Beware

June 25, 2019

“...our actions affect more people than just ourselves. Beware of the temptation to rationalize your sins by saying they are too small or too personal to hurt anyone but you.” (Life Application Study Bible, Joshua 7:24-25)

 

“We also must take care to never limit our understanding of “Church” to simply our own local setting. We are a part of God’s Church, the Body of Christ. This implies a universal understanding and vision. Thus, we all have a responsibility to the larger, global Church. Whenever we limit living out our faith in a local context, we deny the “catholic and apostolic” reality of the Church. ‘Beware not only of the individual ego (which leads us into our self-centered ways), but also of the communal ego, which is just as dangerous as the individual ego. This communal ego can take many forms, such as putting our family above all else, or putting our nation or some other identity with another limited group above all else., (Father Luke Veronis, Archbishop Anastasios)

 

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. "A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. "Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." (Matthew 7:15-20). "False prophets" of Christianity are dressed with the mantle of hypocrisy and cleverness; they seek to exploit the simplicity of kind people and replace the Gospel of Christ and Christ Himself with temporary manifestations of glory and human accomplishment. They are false prophets who endeavor to forge with shrewdness untruth from the true message of Christ. We should beware of them.” (Rev. George Mastrantonis)

 

“Beware of temptations from this world and from worldly people; beware of hidden inner temptations which come from the spirit of indifference and carelessness and prayer, from wandering of Christian love.” (St. John Maximovitch)

 

“Jesus uses the word “beware” multiple times in the Gospels. One of the things He warns us about, as do others throughout the Bible, is falling away from faith after turning to God in crisis and being delivered. It’s easy to be prayerful and committed when we have need, especially great need. And it’s equally easy to fall away after God meets our need and we are well again. God will of course “take us back” when we turn to Him again. The problem does not lie in His love for us. The problem really lies in our weak love for Him.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

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