Friday, September 4, 2015

A Voice from the Past - John of Damascus

For Providence often permits the just man to encounter misfortune in order that he may reveal to others the virtue that lies concealed within him, as was the case with Job. At other times it allows something strange to be done in order that something great and marvellous might be accomplished through the seemingly strange  act, as when the salvation of men was brought about through the Cross. In another way it allows the pious man to suffer sore trials in order that he may not depart from a right conscience nor lapse into pride on account of the power and grace granted to him, as was the case with Paul.

John of Damascus, Exposition of the Orthodox Faith, Book II, Chapter XXIX, (translated by Rev. S. D. F. Salmond, The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Philip Schaff and Henry Wace, T & T Clark  and Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1997, Second Series, Vol. IX, p. 41)

Can tribulation be a benefit to the person honestly attempting to follow  Christ? How?

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