The dictionary describes patience as: the capacity to tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without becoming angry or upset. ORIGIN Latin patientia, from pati 'suffer'
The Greek defines patience as: patient continuance (waiting) From G5278; cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy: - enduring, patience,. From Greek -5259:and Greek-3306; to stay under (behind), that is, remain; figuratively to undergo, that is, bear (trials), have fortitude, persevere: - abide, endure, (take) patient (-ly), suffer, tarry behind.
The Lord Himself declares in Hebrews 10:35,36; Ye may not cast away, then, your boldness (confidence), which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, having done the will of God, ye may receive the promise.
No patience, no promises received. I know that poor grama. The word "need" carries the idea of a requirement or being destitute. What's the big deal about patience? I mean that's the last thing I'd wanna pray for! After all, God knows we're but dust any way. I'm sure He'd understand if I opt out or fall short of this area, or will He.
Listen with your ears of faith, "For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if [any man] draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul." Hebrews 10:38,39
That's pretty strong language. Why is patience so important? First, it is in patience we will preserve or souls. Additionally, it is with patience that we are to run the race that is set before us. "So therefore, we also having so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, having put off every impediment and the easily entangling sin, let us be running with patient endurance the contest having been set before us: In your patience possess ye your souls." (Heb 12:1, Luk 21:19)
In 2Peter we are told we are to "add" to our faith the virtue of patience. But also [for] this very [reason], having applied all diligence, provide with your* faith And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; (2Pe 1:5,6).
The word "add" means to, to supply, furnish. Just how are we to furnish or supply this patience? James 1:3-4 states, My brothers count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the proving of your faith works patience. But let patience have its perfective work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Did you catch that,2Peter....having applied all diligence provide with your faith, patience.... and then in James...the trying of your faith works patience... let patience have her perfect work. We obtain patience by diligently and joyfully submitting ourselves to the very process that God has established to prove our faith. And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; (Romans 5:3)
Hang in there it only gets better. We should be rejoicing in the fact that it is God who will lead us, His children, into all patience. The unsaved, the unbelieving, the unregenerated, have no rights to this virtue, as it is a "Christian one." The best the unbelieving can ever hope to muster up is tolerance. 2Th 3:5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
In our next time together we will take a closer look at what the Scriptures mean when it says, "In patience possess your soul."
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