Orthodox Thought for the Day


Thursday, October 18, 2012

On personal injuries

When someone injures us in whatever way, whether with slanders or with insults, we should think of him as our brother who has been taken hold of by the enemy.  He has fallen victim to the enemy.  Accordingly we need to have compassion for him and entreat God to have mercy both on us and on him, and God will help both.  If, however, we are filled with anger against him, then the enemy will jump from him to us and make a mockery of us both.  A person who condemns others does not love Christ.  Our egotism is at fault.  This is where condemnation of others stems from.

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