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"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law."  Galatians 5:22-23
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
PATIENCE
SLOW TO SPEAK AND SLOW TO ANGER
DEFINITION
It is the quality of restraint that prevents believers from speaking or acting hastily in the face of disagreement, opposition or persecution.  Patience is bearing pain or problems without complaining.
 
EXEMPLIFIED IN JESUS
In a letter to his friend Timothy, the apostle Paul wrote, "Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance:  Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners - of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.  Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever.  Amen."         1 Timothy 1:15-17
 
OTHER SCRIPTURE REFERENCES: 
"A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly." Proverbs 14:29
 
"A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel." Proverbs 15:18
 
"And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone." 1 Thessalonians 5:14
 
"You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near.  Don't grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged." James 5:8-9
 
 
 
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