An active endurance of opposition, not a passive resignation. Patience and patient are used to translate several Hebrew and Greek words. Patience is endurance, steadfastness, longhysuffering, and forbearance.
God is patient (Romans 15:5). He is slow to anger in relation to the Hebrews (Exodus 34:6;
Hosea 11:8-9). The Hebrews were frequently rebellious, but God patiently dealt with them. Jesus' parable of the tenants depicted God's patience with His people (Mark 12:1-11). God's patience with sinners allows time for them to repent (Romans 2:4), especially in the apparent delay of the return of Christ (2 Peter 3:9-10).
God's people are to be patient. The psalmist learned to be patient when confronted with the prosperity of the wicked (Psalms 37:1-3,Psalms 37:9-13,Psalms 37:34-38). Christians should face adversity patiently (Romans 5:3-5). Patience is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Christian love is patient (1 Corinthians 13:4,1 Corinthians 13:7). Ministers are to be patient (2 Corinthians 6:6).
Christians need patient endurance in the face of persecution. Hebrews stressed endurance as the alternative to shrinking back during adversity (Hebrews 6:9-15;
Hebrews 10:32-29). Jesus is the great example of endurance (Hebrews 12:1-3). Perseverance is part of maturity (James 1:2-4). Job's perseverance is another example for suffering Christians (James 5:11). John frequently highlighted the patient endurance of Christians (Revelation 2:2,Revelation 2:19;
Revelation 14:12). Christian patience is ultimately a gift from God (Romans 15:5-6;
2 Thessalonians 3:5).