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Peace and Grace

“Peace Comes From Trusting God…in times of peril, faith should put its trust in God completely. When we put ourselves completely in God’s hands, we find peace of mind and soul in letting the God of Grace take charge of the outcome of the danger.” (Fr. Basil)

“Peace is a consequence of the coming of grace. When grace abides in a man, that man becomes peaceful. There’s no peace without grace. Wherever you see confusion, irritation, shouting, screaming, nerves, disorder, there’s no grace there. Grace can’t abide where there’s no peace. God makes His abode in a peaceful man. God doesn’t dwell in an anxious, restless, angry, nervous, gloomy, and confused man. God is the God of peace and He dwells in peace. God reveals Himself in peace and through people who have peace within themselves. When grace comes, its first manifestation is peace, and therefore Christ constantly says: Peace be unto you. When His Disciples met Him, He said: Peace be unto you. When God is present, we feel peace first. When God is absent and the energy of Satan is at work, then we feel inner turmoil. The soul is in turmoil, there’s no peace in it, and we can’t be comforted by anything.” (Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol)

“The fall of our first parents, which led to the severing of the grace-endowing link with God and changed their souls radically, could not but affect the relations between them as well. Disorder and conflict within men brought about their mutual alienation. But because our God is Peace and Love, salvation was impossible without reconciliation with God. As St. Paul says, in Christ all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross (Col. 1:19–20). And Christ fulfilled the will of His Father. He came, accomplished the Sacrifice of Redemption and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near (Eph. 2:17). And to this day He bestows peace upon us, for He said: Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you (John 14:27). And not only does He bestow peace, but He Himself has become our peace (Eph. 2:14).” (St. Tikhon Monastery)

“Whatever career a person sets out to do—whether becoming a ballet dancer, a monk or a nun, a homemaker, or a salesperson—he or she can pursue this task as an outworking of his or her calling to connect heaven and earth. At a minimum this means we must not use our activities as occasions to sin, but more fundamentally, it means bringing the peace and grace of Christ into everything we do and pursuing these activities explicitly for God’s glory.” (Robin Phillips)

“We are small and helpless beings, and we must unceasingly ask our Heavenly Father for help in all things; we must pray to Him to give us strength and to give us of His Grace, the Divine energy that is present and works everywhere, most especially in those souls that have chosen to serve the Lord with their whole life, both in this world and in eternity. For God is peace; God is comfort and joy to all people. I therefore wish you peace and joy in the Lord.” (Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica)


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