The Spirit of Patience

God gives us crucial spiritual gifts, which can shake the universe. Among these is patience. Why is patience so important?

Thayer analyzes the Greek for patience.

3114. makroqumeto be of a long spirit, not to lose heart; hence,

  1. to persevere patiently and bravely (equivalent to karteroœ, so Plutarch, de gen. Socrates c. 21, p. 593 f.; Artemidorus Daldianus, oneir. 4, 11) in enduring misfortunes and troubles: absolutely, Heb. 6:15 And so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise.;
  3. James 5:7 ¶ Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains.

James 5:8 You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.
James 5:9 Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door

2. to be patient in bearing the offences and injuries of others; to be mild and slow in avenging; to be long-suffering, slow to anger, slow to punish (to defer anger,  Prov. 19:11             A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger,
            And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.

Gen. 50:15 ¶ When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong which we did to him!”

Gen. 50:18 Then his brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.”
Gen. 50:19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place?
Gen. 50:20 “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.
Gen. 50:21 “So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

Rom. 8:28 ¶ And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

 absolutely, 1Cor. 13:4 ¶ Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful;
1Cor. 13:5 it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
1Cor. 13:6 it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.
1Cor. 13:7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.;

pros tina, 1Th. 5:14 And we exhort you, brethren, admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.;

epi with the dative of person (see epi, B. 2 a. d.), Matt. 18:32 Then his lord summoned him and said to him,  ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me;
Matt. 18:33 and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’
Matt. 18:34 And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt.

spoken of God deferring the punishment of sin, toward one, 2Pet. 3:9 The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Luke 18:7 And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?;
Look at the delay in rescuing Israel. It depends upon circumstances.

3115. makroqumi÷a; makrothumia, makrothumias, heœ (makrothumos (cf. makrothumeoœ)) (Vulgate longanimitas, etc.), i.e.:

1. patience, endurance, constancy, steadfastness, perseverance; especially as shown in bearing troubles and ills (Col. 1:11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,
Col. 1:12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.;

2. patience, forbearance, long-suffering, slowness in avenging wrongs, (for }erek }apayim, Jer. 15:15): Rom. 2:4 Or do you presume upon the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience? Do you not know that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?;

Eph. 4:2 with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love,
Eph. 4:3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.;

1Pet. 3:20 who formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water.
1Pet. 3:21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a clear conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,; 2 Pet. 3:15;

(is the temper which does not easily succumb under suffering, makrothumia is the self-restraint which does not hastily retaliate a wrong. The one is opposed to cowardice or despondency, the other to wrath or revenge (Prov. 15:18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention. Prov. 16:32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city) ...


Heb. 6:15 And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise.), i.e. patiently: Acts 26:3.*

And without God’s patience and those who practice it then and now, we would not be where we are.