Peaceful Reflections

for those times you just need some quiet time to sit, read just a short bit and reflect

 

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And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?  For you are a temple of the living God.  As God has said: "I will dwell in them and walk with them. I will be their God, and they shall be my people."  Therefore "Come out from among them And be separate , says the Lord.  Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you."  "I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty."  

Therefore, having thee promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.    ~ 2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1

To cleanse ourselves, according to the Orthodox Study Bible, means that by the promises of GOD, we are to venture into a long struggle for holiness. This, of course, includes true repentance.

"Whoever wishes to be saved must turn to the Lord with a pure heart, andmust cleanse oneself with repentance and tears, and in such a manner wpid-img_20141003_194109_937.jpgunite with Christ, the True Vine. For without Christ there is no salvation. Christ is Life and Light. He who has departed from Life and Light must then be in death and darkness. Consider this, O Christian, and with tears and repentance wash away your sins, that you may once again be united with Christ - your very life."
~St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

 

“Children, I beseech you to correct your hearts and thoughts, so that you may be pleasing to God. Consider that although we may reckon ourselves to be righteous and frequently succeed in deceiving men, we can conceal nothing from God. Let us therefore strive to preserve the holiness of our souls and to guard the purity of our bodies with all fervor. Ye are the temple of God, says the divine Apostle Paul; If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy.”                                                 – St. Nicholas of Myra

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.