If the Thought Insists

“Be heedful of your thoughts. Oppose them. They do not easily leave a person. They come over and over again, and war against him. But you, strive to chase them away. There comes an evil thought, and it tells you to do something. You counter saying, ‘No, I will not do it.’ The thought insists: you also insist. See to it that you have strength to chase it away. If you don’t do what the thought tells you, it’s not a sin. Sin is the act, not the assault of the thought.”

-Elder Ieronymos

Via: Fr. John Mikita of St. John of Damascus Church > Oh Taste and See


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