Friday, November 02, 2012

How To Love Your Neighbour

Love your neighbour in the following way: Do not get angry with him and do not bear resentment or a grudge against him.  Do not allow yourself to say to your neighbour any reproachful, abusive, sarcastic or caustic words.  Maintain peace with him as far as possible.  Humble yourself in his presence.  Do not try to have your revenge on him either directly or indirectly.  Whenever possible, yield to him.  Get out of the habit of arguing and quarrelling, and reject it as a sign of pride and self-love.  Speak well of those who speak evil of you.  Pay good for evil.  Pray for those who cause you various offences, wrongs, temptations, persecutions.  Whatever you do, on no account condemn anyone; do not even try to judge whether a person is good or bad, but keep your eyes on that one evil person for whom you must give an account before God--yourself.
Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov, The Arena

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