Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Thomas a Kempis: patience in adversity

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
    [Jesus:] “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
    —Matthew 5:11-12 (NIV)
    The truly patient man considereth not by what man he is tried, whether by one above him, or by an equal or inferior, whether by a good and holy man, or a perverse and unworthy; but indifferently from every creature, whatsoever or how often soever adversity happeneth to him, he gratefully accepteth all from the hand of God and counteth it great gain: for with God nothing which is borne for His sake, however small, shall lose its reward.
    ... Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471), Of the Imitation of Christ [1418], Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1877, III.xix.3, p. 150 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 5:11-12; 10:40-42; Mark 9:41; Luke 6:22-23,35; Eph. 6:7-8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, make me patient.
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