“Bear in mind that our Lord's patience means salvation, must as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. - 2 Peter 3:15
Patience is the quality of waiting calmly without being unduly annoyed, frustrated, or resorting to anger, complaining, or grumbling. Patience is fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22, Colossians 1:11), a manifestation of wisdom (Proverbs 19:11), and a quality that we are extend to others in the family of Christ (Colossians 3:12-13), and a quality that, along with understanding and kindness, is part of becoming pure (2 Corinthians 6:6). Patience is the first thing that is listed in Paul's description of love (I Corinthians 13:4).
However, patience is also the quality of God (along with his love and mercy) that brings us to salvation. 2 Peter 3:15 tells us that God's patience means salvation. God patiently waits for us as we come to salvation. He is patient with us as we grow in our faith, and God is patient with us as we work through the many issues we deal with in life. God is patient in bringing his plans to pass and we benefit from his love, mercy, and kindness as we grow in our relationship with God.
As human beings, we are notoriously impatient. We do not want to wait for anything, we are easily upset if someone doesn't understand us immediately or quickly, we have a hard time allowing others to grow at their own pace, and we have difficulty not complaining and being angry when people don't behave exactly as we think they should. If anyone has the right to be impatient, it is God, yet he is not.
Given God's patience with a fallen world, what kind of people should we be? Having experienced the patience of God with us, how should we then live towards others?