From Faith to Love
I was leaving Aridea to following an unknown destination, even for me. I was driving fast, in a hurry. My way of driving derived from my mental situation. Shallow thoughts were focusing my attention to my ego and made me indifferent for other people. A slower car was ahead, I approached and passed it judging the slow way of the driver. At the next intersection the car came next to me and the driver looked at me, just looked at me. His expression caused me sadness and redemption was born: Respect! Why didn’t I respect my fellow man and his manner? Did I have a serious reason to be in a hurry? Did I have to be somewhere? No, At that time there was nothing to be in a hurry for. Then what was it? My shallow thoughts, driving me without conscience, or lets say that a daemon was causing them.
I tried to find the solution. The solution is to turn my back to the daemon that was probably unknown to me, but even if I was aware of it, I knew it would be a difficult fight. Turning to good, to God is the only solution. Good was Respect I just had thought about. What should I have done to feel respect? A few days ago I had read the second letter of apostle Peter and I remembered the base of respect. Patience, because you have patience for your fellow man, so you respect his way. And the base of patience? Self restrain. The Greek word for restrain is εγκράτεια (enkratia). The etymology for enkratia is that I have inner power to control my inner state. my thoughts are in order and in hierarchy and I can restrain them and also my derived reactions. And what must I have to achieve enkratia? Where can I base it on? On knowledge, knowing God’s will, that God loves me and my fellow men as his beloved creations and gives us the freedom to choose our ways. So let my manners be nice. Because knowledge is based on Virtue. In acting and thinking as children of God. The virtue which derives from Faith. Faith that God’s love for all of us is true. Proof to that, was the look of my fellow man, who brought me to conscience. Driving, calmly now even though I had no destination yet, just as before, I was being led to the foot of mt. Tzena, following a dirt road appearing to ascent to a canyon full of pomegranate trees. At the right side of the canyon a cave appeared. It was an ascet’s refuge and a church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist. Holy water sprang from a stalactite.
This divine succession of meanings, reaches finally to Love, according to apostle Peter. Because on respect I can base friendship for my brothers and sisters (philadelphia), receptiveness, caring and accepting my brothers freedom. If I have those, I am being lead to practice Love.
Β’ Πέτρου: “… επιχορηγήσατε εν τη πίστει υμών την αρετήν, εν δε τη αρετή την γνώσιν, εν δε την γνώσει την εγκράτειαν, εν δε τη εγκράτεια την υπομονήν εν δε τη υπομονή την ευσέβειαν, εν δε τη ευσεβεία την φιλαδελφίαν, εν δε την φιλαδελφία την αγάπην.”