Thursday, 17 January 2013

Patience

Out of all the fruit of the Spirit I would say that patience is the most lacking in me. And yet it is the key to so much in the Christian life. Without patience we give in too easily to besetting sin. Without patience we give in to temptation. Without patience we make hasty decisions. Without patience we do not grow in wisdom. Without patience we do not effectively evangelise. Without patience we will not succeed in ministry. Without patience we do not pray or grow in prayer. No wonder Abba Evagrius one of the Desert Fathers of the earlier centuries once said: "If you know how to practice patience, you shall always pray with joy". What is true for prayer is true for everything.

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