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Ye Shall Be A Blessing

Fri­day. So will I save you, and ye shall be a bless­ing, promis­es the Lord through the prophet Zechari­ah (Zech. 8:7–23). But under what con-dition? Under the con­di­tion that ev-ery man will speak the truth to his neigh­bour, that men will righteous-ly sort out their affairs amongst them­selves, that men will not re-member wrongs in their hearts a-gainst their neigh­bour, that they will love no false oath, and will love truth and peace. If these con­di­tions are met, says the Lord, they shall be My peo­ple, and I will be their God, in truth and right­eous­ness (Zech. 8:8), and His bless­ing shall spread among them. Then all strangers shall hear and say, “Let us go speed­i­ly to them to pray before the Lord, for we have heard that the Lord is with them (cf. Zech. 8:21–3). Yea, many peo­ple and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts (Zech. 8:22). Thus did the high moral puri­ty of the first Chris­tians attract peo­ple and na-tions to the Lord. Those who live al-ways accord­ing to the spir­it of Christ are, with­out the use of words, the best preach­ers of Christ and the most con­vinc­ing apos­tles of Chris-tianity.

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse