In my last blog, Struggling Toward Salvation, I discussed how in Orthodoxy I had to let go of the idea of “blessed assurance,” that salvation is taken care of and now I can just sit back and enjoy life.
In my own reflections, and in discussions with several friends, I have seen a great deal of discouragement. Once we begin to recognize our pitiful, sinful state, a feeling of hopelessness can easily grip the heart. But such hopelessness is not godly.
Our fear of God and the Day of Judgement is meant to be reverential and not anxious. So, while we do not go through this life feeling like we are already saved and the struggle is done, we do persevere in the hope that God, through whatever hardship and trials encounter us, is actively saving us. Continue reading Struggling with Hope