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Longsuffering

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    Why would we want to suffer? That question comes from not knowing what this word means. Some Bible translations use the word, patience, which I think is too limiting in meaning. Some use forbearance which seems somewhat closer to the meaning of the word. I think it addresses personal sense. Please see the Greek definition below -particularly at the end – “personal reaction.” It is a healing quality – please see McCrackan below.

    3115 makrothymía (from 3117 /makrós, “long” and 2372 /thymós, “passion, anger”) – properly, long-passion, i.e. waiting sufficient time before expressing anger. This avoids the premature use of force (retribution) that rises out of improper anger (a personal reaction).

    William D. McCrackan, The Healing of the Nations
    “Divine Love separates personal sense from person, and so saves men….”

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