Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

Unselfish Living

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"Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with whole heart! Also do no iniquity; they walk in His ways" (Psalm 119:1-3).

Searching for the truth invites many questions. Despite all that we learn or understand, there is a part of us that asks and searches. Living two lives is not what we like to achieve. Our goal is to achieve harmony within ourselves and to create a wholesome body that discerns and screens right from wrong and can help us to be on the right path.

" newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also as living stone, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 2:1-5).

Like little children who put their complete trust in their parent's abilities no matter what the circumstances or the outcome. They sleep in peace and comfort knowing that their parent's eyes are on them watching every move they make and ready to intervene in the time of need.

That is exactly what our God wants our relation with Him to be giving Him our life to lead it in the way that He sees fit for the good of us and others.

There are certainly many ways to live in this world. Due to the changes of the perception about how to live your life in a matter that's acceptable to society, we find ourselves torn between what is right and what is wrong.

The idea of giving from yourself, forgiving, and humble living is not appealing or agreeable with the majority of people. Losing your identity is scary to many, to be able to trust and have faith. Trusting one that you cannot see or touch is absolutely impossible.

"For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him" (Colossians 1:16).

We neglect the fact that God is our creator and He has full control of everything in the universe including our destiny that lies in His hands alone. And despite so many who do not believe in the existence of God will not demolish that there is a God who controls everything and we as His children will be steady in our beliefs and trying to prove them wrong.

"Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God" (Colossians 3:2-3).

Despite all the commotion and the worry about being a servant to someone, due of lack of love and understanding to God's word, true Christians are certain that it is the right path for them. Through it they gain genuine love, peace, and joy that cannot compare to what we face in the world from corruption, misuse of drugs and alcohol, and depression, etc. Through it they see with their own eyes the work of the One who loves them and cares about them and they know whatever He promises He will deliver.

Do not allow the world to dictate your life for you instead think, question, and meditate, assess your living situation and what your life should be like, and how to reach your goal.

"till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting" (Ephesians 4:13-14).

Sufficient decisions can help you to persevere and overcome and grow through your path and also can help others along the way.

With true maturity we will find ourselves getting closer and closer to our real goal which lead us to harmony within ourselves and closer to our final destiny.

Assure yourself that you are on the right path by stopping and reassess from time to time. And allow the Holy Spirit to guide you to any floss. Be open to listen and hear other opinions but screen everything to ensure we are led to the right goal.

Gradually we will find ourselves act and feel different and our attitude and language are more pure and holy. Our mind will be more clear and renewed to be Christ-like.

Many people do not realize their loss from being away and independent from God, their self-confidence, ego, and self-righteousness will not satisfy their hunger for true love, empty feeling inside their heart, and fear from the unknown.

Do not get deceived by what people say about God' rules is so completed or cannot be applied in our new generation. Rather dig in find out for yourself, and you will realize that the way that many people are living now, full with so many agony away from the Lord and full of superficial attitude.

In the Holy Gospel of St. Matthew chapter 5, God gives us points of how to live unselfish living and be truly a child of God:

1) Blessed are those who are poor in spirit
Happy is the man who chooses to be submissive, teachable, cheerful, peaceful, and receptive to the word of God. What we are trying to achieve through God's help is to deny our own self and be open to God's plan for us through reading the words of the Holy Bible and meditate on them and practice them as everyday living.

2) Blessed are those who mourn
It is not sorrow that comes from every day struggles or sinful acts, but it is tears of remembering what our Lord did in order to free us and allow our hearts to be purified and restored to its purity and freedom from bondage of sins. Also allows us to feel for those who did not have a chance yet to know God and repent.

3) Blessed are the gentleness
Gentleness is the sign of maturity in the spiritual life that will lead to many prospering for self and to the people who will benefit from it, his characteristic is peaceful, patient with others, positive attitude toward everything, easy to communicate with, and refrain from anger and resentment.

4) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst
The word of God is like food and water to those who know the value of it, and eager to be filled with it in order to grow in the spirit, change one's heart, and the desire for God's love.

5) Blessed are those who are pure in heart
Who is the person that is able to control his desires and pray diligently to acquire clean and unselfish heart by surrendering his heart to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

6) Blessed are those who are peacemakers
Those who are able to control their anger, and have a merciful eye toward others, and be able to help create peace among others.

7) Blessed are those who have been persecuted
Those who are steadfast believers, who been judged for their acts of humbleness and kindness toward others, those who refuse to be part of a lie, deceit, and hypocrisy. They cannot prevail on their own but in the power and the grace that giving to them by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

May the Lord open our eyes to acquire the wisdom to decide what profit is for us and what is not, and lead us to the right path, in His name I pray.

Written by
Nagwa Abdou

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