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Definition

  • Greek
    • Hupomone—a remaining under (as in under a burden)
    • Makrothumia—long temper (or longsuffering)

How to Obtain

  • Through the Spirit
    • Galatians 5:22— But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
  • Through Sin and Suffering
    • Hebrews 12:1— Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
    • James 1:2-4— Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
  • Remembering Jesus
    • Hebrews 12:3— Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

Why Obtain

  • For Unity and Peace
    • Ephesians 4:2-3— with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
  • To Be Complete
    • James 1:2-4— Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
  • His Timing is Better than Ours
    • Psalms 18:30— This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
    • Romans 8:28—And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
  • To Withstand Sin and Suffering
    • Job 36:15— He delivers the afflicted by their affliction and opens their ear by adversity.
    • Romans 12:12— Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
  • To Deal with Difficult People
    • I Thessalonians 5:14— And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.
  • To Love Properly
    • I Corinthians 13:4— Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant
  • To Hope Properly
    • Romans 8:25— But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
  • To Have Joy
    • Romans 12:1-2— Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
    • James 1:2-4— Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
  • Peace and Prosperity
    • Psalms 37:7,9— Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! 9 For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.
      • The Promised Land was a symbol for peace and prosperity.
    • To Have Endless Strength
      • Isaiah 40:31— but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Towards What

  • Other People
    • I Thessalonians 5:14— And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.
    • Psalms 37:7— Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!
  • Good Works
    • Galatians 6:9— And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
  • Knowing God
    • Lamentations 3:25— The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.
  • God’s Kingdom
    • James 5:7-8— Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. 8 You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

Practical Outcomes

  • Instead of saying, “Why me,” thank God for Him making you more perfect and giving you a chance for joy.
  • God allows situations in our lives that we cannot control nor understand why it is happening so that we can build our trust in Him.
  • Understand that there is a time for happiness and sadness; and suffering means that we can be both sad and joyous—sad about our trial but joyous in what God is doing.

Notes

  • Our salvation is the patience of God; for though He wants to destroy all evil, He doesn’t to give us a chance to accept Him through faith.
    • II Peter 3:15— And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him,
    • Romans 2:4— Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
  • Examples
    • Job
      • Became deathly sick
      • His wife and friends were against him
      • He lost his children, business, reputation, and possessions
    • Jeremiah
      • No one listened to his prophecies for 40 years.
      • He wasn’t allowed to marry.
      • His friends left him.
      • People threw him in a cistern.
    • Moses
      • He had to convince millions of people to convert to a new religion and start a new nation.
      • The people constantly bickered and complained against Moses.
      • He wandered a desert for 40 years with only manna to eat, although it wasn’t his punishment.
    • Jesus
      • Jesus was tempted by Satan himself, after wandering a wilderness for 40 days without food or water.
      • The most religious people in the world wanted to kill Him.
      • The people who were closest to Him deserted Him at His most vulnerable moment, when He was being betrayed.
      • The Creator of the universe was beaten, mocked, and crucified by people who once loved Him.
      • The Father left Jesus when He was on the cross.
    • God
      • We create so much evil, suffering, and pain in the world, but God chooses to love us anyway by killing His own Son so that we may live forever with Him.