Love, to be real, must be self-
sacrificing. "therefore we read of the
"labour of love.
The hope of the believer is the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We may long for the day when trials and tribulation will be ended and Christ will take us to be with Himself, but
we are not to be impatient as we await that glad consummation. Christ Himself, seated on the throne of God, is the epitome of patience. "The husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain" (James 5:7). Thus Paul spoke of the "patience of hope."
During all the centuries since Christ ascended to Heaven, as we count time on earth, He has waited patiently for the end of the church's testimony.