An introduction to this series can be found here, and Part 2, exploring the Hebrew terms, can be found here. The Greek Definitions of Patience—Endurance as Salvation: makrǒthumia/makrǒthumōs Found fifteen times in the New Testament, fourteen in the first form and once in the second form (Acts 26:3), this word refers to forbearance or fortitude, to be longsuffering, or to endure. How is God enduring? Linked alongside the Hebrew word, ârêk, the Apostle Paul
An introduction to this series can be found at conciliarpost.com/theology-spirituality/is-god-patient/1 Wordplay The English root word of “patience” is patient, which has two meanings in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: Entry One: “1. Bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint, 2. manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain, 3. not hasty or impetuous, 4. steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity, or 5. able or willing to bear.” To begin with, I was hoping for a
Why this Question? In The Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer writes, “We wait for the sun to move from east to west or for the hour hand to move around the face of the clock, but God is not compelled so to wait. For Him everything that will happen has already happened.” Wait. God is not compelled so to wait? What does that mean? Does waiting even factor into His existence? If not, is
Perhaps this is merely my experience, but I grew up hearing that some prayers were dangerous. The prayers for things such as greater boldness in witnessing, further opportunities to give, or greater love for the person who’s a thorn in your side. These prayers have a way of being answered, or rather, of creating opportunities to outwork the desires apparently behind our prayers. Naturally, these opportunities feel uncomfortable and, at times, even hurt a little.