by Saint Theophan the Recluse
by Saint John of Kronstadt Press, 2014
Before I was humbled, I transgressed;
therefore Thy saying have I kept.
= God’s instruction from without, true sorrow, misfortunes, deprivation
= as a healing treatment, turning us to the path of virtue (cf. Hb 12:5-13)
Thou art good, O Lord, and in Thy goodness teach me Thy statutes.
Unexpected good fortune can also help us come to reason, as a good physician sometimes uses sweet medicine.
God’s Providence sends us what is best for us.
Multiplied against me hath been the unrighteousness of the proud;
but as for me, with my whole heart will I search out Thy commandments.
Slander can be conducive to perfection. God turns it into instrument for instruction.
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