How should a believer exhibit patience during trials?

Patience from the dictionary means Endurance or steadfastness. The word patience breaks down into two words; ‘hupo’ meaning to be under – and ‘meno’ to remain, stay, or abide. Combined it gives us ‘to remain under’. In addition, the word infers steadfastness, patience, or refusing to move.

According to James 1:2-8 which says;

“2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds,

3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be matureand complete, not lacking anything.

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

8 Such a person is double-mindedand unstable in all they do.“

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:6–9

These believers were being persecuted for following Christ; they were being persecuted for being different. He writes to encourage them. Listen to what he says in 1 Peter 1:6: “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials” (emphasis mine).

Paul said he was at the same time “sorrowful” and still “rejoicing.” To have joy in trials is not to deny pain. It is to recognize the fact that they can exist together.

They can co-exist in the same way an expectant mother can go through the travail of birth and still have joy in thinking about what is to come.

She has joy because she has the “right focus” as she considers this new baby that will be birthed into the world. In the same way, believers must have the right focus in order to have joy in their multicolored trials.

Help from Ryle, J. C. (1993). Matthew (164). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.