The upcoming lesson, July 7, is COURAGE.

Lesson Notes:

Here is a dictionary definition of patience.

patience (with somebody / something) 1. the ability to stay calm and accept a delay or something annoying without complaining 2. the ability to spend a lot of time doing something difficult that needs a lot of attention and effort

However, as we continue our Marks of a Christian study, we seek more than a dictionary definition.  We want a Biblical definition.

As Drew Ford reminded us in class this morning, "Patience is an attribute of God and is intended to characterize each Christian – it is described as a quality, fruit of the Spirit, attribute of love and a virtue.'

We began by looking at the works of the flesh that show the opposite of patience—jealousy, outbursts of anger, and dissension.  Each of these and others shows an unwillingness to wait for the Lord's timing.  

Here is a list of Bible verses with a short explanation of what they say about patience:

  • Romans 2:4 – God is the patient one – taking abuse from us with the hope of our repentance
  • Romans 9:22 – God is the patient one – again taking abuse from us – vessels of wrath prepared for destruction
  • 2nd Corinthians 6:6 – Paul describes ministry difficulties
  • Ephesians 4:2 – We are called to walk worthy of the calling – including fruit of the Spirit behaviors
  • Colossians 1:11 – We are called to walk worthy of the Lord – including the fruit of the Spirit
  • Colossians 3:12 – We are called to walk worthy of the Lord – as God's chosen ones – command – PUT ON – Spirit behaviors/fruits
  • 1st Timothy 1:16 – Jesus patient with Paul (worst of sinners)
  • 2nd Timothy 3:10 –Paul'ss example of Christ – teaching & conduct
  • 2nd Timothy 4:2 –Paul'ss charge to Timothy – Produce Godly behaviors and traits
  • 1st Peter 3:20 –God's patience in the Days of Noah
  • 2nd Peter 3:9 – The Lord is patient with desire for all to repent
  • 2nd Peter 3:15 – The Lord is patient – desiring our salvation

Growing in patience takes time, requires difficult situations, and oftentimes includes challenging people.

Growth in patience doesn't have shortcuts.  It is not produced by us but by the Holy Spirit.  Because of this, it depends on God, which means it must include prayer.