Desert Wisdom: We Always Need Grace

Antony said to Poemen, “Our great work is to lay the blame for our sins upon ourselves before God, and to expect to be tempted to our last breath.” (The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, 15:2).

Humility provides us with two essentials in the spiritual life:  personal accountability (vs. blaming others) and the awareness that Satan will never give up trying to defeat us.  Both elements keep the ego in its place, and both require grace to achieve them.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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1 Response to Desert Wisdom: We Always Need Grace

  1. Bill says:

    Great post. Thanks.

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