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Πέμπτη, 28 Φεβρουαρίου 2019

Freedom The mastering of oneself brings about true freedom



It would seem to be an almost genetic trait of we humans to desire freedom. We want to live in a free society, have the freedom to make our own choices, and freedom from the tyranny of others. Yet we fail to realize that the freedom so desired from the inner most part of our being, is not really freedom in and of itself. The true desire for freedom is the desire for God. 

That God yielded to us a piece of His divine authority, instilled in us this sense of freedom as something good. It is in this freedom that we are given the power to voluntarily approach God, offering our freedom in sacrifice to Him. For it is that moment that we submit our freedom to God, that we become truly free, for we have been freed from the bondage that has kept our true nature subjugated to sin and death.

"Therefore, if you have mastered yourself, now give yourself to God. When you sinned, you not only lost yourself, but in losing yourself you took yourself away from God. Now, having returned from the captivity of sin, after you have mastered yourself, return yourself also to God (Saint Theophan the Recluse)." This then becomes the moment of true emancipation, for we will have found freedom from all that has separated us from our true selves, and we will have become one with God.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

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