Love of Goodness
God's dealings with man are not limited to our legalistic ideas about reward
and punishment. Salvation, which is the ultimate goal of Christian life, is
not a "reward" but a gift freely given by God. We cannot "earn" or "merit"
it by anything we do, no matter how pious or self-effacing we think
In everyday life we naturally think that good deeds should be rewarded and
crimes punished. But our God does not "punish" on the basis of human
standards. He corrects and chastises us, just as a loving father corrects
his erring children in order to show them the way. But this is not the same
thing as being "sentenced" to a "term" of pain and suffering for some
misdeed. Our God is not vindictive; He is at all times perfectly loving,
and His justice has nothing to do with human legal standards.
He knows that we cannot come to Him without purity of heart, and He also
knows that we cannot acquire this purity unless we are free from all things:
free from attachments to money and property, free of passion and sin, and
even detached from bodily health if that stands in between us and true
freedom before God. He instructs us, through both revelation and
correction, showing us how we may acquire this freedom, for 'Ye shall know
the truth, and the truth shall make you free' (John 8:32). As St. John
God "leads you on by a still higher step to that love which is free of fear.
Through this you begin effortlessly and naturally to observe all those
things you originally observed out of fear of God and punishment, but now
you do them no longer from fear of punishment, but from love of Goodness
itself, and delight in virtue." (Institutes)
Anonymous - The Teaching of the Fathers ON ILLNESS
page 6-7,Nikodemos Orthodox Publications Society, 1986
Source: A Little Spiritual Help by Fr. John Brian, Madison, WI
The Lamb of God
More than 2,500 years ago, God revealed the greatest message in history to the Hebrew prophet Isaiah. In chapter 53 of the book that bears his name, Isaiah unveils God’s message of salvation to the world, and in so doing, he reveals the identity of the Messiah – the Lamb of God who would lay down His life as an offering for the world’s sins.
John Powell writes about a student who learns that God is Love. "The
essential sadness is to go through life without loving. But it would be
almost equally sad to go through life and leave this world without ever
telling those you loved that you had loved them."
What is heaven? It is the eternal bliss which God is enjoying.
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