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Patience

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The quality of forbearance and self-control which shows itself particularly in a willingness to wait upon God and his will. Believers are called upon to be patient in their expectations of God’s actions, and in their relationships with one another.

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God’s patience

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The patience of Jesus Christ

1 Timothy 1:16 ESV
But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.
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Other examples of patience

the Thessalonian believers; Abraham; Job

The churches of Asia Minor:

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Patience is part of the fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22 ESV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
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God’s people should exercise patience

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People who need particular patience

Christian leaders

2 Timothy 4:2 ESV
preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
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Christian masters

Ephesians 6:9 ESV
Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.

Patience is necessary in church life

Ephesians 4:2 ESV
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
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God’s word is to be received with patience

Hebrews 13:22 ESV
I appeal to you, brothers, bear with my word of exhortation, for I have written to you briefly.
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Patience is a characteristic of love

1 Corinthians 13:4 ESV
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant

Patience is an aspect of faith and hope

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David waits for the Lord to act on his behalf:

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