The spiritual state of a person can be seen from the quality of his thoughts. People judge things and events according to what they have in themselves. Without having spiritual things in themselves, they make wrong conclusions and unfairly relate to others.
For example, one who at night, wanting to remain in obscurity, does alms, and he never thought badly of a passerby who was met on the street late at night. And the one who burns his nights in sin, having seen a belated passer-by, will say: “Into the beast, where did he wear the whole night?” Because he judges by his own experience. Or, for example, a person who has good thoughts, when he heard a knock on the top floor at night, would rejoice: “They make bows!” And those who have no good thoughts, grumble viciously: “Have fun all night long!” One, having heard melodious singing, will say: "What beautiful church chants!", and the other will get angry: "What else is that there for singing songs!"
Remember how the two thieves, who were crucified with Him, showed their attitude towards Christ? Both saw Christ crucified on the Cross, both felt like the earth shook, both were on an equal footing.However, what did one think and what is the other? One - the one that hung on the left - blasphemed Christ and said: “If you are the Christ, save yourself and us” . The other - on the right - confessed like this: “MYou are condemned fairly, because they took what they did for our deeds, but He didn’t do anything wrong. ”. One went to the eternal torment, the other - saved.
1. Luke 23, 39.
2. Wed Lk 23, 41. Rev. Elder Paisius the Holy Trinity
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