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The Spiritual Man, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

50- In obedience and commitment

 

St-Takla.org Image: Pride and meekness, repentance (two young men: one kneeling with awe, and the other standing inappropriately): Details from a caricature at the Retreat House of Baramous Monastery, Natroun, Egypt - Photograph by Michael Ghaly for St-Takla.org. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الكبرياء والتواضع، التوبة (شابان في الكنيسة، أحدهما في حالة سجود وخشوع، والآخر يقف بطريقة غير لائقة): تفاصيل من صورة فن كاريكاتور‏ في بيت الخلوة بدير البرموس بوادي النطرون - تصوير مايكل غالي لموقع الأنبا تكلاهيمانوت.

St-Takla.org Image: Pride and meekness, repentance (two young men: one kneeling with awe, and the other standing inappropriately): Details from a caricature at the Retreat House of Baramous Monastery, Natroun, Egypt - Photograph by Michael Ghaly for St-Takla.org.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الكبرياء والتواضع، التوبة (شابان في الكنيسة، أحدهما في حالة سجود وخشوع، والآخر يقف بطريقة غير لائقة): تفاصيل من صورة فن كاريكاتور‏ في بيت الخلوة بدير البرموس بوادي النطرون - تصوير مايكل غالي لموقع الأنبا تكلاهيمانوت.

He also controls himself concerning commitment, obedience and submission.

Because there are some people who, in the name of freedom, personal dignity and self-confidence, would do what they want without caring about discipline, tradition or specific rules...! Truly we believe in democracy, but it is also a controlled democracy.

The river is a beautiful example, it runs in its stream but is bordered by two banks, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. They do not stop its freedom in its stream, but they control it so it would not flood and turn into swamps...

The spiritual man is a man of commitment. He respects discipline and observes rules. He also respects others.

He obeys the Apostle when he says: “Render therefore to all their due: fear to whom fear, honour to whom honour” (Rom 13:7)... As for the one who follows

his own wishes and does not submit to anyone, no superior person and no discipline, but only to his own thought..., this one is not a spiritual man. He also does not obey the teachings of the Holy Bible and is not committed to anything...

 

The spiritual man controls himself concerning obedience...

Obeying the parents, obeying the confession father, obeying orders, keeping time and obeying God before all... He does not see that submission would lessen his dignity at all. Submission is an evidence of humility and humility is a virtue. The person who does not submit to anyone is definitely submitted to his pride or to his fancies.


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