Patience… a Deeper Meaning

“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, refrains the hand, tramples upon temptations, endures persecutions, consummates martyrdom; Patience produces unity in the church, loyalty in the State, harmony in families and societies; she comforts the poor and moderates the rich; she makes us humble in prosperity, cheerful in adversity, unmoved by calumny and reproach; she teaches us to forgive those who have injured us, and to be the first in asking forgiveness of those whom we have injured; she delights the faithful, and invites the unbelieving… she is beautiful in every age.” Bishop Horne

In life, when a bad situation occurs, we assume its going to continue being bad and never stop being bad. Reality is though, it doesn’t. When our situation changes for the better after turning for the worse though, does our attitude change? It should – or is that a trick question? Actually, our situation shouldn’t change our attitude in the first place. Patience is staying faithful to the right attitude, no matter what the situation is – it will get better. Take it from an optimist.

‘You cannot change circumstances, but you can control your responses.’Character First Builitin

“Love is patient…” 1 Corinthians 13:4a

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