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Love is Patient (1 Corinthians 13:4)


Word Definitions / Verse List

The New Testament Greek Words (from Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon):


to be of a long spirit, not to lose heart; hence: 1) to persevere patiently and bravely in enduring misfortunes and troubles; 2) to be patient in bearing the offences and injuries of others; to be mild and slow in avenging; to be long-suffering, slow to anger, slow to punish


1) patience, endurance, constancy, steadfastness, perseverance (esp. as shown in bearing troubles and ills; 2) patience, forbearance, long-suffering, slowness in avenging wrongs


with longanimity, i.e., patiently [Acts 26:3]


(= hupomone, 1 Corinthians 13:7)

The following contrasts form a general rule or guideline. Exceptions may exist (but would be indicated by context).

Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon:

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words:

The following verses contain the word "Patience" (or the related verb or adjective forms):

These two verses are not used in this study:

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OUTLINE: What does the Bible say about PATIENCE?

[** Read the context of these verses. **]

I. About God's Patience

  1. It is rich/plentiful, great, perfect/without limit

  2. It is NOT to be confused with "slowness"
  3. It has a purpose: it allows us the opportunity to repent
  4. Example of Patience with those who would become saved:
  5. Example of Patience with those who would not become saved:

II. Our obligation to be patient

  1. All of us are given the command to be patient

  2. Those who are suffering in trials are to be patient. The Lord (the One who will make things right) is near!
  3. Leaders are to perform their duties with patience. [Example: Timothy]

III. Specific Details Regarding Our Patience

  1. We can have patience because of God's strength in us [See also the connection between that strength and prayer: the context.]

  2. We must have patience if we expect God's forgiveness [Patience, expressed not merely in external words, but as an expression of the heart.] (Illustrated in a parable)
  3. Patience is a manifestation of the Spirit's presence; a manifestation of love

IV. Examples of Patience We Can Follow / Imitate

  1. We are to imitate those who patiently wait for what God promised them [example: Abraham]

  2. Examples to consider when we are experiencing trials: the farmer and the prophets
  3. The open, visible example of the apostles

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THE BIGGER PICTURE: "Patience" Occurs in What Type of Context?




Other Concepts that Frequently Occur in the Same Context

(3 or more times):

[Of course the other concepts - which occur only 1 or 2 times in the context - will also be important!]

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Note: You may include anything else you can find in Scripture, as you consider these questions.


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Dennis Hinks © 1996, 1999
W.E. Vine's M.A., Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words and Thayer's Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament are public domain.