by Robert Walker

The Fruit of the Spirit Is Patience
Robert Walker
Galatians 5:22; James 5:7

Now what are we talking about when we talk about patience?

Patience is the Greek word hypomone (Strong's #5278) which is a compound word made up of two other words: hypo (a preposition meaning 'under') and moneo (a verb meaning to 'remain' or 'abide').

Thus, the idea is to 'remain under' or 'abide under' difficult circumstances - as when it is not possible to escape or avoid them.

Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, an excellent resource for those who want to dig further into the meaning of the original language, gives the meaning as 'to bear up courageously (under suffering).'

Longsuffering is the Greek word makrothumia (Strong's #3115) which is related to another compound word made up of makros ('long' or 'far') and thumos ('wrath' or 'fierceness').

Although thumos can mean wrath or fierceness, its usage in this compound form carries the idea of 'temper.' Thus, makrothumia denotes remaining in a state of emotional quietness in the face of unfavorable circumstances.

The Bible says patience is a must in Eccles. 7:8

The end of a thing is better than its beginning; the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

Luke 21:19

By your patience possess your souls.

Hebrews 10:36 says we should perfect patience and after we have done the will of God then we will be able to really receive the promises.

James 5:7 says we should patiently wait for the coming of the Lord. Romans 12:12 tells us to be rejoicing in hope and to be patient in tribulation and to be instant in prayer.

And there is no way to talk about having love and joy and peace unless we are going to get a hold of the very thing that glues and holds everything together.

The power of patience for without it there will be no love, joy, peace etc.

Patience is to be slow at angry. Patience is to bear with the weakness of others. Patience is ...

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