“You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving
against sin.” (Heb 12:4)

“When a man is given over to the passions, he does
not see them in himself and does not fight against
them, because he lives in them and by them. But
when the grace of God becomes active in him, he
begins to discern the passionate and sinful in himself,
acknowledge them, and to repent and decide to guard
against them. A struggle begins.

At first, the struggle begins with deeds, but when
is released from shameful deeds, then the struggle
begins with shameful thoughts and feelings. And here
the struggle encounters many steps … The struggle
continues. The passions increasingly are torn out of
the heart. It even happens that they are entirely torn
out … The sign that the passions are torn out of the
heart is that the soul begins to feel repulsion and
hatred for the passions.”

St Theophan the Recluse