If you wish to enter life, keep the commandments. If you love Me, keep my commandments. Matthew 19:17, Luke 18:20, John 14:15, 21, 23
You must therefore be careful to do as the Lord commanded you; you shall not turn to the right or to the left. You must follow exactly the path that the Lord God has commanded you, so that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you are to possess. Deuteronomy 5:32, 33
O Merciful Master, ...fill us with the fear of Thy Blessed Commandments, that we, trampling down our fleshly desires, may seek a heavenly citizenship, and may do, and consider those things that are well pleasing to Thee...
Excerpt from The Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom
The Mark is not only a pinhole target waiting to receive your focused heart and mind. It is the well-spring of life; it is a beam of light shot out into a dark and perverted world where evil frequently triumphs.
Evil seeks to extinguish light so its dirty deeds will not be seen, but only felt in vain hope that persons made in the image of God will be annihilated one by one until all of mankind is deemed God's failure. Mankind is the enemy of evil even as God is the enemy of evil.
Evil seeks to destroy us and too often it wins. Sometimes we put up a fight, and sometimes we yield to it with no resistance at all. Evil wins when we are either driven to despair or made to join-in the works of darkness. Evil wins when we neglect the commandments of God. Only through strict obedience to the commandments can we ever defeat evil.
Aspiring immortals beware, Pride is the enemy in disguise that fools us into thinking we are righteous, when in fact we are dead wrong. This is why we must be ever vigilant to keep each and every command every day, not most of them most of the time. We must aim to be like our Pure and Perfect God. Eve only took one bite of the fruit to initiate death. The bar is high; let's practice jumping.