Daily Strength for Daily Needs - February 1

February 1

Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like-minded one toward another, according to Christ Jesus.--ROM. xv. 5.

Let patience have her perfect work.--JAMES i. 4.

  Make me patient, kind, and gentle,
    Day by day;
  Teach me how to live more nearly
    As I pray.

The exercise of patience involves a continual practice of the presence of
God; for we may be come upon at any moment for an almost heroic display of
good temper, and it is a short road to unselfishness, for nothing is left
to self; all that seems to belong most intimately to self, to be self's
private property, such as time, home, and rest, are invaded by these
continual trials of patience. The family is full of such opportunities.

Only as we know what it is to cherish love when sore at some unkindness, to
overmaster ourselves when under provocation, to preserve gentleness during
trial and unmerited wrong,--only then can we know in any degree the "manner
of spirit" that was in Christ.

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