If God wants to pardon the soul, and she persists and disobeys, but does her injured will, then God lets her sorrow, which she would not want, so that this soul will seek God. Reverend Abba Isaiah (82, 152-153).
Sorrowful is sent from God worthy of that, everyone for himself is the culprit of these scourges, by his own arbitrariness preparing for himself waiting for his sorrow. Saint Gregory of Nyssa (17, 286).
Sorrow is also found for former sins, bringing with them what corresponds to every sin. Reverend Mark the Ascetic (54, 45).
The truth is that often God, temporarily executing our sins, brings misfortunes and sorrows upon us; So, for example, the three young men in Babylon said to the Lord: "In truth and in judgment, You brought all these upon us for our sins" (Dan 3, 28). However, one can not say that the good will of a good God wants us evil when he punishes us for sins. Look at the doctor: what does he do to the patient? Sometimes he gives him the bitterest drink, sometimes he cuts and burns, and causes great suffering with his healing, because it is impossible to heal the wound without pain. But doing all this, he is not a disease, but health, not death, but he desires life for the one whom he heals. So God, the physician of our souls, seeing the rotting of our spiritual wounds, applies the proper treatment for them. He burns with misfortune, he cuts by inadvertently finding griefs and squeals pitiful sorrow. He does all this not to destroy us, but to heal, not to kill, but to revive, not to kill, but to restore us. Therefore, David says this: "The Lord hath strictly punished me, but he has not delivered me to death" (Psalm 117, 18). Even at the very time of punishment, God is more good than evil, more merciful than angry, more compassionate than vindictive. If He pours on our wounds the wine of cruel grief, then not without oil; if it beats, it is not without mercy; if sad, then not without pardon; if sad, it is not without consolation. For the Psalmist says: "When my sorrows are multiplied in my heart, your consolations delight my soul" (Psalm 93, 19). Punishments must be necessary, otherwise our spiritual wounds can not be healed. As a patient requires treatment, so we are guilty as punishment. "Honor the Son, it is said that He will not be angry" (Psalm 2, 12). We should receive the Lord's punishment with gratitude, not with sorrow, with patience, and not with grumbling, with generosity, and not with exhaustion, according to the apostolic word: "We are distressed, but we always rejoice" (2 Corporation 6, 10) . Sainted Dimitry of Rostov (103, 104-105).
Two times the punishment of God is eternal and temporary. Eternal punishment is prepared for the people of the wicked, lawless and unrepentant sinners. This they do not escape, as they flatter themselves. "He will rain upon the wicked with burning coals, fire and sulfur; and the scorching wind is their share from the cup "(Psalm 10, 6). Temporal punishment is endured by pious people, who fear God and try to keep the commandments of God; and this punishment of God is paternal, merciful and comes from love. So it is written: "The Lord, whom he loves, punishes; He beats every son he receives "(Hebrew 12, 6). Thus the philanthropic man lovingly punishes loyal slaves here to pardon them, according to the apostolic word: "Being judged, we are punished from the Lord so that we will not be condemned with the world" (1 Corporation 11, 32). He beats like a father, corrects his children, and gives them the heritage of Eternal Life, for even the most pious people are not without sin (104, 1712-1713).
All grief is not accidental, but is sent to us from God and is His father's punishment, which punishes us not with anger, but with love, as the apostle teaches: "The Lord, whom he loves, punishes; He beats every son he receives "(Hebrew 12, 6). As the righteous wrath of the wicked pours out His righteous wrath and the cup of rage and rage will be forever drinking, so the pious do not reprove with fury, do not punish with anger, but beat fatherly, in anger of mercy recalls, punishes, but does not betray death ... People taught the devil, bring misfortunes and sorrows to us, but by the admission of God, for neither the people nor the devil can do anything to us if God will not let them. He lets them for our punishment, and how much they let God, so much they annoy us and cause evil (104, 1719-1720).
Who is without sin and who is justified before Him? It often happens that before the person who drives us, we have not sinned, but have sinned before God; and often in what they reproach us, they are not to blame, but they are to blame for the other, and so our fault is in everything. If there were no sins, there would be no harm, for all the misfortunes came from sins. Therefore, in disasters, it is necessary to recognize the truth of God, but our guilt and gratefully endure the disaster (104, 1720-1721).
All sorrow and misery are from sin; and if there was no sin, there would be no sorrow. Therefore, sorrow is sent, so that sin is cleansed; and when the sin that has become the cause of the tribulation is cleansed, the most grief will be taken away. And he must repent, confess before God, pray and faith cleanse sins; and grief and sorrow will be taken away from the grace of God, and comfort will come, like the sun after gloomy days, more pleasant and joyful food after fasting. Prelate Tikhon Zadonsky (104, 1721).
Sin is the cause of all human sorrows both in time and in eternity. Tribulation is, as it were, a natural consequence, the natural accessory of sin, just as the suffering produced by bodily ailments constitutes the inevitable affiliation of these ailments, their inherent action (111, 157).
Infidelity and other sorrows ... reveal a hidden sin in the depths of the soul. Sorrow for this reason is called temptation, that it reveals the secret state of the heart (109, 370).
Damaged nature constantly needs us, as in an antidote, in grief: they are repaid in her sympathy for the sinful poison of passions, especially pride ... they deduce a servant of God from a pompous wrong opinion of oneself in humility and spiritual mind (109, 107) .
Sinful and arbitrary sinners, in whom there is no pledge of correction and repentance, the Lord does not recognize worthy sorrow as not accepting the teachings of Christ (112, 130).
Tribulation and temptation are perishing for the sons of perdition, evil depresses them, they do not know how to defeat it, and they complete their previous law-breaking crimes with new transgressions (112, 146).
Tribulations are necessary for us to have the opportunity to forgive our neighbors and thereby receive the remission of our own sins (112, 298).
Blessed is not only the one who is innocently exposed to temptations, the blessed is also the one whom the Lord punishes for sins and drives out tribulations from a wide path to the path of the commandments of God. Bishop Ignatius (Bryanchaninov) (112, 442).
"But your sorrow will be in joy" (John 16, 20)
Do not think that all sorrow finds on people for sins, for some who please God are tempted. Reverend Mark the Ascetic (54, 24).
Most of the divine gifts are born in the soul after embarrassment and sorrow (49, 307).
The more various sorrows and punishments the Lord sends to you, the more sincere love He extends to you. Reverend Neil of Sinai (49, 366).
... You should know well that not only sins, griefs and misadventures are always allowed for sins, but sometimes a philanthropic God, loving His servant, intentionally plunges him into various calamities like gold ore into the fire, to tempt him like gold in crucible, and make him worthy of Himself. "The smelter is for silver, and the crucible is for gold," says Solomon, "and the Lord tests the heart" (Proverb 17, 3). Look at Job and Tobiah, righteous and kind people to God, how many and not for a little while they, like gold, were tempted by sorrows and sorrows, and then with what joys and gaiety they were consoled. They have undergone much evil, and not for their sins, but in order that their greater faith and love for God be manifested. So Moses said to Israel: "The Lord your God tempt you to find out whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul" (Deuteronomy 13, 3) ... God lets his beloved slaves sorrow for their strength. God gives and patience in affliction to those who put their trust in Him. Therefore, the one who loves God, "put your care on the Lord" (Psalm 54, 23), for He cares for you. He trades about you. Trust in God, and He "will keep you from all evil; Your soul will keep your soul "(Psalm 120, 7). For it is written: "The Lord keeps all those who love Him" (Psalm 144, 20). If you love the Lord, do not be sad about the sorrows that have come upon you: He will deliver you from them, for he says: "With him I am in sorrow; I will deliver him, and I will glorify him "(Psalm 90, 15). If you love God, do not grieve for the calamities that have surrounded you, because "to those who love God ... everything contributes to the good" (Rom., 8, 28); all that is considered a scourge in this world, such as persecution, bitterness, vexation, humiliation and much more, all this loving God usually brings not destruction, but salvation. God is strong God sobbing and crying soon lay out for joy and consolation (103, 105-106).
Our Lord Jesus Christ, departing from the world, bequeathed to the lovers of Him, as if in a kind of special gift, persecution in the world, tears, sobbing and sorrow, for He says: "They will drive you out of the synagogues", and: "You will weep and you will wail, but the world will rejoice; you will be sad "(John 16, 2, 20). However, He left all this to those who love Him not to enrage them, to erase them and glory them in the dust, but in order that they may be consoled, glorified and glorified. As "Christ must suffer and enter into his glory" (Luke 24, 26), so it will be with us: "your sorrow," he says, "will be in joy" (Jn Xxxxx, Xnumx). And again: "And now you have sorrow; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy from you "(Jn XXUMX, 16). He left His afflicted with sorrows so that they, by the way, covered with thorns, close and sorrowful, attained inalienable joy. For as they that rejoice and be glad, every day, they inherit weeping, according to that written: "Woe to you who laugh now! for weep and lament "(Luke 20, 16), and again:" The end of joy is sorrow "(Proverbs 22, 6), and crying now inherit joy and gladness:" Blessed are those who mourn, "said the Lord," for they they will be comforted "(Matthew 25, 14). ... "The Lord of heaven and earth will give you joy instead of your sorrow" (Comrade 13, 5). Sainted Dimitry of Rostov (103, 107).
