Don’t boast when you help someone!

 

It happened to be here and to be able to help you. But if it wasn’t for me, God would have sent somebody else! Because God said “I can rise the sons of Abraham even from the stones”. Unfortunately, the heart of man is filed with pride in that moment. I helped him, I did! But who are you? Who?

Imagine this situation: somebody comes to me, we discuss about his problem and we find together a solution. If I say “Thank God I was here to help you!” What a fall (for me). It happened to be here and to be able to help you. But if it wasn’t for me, God would have sent somebody else! Because God said “I can rise the sons of Abraham even from the stones”.

Unfortunately this is how things work. The heart of man is filed with pride in that moment. I helped him, I did! But who are you? Who?

And another thing… When somebody helps you, you should say to him:

 “You are truly blessed. We need to thank God for he gave you the possibility to do this or else he would have sent somebody else to do it.”

(Translated from Maica Gavrilia. Asceta iubirii, Editura Episcopiei Giurgiului, Giurgiu, 2014, pp. 452-453)