Is to bear all suffering. Whether it comes from nature, indolence, sins, or people.
Since we desire to live a Christ-like life, we are obligated to submit to God’s will because all things come from God. And since they are from God – and thus are the Divine Will – the heavenly Father commands them. Shall we not obey? Shall we not cry out with the blessed Job. “As it seemed good to the Lord, so it has come to pass. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Through patience and thanksgiving to God, then, we show obedience to the Divine Will. Won’t the obedient one be counted worthy to acquire even here, eternal life in himself? Yes, he will live unto the ages of ages! Therefore, let us struggle. Let us make our souls keen by working them over the whetstone of patience, in order to carry out a work pleasing to God.
Afflictions, illnesses, distresses, trials – none of these will separate us from the love of Christ.