2016 Week 4 of Great Fast – Devotional & Scripture
Devotional based on the writings of St. John Chrysostom “On the Five Ways to Repentance"
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Let me describe to you five ways of repentance; each is different, but all point toward
- Acknowledgement of Sins
The first road is the acknowledgment of sins. If you acknowledge your sins to God,
He will forgive you; and this act of acknowledgment will help you stop sinning. Let
your conscience be your accuser, so that you will not have to face a far different
accuser at the Lord’s tribunal.
- Forgetting the Wrongs of Others
The second road of repentance is the forgetting of the wrongs of others. This requires
you to control your temper and to forgive the sins that others have committed against
you. If you forgive others, the Lord will forgive you.
The third road is prayer: not perfunctory routine prayer, but fervent, passionate prayer
in which you lay yourself wholly before God.
The fourth road is generosity, in which by acts of thoughtful love you make amends
for the sins you have committed.
And the fifth road is humility, whereby you regard yourself as having no virtue, but
only sins to offer to God; He will then take the burden of sin from your back.
At times it will be right to travel on one of these roads, at other times to travel on
another. But ensure that every day you walk along at least one of them.
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