Often know what is good for us and yet we don’t do it cause it’s hard, we’re lazy. All right, people are weak, inconsistent, we all fall; we should just beware not to drown into the sin. Did you fall in a sin? Stand up right away and run with repentance to Christ. We all have sinful habits which are constantly present in our hearts; we simply shouldn’t let them overcome us completely. Is there anyone with no passions and who doesn’t make mistakes? Of course, there isn’t. We saw that even the great and righteous people such as the Holy Emperor and Prophet David fall; even in terrible sins. However, what makes the Holy Tsar and Prophet David great is his repentance. He didn’t fall in despair, but indulged seriously in repentance, in the metamorphosis of his mind, with teary prayers before God. And later, being purified and endowed with God’s grace, he wrote the most beautiful psalms, which are read in the Church during services to the present day.
Thus, my dear ones, leave everything to God; He will never leave you alone. Have faith in The One Who strives to do us good every single day. We can’t even imagine just how much. And let us receive with faith everything that comes from the Gospel; since every single word of Christ in the Holy Gospel is true and everything comes true. So, let’s receive and remember this Christ’s three-part recipe for spiritual health: faith, prayer and forbearance.
Archimandrite Parthenius (extract from the sermon “Parents bring your children to Christ”)