By Father Cleopa
“…For God resisteth the proud,
and giveth grace to the humble.”
(1 Peter, 5:5)
Since in my previous sermons I talked about the kinds of temptations and the reasons for which God allows us to be tempted – to our benefit and for the salvation of our souls –, this time, I have thought about talking about the temptations that present themselves to the humble as well as those that befall the proud. In what follows, it will become evident that Our Good Lord does not allow for all people to be tempted in the same way; but rather, there are many different types of temptations, according to His indescribable and unfathomable wisdom. We will see that in the case of the humble and gentle persons, who realize their powerlessness and unworthiness well, Our Good and All-wise God does not release temptations and problems that are too big. In the case of proud and haughty people, God allows for great and heavy temptations and problems to come upon them, which, many times, surpass their limits of patience. He does this will great wisdom and economy, in order to bring such people back to humility and humbleness, to make them acknowledge their powerlessness and unworthiness here on earth, and make them all come to the holy path of salvation.