Patience from God; Endure Life Troubles with Genuine Joy

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From God
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Patience – “[We also pray that you will be] strengthened with great power, according to God’s glorious might, so that you will have great endurance and patience [coupled] with joy.”
Colossians 1:11 (AUV)

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‘Patience – “[We also pray that you will be] strengthened with great power, according to God’s glorious might, so that you will have great endurance and patience [coupled] with joy.” – Colossians 1:11 (AUV)’

Ephesians 4:1-3 Therefore, as a prisoner for the Lord, I encourage you to live as people worthy of the call you received from God. 2 Conduct yourselves with all humility, gentleness, and patience. Accept each other with love, 3 and make an effort to preserve the unity of the Spirit with the peace that ties you together. (CEB)

Patiently Endure

Something to think about:

Welcome to the fourth Bible study in the ‘Fruit of the Spirit series’. The topic is PATIENCE also known as long-suffering. Patience allows us to go through all things in peace. It teaches us to wait on the Lord and not act or react too soon. This grace helps us stay calm and at ease as we wait for a positive outcome. Has God been patient with you? Be patient with and show love to the Lord and others.

Key Points:
  1. The Lord set the example of true (genuine) patience. You received this grace when you were born again. Now learn how to use it ; eternal life is your reward. 1 Timothy 1:16 Yet for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might show forth his unlimited patience, as a pattern for those who would believe in him for eternal life. (RKJNT)
  2. Paul and the other Apostles set an example for us. Stop complaining about your situation, be patient and endure with genuine joy (from the Holy Spirit)! 2 Corinthians 6:4-7 But in all things we commend ourselves as servants of God: in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distress, 5 in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, and in hunger; 6 by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by genuine love, (MEV)
  3. Do not let your current struggles (life troubles) cloud your view of the heavenly kingdom. You can take it with the Lord’s help. Romans 8:18 I think that the troubles we have in this life are nothing when we think of the great things that we shall have. (WE) 2 Peter 3:15 Look on our Lord’s patience as the opportunity he is giving you to be saved, just as our dear friend Paul wrote to you, using the wisdom that God gave him. (GNT)

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Meet This Godly Quality (part one)
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Hello I am Patience

Patience no matter how you express it—a grace, gift or virtue—must be a part of you. The New Century Version Dictionary simply defines patience “to handle pain or difficult times calmly and without complaining”. In the Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old Testament and New Testament Words gave this statement as part of the definition of the Greek word hupomone:

Patience perfects Christian character, James 1:4, and fellowship in the patience of Christ is therefore the condition upon which believers are to be admitted to reign with Him, [2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 1:9]. For this patience believers are ‘strengthened with all power,’ [Colossians 1:11], ‘through His Spirit in the inward man,’ [Ephesians 3:16].

Message in the picture.

Hello, I am Patience, get to know me:

  • I do not get angry easily.
  • I choose not to give up.
  • I go through hardships with joy and hope.
  • I am gentle.
  • I never get tired of waiting for the outcome.
  • I do not complain about anything.
  • I can help make your life better; learn how to use me. Patience

As a child of God, you have this quality—patience—through the Holy Spirit. It is a gift from God to help you. Hmm, we must back this up with Scripture to make sure we all can agree on this or at least know why I said it. Take a look at a few of the Bible translations / revisions to see how the wording varies, but I ask are you getting the message or is it confusing?

IMPORTANT: I urge you to always use the translation / revision that your congregation uses or that you are most comfortable with. The other translations and revisions are available for reference; if you find that they confuse you please do not use them.

Romans 15:5 Now may the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, according to Christ Jesus: (RKJNT)

Romans 15:5 Now may the God Who gives the power of patient endurance (steadfastness) and Who supplies encouragement, grant you to live in such mutual harmony and such full sympathy with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, (AMP)

Romans 15:5 All patience and encouragement come from God. And I pray that God will help you all agree with each other, as Christ Jesus wants. (ERV)

The word patience used in verse 5 (KJV) is from the Greek hupomone (hoop-om-on-ay’) {Strong’s G5281; the G=Greek, you would use Hxxx for Hebrew references (xxx=numbers) in the OT} meanings:

  1. cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy (from Mickelson’s Enhanced Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries via theWord)
  2. from Strong’s Concordance via
    • Short Definition: endurance, steadfastness
    • Definition: endurance, steadfastness, patient waiting for.
  3. from Louw and Nida Greek-English Lexicon Based on Semantic Domain via PC Study Bible
    • capacity to continue to bear up under difficult circumstances – ‘endurance, being able to endure.
    • endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ’ 1 Thessalonians 1:3.
  • Other KJV usage for ‘hupomone’: enduring, patience, patient continuance (waiting)

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith (KJV)

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (RKJNT)

Be mindful that certain words can have different, similar or the same meanings in most if not all languages, this is another example. In Galatians 5:22 the KJV translators used the word longsuffering instead of patience.

The word longsuffering used in verse 22 (KJV) is from the Greek makrothumia (mak-roth-oo-mee’-ah) {Strong’s G3115} meanings:

  1. longanimity
  2. (objectively) forbearance or (subjectively) fortitude (1 and 2 from Mickelson’s Enhanced Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries via theWord)
  3. from outline of Bible usage via
    • patience, endurance, constancy, steadfastness, perseverance
    • patience, forbearance, longsuffering, slowness in avenging wrongs
  • Other KJV usage for makrothumia: longsuffering, patience Hebrews 6:12 and James 5:10

This link to shows four different Greek words giving many translations (meanings) all four share the common meaning patience.

