Colossians 3:12 -14

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

The word longsuffering is from the Greek word makrothumia; it is a compound word and consists of macros and thoumos. Macros means long, the word macaroni (long noodles) derives from it. The word thumos means anger, it embodies the idea of swelling emotions, or a strong growing passion about something. Therefore the word makrothumia pictures the patient restraint of anger and therefore connotes longsuffering. It is also translated as forbearance and patience. It is like the candlewick that is very long and prepared to burn for a long time.

To be patient with people, friends and family is by choice. It is being able to forbear and patiently wait until a person comes around, makes progress, changes, or hears what you are trying to communicate or teach him or her. The bible demands that we be patient toward all men. One of the characteristics of love is that love suffers long. So allow the Holy Spirit to bear the fruit of longsuffering (patience) so you don’t get frustrated with everybody and yourself.

The reason for many unfaithful act and break ups in relationships is lack of longsuffering or patience. The reason for anger and quick blow-ups is lack of patience. Friends, allow patience to have its perfect work and you shall be full lacking nothing.


For further Study

1 Thessalonians 5:14, 1 Corinthians 13:4a

 Personal declaration for the day

I will patiently wait for God’s intervention in my situation.

Questions for you to reflect on

Name three things that easily push your button?

How do you intend to deal patiently with them?