Fr. Demetrios Serfes
Son Of GOD,
"The Jesus Prayer"
Spiritual Nourishment For The Soul November 1998
According to Orthodox Christian teaching, our eternal salvation is conditioned by the following spiritual factors:
We also require heedfulness and continuous vigilance to lead a true Christian life, which is only lived with the help of divine grace, through the avoidance of sin and evil, and by the practice of good works according to our capabilities and the will of God.
The faithful Christian is delivered and saved from Satan and eternal hades through remembering the divine Passion, and by recollection of death and the temporary nature and corruptibility of worldly things. In contrast to these, the Christian looks forward to the incorruptibility and eternity of heavenly things, and hopes to dwell in the heavenly city in which righteousness dwells whose Building and Maker is God.
Therefore, the true child of God should reject and repel all vile and wicked thoughts, all impassioned desires, and all transgressions of the Gospel Law. He should also avoid foul conversation, immoral theater, as well as deeds and places of degeneracy all of which corrupt good morals. Instead, he should pursue good fellowship and association with true Christians who pray in the same spirit.
Help us, save us, and keep us by Thy grace.
May our Gracious God preserve you and Bless you on your path towards salvation.