Makrothymia: Proving ourselves by our patience

Makrothymia: We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our PATIENCE (or makrothymia in Greek), our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love, 2nd Corinthians 6:6.

MAKROTHYMIA means endurance, constancy, steadfastness, perseverance especially as shown in bearing troubles and ills. According to F. F. Bruce, “If in English we had an adjective ‘long-tempered’ as a counterpart to ‘short-tempered,’ then makrothymia could be called the quality of being ‘long-tempered’. . . . which is a quality of God. Indeed, only the Lord produces makrothymía (“true patience, longsuffering”) in us and hence is a fruit of the Spirit. Are you long-tempered or short-tempered?

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