God shows forbearance in his character, decisions and actions. Above all, he waits patiently for people to turn to him for salvation.
God is slow to anger
Numbers 14:18 (NKJV)
18 ‘The Lord is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.’
Commentary: The only action the Lord could take, Moses said, was to manifest His great power by forgiving the people even though they would have to suffer His punishment in some way.
Exodus 34:6 (NKJV)
6 And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth,
Commentary: God revealed His name (His character) to Moses. God told Moses that His name Yahweh (the Lord) means that He is a God of compassion, grace, loyalty (ḥeseḏ, love, twice in vv. 6–7),
Nehemiah 9:16-17; 103:8 (NKJV)
9:16“But they and our fathers acted proudly,
Hardened their necks,
And did not heed Your commandments.
17They refused to obey,
And they were not mindful of Your wonders
That You did among them.
But they hardened their necks,
And in their rebellion
They appointed a leader
To return to their bondage.
But You are God,
Ready to pardon,
Gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger,
Abundant in kindness,
And did not forsake them.
103:8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
Commentary: But the Israelites’ ancestors became disobedient and rebellious against God even to the point of worshiping a calf-idol (Neh. 9:16–18; cf. Ex. 32). However, God was still gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love (cf. Ex. 34:6; Num. 14:18; Pss. 86:15; 103:8; 145:8; Joel 2:13; Jonah 4:2). God continued to guide them … instruct them, and provide for them (Neh. 9:19–21). He helped them conquer their enemies Sihon and Og (v. 22; cf. Num. 21:21–35), and brought them into the Promised Land under Joshua (Neh. 9:23–25). In all this they enjoyed God’s great goodness (cf. v. 35).
Jonah 4:2 (NKJV)
2 So he prayed to the Lord, and said, “Ah, Lord, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm.
Commentary: God is gracious (i.e., He longs for and favors others) and compassionate (tender in His affection), slow to anger (He does not delight in punishing the wicked; cf. 2 Peter 3:9), and abounding in love (ḥeseḏ, “loyal love, or faithfulness to a covenant”). The psalmists often spoke of God being “gracious” and “compassionate,” though sometimes in reverse order (Pss. 86:15; 103:8; 111:4; 112:4; 145:8). Jonah also said He knew God relents from sending calamity.
Nahum 1:3 (NKJV)
3The Lord is slow to anger and great in power,
And will not at all acquit the wicked.
The Lord has His way
In the whirlwind and in the storm,
And the clouds are the dust of His feet.
Commentary: Though God takes vengeance on His enemies, He is slow to anger (lit., “long of anger”), that is, He withholds His judgment for a long time (cf. Ex. 34:6; Num. 14:18; Neh. 9:17; Pss. 86:15; 103:8; 145:8; Joel 2:13; Jonah 4:2). Such “length of anger” accounts for the apparent delay, from Judah’s perspective, which allowed Assyria to act in such lustful freedom. But this does not suggest that God is weak. He is long-suffering and patient (2 Peter 3:9) because of His desire that people repent. This was exhibited in His sending Jonah to Nineveh, about 100 years before Nahum prophesied.
God imparts patience
Romans 15:5 (NKJV)
5 Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus,
Commentary: The steadfast endurance and encouragement a Christian receives from the Scriptures (v. 4) come ultimately from God (v. 5),
Jeremiah 15:15 (NKJV)
15O Lord, You know;
Remember me and visit me,
And take vengeance for me on my persecutors.
In Your enduring patience, do not take me away.
Know that for Your sake I have suffered rebuke.
2 Thessalonians 3:5 (NKJV)
5 Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.
1 Peter 3:20 (NKJV)
20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.
Always keep God the Father and God the Son in on your heart, in your mind, in your soul and in your daily life.
God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods mind?
Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the joy of the promises of God’s blessings in His time.
Prayer: Father in heaven, hallowed is Thy Name. I praise You for Your Son and the Holy Spirit. I praise You for Your grace in sending us Your wisdom about “God’s Patient Character.” I praise You for Your caring, Your loving kindness, and Your generosity. Only Your graciousness and love could forgive the sins of mankind and still allow him to become a Son of Yours. Please bless those who have read this article for they too seek Your righteous truth, love, wisdom and understanding.
May God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights, our safety nets and our inspiration for loving happiness in all of Your kingdom. Father into your hands I commend my spirit. Not my will, but yours be done. Please come Lord Jesus.
I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of the Holy Spirit,