NB: FFT: Food for Thought
- By abstaining from evil and by the practice of good deeds a person
becomes holy. It is not as though he were sanctified simply by works,
for no soul will be justified by the works of the law (Rom. 3:20; Gal.
2:16), but rather that by practicing such actions he is brought into
fellowship with the Holy God. I am sure that the Lord spoke this
especially to those who had already received the grace of the Spirit in
order to urge them not to presume on the gift and turn back to evil
through apathy. It is as though He said, "Do not give yourself to
idleness, O spiritual man who has received the grace of the Holy Spirit
and thereby received Me. For idleness gives birth to wickedness, and
wickedness engenders all kinds of evil. Therefore become holy by the
daily practice of the commandments, if you wish that I shall be in you
and with you, and that you should be in Me and with Me."
St. Symeon the New Theologian, The Discourses.