What is the Science of Salvation?

A collection of quotes and sayings about Truth from the great traditions of the world.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Self Denial

  The Lord demands resolute self denial of those who want to follow Him: Let him deny himself (Matt. 16:24). It could be expressed like this: Cast aside your interests and pursue only the interests of the Lord. You will be fulfilling this when you always do what is pleasing to Him. How can one do this? Mind carefully what is in you, and what is around you on the outside, and discern strictly in one or another situation, be it internal or external, how to act in the way that is most pleasing to God. Then, not pitying yourself and not inserting your own calculations, act accordingly, with complete self-denial. You say, "It's complicated to determine this." No, it's not complicated. We have been given clear and definite commandments. They express what we can do to be pleasing to the Lord. All that remains is to apply them to the given situation, and this does not present any great problem. Having common sense is enough. If you cannot figure something out, ask your spiritual father or someone else whose words you respect, and act according to his directions. But it is better to refine your discernment through reading the word of God and the writings of the Fathers, so that you will always have an arbiter with you.
                                                                                St. Theophan the Recluse
                                                                                "Thoughts for Each Day of the Year"