When you have been insulted, cursed, or persecuted by someone, do not think of what has happened to you, but of what will come from it, and you will see that your insulter has become the cause of many benefits to you, not only in this age, but in that which is to come.
We must receive the one who curses us as a messenger from God, rebuking our hidden evil thoughts, so that we, seeing our thoughts with exactness, might correct ourselves. For we do not know how many hidden evils we have; Only a perfect man can understand all of his own shortcomings.
Every sin that is left without repentance is a sin unto death, for which if even a saint shall pray, he shall not be heard.
He who willingly accepts chastening by affliction is not dominated by evil thoughts against his will; whereas he who does not accept affliction is taken prisoner by evil thoughts, even though he resists them.
God tested Abraham. That is, he sent him afflictions for his benefit, not so that he could find out what sort of man he was, for God knows everything, but so that He give him the means to perfect his faith.
No one is as good and merciful as the Lord. But even He does not forgive the unrepentant.
If someone falls into any sin and is not sincerely grieved about it, it is easy for him to fall into the same thing again.
Every affliction tests our will, showing whether it is inclined to good or evil. That is why an unforeseen affliction is called a test, because it enables a man to test his hidden desires.
The sign of sincere love is to forgive wrongs done to us. It was with such love that the Lord loved the world.
Do not think about or do anything without a spiritual purpose, whereby it is done for God. For If you travel without purpose, you shall labor in vain.
Guard your mind from self-praise and flee a high opinion of yourself, so that God does not allow you to fall into the opposite passion to the virtue for which you boast, for man does not accomplish virtue alone, but with the help of God who sees all.
Because God's justice is inexorable, it is hard to obtain forgiveness for sins committed with complete deliberation.
One who has sinned cannot escape retribution in any other way than by repentance corresponding to his sin.
Whatever we do or say without prayer always ends up either sinful or harmful and convicts us through the deeds in some mysterious way.
Consistently pray in all things, so that you might not do anything without the help of God ... Whoever does or busies himself with anything without prayer does not succeed in the end. Concerning this, the Lord said: "Without Me you can't do anything". (John 15:5)
Do not desire to hear about the misfortunes of those who oppose you. For those who listen to such speech later reap the fruits of their evil intention.
Whoever does not fight the one who despises him, neither in word not in thought, has received true knowledge and demonstrates a firm trust in God.
Failure to do the good that is within your power is hard to forgive. But mercy and prayer reclaim the negligent.
In the spiritual life we can do nothing worthy without repentance, but the Lord has much mercy on us because of our intentions. He who compels himself and holds on to repentance until the end, even if he sins is saved because he compelled himself, for the Lord promised this in the Gospel.
He who seeks forgiveness of his sins loves humility, but if he condemns another he seals his own wickedness.
We cannot with all our heart forgive someone who does us wrong unless we possess real knowledge. For this knowledge shows us that we deserve all we experience.
If someone puts his trust in God in a matter, let him not argue with his brother about it.
It is better to pray with good will for our neighbor, rather than to denounce him for every sin.
Whoever prays for those who hurt him lays the demons low; but he who opposes his affronter is bound to the demons.
Do not attempt to benefit by rebukes one who boasts of his virtues, for he loves to display himself can not be a lover of truth.
Follow AzQuotes on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Every day we present the best quotes! Improve yourself, find your inspiration, share with friends