The excellency of Christ’s sufferings was not in that he suffered, but in that he was obedient in his sufferings.
Third, The nature of Christian patience.
In the third place, I proceed to show the nature of Christian patience. By patience, I do not mean a stoical senselessness, or dull stupidity, like that of Issachar; nor yet a counterfeit patience, like Esau’s, and Absalom’s; nor a mere civil or moral patience, which wise heathens, to free themselves from vexation, and for vain-glory and other ends, attained to; nor yet a profane patience, of men insensible of God’s dishonour or afflicting hand; nor a patience per-force, when the sufferer is merely passive, because he cannot relieve himself: but a Christian holy patience, wherein you must he sensible of God’s hand, and when you cannot but feel an unwillingness in nature to bear it, yet, for conscience towards God, you do submit to his will, and that voluntarily, with an active patience, causing yourself to be willing to bear it so long as God shall please; after the example of Christ, Not my will, but thine be done. The excellency of Christ’s sufferings was not in that he suffered, but in that he was obedient in his sufferings. He was “obedient to the death.” So likewise no man’s suffering is acceptable, if he be not active and obedient in suffering.
This patience is a grace of the Spirit of God, wrought in the heart and will of man, through believing, and applying the commandments and promises of God to himself; whereby, for conscience’ sake towards God, he doth submit his will to God’s will, quietly bearing, without bitterness and vexation, all the labour, changes, and evil occurrences which befal him in the whole course of his life, whether from God immediately, or from man: as also waiting patiently for all such good things as God hath promised, but yet are delayed and unfulfilled.
Scudder, H. (1826). The Christian’s Daily Walk (pp. 192–193). Glasgow: William Whyte & Co.
- One hour spent under the cross, while the soul is thus elevated—thus abased—thus joyful—and thus sorrowful—is better than a thousand of earthly delights.
- Meditation is the chewing upon the truths we have heard: The beasts in the old law that did not chew the cud, were unclean: the christian that doth not by meditation chew the cud, is to be accounted unclean. Meditation is like the watering of the seed, it makes the fruits of grace to flourish.
- The Bible is thought of as authoritative on everything of which it speaks. Moreover, it speaks of everything.
- Remember you are not a tree, that can stand alone; you are only “a branch,” and it is only while you abide in Him, as a branch, that you will flourish.
- The Sabbath is the great day for gathering in souls—it is Christ’s market-day.