Metropolitan Anthony Gives Advice on How to Overcome Fear and Despair

A person becomes a believer in Christ when he realizes that he cannot live without God.

From that very second, a person no longer belongs to himself, but belongs entirely to God. Therefore life can no longer be considered as only earthly. Life in Christ does not have time limits and restrictions, but smoothly and gently flows from earth to eternity, like a river flows into the sea.

What difference does it make for a believer where to be with Christ: here on earth, or in some other dimension? The main thing is to be with Him.

Difficulties and trials, evaluated only from a human point of view, are truly terrible, awful and hopeless. But the same trials viewed through the prism of the Divine light, do not scare or frighten, but are part of the amazing path in which Christ leads us to the Father’s House.

We are going together, which means that all the passions and elements raging around us only frighten us and seem scary and serious, whereas in fact, they are shattered to pieces under His feet at the very first approach.

So do not rush to break the fetters of the earth. It is important to learn to live here with God in joy, peace, trust and love. Indeed, our relationship with Him in this life will determine what our relationship with Him will be like in eternity.

We have a unique chance to become God’s friend and faithful interlocutor already here, on earth. In order to achieve this, we should absorb the sea of the Divine light, which will give a spark to a new life.

Life with God is already heaven, wherever we are. He will always support us and give the right advice. He will fill us with joy and light, and give His care and love to us.

And the only thing we should fear is to lose our connection with Him. There is nothing worse than this.

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