Elder St. Porphyrios on Ignoring Evil
“Ignore evil. Look towards Christ and He will save you. Instead of standing outside the door shooing the evil one away, treat him with disdain. If evil approaches from one direction, then calmly turn in the opposite direction. If evil comes to assault you, turn all your inner strength to good, to Christ. Pray, ‘Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.’ He knows how and in what way to have mercy on you. And when you have filled yourself with good, don’t turn •my more towards evil. In this way you become good on your own, with 1 lie grace of God. Where can evil then find a foothold? It disappears!
All things are possible with Christ. Where is the pain and effort for you to become good? Things are simple. You will invoke God and He will I transform things into good. If you give your heart to Him, there will be no room for the other things. When you ‘put on’ Christ, you will not need any effort to attain virtue. He will give it to you. Are you engulfed by fear and disenchantment? Turn to Christ. Love Him simply and humbly, without any demand, and He Himself will free you.”
– ‘Wounded by Love’