Before we start looking at Bible quotes about patience, let me share with you a great definition I came across for impatience. Impatience is when we let what “we think” should happen rule our lives and determine our responses rather than accepting the reality of what is happening out of love. Some keywords I pulled from the definition: we think, should, accepting, reality, out of love.
Now, could we say, based on the definition of impatience, a good working definition of patience might be, patience is when we accept what is happening and base our responses on love–love of Christ, love of neighbor and love of self? I think we could.
I’ve written about patience in the Bible before, Bible Quotes About Patience. Here’s what I wrote sometime last year, “Patience and pride are the worst of friends. My pride sets my expectations for how I think things should go or be done. When my expectations are not met, impatience rears an ugly head. “Don’t you know I’m…Didn’t you realize I’m…I’m trying to…I’m going to…I need…I want…I expect…I thought…” Me–Me–Me, this is a sure and glaring sign of pride.“” Did you notice in the definition I just came across and in the piece I wrote last year are kind of similar in their points?
Bible Quotes: Patience in the Bible
Now let’s start at the beginning (who’s singing, “A very good place to start?”), patience originates with the Latin, patientia “patience, endurance, submission.” And now let’s look at some synonyms for patience–diligence, endurance, fortitude, grit, humility, perseverance, persistence, restraint, self-control, long-suffering…and we all associate “patience” with “waiting.”
Let’s look at the word “wait.” The word “wait” comes from an old French word meaning “to watch, like a sentry.”
Slowly piecing this together and keeping in mind “patience” and “wait” let’s reflect on one of the Bible quotes about patience, Psalm 130:5
Ok, continuing to dissect our Bible verses about patience. So we just learned “wait” means “to watch, like a sentry.” And oh my goodness! Look what I just found when I Googled, “like a sentry,” …a soldier who guards a door, gate, etc. Do you see?! Psalm 130:5 states, “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits…”
Let’s see if I can piece this together and my fingers can keep up with my thoughts. We are a part of the “Church Militant,” so right there is a connection to the “sentry” reference. So, we wait, like a soldier who guards a door, gate, etc.
Now let’s say waiting for the Lord can be rephrased as “standing guard.” Oh my goodness, is this making sense? So what do we guard? Ourselves, our hearts, minds, souls, words, families, friends, the Church, etc. This Bible verse about patience doesn’t conjure up images of just lounging around like some lovely Victorian picture, waiting on the Lord; instead, we are actively standing guard.
Typically, when I imagine someone standing guard, I envision they have a weapon. What’s our weapon? The Word of God! I just made a video talking about that!
And now continuing to piece this patience Bible verse together, according to Psalm 150:3, we wait and we put our hope in His Word. Look at the word “put.” Put is an action word; It is something we do. And since it’s not something automatically done, like breathing, we have to choose to do it.
We wait like a sentry, choosing to use God’s Word as our weapon. And if you look into the word “hope”…assume confidently or trust.
Now Psalm 130:5 looks like this to me
Ok, I really hope I was able to make sense in this post. Just all of a sudden as I pondered that verse, all these light bulbs started going off in my mind! So in considering this verse for the topic of patience, I realized, patience is not something that happens to me. Patience is something I choose. I make a choice to cultivate the virtue of patience; standing guard, armed with the Word of God, against the vice of impatience.
Would you please let me know if this made sense to you?
And, I have something for you. I have compiled two pages of Bible quotes on patience for you. Please print this page, front and back, and stick it in your Bible, tape it to your bathroom mirror, cut it into pieces and tape some to your mirror, some to your computer, above your sink, by your desk at work…wherever you can and need to see them.
Inspiring Bible Quotes Resources
My large print Bible
(This is my go-to Bible. It’s large print and just feels nice in my hands.)
Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: New Testament
(I use this Bible when I’m looking for some more information about the text.)
The Catholic Bible Concordance for the Revised Standard Version
(You want to know where a word is in the Bible? This is the book for you!)
The Great Commentary of Cornelius A’ Lapide
(I use this commentary for more information as well.)
A Practical Commentary On Holy Scripture
(I like this commentary because it also has reflections and applications.)