Let us not grieve when we
make a slip, but when we become hardened by it
Do not be afraid of sin, be
afraid of not repenting.
Sayings of St Isaac the
Syrian and poor emulators of him.
Here is a saying from
Saint Isaac to show my flock that I do not make this stuff up! I have been
known to say *often *:
"Do not be afraid of sin, but be afraid of not
This means essentially
the same thing as St Isaac's words.
We differ from the
demons in that even though we can do evil and even fall into evil repeatedly,
we can repent of this evil and change.
I have been called to
task about my saying because some think that it minimizes sin. If we have the
correct understanding of sin, the saying does not minimize it. Because of our
frail nature and weak will, the things we commonly call sins are inevitable,
because we live under the condition of sin - brokenness, disease and
ignorance. Even though as we journey as strangers in a strange land we
continue to sin, as we fight against these sins and struggle to despise them,
a wonderful miracle occurs - we are cleansed of our sin. This is not just
being forgiven, mind you, but to become incorrupt, pure, peaceful and
The Lord made it clear
many times that we must exercise our will to follow Him. We should fear our
will turning towards sin more than sin itself. If we turn away from the Lord,
at some point we will be completely lost. No man knows when this point
occurs, when our heart become hardened like Pharoah's, therefore the prudent
man fears that he will not repent more than that he will sin.
Priest Seraphim Holland 2011
St Nicholas Russian Orthodox
Church, McKinney, Texas
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