What is patience? Reflecting on James’ illustration in v. 7b, what does the farmer know that allows him to be patient?
Why is grumbling the opposite of patience? Why are we likely to start grumbling against one another when we are under stress? How can you guard your fellowship with others and avoid grumbling?
James draws our attention to the prophets and to Job. How do these examples challenge the idea that patience is unassertive or timid? What does it look like to be both strong and patient?
Name some places in your life right now where God is calling you to patience. Since Jesus models perfect patience in the face of wrong, how can you lean into him when things are hard?