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Series 2 - Lesson 8 - Annotation 11

Series 2 - Lesson 8 - Annotation 11

What is patience? How is it related to faith?

11. Patience is that phase of faith that has had its companion power of strength added to it, for strength is endurance because it knows why it is steadfast.

Patience is not a negative acceptance of evil conditions as is sometimes supposed. It is a positive quality, a self-control that springs from an inner consciousness of oneness with God, the source of good. One who has spiritual patience does not waste his energy in quarreling with other persons or with conditions that seem all wrong. Rather he holds his peace and works to make things right as directed by Spirit.

Patience is born of faith. One could hardly endure certain conditions that appear unless one had faith in the presence and power of Spirit and knew that by working with the spiritual law the seeming evil could be eradicated.

Preceding Entry: What place has faith in the ministry of healing?
Following Entry: Explain how an affirmation of Truth is "the prayer of faith." — James 5:15.