How to correct yourself, or Go and sin no more

Nika Kravchuk
29.02.2016

How to correct yourself, or Go and sin no more

Since the forefathers Adam and Eve have sinned, man cannot completely get rid of sin. But the Creator hopes for the salvation of everyone, gives everyone the opportunity to become holy. How to achieve this? We must believe in God and confirm this in practice — cleanse ourselves with repentance and correct ourselves, not others.

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God's love and freedom of choice

Orthodoxy is a unique religion. It focuses on the experience of living communion with God, love, sacrifice and mercy. It was by love that the Lord created Adam in His image, and the main task of man was to become like the Creator. That is the meaning of our life is to achieve holiness, God likeness.

But is it possible for a fallen man who is captivated by the vices to become like a sinless God? We cannot be pure and completely free from sin since Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit. But this does not mean that man cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

The Lord Jesus Christ himself sacrificed himself for all mankind. His death on the Cross atoned for original sin.All that God could do for our salvation, He has already done. Then the choice is made by the person himself, endowed with a special gift from the Creator - free will.

To believe or not to believe, to sin or not to sin, to correct or not to correct, to save or not to escape, heaven or hell - all of this is what each of us chooses. But if he made the right choice on the first of these steps, it will be more difficult to make a mistake on the next ones.

Faith without works is dead

Suppose a certain composer realizes that his talent is a gift from above. He understands: harmony in the whole world and the beautiful symphony that is born in his head, arose for a reason. There is a Supreme Creator. And after realizing this, the composer begins to search for the Creator. And God is revealed to those who seek him.

Following the realization that God exists, comes the understanding of the impossibility to believe in Him only in words. We need the appropriate experience of God. It is acquired when a person moves from “Believe” to “Believe and Act”.

Faith without works is dead - it is written in the Epistle of St. James. Moreover, the apostle continues:

... and the demons believe and tremble

Man confirms belief in the existence of God by changing his life.The desire to correct yourself is a confirmation that a person is on the right path.

Penitential prayer

The compass for the believer will be the Gospel, the plots of which penetrate right into the heart. At some point, the words “Go and sin no more,” God utters not only an evangelical woman taken in adultery, but also to everyone who seeks Him.

How to change yourself?

The next step is the full realization of the sinful abyss of a person, and what needs to be done to achieve salvation.

First of all,for this it is necessary to repent of the sins that torment us the most. But this should not be a formal list of vices, but a real desire to correct oneself. Indeed, it is not by chance that in Greek “repentance” is metanoia, which literally translates as “change of mind”.

We must lament the deed and ask God for help. The devil tempts man, but God can protect us from the evil one, if, of course, we ourselves want it.

Prayer to God

Secondly,need to carefully study the Holy Scriptures, which contains many tips for those who want to change. This prayer, and fasting, and the execution of the commandments. What example does Christ Himself give us? Feed the hungry, visit the sick, put on the naked - do the works of mercy, forgive others.Then God will do the same to you.

Thirdly,Remember, correcting yourself does not mean rebuilding other people. Archpriest Igor Fomin writes:

We come to the temple to change, not to change others.

And the Monk Seraphim of Sarov indicates that it is necessary to begin with yourself:

Swallow the spirit of peace, and thousands around you will be saved

As soon as we stop condemning others, we immediately notice our own vices and, as a result, we want to get rid of them. Instead of complaining to her friends about an ungrateful husband and inattentive children, the woman herself tries to give them more love and affection. It changes, and after it others. The same spouse and children become better at some moment.

You can spend hours talking about the callousness of modern society, and you can help the needy, the sick, the homeless.

You can long and persistently tell that there is a God. But isn't it better to show your loyalty to Christ not only in words? After all, it is not by chance that the Apostle James says that faith without works is dead.

In more detail about repentance and prayer this video will tell:


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    How to correct yourself, or Go and sin no more

    How to correct yourself, or Go and sin no more

    How to correct yourself, or Go and sin no more

    How to correct yourself, or Go and sin no more

    How to correct yourself, or Go and sin no more

    How to correct yourself, or Go and sin no more

    How to correct yourself, or Go and sin no more

    How to correct yourself, or Go and sin no more

    How to correct yourself, or Go and sin no more

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