Patience Is an Active Quality

Sometimes patience is regarded as a passive attitude that makes one doggedly endure affliction or frustration and wait resignedly for relief from some source outside oneself. Jesus' healing of the man at the pool of Bethesda rebukes this mistaken view. (See John 5:2–9.)

For thirty-eight years the man had been unable to walk. The popular belief was that from time to time an angel troubled the waters of the pool and whoever was first to step into the pool when the water was stirred would be cured of whatever ailment he had. The man told Jesus that because there was no one to help him into the pool, someone else was always first. Jesus told him to rise and walk, and immediately the man got up and walked, completely free.

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November 25, 1972

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