A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.
It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.
Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house…
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
As with the other characteristics of the Fruit of the Spirit, the “first cause” of the Christian’s ability to be longsuffering is God.
In the “new birth” we are made partakers of the divine nature; we become possessors of the Spirit of God.
Peter writes: (2 Peter 1:3): “According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness,…