Orthodox Thought for the Day


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Regard others with sympathy

We should feel the malice of the other person as an illness which is tormenting him and which he is unable to shake off.  And so we should regard our brethren with sympathy and behave with courtesy towards them, repeating in our hearts with simplicity the prayer, ‘Lord Jesus Christ,’ so that the grace of God may strengthen our soul and so that we don’t pass judgment on anyone.   

We should regard all people as saints.  We all carry within us the same ‘old self.’  Our neighbor, whoever he is, is ‘flesh of our flesh,’ he is our brother and, according to St. Paul, we owe no one anything, except to love one another.  We can never pass judgment on others, for no one ever hated his own flesh. 

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