PatienceWhat is patience? The dictionary says that patience is forbearingpains or trials calmly or without complaint. Job complained orexpressed his pain and suffering so we must amend thedictionary deﬁnition. The type of complaint that we must not dois the way that the children of Israel complained in thewilderness, murmuring against God and expressing anger.Jobwhile expressing his grief, even as Christ also did in the psalmsand prior to his cruciﬁxion, never lost his integrity. The seconddeﬁnition of patience in the dictionary is better. It meansmanifesting forbearance under provocation or strain. For bearmeans to control oneself. Another deﬁnition is to be steadfastdespite opposition, difﬁculty or adversity. Let us deﬁne patienceas steadfast obedience to God under tribulation or adversity.
Patience and obedienceWhen you obey God, and when you can control yourself “My brethren, count it alland your actions even under very adverse conditions, joy when ye fall intokeeping your integrity, you are showing patience. diverse temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faithThe actual Hebrew meaning of the word patience includes worketh patience. But letlong suffering and endurance. Long suffering is long and patience have her perfectpatience endurance of offense. God is long suffering to his work, that ye may be perfect and endure,children as well as to the children of the devil. He gives wanting nothing.” James 1:everyone time to obey. He does not destroy them at the ﬁrst 2-4.offense and usually not even after many offenses. Number14:18, II Peter 3:9, Romans 9:22, Ecclesiasticus 18:8-14. To belong suffering is one of the fruits of the spirit which bringsus into the likeness of God. Galatians 5:22, Colossians1:10-11. We must be long suffering to each other. Ephesians4: 1-3, Colossians 3:12-13.
Patience and EnduranceEndurance means the ability to withstand hardship or adversity, the ability to sustain a longstress effort. Christ speaks about the last days in Matthew chapter 24, and he says in verse13-”but he that shall endure until the end the same shall be saved.” It is necessary to haveendurance because we must all go through hardship and adversity. In fact God proves us,whether we will obey or not with trials and afﬂictions and sacriﬁce. It is relatively easy toobey God when all things are going well and when no sacriﬁce is required of you. The youngman who Christ spoke to who wanted eternal life said that he had kept the law since hisyouth , but Christ looking at him knew his weakness and he tried him, he said sell all that youhave and give to the poor and follow me. The young man went away sorrowful because hecould not make the sacriﬁce. He could obey the law as long as he did not have to sacriﬁce thecomforts of this life. Christ also taught us what happens when someone has no endurancewith his parable of the sower and the seed. Matthew 13: 3-6, Mark 4: 16-17
Patience leads to PerfectionThe description of Charity in I Corinthians chapter 13 (Whichwe know is divine love in perfection) includes being longsuffering and having endurance. verse 7 says “beareth allthings, believeth all things, hopeth all things and endureth allthings.”Christ calls upon us to wait on him, which means to watch, toremain ready, always looking for and expecting him. Luke 12:35-40. And how do we as good watchmen wait on God andremain ready? We must be sober, we must be awake and wemust wear the whole armor of God.
Suffering Afﬂiction In this life we must all suffer. it is a condition of living thatapplies to all men. In order to be saved we must also suffer. Wehave to take on Christ. To be like Christ we must be perfect. Wemust be obedient as he was to his father, and we must sufferlike him. He was described by the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 53: 3as “a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief.” We must alsohave sorrow and grief. christ showed us that we can sufferafﬂiction and still obey the Lord. He showed us that we cansacriﬁce to God. Did he not sacriﬁce his life to save ours? Wecan remain steadfast, we can wait upon our redeemer. Thissuffering is the cross of Christ. Matthew 16: 24-26. It is throughthis suffering, this sacriﬁce, this obedience to God that the oldman of sin is mortiﬁed. Galatians 5: 24. We die in Christ but wealso overcome this world as Christ did and we live in newnessof life. We must all carry the cross of Christ. Romans 8:16-18, IITimothy 3:12.
learning to be steadfast In Revelations chapter 3, Christ said to the church of Philadelphia that becausethey kept the word of his patience that he would also keep them from the hour oftemptation which shall come upon all the world. The word of Christ’s patience isobedience to the law under tribulation. We suffer under tribulation. Tribulation isdistress or suffering resulting from persecution. Christ suffered abuse because ofpersecution. The prophets suffered tribulation. Many people have lost their livesbecause of the word of God. Others, not losing as much, have lost jobs,opportunities and the love of their families and friends. Trying to hold on to thesethings by sitting on the fence is to deny the cross of Christ. Acts 14:21-22. But whenyou are persecuted for obeying God. Christ said, “rejoice and be exceeding glad: forgreat is your reward in heaven for so persecuted they the prophets which werebefore you.”