If God sends his slaves to grief, he does not leave them in tribulation, but he is with them in their affliction, as he says: "With him I am in sorrow" (Psalm 90, 15). So we read about St. Joseph, the son of the patriarch Jacob, that "God was with him" (Acts 7, 9). Although the slave was sold to Joseph, "he hampered his feet with fetters; His soul entered into the iron "(Psalm 104, 18), but God was with him. He was with the holy patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, although many troubles surrounded them. Therefore, it is written that "no one allowed them to offend them and forbade the kings of them:" Do not touch my anointed, and do my prophets no evil "(Ps: 104, 14-15) ... He was with the martyrs in the middle of the furnace of sorrows, torment and suffering, was with other saints. He is now persevering with His servants, who honor Him, and will be until the end of the age: "Behold, I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Mt. 28, 20) (104, 1737).
When you hear, beloved Christian, that God is with His faithful servants in afflictions, do not just imply this God's being: He with them and preserves them, helps them, comforts them, dissolves the cross-heartedness of His love, feeding His goodness to the taste, -as the mother differently comforts his grieving and weeping little child, and so either alleviates the severity of sorrows, or, when necessary, completely frees them from the furnace of sorrows. This kindness and philanthropy of God is wonderfully portrayed in the Holy Scripture. The eagle, which covers its nest and warms the young, is likened, as in the song of Moses; it is likened to the "wing of the wings" and the like (Psalm 16, 8, Psalm 30, 21, Psn 35, 8, Psn 60, 5, Psn 62, 8, Psn 90, 1), and feathers overshadowing it says: "He will overshadow you with his feathers" (Psalm 90, 4). You see how God is with His servants in their afflictions! Prelate Tikhon Zadonsky (104, 1738).
When the holy apostles confessed the Savior with the Son of God, He said: "He must ... suffer ... and be killed" (Matthew 16, 21). The matter was ripe, it only remained to complete his death on the cross. The same happens in the course of moral progress of a Christian. While he is in the struggle against passions, the enemy still hopes to somehow tempt him, but when the passions are settled and the enemy already lacks the strength to excite them, then he erects external temptations, all kinds of vain promises, and moreover the most sensitive ones. He wants to start thinking: "Well, why did you work and fight? There's no use for you from this. " But when he prepares a war in this way from outside. The Lord sends a spirit of patience to his laborer, and before the enemy has time to raise any trouble, he awakens in his heart an enthusiastic readiness for all kinds of suffering and dislike, and the enemy's machinations do not work out. As the Lord said about Himself: "He must ... suffer ...", so they experience a certain thirst for sorrow. And when they come, they gladly meet them, drink them, as the thirsty drinks cool water. Bishop Theophan the Recluse (107, 218-219).
The innocent and All-holy Lord, afflicted by the humanity he accepted, for the guilty and sin-infected humanity, provided suffering in the way of salvation for all his followers, for all his spiritual tribe and kinship ... At the same time, He poured out in His sufferings His slavess spiritual Consolation as an active proof of the faithfulness of salvation and the faithfulness of the suffering way leading to salvation (112, 127).
For those who are grieved, it would be impossible to stand in them if it had not been secretly supported by them and the grace of God ... Without sorrow, a person is not capable of that mysterious, together substantial comfort, which is given to him in proportion to his grief (108, 317) .
The Holy Scriptures testify that special servants are sent to the servants of God, who follow the commandments of God, to help their activities ... These purgatory sorrows are called the parachutes, or the destinies of God (108, 326).
Tribulations were from the beginning of the century a sign of the election of God. They were a sign, a deceit for patriarchs, prophets, apostles, martyrs, and saints. All the saints went through a narrow path of temptations and sorrows, patience of them brought themselves into a favorable sacrifice to God (108, 350).
He runs away from the execution of the law of Christ insanely seeking the place of the uninspired ... The place and life are uninspired, when the heart will find humility and come to patience with humility (109, 50).
The time of trouble is that blessed time in which God will build the soul of his beloved elect from among the people (109, 106).
Prayerful prayer is usually preceded by special sorrows and spiritual upheavals that reduce our spirit to the depths of the consciousness of poverty and its insignificance (109, 284).
Disease often happens to be a place of knowledge of God and self-knowledge. The suffering of the body is often the cause of spiritual pleasures, and the sickness's bed is watered by tears of repentance and tears of joy about God (111, 506).
No arbitrary feat, no arbitrary deprivation and maliciousness can bring the same benefits to the soul as the involuntary tribulations sent to her by God. Bishop Ignatius (Bryanchaninov) (111, 371).
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