Orthodox Thought for the Day


Saturday, July 28, 2012

On quarreling / fighting

Avoid quarrels; by agitating the heart they deprive us of peaceful disposition of soul.  Oppose all quarrelsome thoughts with the Jesus Prayer.  An Elder’s Counsels to Christians Living in the World

Let’s stop fighting and pray in a becoming way.  We should put on the mildness of angels instead of the demons’ brutality.  No matter how we’ve been injured, we must soften our anger by considering our own case and our reward.  Let us quiet the storms; we can pass through life calmly.  Then, upon our departing, the Lord will treat us as we treated our neighbors.  If this is a heavy, terrible thing to us, we must let Him make it light and desirable.  What we don’t have strength to carry out because of our struggle against sin, let us accomplish by becoming gentle to those who sinned against us.  St. John Chrysostom

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