Patience means abiding, enduring, or bearing through suffering or trial. One who is patient is said to have a long fuse or, in Biblical terms, a long nose. See Romans 5:1-8 for the benefits of patience to a Christian. Other reasons to have patience in this life are:
- God is first patient with us (by the whole span of events from the Fall to the coming of Christ) - see Galatians 4:4-5, Psalm 90:4, and 2 Peter 3:8.
- We can't rush God - but should instead savor and maximize life
1 Thessalonians 5:14 urges us to keep busy doing God's work while waiting. Work hard and be patient. The opposite quality, impatience, destroys the promised harvest of righteousness. All will come clear in the end. His grace is sufficient - live like you believe it, and become an example to the world in the process.
- At Jesus' second coming (looking at the scope of eternity), we will no longer need patience
Soli Deo gloria!