It’s Thursday (is it just me or is this week flying by?) so I’m talking about fruits of the spirit. This month is all about patience. As I’ve said before, patience is not my strong suit, but I’m working on it.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. ~ Galatians 6:9
This week, while thinking about patience and my lack thereof, I couldn’t help but consider all the ways I justify my anger as a mother, or others justify it for me. The one that kept popping back up was the excuse “losing your temper is natural“.
And in a way it is. Please don’t take this post to mean that getting frustrated, upset or downright angry is completely wrong. It’s not, even Jesus got mad and overturned a few tables. (Matthew 21). But that was righteous anger. My anger so often…is not. Not at all righteous. It’s ugly and selfish and unjustifiable.
How often have I told myself, it’s okay, everyone loses their temper. It’s natural.
Too many times. To me, natural means human nature. We all have it ingrained in us, but it doesn’t mean it’s right. As Christians we are to reach above our human nature and strive for righteousness. While we can’t be perfect, we were called to be in this world but not of it.
To be like Jesus.
So that’s it. I hope some of this made sense for you. I feel like I’m rambling, pouring incoherent words onto the screen. If it doesn’t make sense to you, at least it makes sense to me in my heart, it was clearly my conviction from the Lord.
But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. ~ 1 Timothy 1:16
while we can’t be perfect we are called to be in this world and not of it, to be like Jesus