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

69- Lives according to the principle: if we live, We live to the lord

 

St Paul the Apostle wrote to the Romans saying: For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lords (Rom 14:8).

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St-Takla.org Image: The Holy Spirit, engraving at the dome of a church, with the four Evangelists.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الروح القدس، نقش أعلى قبة كنيسة، ويظهر صور الإنجيليين الأربعة.

So it is not important if we live or die, but what is important is that we are the Lords in our life and in our death.

If we eat, we eat to the Lord, to gain physical energy to enable us to do what pleases Him, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. And if we fast, we fast to the Lord to strengthen the spirit and form a strong relationship with God. Then the energy of the body is for Him and the strength of the spirit is for Him. Exactly as the Apostle said: Glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are Gods (1 Cor 6:20).

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The same if we speak, we speak to the Lord. And if we are silent, we are silent to the Lord.

For Him we speak and for Him we are silent. For Him we speak witnessing for the truth, the faith and the kingdom. We announce His commandments to people, comfort and strengthen others and utter words of wisdom that are of benefit for edification.... And as the Holy Bible said: The mouth of the righteous is a well of life (Prov 10:11) .And we are silent to the Lord, according to the saying of the Holy Bible: In the multitude of words sin is not lacking. But he who restrains his lips is wise (Prov 10:19). We speak when the Lord opens our lips, and our mouths shall show forth His praise (Ps 51). We remain silent when we fear sin and say: Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth, keep watch over the door of my lips (Ps 141:3).

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Every work we do is done for the Lord... Done for Him, with Him and by Him...

We do it for Him, for His Kingdom and for the glory of His name. We do it with Him, in the communion of the Holy Spirit who shares the work with us. And we work by Him, that is by His guidance, His strength and His help. And so no work for us is done separate from God... That is because we live to the Lord, not to ourselves and not to the world or to sinful aims, as it happens with some...


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