PATIENCE - Dig Deeper
The number nine Fruit of the Spirit
Good temper, is it so hard to come by, it is a result of our wounded ego, in retaliation we react, but through prayer and meditation we can calm our souls. Patience is a strong determination of will.
Patience (Greek: makrothumia, Latin: longanimitas)
Generally the Greek world applied this word to a man who could avenge himself but did not. This word is often used in the Greek Scriptures in reference to God and his attitude to man. Exodus 34:6 describes the Lord as “slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.”
It describes the capacity to continue to bear up under difficult circumstances, not with a passive complacency, but with a hopeful fortitude that actively resists weariness and defeat, with hupomone (Greek ὑπομονή) being further understood as that which would be “as opposed to cowardice or despondency”; “with lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love”.
The fruit of patience includes two distinct, but related aspects of character. These are: steadfastness in enduring troubles and also slowness in avenging wrongs. Without both of these aspects, patience is incomplete. To have true, scriptural patience, you must combine both of these.