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Patience is commonly limited to the ability ’to wait’ however, patience must include a combination of perseverance and self-control. Therefore patience is the ability to wait without frustration or reaction.
The AV captures the virtue of patience by using the word ’long-suffering’ which means to be long-tempered as opposed to being short-tempered. Patience then is being in control of our anger or being ’slow to anger’ (read Jam 1:19).
"Long-suffering is the quality of self-restraint in the face of provocation which does not hastily retaliate or promptly punish; it is the opposite of anger, and associated with mercy (read Rom 2:4, lPet 3:20)."
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Long-suffering or patience is a quality that should be sought after and displayed in the Christian character. Paul tells us to ’put on patience and to walk in patience’ (read Eph 4:2, Col 3:12). As a spiritual quality long-suffering or patience is received and released as we co-operate with the Spirit of Christ within us (read Gal 5:22).
It would be a wonderful world if every one was patient with everyone else. Paul encourages us to be patient with everyone (read lThess 5:14). However, people do test our patience and even Christians become angry. Satan seeks to use a lost temper to bring Christians under a ’cloud of guilt and condemnation’ that leads a person away from the truth of God. Christians must remember that there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus and I would even say there is no guilt for those in Christ but there is for the Christian the conviction of the Holy Spirit that leads us to repentance and God, (read Ps 34:22, Rom 8:1).
To use patience effectively we must try to understand the anger we are seeking to control. Patience and anger are like ’the lion and the lion-tamer’.
REASONS FOR ANGER
Firstly anger is an emotion, a God given emotion that was perfect at its creation. So we should not pray "Lord take away my anger" we should pray however, "Lord help me to control my anger and use it in the way you ordained in the beginning."
Secondly anger is not a sin, simply an emotion, that can be used righteously or sinfully. Paul said "Be angry but do not sin (read Eph 4:26). It is how we release or express our anger that can lead us to sin (read Gal 5:20). Satan in tempting us to sin will use many influences upon our anger to lead us into sin, he may use insult, injustice, unfulfilled expectations, irritation from others, even our loved ones. We must remember we can be angry but we can refuse to be lead into sin.
RIGHTEOUS AND UN-RIGHTEOUS ANGER
When is anger a sin and when is anger not a sin ? If all anger is sinful then God and Jesus while on the earth sinned yet the Bible tells us clearly God cannot and Jesus did not sin (read lPet 2:22).
We can be righteously angry at; sin, gossip, evil, injustice, insult, or disobedience. Righteous anger should lead to righteous actions. However, if our anger at injustice, insult etc. leads us into an ’eye for an eye’ mentality then our anger is leading us to