We have within us deeply rooted weaknesses, passions, and defects…Only with the passage of time and with fervor will they be conquered. Don’t let anything deprive you of hope.
~ St. Nectarios of Aegina
There are many applications of this rich quote from Saint Nectarios. Though it’s easy to focus on the positive and sanguine final point: don’t ever give up hope (which is true indeed), it cannot be forgotten that the prerequisite line that represents the responsibility of each of us attempting to conquer sin, the phrase: “with fervor.”
Sin will only be conquered with fervor.
For it is all too true that if we do not fight temptation, fight against sin, with fervor, will will be conquered. If we say, ahh fervor is a bit much, I’m casually doing pretty well, we have placed ourself at the precipice and are likely ready to fall. We must always beware. And those times when we feel perhaps like we’re finally getting a good “grip” on this or that sin is probably the time we need to find again that fervor that started us on the course.
Sin is always near. Therefore let us, with fervor, keep ourselves away from it. By God’s grace. Lord hear our prayer.