Get Up Again

When We Fall, We Must Get Up Again

 
It is often the case that we fail to keep God’s commandments and find ourselves despondent, unable to make progress in the battle over our sins. The same sins seem to constantly plague us. Despondency is our enemy, for it is the tool the demons use to keep us distracted from the goal. They want us to give up the battle.
 
Holiness does not come easily but requires true struggle. When you fall, get up again. If you fall again, get up again, ever keeping your eyes on God Who will help you overcome your sins. Pray for God’s help each time you start anew, even if you start a hundred times in a given day. Progress towards holiness comes each time we get up and start anew. Each step we take towards God brings us closer to our goal.
 
All that we have comes down from the Father of Lights. We should not become impatient, wanting more than we are ready to receive, for the Lord knows what is best for us. He measures His giving, according to our need, sometimes delaying the things we’ve asked for.
 
When we give ourselves over to Christ, He nurtures us, as a father nurtures his child. When we humble ourselves before the Lord, He rewards us, and when we say “glory to God”, all things are made holy, and we enter the Kingdom of God.
 
Our entrance into the Kingdom comes to us as grace abounds, and the Lord lifts us up, again and again, even as we fail in our commitment to acquiring holiness. But the Lord of Mercies is always there, ready to lift us up out of the cragmire of sin and death. The Father of Lights is our salvation and our hope, and as we submit to Him we have the comfort of knowing that life eternal will be ours if we seek after Him, never wavering in our journey into the Heart of God.
 
With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

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Fr. Tryphon is the Abbot of the Monastery of the All-Merciful Saviour, which was established in 1986 by Archimandrite Dimitry (Egoroff) of blessed memory. The Monastery is under the omophore of His Eminence Kyrill, Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America, of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

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