Orthodox Thought for the Day


Friday, May 2, 2014

Loving God and neighbor

Love toward neighbor is bound up with love of God.  When love toward neighbor is destroyed, then so, too, is love toward God. Whoever does not love his neighbor does not even love God Himself.  Hence it follows that he who would be reconciled to God and have peace with God must first be reconciled with his neighbor and so approach God and pray and ask mercy of Him.  Therefore, it is evident that the prayer of those that have offended their neighbor, and yet approach God in prayer without reconciliation is vain and empty. 


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