A Sermon By St. Shenouda
When we began to speak we said, “See how God honoured you; He glorified and exalted you. You also honour Him, glorify Him. You honour Him even more when you observe His commandments and His laws,” someone replied and said, “The devil hinders us and trips us up and does not let us do this, and he seizes us in his works.”
I answered him: Why did you say “which are his” and didn’t you say “which are ours and his”? For every man who commits evil participates with him. And more, it is impossible for the devil to cause a man to sin unless his will goes to meet the thought of the devil or he is joined with him. For also evils are not proper to our nature, but they are things of passions, and they were twisted around us because our deliberate choice inclined towards things contrary to our nature, and those whose choices did not change have not turned from the things proper to their nature. Furthermore, some even came out from vices after they had fallen into them.