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The Virtue of Patience for Christians

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When defined as “waiting without complaint,” patience might seem to be a morally insignificant trait. What’s so virtuous about not complaining? In itself, not complaining carries no particular virtue. Suppose a person awaits the arrival of a friend from out of town, and she spends the time happily reading or watching television. We wouldn’t say that, simply because she’s not complaining, she exhibits patience in this case.

Something else must be required to make one’s lack of complaint virtuous. That something is discomfort. It’s because a circumstance is uncomfortable for someone that we find her refusal to complain remarkable and thus regard her as patient.

Some Bible verses on Patience

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Whoever is patient has great understanding,
but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.
Proverbs 14:29

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Ephesians 4:2

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 12:12

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:9

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