2 that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience;
Older men are to be sound in tenacity. “Patience” in the Greek means endurance. There is another Greek word for patience with people, but this word means patience with things. Patience puts up with adverse situations.
Mature leaders do not allow themselves to become discouraged in ministry.
Patient people know how to handle hardship and reversals. Endurance does not accept defeat in problems, in trying circumstances. This kind of person has perseverance in the face of opposition, especially opposition to one’s faith. He never loses heart if things do not go his way. He hangs in there with bulldog-like stick-to-it-iveness. He places confidence in God, who works things according to His purpose (Ro 8:28).
He 12: 1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.