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Ye resist not evil


Fri­day. [Rom. 2:14–29; Matt. 5:33–41] But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil (Matt. 5:39); in oth­er words, allow your­self to be a vic­tim of hu?man self­ish­ness and mal­ice. But how can one live like that? Do not wor­ry. He who gave this command?ment is our Provider and Guardian. When you desire to live like this with com­plete faith from your whole soul, to not resist any evil, the Lord Him­self will arrange a life for you which is not only bear­able, but joy­ful. Fur­ther­more, resis­tance in fact can irri­tate an aggres­sor even more and moti­vate him to invent new trou­bles, where­as a yield­ing demeanour dis­arms him and hum?bles him. Thus, if you would just suf­fer the first onslaught of mal­ice, peo­ple will take pity on you and leave you alone, while resis­tance and revenge kin­dle mal­ice, which is passed on from the indi­vid­ual to his fam­i­ly, and then from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion.

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse