How can one avoid the passion of mankind and weakness for human praise? Unquestionable confidence in the presence of God, constant concern for pleasing God and the ardent desire for the blessed promises of the Lord. For no one before the eyes of the Lord is trying to please such a slave for dishonoring the Lord and his condemnation (8, 195).
What is the "cage" in which the Lord commands to enter the worshiper? The cage is usually called empty and separate room, in which we put what we want to save, or in which we can hide, according to the prophet said: "Go, my people, enter your chambers ... hide" (Isaiah 26, 20). And the meaning of the commandment reveals the very subject of the conversation, because it is addressed to the people who are suffering from the ailment. Therefore, if anyone is concerned about this ailment, he does very well, eliminating and seclusion in prayer, until he is able to acquire the habit of not paying attention to the praises of men, but to look only at God, following the example of saying: "As the eyes of slaves are turned to the hands of gentlemen They are like the eyes of a slave in the hand of her mistress, so our eyes are toward the Lord our God "(Psalm 122, 2). But if anyone by the grace of God is pure from this disease, then he does not need to hide the beautiful. By teaching this, the Lord Himself says: "A city standing at the top of a mountain can not be hid. And, lighting a candle, do not put it under a vessel, but on a candlestick, and shines all in the house. So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven "(Matthew 5, 14-16). The same meaning of the commandment of mercy and fasting (Matthew 6, 1-18), and in general about every matter of piety (115, 634).
What exposes a man-pleaser? In relation to those who praise him, he shows diligence, but does not want to do anything for the blameers. St. Basil the Great (18, 195).
Christ took a spitting for us, so that we despised the humanity and the glory of this world. (34, 73).
Woe to him who tries to win people's favor in word and deed, but does not care about truth and justice (34, 191).
Woe to men-pleasers, for they can not please God (34, 195).
Take care that, for the sake of mankind, do not destroy the reward for your labors, for the one who does something is denied retribution. Rev. Abba Isaiah (34, 216).
O how insinuating and insensible is the passion of mankind; she has and wise! For the actions of other passions are immediately visible and lead to crying and humility. And man's land is covered with words and images of piety, so that the people whom it deceives, it is difficult to consider its appearance ... What are the guise of mankind? The mother of these manifestations and the first of them is unbelief, and after him, as his offspring, follows: envy, hatred, flattery, jealousy, quarrels, hypocrisy, partiality, service only in appearance, slander, falsehood, false reverence and the like, and not easily discernible and dark passions. But worst of all, some praise it with skilful words like good, and the harm that lies in it is covered up. If you want, I will uncover their guile in part: a cunning man-pleaser, advising one, is plotting another; praising one, blaming the other; teaching one's neighbor, praising himself; participates in court not to judge by justice, but to take revenge on the enemy; reproves with laskatelstvom, while, reproaching his enemy, will not be accepted by him; slanders, without naming the name, to cover up his slander; convinces the non-possessors that they say what they need, as if they want to give them this, and when they say, he speaks of them as begging; before the inexperienced is boasting, and before the experienced, humbly, catching praise from those and from others; when they praise the virtuous, is indignant and, beginning another story, removes praise; condemns rulers when they are absent, and when present, praises them in the eyes; mocking the humble-minded and looking after the teachers to reproach them; Degrades simplicity to show oneself wise; the virtues of neighbors leave them without attention, and their misdemeanors retain in their memory. In short, it catches the opportunity in every possible way and cringes to the faces, revealing the diverse passion of man's land; tries to hide his evil deeds by interest in a stranger. True Christians do not do this, but, on the contrary, they ignore other people's evil deeds from the feeling of mercy, but openly reveal their own ones before God. Therefore, people condemn them who do not know their intentions; because they are not so much trying to please people as much as to God. (Serving people, according to the commandments, do not subservient due to praise). So, when they are beneficent to God, they dishonor themselves - for that and for the other they expect their reward from the Lord, who said: "The pride of a man humiliates him, but the humble in spirit takes on honor" (Proverb 29, 23). Reverend Mark the Ascetic (66, 527).
The man-pleaser takes care of externally behaving well and deserving the good word of the flatterer, bribing the sight and hearing of those who are delighted or surprised only by the visible and audible and virtue is determined only by what they feel. Man-eatery is a manifestation of good morals parading before people and for people. The Monk Maximus the Confessor (68, 279).
Manhumanism destroys not only the love of God, but the very remembrance of God. Bishop Ignatius (Bryanchaninov) (111, 257).
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