(...)Christ has named the devil “evil” (Mt. 6: 13). In the Greek language, the word “evil” (πονηρός) is derived from the verb “πονέω, πονέομαι», which means “I work hard, I suffer, I am exhausted”. So “evil” means the one who suffers, who is painful, pitiful. Because the devil fights against the Lord and His children, day and night, he suffers, he feels pain! Τhe word devil is also derived from the Greek noun «διάβολος» which in turn stems from the Greek verb «διαβάλλω» which means “I put someone opposite me”. This is actually what the devil does. He tries with all means to pitch humans against God and against their fellow people. (...).
There were two monks who lived under the same roof. Their brotherly love for each other was so strong it was as if they comprised one soul. The devil could no longer bear to see their love so he did everything in his power to place enmity between the two. One evening, the younger monk of the two accidentally put out the lamp they had as a source of light. The older monk became enraged and hit the younger monk. The devil leaped for joy. The younger monk bowed before the older monk and said: “Forgive me, my brother. I will light the lamp again.” They continued to live with the same brotherly love they had before the incident. When the devil saw the outcome, he disappeared. He went to see his superior, who was sitting in a pagan temple full of idols. He reported what had happened in a state of fear and humiliation: “When the monk asked for forgiveness, I froze”. He froze as a result of the Lord’s power, which sprang from the monk’s humility and apology (his asking for forgiveness).
The priest of the pagan temple, in which this incident occurred, was present (by divine providence) when the devil reported what had happened to his superior. After witnessing the devil’s fear and after hearing what had happened, he was astounded, so much so that he was baptized a Christian and eventually became a monk. The former pagan priest frequently mentioned the account he had witnessed throughout his entire lifetime: “I heard the devil himself say that his power vanishes when monks who have an argument ask each other for forgiveness.” (p. 60-62).
Author: Archim.Vassilios Bakoyiannis