Challenge: Follow the link (above) to
  1. click (tap for mobile users) on the Strong’s number 3115 on the left side of the screen
  2. scroll (swipe) down to “Frequency / Word / Parsing Lists [ Book | Word | Parsing ]”
  3. click / tap Galatians under NAS and HCS; what words are used in these translations to replace longsuffering?
  4. Was this challenge: easy, difficult or confusing?

Please give your answers and feedback in the comment area at the end of the post.

Questions for ‘Meet This Godly Quality’: Do you have a better understanding of and use patience?

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Endurance (Part two)
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“By your patient endurance you will gain your lives.”
Luke 21:19 (LEB)

Endure Life Troubles

And we are also happy with the troubles we have. Why are we happy with troubles? Because we know that these troubles make us more patient. 4 And this patience is proof that we are strong. And this proof gives us hope. 5 And this hope will never disappoint us. We know this because God has poured out his love to fill our hearts through the Holy Spirit he gave us.’ Romans 5:3-5 (ERV)

Continuing with the Fruit of the Spirit—Galatians 5:22—patience from the Greek makrothumia (mak-roth-oo-mee’-ah) translated as longsuffering ten of twelve times by the King James translators and twice as patience. I reviewed ten King James revisions {including the NKJV} only the RKJNT used the word patience instead of longsuffering in Galatians 5:22.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (KJV)

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 Gentleness, self-control: against such things there is no law. (RKJNT)

Other English words

Endurance – Going through hard times, suffering, and life troubles without giving up. Forbearance – The act of enduring, tolerating, patience, longsuffering, etc.; self-control; patient restraint. Longsuffering – Being patient while suffering wrongs or abuse for a long time. Tolerance – The power or capacity of enduring; the act of enduring; endurance.

There are three Greek words for patience I will not focus on the differences in this post but at some point, we must deal with it. If you want to see the differences follow the links below:

  1. makrothymeō mä-kro-thü-me’-ō
  2. makrothymia mä-kro-thü-mē’-ä
  3. hypomonē hü-po-mo-nā’

Go through without complaining

Patience is putting up with tough conditions and difficult people without giving up or becoming angry [James 5:7-12 (10-11)]. Patience is that controlled temper with which the good man willingly and steadily bears the evils, pains, injuries, offenses and trials of life, the various forms of sufferings, misfortunes, and wrongs, whether they proceed from persons or things without complaining. Patience is the Spirit enabled restraint proving the skill to calmly and freely undergo and accept delay and inconvenience [Romans 15:1-5].

Question for ‘Endurance’: Do you have the patience to endure until the end?

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Scriptures to read and study

Ecclesiastes 7:8-10 (key verse: 8); Luke 21:7-19 (key verse: 19); Matthew 24:3-14 (key verse: 13); Mark 13:3-13 (key verse: 13); Romans 5:1-5 (key verses: 3-5); Hebrews 6:9-12 (key verse: 12); Romans 14:14 through Romans 15:6; James 5:6-11 (key verse: 11); Romans 8:18-30 (key verse: 15); 2 Corinthians 6:1-10 (focus verses: 3-10; key verses: 4 and 6); 1 Timothy 1:12-17 (key verse: 16); 2 Timothy 3:10-17 (focus verses: 10-15; key verses:10-11); 2 Timothy 4:1-5 (key verses: 2-4); 2 Peter 3:14-18 (key verse:15)

Conclusion (close)

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Psalms 62:5-8 Yet, truly, my soul will be subject to God. For from him is my patience. 6 For he is my God and my Savior. He is my helper; I will not be expelled. 7 In God is my salvation and my glory. He is the God of my help, and my hope is in God. 8 All peoples gathered together: trust in him. Pour out your hearts in his sight. God is our helper for eternity. (CPDV)

James 5:9-11 Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned: behold, the judge stands before the door. 10 My brethren, take the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering, and of patience. 11 Behold, we count as happy those who endured. You have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the outcome the Lord brought about; that the Lord is full of compassion, and of tender mercy. (RKJNT)

God is patient

Romans 2:1-4 So you have no reason, whoever you are, for judging: for in judging another you are judging yourself, for you do the same things. 2 And we are conscious that God is a true judge against those who do such things. 3 But you who are judging another for doing what you do yourself, are you hoping that God’s decision will not take effect against you? 4 Or is it nothing to you that God had pity on you, waiting and putting up with you for so long, not seeing that in his pity God’s desire is to give you a change of heart? (BBE)

[read Romans 1:18-2:16 (key verses: 2:1-4)]

True patience comes from God our Savior, helper, and hope. Learn to use the patience that comes from God through His Holy Spirit. Jeremiah 15:15 “You know me, O Lord. Remember me, and visit me, and watch over me, because of those who persecute me. In your patience, do not choose to let me endure. You know I have suffered reproach because of you.” (CPDV)

Please do not leave yet I want to give you something to remember. Colossians 3:12-13 “Therefore, clothe yourselves like the elect of God: holy and beloved, with hearts of mercy, kindness, humility, modesty, and patience. 13 Support one another, and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive one another. For just as the Lord has forgiven you, so also must you do.” (CPDV)

Patience is the Spirit enabled self-control proving the gift to calmly and willingly endure and put up with delay, problems, and inconvenience. Be patient, use patience with genuine joy and be blessed—Tim.

Related articles:

Fruit of the Spirit – Can Others See God Through You? || What We Hope For || Maintaining a Positive Attitude || Christian Life || Changed Life

Question for “Conclusion”: Are you impatient with other people and / or with God?

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Published on: Sunday, November 8, 2015

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