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God should have been the master of ourselves

 God should have been the master of ourselves

 

God should have been the master of ourselves

When man is redeemed from his self-love, from his turn towards himself, this is salvation. Related though I may be to God and ask for His blessings, his gifts, as long as I turn towards myself and I am my own master, while God should have been the master, I am selfish and conceited. And I will make no progress at all.

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When   the  weakest,  most  sinful,  most  simple-minded man –he, who doesn’t understand or know much– decides to surrender to God’s grace, he’ll be redeemed.

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Truth comes to man by itself; it isn’t found by man. Salvation comes to man by itself; it isn’t found by man. Sanctification comes to man by itself. God provides it and it isn’t found by man himself.

 

Transcribed talks by Archimandrite Symeon Kragiopoulos

From: Holy Hesychasterion “The Nativity of Theotokos” Publications

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God should have been the master of ourselves