Patience - Thoughts on the Patient Endurance of Sorrows and Sufferings
Exhortation to Patience in Holy Writ
In your patience you shall possess your souls.
-Luke xxi, 19.
The patient man is better than the valiant: and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh cities.
-Prov. xvi, 32.
Wait on God with patience: join thyself to God, and endure, that thy life may be increased in the latter end.
Take all that shall be brought upon thee: and in thy sorrow endure, and in thy humiliation keep patience. For gold and silver are tried in the fire, but acceptable men in the furnace of humiliation.
-Ecclus. ii, 3-5.
Take, my brethren, for an example of suffering evil, of labor and patience, the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
Behold, we account them blessed who have endured. You have heard of the patience of Job, and you have seen the end of the Lord, that the Lord is merciful, and compassionate.
-St. James, v, 10-11.
The learning of a man is known by patience, and his glory is to pass over wrongs.
-Prov. xix, 11.
We beseech you, brethren, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient towards all men.
-1 Thess., v, 14.
The servant of God must not wrangle, but be mild towards all men, apt to teach, patient.
-2 Tim. ii, 24.
For unto this are you called: because Christ also suffered for us leaving you an example, that you should follow His steps.
-1 Peter ii, 21.
Our Lord and Saviour has made the carrying of the cross the test of discipleship. He calls upon all to follow Him in the way of the cross:
"Whosoever doth not carry his cross and come after Me, cannot be My disciple" (Luke xiv, 27).
"He that taketh not up his cross, and followeth Me is not worthy of Me."
-Matt. x, 38.
"Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of Me, because I am meek and humble of heart."
-Matt. xi, 29.
Compiled and Edited by Rev. F. X. Lasance
Author of "My Prayerbook," etc.
Printers to the Holy Apostolic See