Two kinds of patience



James 5:7 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.

This is the kind of patience (macrothumia)that learns to wait through the process of sowing and reaping. It is the kind of patience that God honours throughout his Word.

Luke 6:38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

2 Corinthians 9:6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

This patience waits for a Scriptural process of faith to happen.

There is another kind of patience. This is the one Paul had to have in prison, and that we can have in difficult circumstances.
There are two kinds of patience.
One waits for a process to happen (macrothumia)
One waits for the assurance that God is happening (hypomone).

James 1:My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.(hypomone – to remain – stay under - in a given place - that may not seem to be going anywhere). ). But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing

This patience expands your heart to contain more of God and to touch the supernatural joy that only comes from God, that the world can’t give, as we surrender to his grace.


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