The illustration of the The Beauty Remains, the Pain Passes provides us a great example of the virtue of patience in regard to why we need it in our daily lives. As Christians, with faith comes patience. If we know God has told us to do something or he has given us a passion to do something our lives, we need to do it in season and out of season. There will always be opportunities for us to loose our patience or to give excuses on why we cannot fulfill our calling. This is why we must have the virtue of patience and long-suffering. If God says it, then we should do it. Patience will enable us to endure any adversity or doubt in our calling. Enjoy the sermon illustration of “The Beauty Remains, the Pain Passes” below.
One of my favorite stories is about the famous artist Auguste Renoir. One of his best friends, Henri Matisse, even though he was 30 years younger, was a constant companion of Renoir. During the last decade of the famous artist’s life when he was confined to his home because of his crippling arthritis, Matisse visited him daily.
In spite of his torturous pain Renoir kept painting. In fact, he did so almost to his dying day. “The Bathers,” one of his most famous paintings was completed only two years before he died — 14 years after he was stricken with this disabling disease.
On one occasion when Renoir was struggling with every brush stroke, his friend Matisse said to him, “Auguste, why do you continue to paint when you are in such agony?” To which Renoir replied, “The beauty remains: the pain passes.”
From the SermonIllustrator.org: Beauty Remains