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Life of Faith, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

58- The stories of faith and companionship with men of faith

 

4-The stories of faith and companionship with men of faith.

That's why when God wanted to give lessons about faith He said Consider the lilies of the field even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (Matt. 6:28-29). So if the grass of the field. God clothed it like that, will

He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

St-Takla.org Image: Coptic nuns and consecrated women: consecration. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: راهبات أقباط، قبطيات، ومكرسات: التكريس.

St-Takla.org Image: Coptic nuns and consecrated women: consecration.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: راهبات أقباط، قبطيات، ومكرسات: التكريس.

He also said, look at the birds of the sky Once I did what the Lord ordered and I looked at a bird in the garden of the monastery with many grains in front of her, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. She only picked

up two or three and left all the rest and flew She did not store them in a barn according to what the Lord said. She had confidence that any place she flies to, the Lord will grant her food, so why should she then store grains? Why should she leave the high and the wide sky to stay near the grains to store them just like what the ant does.

The Lord gave us a similar example in the story of the manna and its collecting.

The people used to collect it according to their needs day by day without storing it and those who didn't obey and stored it, the manna became contaminated with worms and stank. (Ex. 16:20).

Whenever a person reads stories about faith, about the confidence in God and miracles happened with His Saints, his heart will be filled with faith and he will come to love this life full of faith. Also when he associates with men of faith, he will learn to imitate their lives of faith. God's works in their lives will excite him and he will take them as an example. That is why one of the fathers said, the news of the saints are appetising.

For this reason, the Bible has registered many stories of faith for us to be affected and to learn from them. It will also strengthen our faith, as we see practical examples of the life of faith we desire. We see in front of us the way the men of faith went along, and how God treated them and how they dealt with Him.

If reading affects a person then there is no doubt, their association with someone of faith will have a deeper affect.

So associate with those who have faith and absorb the faith from them, the person acquires faith by submission more than by learning. Look how they live, how faith appears in their lives, how they deal with God, and how they react towards certain circumstances. If you want to strengthen your faith then no doubt you need this quality.


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