Two types of sorrowWe also sorrow. There are two kinds of sorrows. Godly sorrow is fromthe spirit of mourning and leads to repentance. The sorrow of the worldleads to death. This sorrow is when people feel regret and frustrationbecause they cannot have the things they want or live the life they wantor be with the people they want. They may be grieving over the loss ofthe this common life. They may be grieving because of aging, illness orloss of beauty, jobs and relationships. This sorrow leads to depressionand can lead to death. This comes of the spirit of the devil and is not ofGod. These people want a happier better common life, they are notinterested in eternal life or the kingdom of heaven. II Corinthians 7:0.
The purpose of suffering What does suffering get you? How does it beneﬁt you? Well tribulation leadeth to patience,patience to experience and experience to hope and hope leads to the love of God. Romans 5:3-5. James 1: 2-4 says,”Let patience have her perfect work that ye may be perfect and entire.”Matthew 5: 10-12 says it is a blessing to be persecuted for righteousness sake. James 1: 12says we will receive a crown of life. You will suffer in this world whether you are a child ofGod or not. the wicked suffer as well as the righteous. The conditions of this common life isa law that is decreed upon all men. You live, you can choose to do good or evil, you sufferand you die. It is the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The evil in the fruitincludes not only wickedness that you do, but because of sin and death it includes sorrow,hardship, distress, disease and ultimately death to every person whether they are a child ofGod or not. This is common suffering. Common suffering can be made worse because ofpoor decisions, such as a poor choice of spouse, not working,not getting an education, becoming involved with bad people,making poor ﬁnancial choices. Some people suffer a lotbecause they are doing evil. They commit crimes and are put injail, or they do not obey the company’s rules and they lose theirjob. It is not a blessing to you if you suffer and you were in thewrong. You were getting what you deserve. I Peter 2: 19-24. IPeter 3: 17.
PathwaysWhen you walk in the broad way, not seeking God, you suffer.When you walk on the straight and narrow path you also suffer,but Christ walks with you, The Holy Ghost comforts you and theWisdom of God counsels you and helps you out of your troubles,and in the end, with patient endurance a crown of life awaits you.We also suffer with punishment and chastisement of the Lord.God does chastise his children to purge them and lead them backto the right path. Hebrews 12:6-7.God chastises his children with mercy to lead them to repentancebut with the wicked he reserves the ﬁerce anger of his judgment. Itmay seem as if wicked people often get away with things butevery on of them will suffer hell before the second death. Theywill know that they are lost, without hope, all of their sins willcome back to their minds and will haunt and torment them,anguish, distress, fear, horror, terror, all await the wicked. Theywill suffer in this hell for as long as it has been judged accordingto their works.
SufferingNo one wants to suffer. It is never pleasant. Some people grieve long andhard. They even die of broken hearts. We have to ﬁght against thetendency to focus so much on our troubles; forgetting the mercies of Godand the promise of his coming. Doing this can be harmful to your health.It is Satan that wants to destroy you in this way. He torments us byconstantly bring troubles to our minds in order to erode our hope andfaith in God. Ecclesiasticus 30: 21-23. We must always remember that wehave hope because God is always with us. In our worst times and in ourgreatest sorrows he is there.
Patience and tribulation Therefore we have something to be thankful Troubled: ! worried, disturbed Distress: ! overcome by greatfor each and everyday. We rejoice even in our difﬁcultiestribulation. Paul describes suffering with Perplexed:! full of difﬁculty,hope in II Corinthians 4:8-10. What Paul uncertaintymeans is even though we are worried Despair:! loss of hope Persecuted:! arass, grieved, afﬂicted hbecause of difﬁculties we are going through Forsaken:! abandonedwith, we are not overcome by them and we Cast down:!down cast, low in spiritsdo not lose hope. We have grief and afﬂiction Destroyed: ! o ruin, killed tbut God has not abandoned us, we may feelsad but this will not kill us. We have hope.We have faith and God will never leave us. Ithank God for his patience and longsuffering towards me and my family andtowards all of us.
The Gift of PatienceI do not take lightly the precious gift that he gave me. Iconsider his own suffering remembering always thesacriﬁce that he made that I might live. God has given ustime and opportunity to come to him. He came to this earthand as a man bore with such patience the hatred, envy anddisrespect of the people he had created. Our second greatestexample is Job who lost everything in a moment, all of hiswealth, all of his children, his health and his peace of mind.He lost the respect of his friends and the honor of hisservants and event the honor of his wife. Yet he nevercharged God foolishly. I began with a memory verse fromthe book of James and I will conclude also from James.James 5: 7-11.