1 Thessalonians 2:7 But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.
God is a loving Teacher. I know you boys and girls in the Sunday-school classes like to have a smiling-faced teacher. You do not care to have one who is very cross and short-tempered with you, and inclined to give you a box on the ear; you like somebody who is very kind. I cannot tell you how kind God is to us; how patient, how pitiful, how tender. A good mother was telling her little girl a lesson over ever so many times,-I think it was nineteen or twenty times,-and someone said, How can you have the patience to tell the child the same thing twenty times? Why! she replied; I tell her twenty times because nineteen are not sufficient. Now, our God not only tells us twenty times, but twenty thousand times if necessary: for precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little. From our very earliest childhood, right on, God keeps teaching us with great patience; and yet some of us are so wicked or so thoughtless that we forget what he teaches us almost as soon as we hear it; and we go on to do the wrong thing which he tells us not to do, and we forget to do the right thing which he bids us do. Yet he does not strike us dead. He still continues preaching to us, teaching us on the Sabbath, and on the weekdays, by his Book, and by his Spirit, and by his ministers, and by our teachers, and in a thousand ways. Oh, what a kind and patient Teacher the Lord our God is!