|Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes - Spiritual Nourishment for the Soul - January 2003||Last Modified January 7th, 2003|
The Love We Receive From Our Lord God Never Ends!
For all those who, through the grace of the Holy Spirit, dwell in the love of God will be with the Lord in His Kingdom, because the love from God never simply melts away. Love from God is eternal! Now let us love our Lord God and one another.
When we ourselves might fall into error, let us spiritually humble ourselves in the way that the Holy Scripture so well expresses; ‘Become as little children, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.’
Yes, we know that there are times when we think that our God does not love us, and we feel as if He has abandoned us. We tend to think this way especially during difficult times, whether it be during sickness, or bereavement, economic uncertainty, job layoffs and unemployment, or perhaps family strife. Times, too, when the world around us seems threatening. It’s at such times that our best course of action is to turn back towards God, whose love for us is so deep. Our God is a God of compassion and mercy. He understands us at a depth and with a constancy that can bring us to love ourselves as He loves us. Our sufferings can be relieved because our God never forgets those who love Him. All over the world as the New Year arrives, millions of people make a “New Year Resolution”. Should not the New Year be, for us Christians, that we will seek to love our Lord God with all our hearts, minds, and souls, as well as one another? It may be a struggle for us to do this, but we have our God to help us so that we don’t forget or abandon this resolution. What a great opportunity we have spiritually to offer this love to Him, and to those around us! Never forget that all it takes is love.
We experience great comfort and great joy when our Christian life is filled with love for God and one another. Our Lord desires us not to be despondent, or ever to give up, but He does want us to have faith, hope, and love. Therefore as faithful pious and Orthodox Christians let us humble ourselves this New Year with not only love, but also with faith and hope. At last our afflictions will surely end. God then gives us, or discloses to our soul, the profound knowledge that we shall be saved.
So great is the Glory of our Lord God that He loves us so much, and that love through the Holy Spirit becomes a great comfort to us!
By faith we receive the compassion of our God and His merciful love. Let us then put that faith into action, and now apply the teachings of the Holy Scriptures, the Holy Apostles, the Holy Saints, the Holy Fathers, of our Holy Orthodox faith, and even those who ascetically and by their prayers are trying to remind us that the path towards God and salvation is by love for Him, and love for one another. Let each of us, as Orthodox Christians, take advantage of this virtuous love as blessedness and paradise becomes our peace. Paradise? Yes, since the Kingdom of God is within us; with the love of God the soul truly knows paradise. For within paradise the love of God exists.
Let us piously seek and yearn after the love of God, because the merciful Lord will never cease from loving us, but pours out to us, even as sinners, His grace and the joy of the Holy Spirit guide us during our lives.
May this New Year for you all bring you closer to Him Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. May He bless you with the comfort and guidance of the Holy Spirit. And may each one of you reflect His love to those around you so that people will be drawn to say, “I have seen the love of God in you.”
Therefore through humility, and in weeping in prayer (the gift of tears) we shall behold and have the true paradise of God, for our Lord’s love is unending, to Whom we humbly offer Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
May you and yours be ever blessed with the love of God.A blessed spiritually rewarding New Year! Chronia Polla! Many Years! Peace to your soul! In The Love Of Our Lord God,
+Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Glory Be To God For All Things!
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