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Ten Concepts, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

22- Fatigue between the self and the spirit

 

Some sick persons may feel bad when they know their case is dangerous, but they prepare themselves for their eternity and thus feel the comfort of the spirit.

Therefore people ought not to deceive a sick person making him think he is all right and entertain him with worldly means so that he may feel comfort, because he would neglect his spiritual life and eternity and may perish.

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Another example is to flatter a sinner by saying he is right to give him peace of mind but in fact you cause him to perish, because he will not rebuke himself nor repent, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. The same goes with respect to flattering those in higher positions or spoiling children. Here we give an important spiritual rule:

If you cannot rebuke a sin, do not justify it.

By justifying the behaviour of sinners, you participate in their responsibility.

Jezebel encouraged Ahab to oppress Naboth the Jezreelite and take his vineyard, thus making him pleased, but she damaged him spiritually and deserved the same punishment.

Likewise a person who lies to get out of a critical situation, feels peace of mind but causes harm to his

spirit. Also a person who swindles to attain some purpose gains the same result.

He who does not examine his conscience and rebukes himself for his sins feels comfort of mind but leads himself to perdition. Worse still is the person who tries to justify himself to feel comfort, for such comfort is false and sinful.

Among the cases of harmful rest is the case of a person who gains his own rest at the expense of the fatigue of others.

Such rest is a kind of selfishness and self-affection and lack of love for others. A person in this case gives comfort to himself while his spirit is burdened with faults.


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