A reflection on true personhood

“Seek God daily. But seek Him in your heart, not outside it. And when you find Him, stand with fear and trembling, like the Cherubim and Seraphim, for your heart has become a throne of God.” – St. Nectarius of Aegina (1846-1920).

Be perfect even as your heavenly Father is perfect.” – St. Matthew 5:48.

All too often we are mere shards or fragments of the persons we are truly called to be, and in that state of ignorance of our true personhood, of our true selves, we feel overwhelmed by loneliness, fear, doubts, and alternating thrills of joy and desperation, of fear of who we are in the present confusion, and fear of what we may be called to become. Ignorant of our true selves, we lack the inner peace and calm of those who are truly fulfilled and pursuing introspective, godly living. In this state we can hurt anyone who approaches us, anyone Christ-like who really cares for us, especially those who love us. This is the worst sin of the heart, and it comes from not knowing ourselves. In such a time, those who truly love us know us better than ourselves, and we must cleave to them. Truly, the purpose of this life is to worship God in all that we are, all that we do and say, and anything that interferes with that—and seeing God in those we love—is sin.

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