The Practice of Patience by Thomas Goodwin (1600-1680)
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Thomas Goodwin (1600-1680) was a puritan preacher and member of the Westminster Assembly. He was known as a faithful exegete, compassionate preacher, and a voluminous writer.
In “The Practice of Patience,” Thomas Goodwin (1600-1680) delivers a biblical exploration of patience as an essential Christian virtue, rooted in James 1. Revealing patience not just as endurance but a divine grace, Goodwin guides readers through the multifaceted dimensions of this virtue, emphasizing its transformative effect on character and faith. Drawing on Scripture and theological insights, he illuminates patience’s relevance to modern life and its role as a fruit of the Holy Spirit, fostering humility, trust, and dependence on God, to the glory of Jesus Christ.
He establishes the theological foundation of patience, exploring its origin in God’s character and manifestation through the life of Christ. He connects patience intricately to God’s redemptive plan and highlights its cultivation of joy, peace, and spiritual maturity. Through exegesis of key biblical passages (especially James), Goodwin demonstrates how patience acts as a refining fire, purifying and strengthening the believer’s faith.
Furthermore, Goodwin examines patience’s role in the believer’s journey, emphasizing its link to true Christian faith and its divine power in shaping character. He offers practical guidance on prayer, meditation, and study of God’s Word as disciplines to develop this transformative virtue. He also challenges readers to embrace patience as a means to experience Christ’s promised abundant life.
Goodwin’s compassionate and accessible writing makes this timeless masterpiece engaging for readers from all walks of life. Whether navigating personal trials or seeking a deeper understanding of God’s character, this work will inspire and encourage a journey of patience as both a divine fruit of faith and a learned virtue.
May the wisdom of Goodwin’s exposition guide you toward the divine virtue of patience, inspiring you to persevere, grow in faith, and find comfort in the unchanging love of our patient God. Experience the transformative power of patience, and embrace the journey filled with insight, encouragement, and timeless wisdom from Scripture.
This work is not a scan or facsimile, and has been updated in modern English for easy reading. It also has an active table of contents for electronic versions.
Table of Contents
Embracing Patience by C. Matthew McMahon
Meet Thomas Goodwin by C. Matthew McMahon
Chapter 1: The Text Opened
Chapter 2: The Doctrine
Chapter 3: The Virtue of Patience
Chapter 4: How Patience is Formed
Chapter 5: The Perfect Work of Patience
Chapter 6: The Fruits of Patience
Chapter 7: Adjuncts to Perfect Patience
Chapter 8: Further Explanation
Chapter 9: The Encouragement to Pray