Why do we need patience/perseverance/steadfastness?

Pr 14:29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. A practical application for patience is to avoid being seen as a fool. Patience is often seen as thoughtfulness and wisdom.

Eph 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Consider what it takes to stand up to adversity. Does adversity come quickly and leave quickly? It may seem to come quickly but rarely are problems solved as quickly as they arrive. It takes perseverance or steadfastness to see through a troubling situation to the end and come out standing tall on the other side. It takes patience to deal with all the junk along the way so you don’t loose your cool and become the man of folly described in the Proverb above.

Ro 15:4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. God is eternal. His perseverance, steadfastness, and endurance are also perfect and eternal. The Word of God is likewise eternally steadfast.

This post is an excerpt (Question 4.2) from my book Ask James one.

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About Lance Ponder

Christian author of "Ask James one"; public speaker; husband and father. Available to speak on Creation and the Gospel.
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2 Responses to Why do we need patience/perseverance/steadfastness?

  1. Todd Beal says:

    Lance, for many years I did one of three things: blow my top, stuff it down, or live on the surface to avoid any confrontation. Miraculously, in 2006, I gained the ability to tell it like it is and stand on good authority while doing so. For the first time in my life I was free to speak truth without pushing someone away by speaking that truth. Man, what freedom.

    I have found that people are born with one of three different backbones: one that is made of rubber, one that will not bend, and one that alternates between the two. In 2006, I found that placing my full trust in truth gives me the best of all three. Truth gives patience to speak without blowing up, and the patience to stay silent when a word is better left unsaid, even to our self. Truth makes one bold when truth demands right action, and truth makes one meek when truth demands personal sacrifice. Truth makes one stand firm when truth demands that we show its unbreakable nature. Truth makes one bend when truth demands personal compromise. Truth makes one stand tall when truth demands we receive honor. And truth makes one weep in the presence of others when truth demands selfless empathy.

    Without truth, I may be patient, perseverant, or steadfast, but only truth empowers or overcomes all three.

    • Lance Ponder says:

      As always you make excellent points. I wish I’d had you around the first time I wrote all these – my book would have been better for it – I’m confident of that!

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