8 mandates:  “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;  and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;  and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

DEALING WITH  IMPATIENCE:

Ask God to forgive your impatience.  Since God’s Word mandates patience and long-suffering, then impatience is a sinful response to annoying people and circumstances.  When you are impatient with God, you are not trusting His timing and will for your life.

Ask God to manifest the Fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life.  One of the Fruit is long-suffering (patience):  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).

Develop self-control through spiritual growth.  For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;  and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;  and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:5-8).

Identify and correct annoying circumstances.  Some circumstances that trigger impatience can be corrected.  Analyze the circumstances to see if there is a way to correct annoying situations so that you won’t be tempted to be impatient.  For example, if constant interruptions by the phone annoy you when you are working, let your calls go to voice mail.  Set a certain time to return all calls after you are done working.  Practical solutions to irritations like this can eliminate many annoying circumstances in life.

Forgive annoying people that contribute to your impatience responses.  “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:12-13).

Take time to think before you speak or act.  Is what you are about to say or do representative of  a true believer or is it a response arising out of impatience?

 

WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT IMPATIENCE:

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways,when they carry out their wicked schemes.  (Psalm 37:7)

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.  He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.(Psalm 40:1-2)

A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly. (Proverbs 14:29)

A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel. (Proverbs 15:18)

Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city. (Proverbs 16:32)

It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way. (Proverbs 19:2)

A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense. (Proverbs 19:11)

The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. (Ecclesiastes 7:8-9)

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.  (Romans 5:3-5, KJV)

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Romans 12:12)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. (1 Corinthians 13:4)

Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;  in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;  in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;  (2 Corinthians 6:3-7)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:1-2)

And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully. (Colossians 1:10-11)

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3:12-13)

And we urge you, brothers, warm those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. (1 Thessalonians 5:14)

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.  (1 Timothy 6:11,NKJV)

Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. (2 Timothy 4:2)

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. (Hebrews 12:1,NKJV)

Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. (James 5:7-8)

Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.  (James 5:10-11)

But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.  (1 Peter 2:20-21)

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;  and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;  and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:5-8)

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