I think we have all heard the saying, “patience is a virtue,” but I’m not sure we all know what that means. I didn’t know or understood what that phrase meant until I started looking into what a virtue was. A virtue is a: behavior showing high moral standards. Apparently, Aristotle came up with 12 virtues and there are 7 in the bible.

Here are Aristotle’s:

  1. Courage – bravery
  2. Temperance – moderation
  3. Liberality – spending
  4. Magnificence – charisma, style
  5. Magnanimity – generosity
  6. Ambition – pride
  7. Patience – temper, calm
  8. Friendliness – social IQ
  9. Truthfulness – honesty, candidness
  10. Wit – humor, joy
  11. Modesty – ego
  12. Justice – sense of right / wrong, indignation

And the 7 from the bible are:

  1. Chastity
  2. Temperance
  3. Charity
  4. Diligence
  5. Patience
  6. Kindness
  7. Humility

There are only a few that cross over between the two lists and patience happens to be one of them. If both the bible and Aristotle agree that patience is a virtue we need to have, perhaps we should take it a bit more seriously.

I like Wikipedia’s definition of patience:

Patience (or forbearance) is the ability to endure difficult circumstances such as perseverance in the face of delay; tolerance of provocation without responding in annoyance/anger; or forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. Patience is the level of endurance one can have before negativity. It is also used to refer to the character trait of being steadfast.

As we all deal with the different ways our governments are handling this virus outbreak, patience is going to be one of the most important virtues we put into practice. I find that my patience is being stretched very thin, so this is very timely for me. Times are very uncertain right now as we all try to balance some sort of normal life, but with God and patience on our side we can make it through anything. Let’s see what April has to offer as we look at what it means to be patient.

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