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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