28. Good deeds are intertwined with sorrows. He who walks away from sorrows, undoubtedly separates
himself from good deeds. If you desire to perform good deeds, surrender
yourself to every type of sorrow, because sorrow gives birth to humility. As
long as we havenít attained a true direction, we will be drawing closer to
humility through temptations. A person, who enjoys his good deeds without
sorrow, is a person to whom the gates of pride are open.
28. A small sorrow for Godís sake is better than a
great deed achieved without sorrow. What is done without effort, i.e. Earthly
peopleís "correctness" (being benevolent for the outside world, while
not acquiring anything beneficial within themselves).
But you commit yourself privately and imitate Christ, so that you may become
worthy to savor His glory. The mind will not be glorified with Christ if the
body doesnít suffer with Him.
28. If a soul is feeble and lacks sufficient
strength for enduring great temptations and therefore asks God not to be
exposed to them, and God hears it ó then know surely, that by whatever measure
the soul lacks sufficient strength for great temptations, is the same measure
it lacks sufficient strength to cope with big endowments. Because
God does not grant big endowments without great temptations. God
determines temptations commensurate to endowments.
28. God is close to the heart of the one that
cries out to Him in sorrow. Even if a person is sometimes exposed to some type
of physical deprivations or other sorrows, God manifests all types of
compassion to the soul, commensurate to its level of suffering.
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