Day 9: daily lent practice: How? Love your neighbour as yourself (i)

Category : Daily Lent Practice

“If you really fulfill the royal law according to the
Scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself,’
you do well.” (James 2:8)

“[Our Lord Jesus Christ], whilst giving His last
instructions to His Disciples before His suffering,
entrusted them with this love, namely: ‘These things
I command you, that you love one another.’ (John
15:17) …. The measure of this love is clearly defined
by the Lord Himself. He demands that we all love our
neighbour as ourselves, for He said: ‘You shall love…
your neighbour as yourself.’ (Luk 10:27)… ‘Therefore,
whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them.’
(Matt 7:12). Therefore my reader, take note and fulfill
the following instructions:

1. You want the best for yourself and are
satisfied when everything works out for the best. On
the other hand you are not pleased when for some
reasons things fail. Therefore wish the best for all
your neighbours; rejoice when they are happy and
commiserate when they fall into misfortune.

2. It is unpleasant when people react to you
poorly and suspect you of some evil doing. Therefore
do not speak poorly of anyone and without sufficient
cause do not be suspicious of anyone. ‘Love thinks no
evil.’ (1 Cor 13:5)

3. It is pleasant for you when people speak well
of you. Therefore you should speak well of all your
neighbours. Be especially careful not to slander your
neighbour. Slander is the work of Satan, let it belong
to him alone (Rev 12:10). You speak only good of your
neighbour.

4. When someone speaks poorly about someone
outside your circle, try, if at all possible, to defend
or excuse him. Besides this, never repeat that which
you have heard. For it frequently happens that things
are said about people because of malice or out of
revenge, and to repeat that which was said can cause
enmity. Enmity is described in the Word of God as one
of those vices which can prevent one from entering the
Kingdom of Heaven (Gal 5:20).”

Metropolitan Gregory (Postikov) of St Petersburg


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