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He that shall endure unto the end shall be saved

Thurs­day. [II Cor. 4:1–6; Matt. 24:13–28] But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Howev?er, not every­one who endures will be saved, but only he who endures on the Lord’s path. This life is giv­en to us for that rea­son — to endure; every­one endures some­thing, even through to the very end. But endur­ing does not lead to ben­e­fit if it is not for the sake of the Lord and His holy Gospels. Step onto the path of faith and the Gospel command?ments; occa­sions to endure will mul­ti­ply, but from that moment en?durance will begin to bring forth crowns. That endurance, which be?fore was emp­ty, will be made fruit?ful. With what blind­ness does the ene­my sur­round us, that only the endurance which is encoun­tered on the path of good seems heavy and unbear­able; but what he inflicts on those who serve the pas­sions seems light and free, although it is actu­al­ly heav­ier and more dis­mal than what peo­ple bear in strug­gling with the pas­sions and oppos­ing the ene­my! But we are blind, and do not see this… We labour, endure, and strain our­selves to the break­ing point for the sake of the ene­my, and unto our own perdi­tion.

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse