"…be imitators of those who through faith and patience (1) inherit the promises." (From Heb 6:12).
PATIENCE UNDER ILL-TREATMENT.
'The soul loses command of itself when it is impatient. Whereas, when it submits without a murmur it possesses itself in peace, and possesses God. To be impatient, is to desire what we have not, or not to desire what we have... Peace does not dwell in outward things, but within the soul. We may preserve it in the midst of the bitterest pain, if our will remains firm and submissive. Peace in this life springs from acquiescence even in disagreeable things, not in an exemption from bearing them.' (Fénelon).
PATIENCE WITH THE WEAKNESSES OF OTHERS.
'Endeavour to be patient in bearing with the defects and infirmities of others, of what sort soever they be; for you yourself also have many failings which must be borne with by others.' (T. A. Kempis).
'It is far easier to feel kindly, to act kindly, toward those with whom we are seldom brought into contact, whose tempers and prejudices do not rub against ours, whose interests do not clash with ours, than to keep up an habitual, steady, self‑sacrificing love towards those whose weaknesses and faults are always forcing themselves upon us, and are stirring up our own.' (F. D. Maurice).
'Struggle diligently against your impatience, and strive to be amiable and gentle, in season and out of season, towards every one, however much they vex and annoy you, and be sure God will bless your efforts.' (F. De Sales).
"Be humble always and gentle, and patient too. Be forbearing with one another and charitable." (Eph 4:2 NEB).
"Then put on the garments that suit God's chosen people, His own, His beloved: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience." (Col 3:12 NEB).
"Love is patient…" (From 1 Cor 13:4 NEB).
PATIENCE WITH OUR CIRCUMSTANCES.
'Every contradiction of our will, every
little ailment, every petty disappointment, will,
if we take it patiently, become a blessing. So, walking on earth,
we may be in heaven; the ill
"To be patient shows great understanding; quick temper is the height of folly." (Prov 14:29 NEB).
"But the harvest of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, fidelity, gentleness, and self‑control." (Gal 5:22 NEB).