Day 10: daily lent practice: How? Love your neighbour as yourself (ii)

Category : Daily Lent Practice

“And just as you want men to do to you, you also do
to them likewise.” (Luke 6:31)

5. “It is unpleasant for you when people divulge
your shortcomings and especially your vices. Therefore
when you see the weaknesses and vices of others do
not announce them to everyone for ‘[Love]… bears all
things,… endures all things.’ (1 Cor 13:4-7).

6. You do not like it when others treat you
roughly and offend you in some way. Therefore you
should treat everyone kindly without exception. Be
especially careful not to use swear words or offensive
ones. If it so happens that someone treats you
crudely, angrily, and says unpleasant things to you,
then answer him meekly, for, ‘a soft answer turns away
wrath.’ (Prov 15:1). If it happens that because of an
offence you become angry with your neighbour, then
say nothing for immediately your anger will flame up,
and in an impassioned state you are likely to consider
it necessary to say something that later [you’ll] sorely
regret, but will be incapable of correcting. While angry
say nothing but wait until you have completely calmed
down. If your neighbour is for some reason very angry
with you, do not attempt to talk him out of it, even
if it seems very necessary, for while he is in the heat
of anger the passion is in control of him and not his
reason, therefore you must not try to dissuade him – it
is impossible to speak convincingly to someone out of
his mind, your words will only make him more angry and
force him to do something possibly harmful to you.

7. You are pleased when people help you when
you are in need. Therefore, strive yourself, as much as
you can, to help your neighbour in all of his needs, For
almsgiving delivers from death, and it will purge away
every sin. Those who perform deeds of charity and of
righteousness will have fullness of life.’ (Tobit 12:9), the
Word of God tells us.”

Metropolitan Gregory (Postikov) of St Petersburg

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