Joy and joy…

There is a trivial joy for perishable, worldly affairs and pleasures…

Like Solomon’s joy with what he toiled under the sun (Eccl. 1:3) and Jonahs joy with the plant more than with the Salvation of Nineveh. The same kind of joy is that of the elder son, when he said to his father, “You never gave me a young goat that I might make merry with my friends.” (Luke 15:29)

One type of the false joy is the joy of some people over their talents as the disciples were joyful in casting evil spirits, so the Lord said to them, “Do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”(Luke 10:20)

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Faithfulness over a little

The Bible says, “You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.” (Matt. 25:21)

This means that, as you have been faithful in earthly things, I will set you over the heavenly. You have been faithful in this present world, I will set you over eternity…

This principle could be applied in many fields…

If you are faithful in loving your relative, God will set you over loving the enemy. He will give you the grace which enables you to love your enemy…

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How to deal with people

There are many ways which enable you to succeed in dealing with people and winning their hearts. By that, you can lead them, through love, to spirituality, as the Bible says: “And he that wins souls is wise.” (Prov. 11:30)

1. In your own life, present the ideal that people are longing for.

2. Do not seek what people have, and they will love you. Do not make others feel that you are their rival who wants to take what they possess or what they are trying to obtain.

Spiritual Calmness

Calmness is one of the beautiful qualities of the spiritual person. It includes calmness of the heart, nerves, thought, senses, behaviour and body. A quiet person’s heart never becomes troubled for any reason. He does not lose his calm no matter how the problems are caused. As the prophet David says “Though an army should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise against me, in this I will be confident” (Ps. 27:3). It is this type of calmness that comes from faith.

If one loses ones inner peace, everything will look disturbed in ones’ eyes, and what is simple will seem complicated. This complication is not from the outside but from the inside. When the heart is calm the nerves will also be calm. In this case one would not lose temper but, instead, quietly solve the problem.