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    From Mark Dever at Capitol Hill Baptist over at the Together for the Gospel blog ( http://blog.togetherforthegospel.org ):

    Pride as Impatience

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    I confess that I am sometimes, too often, impatient.
    I further confess as I have meditated on it, it becomes clear to me that this is not a nice, junior kind of sin (at least not in me). It is a disguise for the sin of pride, the ugliest of all sins, and the most direct rejection of God's authority and of a humble joy in His provision for me in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Let me give you a little of my thinking.


    I'm sitting in a meeting. I'm sitting there for hours. The meeting would be no different if I were not there. I might think, or even say to someone, something negative about the meeting, or about "our" needing to be there. (Note, this "our" is a cover; I'm thinking of myself.)


    Now, let me question my impatient self at this point. Self, just how important does a meeting need to be before you should spend your time on it. Just how crucial does my role have to be, and how frequently, in order for me to not experience the temptation to impatience.


    I know that I have to exercise wisdom and be a good steward of time. But look at how much more you're (I'm) getting at these meetings than I deserve. I deserve Hell! Yet here at this meeting, I'm being cared for. It's not raining on me. My chair is comfortable. There's stuff to drink. And yet, I think that somehow it should take less of my time. As if I deserve more interesting fare for spending MY time; as if I DESERVE anything for the expenditure of my time! My response to such situations should be patience. My tendency is to be patient in situations I like. And that's no patience! Patience is endurance through things that challenge us, and it is rooted in humility, as surely as my impatience is rooted in pride.


    I leave you to examine your own impatience. I know that this is one way pride has tried to assume an "acceptable" disguise in my own life, and I'm trying to unmask it. Pray for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCalvinist
    Patience is endurance through things that challenge us, and it is rooted in humility, as surely as my impatience is rooted in pride.

    Pray for me.
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    Indeed. Pray for me too.
    Pray for me 3 God has certainly been teaching me patience lately. Good post.

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    me 4. my patience is hmm, well it has gotten better but i dont know how much that says lol

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    I've gotten better, but i still have a ways to go on patience.
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    appreciate the bump.. i definitely needed to read this.
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    I've come to the same conclusion regarding impatience being a form of pride in my own journey to deal with one of my main Christian battles! God has been using marriage and fatherhood as applications by which He is really addressing that as of late
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    I am not sure I agree with the meeting illustration, though it can certainly be experienced in that setting, some meetings are not well put together, and are not a good use of time. I don't think that is NECESSARILY a pride matter, but it certainly can be in some circumstances.

    The heart of the message, however, is a very important one, and something, that like Tony, God has been revealing to me for some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by W.A.R. Machine View Post
    From Mark Dever at Capitol Hill Baptist over at the Together for the Gospel blog ( http://blog.togetherforthegospel.org ):

    Pride as Impatience

    by mdever
    I confess that I am sometimes, too often, impatient.
    I further confess as I have meditated on it, it becomes clear to me that this is not a nice, junior kind of sin (at least not in me). It is a disguise for the sin of pride, the ugliest of all sins, and the most direct rejection of God's authority and of a humble joy in His provision for me in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Let me give you a little of my thinking.


    I'm sitting in a meeting. I'm sitting there for hours. The meeting would be no different if I were not there. I might think, or even say to someone, something negative about the meeting, or about "our" needing to be there. (Note, this "our" is a cover; I'm thinking of myself.)


    Now, let me question my impatient self at this point. Self, just how important does a meeting need to be before you should spend your time on it. Just how crucial does my role have to be, and how frequently, in order for me to not experience the temptation to impatience.


    I know that I have to exercise wisdom and be a good steward of time. But look at how much more you're (I'm) getting at these meetings than I deserve. I deserve Hell! Yet here at this meeting, I'm being cared for. It's not raining on me. My chair is comfortable. There's stuff to drink. And yet, I think that somehow it should take less of my time. As if I deserve more interesting fare for spending MY time; as if I DESERVE anything for the expenditure of my time! My response to such situations should be patience. My tendency is to be patient in situations I like. And that's no patience! Patience is endurance through things that challenge us, and it is rooted in humility, as surely as my impatience is rooted in pride.


    I leave you to examine your own impatience. I know that this is one way pride has tried to assume an "acceptable" disguise in my own life, and I'm trying to unmask it. Pray for me.
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    -KG
    Wow, he took my feelings and thinking and put it into words. That is exactly how I feel at times. As I was reading, it reminded me of times when I have been impatient. Recently, even today, my patience was tested at the gym. When i come there I come to work, focused on what I need to do. However, my coach likes to get into convos with his other fighters and I thought to myself, how selfish am I getting impatient, they need his attention just as much as I need it.

    Now don't even let begin to tell you how my impatience gets the best of me at school with my students. Before I would say, my students are testing trying my patience, they are soo academically undisciplined, yahdah, yahdah, yahdah, but God has been convicting me letting me know that its not my students that are testing me, its my pride and impatience.

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    i almost ressurected this this morning when i was scrollin through the archives

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    Quote Originally Posted by phil View Post
    i almost ressurected this this morning when i was scrollin through the archives
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    I may have made a little progress since this post, but this was indeed worthy of a resurrection. Always a good reminder.
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    Hmmm....at least you guys have already making improvements

    I am impatient to the bone. I knew it was never good, but i never looked at it from the perspective presented.

    Kooll...this was deffy a revelation.
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    Impatience decreases with age.....most of the time. It's just irritating to wait for it to happen (Ironically).
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    I wish I could thank the original post.

    I missed this one originally..thanks.
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    thank the guy who bumped it.
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