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“strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;”


Paul prays that the Christian will have power for “all patience and longsuffering with joy.”

“for all patience”

God’s power is designed for “patience” and “longsuffering with joy.” This is not sour resignation to the acceptance of God’s will. It is not the passive acceptance of the inevitable. “Endurance” is the pro-active action to move ahead, no matter the difficulty. Strength comes from the power inherent in God himself. It is the ability to put our faith in the strength that God gives us.

“Patience” is far more than the ability to bear circumstances. It is the ability to turn adversity into a glory of God. “Patience” does not yield to adversity in life. It faces trouble head-on. No circumstance in life can defeat a person who draws upon the power of God. No set back can vanquish this kind of person. This person triumphs over anything life may hand out.

The Greek word is not the same as the puny English word “patience.” We say, “I wish I were more patient with my wife.” This is not the passive acceptance of the inevitable. It is an unrelenting effort, even in the face of difficulty and trial.

The word in the original means tenacity or endurance. It is that capacity of bulldog stick-to-it-tiveness. This person says, “It is too soon to quit. I am not going to give up.” A college president that I attended preached a sermon every year, “Don’t Quit Too Soon.” If we have God’s strength strengthening us in our daily life, we will not throw in the towel. God’s power will enable us to bear with the problem.

There is a difference between “endurance” and “longsuffering.” “Endurance” relates to adverse circumstances. “Longsuffering” relates to difficult people primarily.

“Patience” is the word “endurance” (James 1:3; 5:11). This word is used of an athlete in Hebrews 12:1 who runs with dogged persistence the entire course.


“Patience” hangs in there, even in tough situations.


Patience does not easily succumb to problems. A lack of patience leads to discouragement. Are you developing a hide like a rhinoceros? The real issue is whether you can bear it. Are you tempted to quit? Do you have the virtue of persistence?