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But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.
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Romans 8:25, HCSB
  

When I see the word patience listed in Galatians 5 with the other fruits of the spirit, I groan. I’m reading happily along with love, joy and peace, and then… patience. Ugh, I say to myself. I know I’m not patient. Just watch me try to fold a fitted sheet.

Temper tantrums, waiting, inconvenience—this is what I think of when I think about the word patience. But patience, as talked about in the Bible, is much more than remaining calm in the midst of fitted-sheet frustration.

Take the new believers in the book of James as an example. These people were Jews recently converted to Christianity. Because of their new beliefs, they were rejected by their own people. Their own families. They were persecuted by everyone around them, and James tells them to do what? “You also must be patient,” he says. “Strengthen your hearts because the Lord’s coming is near” (James 5:8 HCSB).

The Greek word often for used for patience in Scripture is makrothyemia, which means… well, it means words that make me uncomfortable, such as:

Longsuffering

Slowness in avenging wrongs

Steadfastness

Forbearance

Patience is much deeper than something you practice when someone is hogging the bathroom. Patience—the longsuffering kind of patience—is something that arises when real trial strikes.