Does your patience run thin? If you are thinking, YES my patience runs thin almost every day, I get it! I’ve been there, too. In the traffic jam, betrayed by a friend, made fun of or called out on social media or just done with the chaos of my kids’ endless chatter, I find myself snapping out in anger instead of with the calm and patience I long to have. How do you respond to these type of situations that stretch your patience? The good news is we have access to God’s strength, peace and patience to see us through. This list of 30 Bible Verses for Patience will help you grow in your patience over the next month.
God’s power and mercy are crucial to the development of patience. Colossians 1:11 tells us that we are strengthened by Him to “great endurance and patience,” while James 1:3-4 encourages us to know that trials are His way of perfecting our patience.
On our own, we quickly run out of patience and respond in anger or frustration. As a mom, it’s especially easy to grow weary and impatient with my kids’ endless needs and demands. Whether you are a parent or not, all of us can relate to times you’ve grown increasingly frustrated with a family member, co-worker, or check-out clerk at the grocery store.
Our patience runs out. But with the power of God at work in our lives, we can grow in patience as we use the power of the Holy Spirit to grow in this important area of spiritual development.
What Does It Say In The Bible About Patience?
The Bible has plenty of teach us about patience. Use this 30 day Bible reading plan (with free printable, below) to grow in this important area.
Bible Verses for Patience
The Bible speaks of patience in the Old and New Testament. We have list of 30 Bible Verses For Patience below. Print off the PDF and use the verses to help you as you grow in patience. Or, sign up for our digital Bible reading plans at Back to the Bible to follow along online and via email.
Here are a few bible verses for patience to get your started. Each verse gives us Bible verses for patience in hard times. These are Bible verses for patience in relationships and about perseverance.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.Romans 12:2
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.Galatians 6:9
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.Romans 8:29
…with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love…Ephesians 4:2
How Do I Pray For Patience?
Are you wondering how to ask God for more patience? There’s an old saying to be careful what you pray for – if you pray for patience, God will give you difficult situations to practice!
Yet all joking aside, a prayer for patience is an important one for every Christian. It’s helpful to pray for patience regularly.
A Prayer For Patience
Use this prayer during times you are running low in patience and need God’s help.
Lord, it’s been a hard day. I feel overwhelmed and angry and it is coming out in my lack of patience. Would you meet me where I am and help me to pause, take a deep breath and walk in patience so that I can honor you? Speak peace into my heart right now, Lord.
Give me the patience to linger in your presence so that I may display your love and patience to others today and in this hard season. Help me to meditate on these bible verses for patience and hold them close to my heart. Fill me with patience and drown my anger with your peace.
Thank you for never being too tired or impatient to listen to my cries for help. Thank you for renewing my mind and feelings. In Jesus name, Amen.
Who Had Patience in the Bible?
When we need help with patience, it helps to look to Biblical examples of people in the Bible and their example of what to do (or not to do!) to learn from them.
Stories Of Patience In The Bible
Abraham is a great example of patience, although he had his struggles with it, too. God promised to Abraham that he would be the father of many nations. But when the promise was first given (Genesis 12:1-3) Abraham and his wife Sarah did not have any children. God continued to restate His promise to Abraham through the years (Genesis 13:6; 15:1-6; 17:6-8; 18:10).
Abraham, though known as a man of faith, took his wife’s suggestion and had a child with Sarah’s handmaid. The son’s name was Ishmael. But this was not the son God intended for Abraham. (Genesis 16) Even though we look to Abraham as an example of patience, his story shows his stumbles and lack of trust in God’s timing.
Finally when Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90 years old, God gave them their son Isaac. Though it took years of patiently waiting, they received the promise of God. Hebrews 6:15 says of Abraham, “And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.” – What Christians Want To Know
There are so many others that are good examples of patience in the Bible. Check out the stories of Job, Ruth, and Joesph. Their stories inspire us to lean on God for patience in hard life seasons.
Is Patience A Virtue?
Patience is a virtue and talked about throughout the Bible in the Old and New Testaments. According to 1 Samuel “lack of patience can cause you to miss blessings.” Being patient is an important part of trusting in God as our life circumstances are not always what we want.
There are many well-known Bible verses for patience which show us the importance of patience and learning to appreciate the present moment. The more you study God’s Word, the more it will work in your heart and you will grow in patience. – Bible Study Tools
How Did Jesus Show Patience?
Jesus is even more patient than we are sinful. Isn’t that amazing to consider?
Consider 2 Thessalonians 3:5, “May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.” Steadfastness here is the same word translated “patient endurance” elsewhere. Jesus had steadfastness as He patiently bore our sins, even until death on the cross, even though he had not sinned and didn’t deserve it. He took on the punishment for you and me out of his patience and love for us.
To discover yourself a recipient of Christ’s patience is to know you are loved by God. – David Matthews
30 Day Bible Reading Plan for Patience – Printable
Use this 30 day Bible reading plan to grow in patience as you learn from God’s words in the Bible. Each day has a verse that will give you deeper insight and understanding into God’s love and patience for you, and how you can develop more patience for the people in your life.
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