A Deeper Understanding
August 25, 2019, 3:48 PM

The Greek word for patience is makrothumia, and its translation is probably more closely related to persistence or perseverance.  The word makrothumia applies to God and how He patiently tolerates the errors of humanity with a long-suffering attitude.  He is patient with us and waits for us to return to Him.  The word is also used to describe the Romans as they refused to give up, even in defeat.  They had the patience to overcome.

Scholar W. E. Vine says makrothumia “is the quality that does not surrender to circumstances or succumb under trial; it is the opposite of despondency and is associated with hope.”

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