Betrayed by a Kiss
Wickedness under the cloak of love 47-48
Short-lived Zeal 49-50
The lesson here is deeply instructive. To suffer patiently for Christ is far more difficult than to work actively. To sit still and endure calmly is far harder than to fight a battle. Crusaders will always be found more numerous than martyrs. The passive graces of religion are far rarer and precious than the active graces. Work for Christ may be done from many spurious motives—from excitement, from emulation, from party spirit, or from love of praise. Suffering for Christ will seldom be endured from any but one motive, and that motive is the grace of God.
Evil will not last forever 51-53
Let us take comfort from our Lord’s words as we look forward to our own futures. If we are followers of Christ, we will have an hour of trial, and it may be a long hour too; but we may rest assured that the darkness will not last one moment longer than God sees fit for us. In his good time it will vanish away.