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Faith (Rightly Oriented and Unyielding)

“To have faith in Christ is not merely to have warm feelings or nice thoughts about Him, but truly to seek first His Kingdom with every ounce of our being as we take up our crosses and follow Him.” (Fr. Philip LeMasters)

“…the source of faith is Christ. It is the faith of Christ—His beliefs, His trust, His obedience—that justifies us, not our faith as such…True righteousness is the knowledge of Christ Jesus...A faith that obeys Christ is the very content and meaning of life...Everything about us must be subordinated to Christ and His Kingdom...” (Orthodox Study Bible, Galatians 2:16, Philippians 3:7-9)

“Faith is our sure defense against the assaults of temptation, doubt, despair, and despondency. Without faith, we are at the mercy of spiritual forces that are too much for us. But by putting our trust in the Lord, we can resist and rebuff every kind of onslaught that threatens us. So let us not cast aside our faith because the Lord seems to be slow in fulfilling His promises. Let us not give up when It seems that God is not answering our prayers. Let us not grow “weary of well-doing” because we do not yet see the fruits of our effort (Gal. 6:9). When the forces of evil seem to prevail against the good, let us never surrender to their powers. But let us hang onto faith, especially in difficult times, for it is our invincible shield against all the challenges that we face.” (Fr. Basil)

“How should we then live? Give attention to the goal of your life as measured by your desire for God. No matter how many times you fall, get back up. Faith, in large part, can be understood as loyalty. Choose sides (choose God). Every time you fail, call out for God who alone can save us. For the most part, heroes of the faith will not be seen until all things are revealed. As much as possible, refrain from judging others. Assume that they are struggling secretly as well. Remember that our battle is with the passions. They are defeated and healed through the acquisition of the Holy Spirit. It is this that saves the souls around us.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“Every aspect of my life should be a reflection of my faith in Christ...The most pleasing work to God is the continuous exercise of faith in Christ as Savior and Lord throughout our lives. (Abbot Tryphon, Fr. Theodore Stylianopoulos)


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