Today's Puritan Audio Devotionaló

 Life is hard for most people

(J. R. Miller, "Counsel and Help" 1907)

"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient,
 bearing with one another in love." Ephesians 4:2

We should train ourselves to such regard, to such
respect for others, that we shall never hurt the heart
of one of God's creatures, even by a disdainful look!
Our love ought also to be patient. Our neighbor may
have his faultsóbut we are taught to bear with one
another's infirmities. If we knew the story of men's
lives, the hidden loads and burdens which they are
often carrying, the unhealed sore in their heartówe
would have most gentle patience with them. Life is
hard for most people
; certainly hard enough without
our adding to its burdens by our censoriousness, our
unkindness, our jeering and contempt.

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly
 loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness,
 humility, gentleness and patience." Colossians 3:12