Archimandrite Sophrony

“Repentance does not come readily to carnal man; and none of us fathoms the problem of sin which is only disclosed to us through Christ and the Holy Spirit. . . . repentance for sin is possible and appropriate only where there is a personal relationship [with Jesus Christ]. Encounter with a Personal God—that is what the event signifies. The sinful man experiences at one and the same time fear and exultation. It is a new birth from on High.”

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