Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! (James 5:7-9)
The word patient means to be “long spirited” and is akin to forbearance. James’ illustration shows us a measure of waiting is involved in patience. In the farmer’s case, he waits patiently for the seasonal rains. By being patient in how we treat others (instead of being rash and impulsive), we avoid grumbling against one another. When the Judge comes He will avenge every wrong and unjust treatment you have suffered from others. Waiting for the Lord’s coming helps you develop a steadfast, resolute heart. Confident that He will set right every evil, you can concentrate on living by faith instead of being tossed about by grumbling animosity and personal revenge that leads to your own condemnation.