Monday, July 26, 2010

Focus on Love of Christ, Not on Rooting Out Evil


The way of Love taught by Eder Porphyrios avoids directly attacking evil. It is through an exclusive focus on our love for Christ that evil is defeated and not by our efforts. To do otherwise invites struggle and much effort. 

Elder Porphyrios says, 
If evil comes to assault you, turn all you inner strength to good, to Christ. Pray, “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.” 
This the meaning of what Jesus taught when He told His disciples to “turn the other cheek” when confronted with evil. 
But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.  Luke 6:27-31 
By giving your heart totally to God there is no room for anything else. There is no need to try and attain virtue or fight off evil. God will give you the needed virtues. Just fill your heart and mind with love for God.

The Elder says, 
Love Him simply and humbly, without any demand, and He Himself will free you. 

Reference:
Wounded by Love, p 135

1 comment:

  1. Wisdom is always timely. Thank you for these words!

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