Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes - Spiritual Nourishment for the Soul - June 2003   Last Modified June 2nd, 2003

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The Goodness & Mercy Of Our Lord God
by Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Boise, Idaho, USA
June 2003

The Lord God loves us all! It is a profound and wonderful truth that His love for us is filled with His goodness and mercy. Through the grace of the Holy Spirit, Who is ever-present with us, our soul finds peace, knowing how much goodness and mercy is offered to us because of the love of our God. The essential lesson we learn, because of this goodness and mercy of our Savior Jesus Christ, is that we too should be good and merciful.

But the goodness and the mercy our Lord God offers us are but two of the great spiritual virtues He desires that we should know and experience. For example, we must begin to learn about gentleness and meekness, because our God is also meek and gentle.

Christ our Lord has told us in His Holy Gospel that He would not leave us comfortless. This is a sacred promise He desires us to discover as truth for ourselves – that He did not forsake us but gave us the grace of the Holy Spirit (St John 14, v.26) to abide with us.

Therefore as faithful Orthodox Christians we should learn to know about our Creator, and His great love for us all! Know the love of Christ, and live with peace in your soul, because in the end we behold not only His goodness and mercy, but also His meekness and gentleness.

Let us turn to our God in prayer, and within our Mystical Church behold Him, and learn more about Him through the beautiful services that the Church offers us. Learn more about Him through the Holy Gospels, the teachings of the Holy Fathers, and also through the teachings and great examples we have been given in the lives of the saints and martyrs of our beloved Church.

Our loving prayer really does reach Paradise, especially when prayer is said with all our mind, heart, and soul. Let us then lift up our prayers to God within our Holy and Mystical Church, for then our Lord will rejoice in us, and we discover that the Church is the point of unity between earth and heaven.

Now we are on the path towards our salvation. Salvation is from Paradise, so we must seek the things of Paradise and try not to cling to everything earthly. Our Lord Jesus Christ tells us in St Matthew’s Gospel that our treasure should be in Heaven (19, v21). Our treasure is found there because of our open-hearted generosity and love for one another, knowing that God loves us like His beloved children. We must be filled with goodness, mercy, meekness and gentleness towards all.

We finally begin to know God through the Holy Spirit, just as our Lord God gave the Holy Spirit to His Holy Apostles. His Holy Spirit is always with us, leading us into the presence of God that we may know Him, and grow daily in His abiding love. Then we behold His mercy and His goodness, as well as His gentleness and His meekness. What a blessing for us all!

Thanks to God for all things!

Humbly In Christ Our Lord,

In the Love of His Glorious Resurrection
+Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Who prays for you!
June 2003

Glory Be To God For All Things!
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