The origin of the popular saying "patience is a virtue" comes from a poem around 1360. However, even before then the Bible often mentions patience as a valuable character quality.
So what exactly is the meaning of patience?
Well, patience is most commonly defined as the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. In other words, patience is essentially "waiting with grace." Part of being Christian is the ability to accept unfortunate circumstances gracefully while having faith that we will ultimately find resolution in God.
What is virtue and why is it important?
Virtue is synonymous with having a noble character. It simply means the quality or practice of moral excellence and is one of the central tenants of Christianity. Being virtuous is essential to enjoying a wholesome life and building healthy relationships!
In Galatians 5:22, patience is listed as one of the fruits of the Spirit. If patience is a virtue, then waiting is the best (and often most unpleasant) means by which the Holy Spirit grows patience in us.
But our culture does not value patience in the same way that God does. Why be patient? Instant gratification is much more fun! Our increasing ability to instantly satisfy our wants may be taking away the blessing of learning how to wait well.
What does it mean to “wait well,” anyway?
Here are six ways to let scripture guide you to wait well for your sanity and sanctification – ultimately for God’s glory:
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