June 03, 2013 Length: 1:35
Benefactors: When the Slanderer Become the Physician
When others are critical of us or speak ill of us, it seems natural that we would respond in anger. Yet it is far more profitable for our soul if we refrain from defending ourselves. If we choose to see these individuals as our benefactors, placed in our lives by God to teach us humility, we can receive these humiliations for the healing of our soul. The slanderer then becomes a physician, bringing healing where it is most needed.
"You have been a blessing to me in ways that words cannot possibly explain. For this I'm indebted to you for life already, for in your podcasts you have unlocked the beauty of Orthodox Christianity that has been reflected for over two thousand years. As I listen to your commentaries, my soul is moved because I reflect on the true meaning of what it means to be a christian in the light of the apostles and compare my own state of unworthiness to that which I aspire to become."