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Jan 5, 2019 - Day of Patience
Patience is the ability to endure difficult circumstances such as perseverance in the face of delay; tolerance of provocation without responding in annoyance/anger; or forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. Patience is the level of endurance one can have before negativity. It is the character trait of being steadfast. Generally, the Greek world applied this word to a person who could avenge self but did not. This word is often used in the Scriptures in reference to God and His attitude towards humans. Exodus 34:6 describes the Lord as "slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.” The Greek word makrothumia (longsuffering) is often used to convey patience. Makros, "long", and thumos, "temper" form the word. The word denotes lenience, forbearance, fortitude, and patient endurance. Today ask the Lord to make you slow to anger and rich in kindness and faithfulness. When annoyance or anger tempts you to be provoked, seek to be like God who epitomizes makrothumia (longsuffering). Patience is how God works! Today join God in how God works. The Bible states “with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2).