PATIENCE is a high Christian quality and grace—one of the highest. Patience characterizes God's dealings with men. Were it not so, who could stand? He bears with our follies and our repeated errors.
If we were patient in the disposition of our heart Godwards, we should express by our ways to our fellow men a like disposition. Let the heart be right in its ways with God, and it will be right in its ways towards men. The first thing is to be right ourselves; our actions to others depend upon this. What should we say of a Christian who can expound Scripture beautifully, but who at home is short-tempered? or of him who relishes a good sermon, but is a bad servant or master? That joyous company singing and shouting of glory to come, are, let us hope, all the best of fathers, mothers, and children! If otherwise, there is need of patience.