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WIN YOURSELF IN YOURSELF
From a person is required only to open the door of his soul, in which the Lord knocks. It would seem so simple and easy! But there is nothing more difficult than defeating yourself.
“By the grace of the Lord, we did not disappear, for His mercy was not exhausted” (Plach. 3: 22). However, if God's mercy itself depends solely on God, then His relationship with man already depends on man.
So for the creation of a man in the image, only one will is enough - God's, and for likeness two wills are already required - God and man (VN Lossky).
For God does not save us without us (St. Athanasius the Great).
A person is required only to open the door of his soul, to which the Lord knocks (Rev. 3:20).
It would seem so simple and easy! But there is nothing more difficult than defeating yourself.
Indeed, it is very difficult to defeat oneself, since the forces of the opposing sides are equal.
The Apostle Paul writes:“For I do not understand what I am doing: because I do not do what I want, and what I hate, I do.
But if I do what I do not want, then I agree with the law that it is good, and therefore it is not me who does it, but the sin that lives in me.
For I know that he does not live in me, that is, in my flesh, good; because the desire for good is in me, but I do not find that to do it.
I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want.
But if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but the sin that lives in me. So I find the law that when I want to do good, evil is with me.
For according to the inner man I find pleasure in the law of God; but in my members I see another law, warring against the law of my mind, and making me a captive to the law of sin, which is in my members.
I'm a poor man! who will deliver me from this body of death?
I thank my God, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
So then with the mind I serve the law of God with my mind, and with the flesh the law of sin (Rom. 7: 15-25).
Holy Rights John of Kronstadt says:“It's hard to beat yourself. There is no harder victory in the world, as a victory over oneself, but one must surely conquer oneself, that is, one must overcome the evil that nests and acts in our hearts and in our flesh or the various passions of the flesh and the spiritual that fight in our flesh every day. ”
According to svt. Tikhon Zadonskogo:“Finally it is great to conquer oneself.
Many have won many thousand people, many have conquered the cities and states, but could not win themselves, of course, with themselves they had no battle, without which victory does not happen ... that is, its corrupted nature, its evil and its lust to conquer.
What is their courage, strength and courage ... We want to see this victory and, with the help of God, we will seek the pursuit. ”
«Victory over yourself is the most difficult of all victories because of the strength of the enemy, because I myself am my own enemy.And this struggle is the longest, because it ends only with the end of life.
The struggle with oneself, the struggle with sin will always remain a feat, which means it will be suffering.
And it, our internal struggle, gives rise to another, even more serious suffering, because in the world of evil and sin a man who follows the path of righteousness will always be a stranger in the life of the world and will encounter hostility towards himself at every turn.
And every day the ascetic will more and more feel his lack of affinity with others and painfully experience her. ”(Archim. John (Krestyankin).
“Fighting with yourself is the most difficult fight.Victory from victories - victory over oneself. ”writes a German satirist poet Friedrich von Logau.
“Victory over yourself is the first and best of victories. To be defeated by oneself is more shameful and worse. This shows that in each of us there is a war with oneself. ”(ancient Greek philosopher Plato - a student of Socrates and a teacher of Aristotle).