And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 2 Peter 1:6
Often we think of patience in passive terms, as if the patient person is utterly submissive and half asleep. But this version of patience needs a Biblical corrective. Barclay teaches from 2 Peter 1:6 (where the King James Version uses the term patience):
“The words never mean the spirit which sits with folded hands and simply bears things. It is victorious endurance [and] constancy under trial. It is Christian steadfastness, the brave and courageous acceptance of everything life can do to us, and the transmuting of even the worst into another step on the upward way.
It is the courageous and triumphant ability to bear things, which enables a man to pass breaking point and not to break, and always to greet the unseen with a cheer.”
William Barclay, Letters of Peter and Jude (Edinburgh: St. Andrews, 1960), 258.