• Michael Haldas

Watchfulness


“St. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 16:13, “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” The word “watch” in this Scripture comes from a Greek word from which we get Nepsis. Here, Paul used it as a command to be watchful…Nepsis may not be a familiar term to some. It essentially means to be awake, or a state of watchfulness…Our task as Christians is to be awake, to be watchful and aware. Christ also says multiple times in the Gospel for us to watch and be watchful.” (Sacramental Living Podcast Episode 36)

“Watchfulness over one's own soul protects against all manner of evil and undoing.” (Orthodox Study Bible, 1 Kingdoms 15:17-22)

“…we must be vigilant and watchful of the messages we receive and careful of the words that we speak to one another. All have a vital influence upon our souls. We must be intentionally mindful of what actually feeds the soul – resisting words, images, and conversations that distract us from living a life of true holiness.” (Fr. Tom Tsagalakis)

“One of the keys to spiritual life is nepsis, or watchfulness. Basically, this means we have to stay awake and aware of what we are doing. This takes practice. The good news, however, is that you are supposed to still have fun, maybe even more because you notice that you are having fun.” (George Stavros, PhD)

“…watchfulness and readiness do not mean a wearisome, spiritless performance of formal and empty obligations. Most certainly it does not mean inactivity and slothfulness. Watchfulness signifies inner stability, soberness, tranquility and joy. It means spiritual alertness, attentiveness and vigilance. Watchfulness is the deep personal resolve to find and do the will of God, embrace every commandment and every virtue, and guard the intellect and heart from evil thoughts and actions. Watchfulness is the intense love of God.” (Rev. Alkiviadis Calivas)

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