Thursday, May 31, 2012

St. Silouan The Athonite: He Who Has Come To Know GOD

There is a wide difference between the simplest man who has come to know the LORD by the HOLY SPIRIT and even a very great man ignorant of the grace of the HOLY SPIRIT.

There is a big difference between merely believing that GOD exists, seeing HIM in nature or in the Scriptures, and knowing the LORD by the HOLY SPIRIT.

The spirit of the man who has learned to know GOD by the HOLY SPIRIT burns day and night with love of GOD, and his soul can form no earthly attachment.

The soul that has not known the sweetness of the HOLY SPIRIT rejoices in worldly vanity and praise, or in riches or power; but the LORD is the only desire of the soul that has come to know the LORD through the HOLY SPIRIT, and with this soul, riches and worldly fame count for naught. The soul that has tasted of the HOLY SPIRIT recognizes the taste. "O taste and see that the LORD is good," sang the Psalmist. David's was the knowledge of experience, and to this day the LORD gives to HIS servants to know HIS goodness through experience, and will so teach HIS servants till the end of time.

The man who has come to know GOD by the HOLY SPIRIT has learned humility of HIM, and become like to his MASTER, CHRIST the SON of GOD, and is fashioned in HIS image. --St. Silouan the Athonite

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