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Blessed Theophylact

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  • Mark Sedrak
    But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing (τo καύχημα) in himself alone, and not in another (Galatians 6:4).The Apostle is
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      But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing (τo
      καύχημα) in himself alone, and not in another (Galatians 6:4).The Apostle is
      saying: “Let every man scrutinize (this is the meaning of prove) his own deeds,
      to determine if he acted out of vainglory, hypocrisy, or some other human
      failing. If he finds himself innocent of such sins, may he not boast and look
      down on others. But if he cannot restrain himself and humble his thoughts, let
      him at least confine his boasting (τo καύχημα) to himself alone.” This means, let
      him compare his own progress from day to day, striving to make today’s deeds
      better than yesterday’s, and let him exult in doing good work. Paul instructs
      the Galatians in this manner, not as a commandment, but as a temporary
      condescension to their weakness. Thus, step by step, they will learn to cut off
      their pride altogether. He who has learned to refrain from boasting like the
      Pharisee in front of his neighbor, will soon learn to desist from boasting
      altogether.


      Blessed Theophylact of Ochrid, Explanation of the Epistle of St. Paul to the
      Galatians
      http://orthodoxbookstore.ecrater.com/p/12990701/explanation-of-the-epistle-st-paul-to
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