10 Bible Verses About Patience Everyone Should Read

Having patience is truly a virtue. Thats why there are so many stories and bible verses about patience that encourage and teach us how powerful holding your patience can be.

Patience Defined:

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance defines Patience as:

  • To be long spirited 
  • Endure
  • Long suffering 

In today’s society, patience isn’t something that is encouraged at all. Many of us become impatient if we have to wait in a line too long. We live in a culture where everyone is always rushing off somewhere, or never having enough time. Our brains are on 100 24/7. This society norm, only leads people to anger, anxiety, and depression.

Even though most people don’t have a problem with admitting and even showing their impatience, chances are most are unaware of how a lack of patience is viewed from God’s perspective and also how this “folly” behavior can have negative affects in different areas of ones life.

Cons of lacking patience 

Before we get to what the bible says about patience, it is important to note the different ways this character flaw can affect a person’s life and even lead to serious situations and implications.

A lack of patience can cause a person to : 

  • Have poor judgement 
    • Lacking patience can cause you to react before thinking out of frustration This can lead to making poor choices that you can come to regret
  • Spend beyond means & accumulate debt
    • Impatience can make you mistake your wants as urgent needs causing you to make poor financial decisions
  • Have high stress levels/ Anxiety
    • People who lack patience tend to have a shorter fuse and can become frustrated, irritable, and even angry quicklyBecome confrontational and come across as rude and/or disrespectful
  • Lack of friends
    • A lack of patience can cause a person to be short 
  • Mind always elsewhere
    • Struggle with learning how to “live in the moment”
    • Always thinking of the next thing or some future event that may or may not take place

Bible verses about patience

You don’t have to read that far into the bible to see the ultimate patience that God has had since the beginning. Check out these bible verses about patience. 

1. The children of Israel & the golden calf

In Exodus chapter 32, the children of Israel were impatient of Moses return from Mount Sinai; they then collectively came to the conclusion that something happened to him and he wasn’t going to return.

They then proceeded to make a golden calf and begin worshipping and making sacrifices to it, which went against God’s very first commandment to them in Exodus 20:3; Thou shall have no other Gods before me.

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai he saw the children of Israel dancing naked and singing around the golden calf. God and Moses were very upset to say the least.

bible verses about patience

Being impatient caused the children of Israel to make a terrible decision that almost caused God to destroy them completely. Even though God was heated, he showed great patience and mercy yet again for the children of Israel.

This is a great example of how a lack of patience causes one to have poor judgment and make even poorer decisions.

2. Romans 12:12

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. |Romans 12:12 

  • When life doesn’t go our way it’s easy to begin to feed into negative and depressing thoughts. Have you ever been in a situation where your thoughts about the outcome were worse than how things actually turned out?
  • If only you were patient in tribulation you wouldn’t have made yourself so crazy in times of stress.

3. Galatians 6:9

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. |Galatians 6:9

  • Are you the type of person that wants to quit when something doesn’t go your way or when you’re faced with opposition? 
  • The Bible tells us to stay calm and endure, especially when life gets tough. 
  • God tells us to not give up when faced with opposition, he wants us to stay strong, calm, and collected.

4. Romans 8:25

But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. |Romans 8:25

  • None of our dreams and goals are going to happen overnight.
  • Many of us including myself are guilty of trying to rush through life because we are always trying to keep up with some “timeline” of when we think things are supposed to unfold in our lives. (i.e. having kids, getting married, running a successful business, etc.)
  • Live your life one day at a time. Stay patient, calm, and consistent, and you will accomplish what you set out to do.

6. Proverbs 14:29

Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly. |Proverbs 14:29

  • The Bible calls a person foolish if they lack patience and get easily angered. Many times when a person angers quickly in situations, they later realize they overreacted once calm; they are then left feeling embarrassed or to prideful to admit they overreacted.
  • Impatience clouds our perspective and judgment of situations; always remember to think before you react.

7. Proverbs 16:32

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that rules his spirit than he that takes a city. |Proverbs 16:32

  • The bible says it is better for a person to have patience and self-control then it is for a person to have the power to conquer a city, this tells us how powerful it is to master patience and self-control

8. Psalms 37:7

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: don’t worry yourself because of him who prosper in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass. | Psalms 37:7

  • We have to remember that we are on the Heavenly Father’s timeline and not our own.
  • This scripture also talks about ignoring people who partake in wicked ways to succeed in life. There are many people who will toss God’s commandments and morals to obtain what they desire. The Heavenly Father warns us to ignore such people and be patient in waiting for him.

9. Proverbs 15:18

A hot-tempered person starts fights; a cool-tempered person stops them.|Proverbs 15:18

  • It always pays off to be calm in all situations, exercising your patience and thinking before you react shows maturity and wisdom.
  • If the world could understand the power of patience, we all would find that many conflicts we have with each other can easily be solved. 

10. 1 Corinthians 13:4 

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud | 1 Corinthians 13:4

  • In this bible verse, the Bible describes characteristics about love.
  • Having patience is a way that you can show your love and respect for The Most High, yourself, loved ones. 

How To Learn Patience

Old habits and mindsets die hard and practice makes perfect. If you recognize you have a problem with a lack of patience, learning how to correct the issue can be challenging but not impossible. Use the tips below to begin your journey of mastering patience. 

  1. The bible tells us to be in constant prayer with God. Privately speak to him on a daily basis and ask him for strength and guidance to help you conquer your impatience, anger, anxiety, etc. 
  2. Learn to Pause. When you feel yourself getting impatient, frustrated, or any other emotions that can lead you to lose control. Tell your self to pause and begin taking in deep breaths. The more you are able to stop yourself before you lose control, the easier this will become. 
  3. Stop feeding into negative thoughts and emotions. The more you feed your impatient behavior, the stronger it becomes. 
  4. Learn what triggers your impatience and find ways to reduce or eliminate the affects your triggers have on you. You may have to distance yourself for certain people, activities, and/or bad habits.

Conclusion

The only way you can truly master patience and understand the power of patience that the Bible speaks of is when your patience is tested. If you struggle with patience remember to slow down and breath and think before you react. You can even practice patience alone when you are dealing with a tough situation. Be mindful of the thoughts that you entertain and last but certainly not least, remember to be in constant prayer with The Most High.

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