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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