infinite patience

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Behold the Man by Pierre Mignard, 1690 via Wikimedia Commons

Through your whole life, O Lord Jesus,
  you suffered that I might be saved.
And yet your suffering is not at an end.
For still you have to bear with me,
  stumbling as I walk along the path,
  and constantly going astray.
How often have I become impatient,
  wanting to give up your way!
And how often you have given me the encouragement
  and helping hand that I need.
Every day I increase the burden that you must bear;
  but just as I am impatient so you are infinitely patient.

Søren Kierkegaard, 1813 – 1855 Danish philosopher, theologian, founder of Existentialism

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So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven,
  Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe.
This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses,
  for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.

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