The Christian faith is not a conditioned, intrigued attitude. The centurion had submitted his servants’ relationship to God: Lord if I’ll say to one of them “Go!” and he goes, if I say (to another) “Do this!” then, he does it. (cf. Mt. 8: 5-13) So even more he entrusted that, when the Lord commended the (evil) spirit to: “Free” (the man)! the spirit will free him, or if Christ will say: “Do not enter this man again!” the spirit will no longer enter. Continue reading
∼ Words from the Church Fathers ∼
Everyone who loves God shows himself patient and steadfast in times of suffering.
Whoever bears them bravely becomes strong and obedient to God, and whoever enters the path of following the will of God conquers his natural weakness. On the other hand, whoever does not recognize his own powerlessness is proud and not inclined to submit himself to the will of the Lord. Whoever does not submit to it and hopes only in his own power does not receive the power and help of God and, not having been strengthened in spirit, cannot become patient. But who-ever does not endure misfortune and afflictions has not faith, and whoever does not have faith, does not love God.
– St. Alexis of Senaki, Concerning Afflictions
God values deeds according to their intentions. For it is said, “The Lord grant unto you according to your heart” (Psalm 19:5) … Therefore, whoever wants to do something but can’t is considered as having done it by God, who sees the intentions of our hearts. This applies to both good and evil deeds alike.
– St. Mark the Ascetic, Homilies, 1.184, 2.16