Are we growing in our long temper?

  1. For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. 11. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, 12. That you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:10-12 NKJV.

The Apostle expresses confidence that his readers will remain steadfast. Faith looks to the One who promises; (v10) hope looks to the things promised (v 11).

Patience, makrothumia, Strong’s # 3115- roots are makros, “long,” and thumos, “temper.” Some of the qualities are lenience, tolerance, fortitude, patient endurance, longsuffering. This speaks of the person who has power to avenge himself, yet refrains from the exercise of this power; a long holding of the mind before it gives room to action or passion. clip_image006

Makrothumia, is associated with mercy and is used of God (Rom.2:4; 1 Peter 3:20). When exercised toward another person, one suffers long and extends himself to the life of that person wishing to win such a one to a godly life in spite of his sinfulness (Acts 26:3). 27patienthen

 

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