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“Temptations and trials show what hides in the heart of a man. Temptation is similar to the medicine called an emetic. An emetic reveals what is hidden inside the stomach. So temptations and trials make manifest what is hidden inside a man. The Holy Word of God and other Christian books point out the corruption of our nature, but we recognize it by actual experience or deed in temptations and trials. Thus vainglory becomes evident through deprivation of glory, avarice through deprivation of riches, envy through success of one’s neighbor, and anger through disappointment. If, then, you fall into various temptations, O Christian, this all happens by God’s permission for your great benefit, that you may thereby know what is hidden in your heart, and so knowing it, you may correct yourself.” (St. Tikhon of Zadonsk)

“He, the incarnate Son of God, voluntarily assumed the consequences of our sin—corruption and death—without sinning Himself. And He submitted to unjust suffering because of the sinful passions of men and of angels…The Spirit of God always brings transformation wherever He is present…Christ…causes every aspect of our corrupt human nature to be transformed, for whatever divinity touches is healed.” (Orthodox Study Bible, 1 Kingdoms 10:9, 2 Corinthians 5:18-21, Luke 23:46)

“You have heard it said that Jesus Christ makes all things news. According to St. Paul “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is passed away, behold, the new has come,” (II Cor. Chapter 5 Vs. 18). Renewal is not simply making something appear as new...That is not renewal in the Christian sense. Renewal is to take something old and worn and weighted down by sin and corruptibility and by the exerting of the Divine Will to recreate it anew so that that which had made it old no longer exists in its character…the human being who is committed to Christ Who, by His Divine Will makes all things new, that creature becomes a new recreated person. That newness in Christ means the total expunging of all that was the old so that one may start again as a new person. Our record is washed clean. All of our sins are wiped away from the slate of our life and we are given a new start.” (Fr. James C. Meena)

“Sometimes, even though we may have confessed our sins, we still hang onto the guilt of our sins, and we may still feel corrupt, unworthy, un-loveable, and unredeemable. It’s so hard sometimes to truly believe that Someone would really voluntarily take on the pain and consequences of our behavior to redeem us out of unconditional love for us. But until we accept this in our hearts through faith, we are subject in our thoughts to the lies of the enemy and true healing and peace of mind and spirit eludes us.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

“…we are promised that where sin abounds, grace abounds much more (Rom. 5:20)… corruption will never overcome God’s grace.” (Father Barnabas Powell)

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