I have been reading through the book, Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers. From time to time, when the mood strikes me, I may publish an excerpt from it. Today it comes from Chrysostom.
For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. (Malachi 4:1)
Run from pride, for it is a passion more treacherous than any other. Covetousness and love for wealth spring from it as well as hatred, wars, and fights. For those who want more than they have will never be able to stop. Their desires come from nothing other than their love of displaying their accomplishments…If we cut off pride (the head of all evil), we would kill all the other members of wickedness with it. Then nothing could keep us from living on earth as though it were heaven. Pride doesn’t just thrust its captives into wickedness, but even co-exists with their righteousness. When it can’t get rid of all their virtues, it severely damages their ability to exercise them. It forces us to work hard and deprives us of the fruit…Therefore, if we want to earn glory, we must flee from human glory and only desire glory from God. Then we will obtain and enjoy both through the grace and loving-kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ. (page 8 of the book, there are no citations to Chrsysotom’s work).