“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”James 1:2-4 KJV
Patience is one of the virtues that is produced by our faith. How exactly is this progress like?
The Bible says in 2 Peter 1:5, to add virtue to our faith, than knowledge to our virtue, and temperance to our knowledge, and finally we add patience to our temperance.
But what does all this mean? Though the King James Version says to “add”, the Amplified Bible Classic says it like this: For this very reason, adding your diligence [to the divine promises], employ every effort in exercising your faith to develop virtue (excellence, resolution, Christian energy), and in [exercising] virtue [develop] knowledge (intelligence), and in [exercising] knowledge [develop] self-control, and in [exercising] self-control [develop] steadfastness (patience, endurance), and in [exercising] steadfastness [develop] godliness (piety),.
Exercising Faith to Develop Virtue
To get to develop enduring patience we must first consider developing virtue. The word virtue in Greek is 703 ἀρέτη aretē = properly manliness (valor) that is excellence, which comes from the root word 730 αρσην arsen = male (as stronger for lifting).
When a man bench presses 250 lbs of weigh, he is confident and trust’s that his muscles can lift that weight, and by having this confidence his muscles grow stronger. The same is when we exercise the force of faith God has given us. When we exercise this gift the way the Bible teaches us it will develop courage and fearlessness because our faith is set on God’s promises. There’s no other greater faith than to put your trust and confidence on the Word of God. In the process of our development of virtue, we must develop knowledge.
Knowledge That Comes Through Faith
True knowledge or intelligence can only come through experience. Just “knowing” something from a book does not make us intelligent or an expert on a subject. True knowledge will only come when we apply faith to our life’s, and because real biblical faith is to “act on something” it will naturally develop when we exercise our faith. Saying that we believe on something but yet we don’t act on what we believe is consider by the Word as “Dead Faith”, James 2:17.
So when we exercise our faith, knowledge or intelligence is being develop in the process. An example would be, let say we are struggling with anger due to stress or depression. The Word of God has plenty of promises concerning our wellness and those other things we might be going through. But it’s not enough just to know these promises are there. The Bible calls us to act on the promises. When we act on what the Word says about our wellness we will find out it requires that we lay our burdens and worries to Christ. The Word calls us to have a relationship with God as Father and son. When we act on these things we become more intelligent and knowledgeable in how to live a peaceful abundant life, worry-free of drama, because the Word now becomes alive in our lives.
Knowledge Brings Self-Control
Self-control or temperance is defined in Greek 1466 ἐγκράτεια = (the virtue of one who masters his desires and passions, esp. his sensual appetites).
Once we have obtain Knowledge through the exercising of true faith we become discipline enough to make right choices in whatever circumstance we have applied our faith too. Using the example above, a depressed or stressed person can have temperance over his own life when that same problem arises over his or her life, because knowledge (experience) has been develop.
Finally, Patience is Produced
Without self-control is impossible to develop or produce enduring patience. A person without temperance will always find himself out of control, making wrong choices all the time. Having a self-controlled life will help you to endure, resist and stand strong when various temptation or trials come your way. That’s why in James 1:2-4 in the Amplified Version says:
“Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials.  Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance (or patience) [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace].  And let endurance (or patience) have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.”James 1:2-4 AMP (emphasis added)
When the test comes, either a test to fall into sin or just a trail of life we may be going through we are confident that through our exercising of faith we will end up developing patience. According to Google dictionary it means: ‘the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset’.
From Faith to Enduring Patience
For us to get to where the Bible calls, “perfect and completely developed” we must consider what 2 Peter 1:5 says and develop virtue, knowledge and self-control or else we don’t develop genuine patience.
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