Patience in the Believer, Principles of


  • The first principle, Patience results from the filling of the Spirit.

Gal 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.”

  • Patience is developed through the power of the spirit and the power of Bible Doctrine in the soul of the believer.

Col. 1:11, “Strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience.”

Steadfastness and patience is developed through the power of God.

  • Patience and longsuffering is a system of thinking, it is not an emotion.

Col 3:12, “And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart (right lobe of the brain) of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

A patient person will be slow to anger.  He will not get angry quickly.

  • Patience will give us the power and the gracious system of thinking to have great understanding and sensitivity toward others.

Pro 14:29, “He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.”

  • Patience with others will also help us resolve and reconcile differences.

Pro 15:18, “A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but the slow to anger pacifies contention.”

  • Patience is a virtue which gives the believer fantastic strength under pressure.

Pro 16:32, “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.” 

  • Patience will also allow us to be discreet and overlook the sins of others.

Pro 19:11, “A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression.”  

When you are patient with people, you do not hold them accountable for the wrongs they have done against you.

  • Patience allows us to rest in the Lord and let the Supreme Court Judge of Heaven handle any unfair or unjust treatment.

Psa 37:7, “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.”  

If someone is carrying out wicked schemes against you, be patient, relax, the Lord has everything under control.

  • Patience gives us the strength and power to handle undeserved suffering and mal-treatment and bring glory to the lord.

1 Pet 2:20, “For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.”

  • Patience is having your doctrine and the faith rest drill tested in your life, which will give you patience.

Jam 1:3, “Knowing that the testing of your faith (your doctrine/faith-rest drill) produces endurance.” 

Jam 1:4, “And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

“Perfect and complete, lacking nothing” does not mean sinless perfection, it means maturity and contentment.

  • The pastor-teacher must have extreme patience with members of his congregation.

2 Tim 4:2, “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.”

The reason why it says to “exhort, with great patience and instruction” is simply because you can teach doctrine accurately for years and people will still reject it when they need it.  And this can be a source of discouragement to any man who is in the ministry.

  • The Lord has made many promises to you as a believer, and patience is also needed concerning the promises of God.

Heb 6:12, “That you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

Heb 6:15, “And thus, having patiently waited, he Abraham obtained the promise.”

  • Patience is also needed after you have done all that you are supposed to do and things in your life have still not changed.

Heb 10:36, “For you have need of patience, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.”

  • Patience and longsuffering is a system of thinking.

Col 3:12, “Put on a heart right lobe of patience.”

  • Patience allows us to put up with people and each other as we continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Eph 4:2, “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love.”