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CHAPTER 6

 

PATIENCE

 

PATIENCE is the guardian of faith, the preserver of peace, the cherisher of love, the teacher of humility. Patience governs the flesh, strengthens the spirit, sweetens the temper, stifles anger, extinguishes envy, subdues pride. She bridles the tongue, restrains the hand, tramples upon temptations, endures persecutions, consummates martyrdom.

Always have a good stock of patience laid by and be sure you put it where you can easily find it. Cherish patience; always keep it about you. You will find use for it oftener than for all other virtues. Patience is not easily provoked. Be patient with the little child. Be patient with the aged. Be patient in suffering.

“But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:3, 4). “In your patience possess ye your souls” (Luke 21:19). “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise” (Hebrews 10:26). “But that on the good ground are they which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience” (Luke 8:15).