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Mar 25, 2021


🛑 Worry and Loss of Peace:

As a result of his sin, man lost his peace and inherited worry.

Therefore, worry is associated with sin; man loses his inner peace which is God’s best gift and which St. Paul described as the peace which surpasses all understanding. (Philippians 4:7)

The Prophet Isaiah said, “The wicked are like the troubled sea, When it cannot rest, Whose waters cast up mire and dirt.

“There is no peace,” Says my God, “for the wicked.” (Isaiah 57:20-21)
What a description the Prophet gave about the wicked that “they cannot rest.”

Even if the wicked wants to rest, he cannot; for peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22) and worry is a fruit of sin. There is no fellowship between darkness and light.

The evil person has an enemy, which bothers him.

This enemy is the conscience, to which our Lord Jesus asked us to agree with.

“Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him.” (Matthew 5:25)
That was evident in Cain’s life after he had killed his brother.

He screamed to God saying, “From Your face; I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth, and it will happen that anyone who finds me will kill me.

And the LORD set a mark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him.” (Genesis 4:14)
This mark caused Cain’s conscience to bother him more.

As long as man is away from God, he is a victim of worry until he returns to Him.

This is the way God wanted that we should never find complete comfort and peace in this world; so we come back to Him.

That is like the dove, which Noah sent out and did not find a comfortable place in the world so it returned to the ark.

Again when Jonah escaped from God, he was in trouble in the sea and could not find any way of salvation except by returning to God. He prayed while he was in the whale’s belly and God rescued him.

We read about many criminals, who after the police fail in arresting them, surrender themselves of their own free will and confess their crimes even many years later.

This is because they prefer to confess and be punished rather than hide and be bothered by their conscience.

In fact, there is nothing in the world that takes away our peace except sin.

Job lost his cattle, sheep; camels and all his children, all in one day yet his catastrophe was not as great as David’s after he had sinned.

Job’s temptation could not take away his peace for he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there.

The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” (Job 1:21)

But after David had sinned, we hear him saying, “I am weary with my groaning; All night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears.” (Psalms 6:6)

Anba Youanis of Gharbia

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