Metropolitan Anthony (Pakanich): Who Can We Trust? The Main Criterion

We were given an unshakable criterion by the Savior: the tree is known by its fruit.

No matter how many sweet speeches poured from the mouths of broadcasters, if they are not backed up by concrete deeds, all words remain only promises, and the one who utters them is a manipulator.

Mountains of plans, long-windedness and pathos are indispensable tools for those who are not going to actually act. And their rosy promises turn into castles in the air over time.

According to observations, active people, as a rule, are laconic, do not make empty promises, are not particularly eloquent, do not try to charm someone or attract their attention, but calmly carry out everyday routine work that bears (necessarily!) its fruit.

It is the same in friendship. You can have a dozen friends who will be affectionate and courteous when we are successful, but when we are in a difficult situation, when we need their help – in moments of trials – they will dissolve and will be unattainable. Only a few will remain, who are ready to be with us until the end.

“Silence is gold” – says popular wisdom. And not only because you can blurt out too much, which you will later regret. We empty ourselves with words.

Why do we sometimes feel exhausted after cute and, at first glance, innocent chatter?

No mysticism. There is a unit of energy and strength for doing something. And, talking about something and informing in advance, we splash our energy and strength into words, and our hands simply don’t do deeds, or we don’t have enough strength to crawl a couple of meters to the top.
Therefore, business and obligatory people are intuitively laconic.

Let us recall the Gospel parable about two sons: “A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.” (Matt. 21: 28-30).

You should trust those who act even against their will and their own interests. Likewise one can trust adults.

Is every adult an adult? Unfortunately no. An adult is the one who takes responsibility, has rights and defends his rights, the one who is aware of the extent of his responsibility, not looking around to whom to hand it over.

“Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.” (Matthew 12:33).

Only by fruit can we recognize a person, distinguish an imaginary righteous man from a repentant sinner.

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