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Bitter, Sweet

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“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet” ~ Aristotle

I love this quote because it is permeated with deep, experienced wisdom. Unfortunately, it was spoken by the same guy that wrote:

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

It is easy to entertain the thought of patience, but in this regard, it would be better to accept it.

Patience is a Godly virtue. We are to be patient with others, patience with self, and maintain patience as we wait on the Lord (Ecclesiastes 7:8-9; Romans 8:25; Ephesians 4:2).

Patience is learned. It is not inherited like land or wealth, although those who learn it, have wealth indeed. This is that prosperous fruit that the ancient thinker recalls.

Therefore, as you recall this wisdom. Remember, young fruit is bitter. Apples do not start out delectable. They are tried by weather and nourished by the Sun.

Our patience will also be tried and nourished by the Son, Jesus Christ. It may appear bitter, but know this. God will work it to the good and make it sweet (Romans 8:28).

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