But the fruit of the Spirit is … patience.
What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath – prepared for destruction? (Romans 9:22). Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation … (2 Peter 3:15). Christ Jesus came to the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. (1 Tim. 1:15-16). The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9). God is love. (1 John 4:16). Love is patient. (1 Cor. 13:4).
1. In the hypothetical question in Romans, what might God bear with great patience? Why might he (in the hypothetic question) bear them with great patience? (If you want to and have time, look back on Exodus 7-11).
2. What does God’s patience mean for us?
3. In 2 Peter – why is God patient, what is His desired outcome?
4. Based on these verses, how would you define patience?