The patience of Christ. What is this Patience? Certainly not mere quiescence, nor resignation to existing conditions which men often designate by this sublime word Patience. How often we hear some sick person, or one in a state of poverty or like unhappy condition, speaking of “bearing it patiently,” and thinking they are evincing this divine likeness spoken of by the Apostle, whereas often the root of their suffering and misery is sin, or ignorance and sloth, and if they would reflect Patience, they must be up and doing, working out of such conditions of thought which alone bind them.
Yes, for the Patience of Christ is active, working, progressive. The Christ, the Perfect Idea of God, saw the world ‘lying in wickedness,’ that is in the slough of wrong thinking, in false conceptions of God and man, yet He was not dismayed nor turned aside by discouragement, impatience, or despair. “Today I work, and tomorrow and the third day I am perfected." Today, with its seeming difficulties, claims my patience, I work even though results do not seem to be great or even apparent, tomorrow I do likewise. Why? because of the certainty that the third day I shall be perfected.
To Christ's Spiritual Vision, the unerring, unchanging harmony, the utter impossibility of failure in the Infinite Law of Truth, was an ever-present Reality, and so we see this sublime attitude of Patience, for to the Infinite Idea there is no time; no here or there; no then or now.
This then was the secret of the patient Christ—an attitude of peace, but a living, working consciousness which knew no faltering, no unrest, for its basis was Eternal Love, it was founded on the Rock of ever-present Good.
Thus should it be, and must be with each of us, who take our stand on the side of Truth. Following Christ, this Patience must be ours; we too must labor today and tomorrow, but we must not be hasty of results; faithful, ever watchful, even joyous, guarding our thoughts from discouragement, doubt, and fear.
It was the knowledge of what Divine Love really meant which gave Christ’s work on earth its beautiful character of being undismayed in spite of seeming failure. He knew, as we must learn to know, that the things unseen are the reality, not the temporal seeming realities around. Far beyond discord, sorrow sin, and the w0rld’s hate, the eyes of the patient Son of Man looked away to the City without foundations, the spiritual reality of all things, which He knew man must at last awaken to, and He stands for all time to point the way.