On the absent brother, one can not say anything with the intention to blacken him - this is slander, even if it was said and true (9, 54).
... But there are two cases in which it is permissible to talk about someone bad (but true): when it is necessary to consult with others experienced in this, how to correct the sinner, and when it is necessary to warn others (not a long speech) who, ignorantly , can often be in a community with a bad person, considering it good ... Who without such a need says anything about the other with the intent to blacken it, he is a slanderer, even if he spoke the truth. St. Basil the Great (10, 192).
If the complaint is unfair, then it becomes slander ... St. Gregory the Theologian (15, 333).
If you are subjected to slander and afterwards the purity of your conscience is revealed, do not be proud, but with humility serve the Lord who has delivered you from the slander of the human (25, 194).
Do not afflict your brother with slander against his brother, for it is not a matter of love - to arouse your neighbor for the destruction of your soul (25, 197).
Nor should the trustworthy speaker be wrong, because slander often comes from envy ... (25, 208).
If the enemy has to slander, we will protect ourselves with silence (25, 233).
As a mole spoils clothes, so slander is the soul of a Christian. Rev. Ephraim the Syrian (26, 586).
If you slandered someone, if you became an enemy to someone, reconcile to the Court. All are over here so you can see the Court without any worries. (35, 802).
For many, the most intolerable of all deaths seems to be when enemies spread rude rumors about them and draw suspicion on them ... If it's true - be corrected; if a lie - laugh at this. If you are conscious of what you are saying, be enlightened; if you do not realize it, leave it without attention, it's better to say: be merry and rejoice, according to the word of the Lord (Matthew 5, 11) (38, 860).
Remember that the one who hears about himself slander, not only does not suffer harm, but still will receive the greatest reward (39, 269).
We drive the slanderer away, so that if we take part in someone else's evil, do not cause death to ourselves (39, 723).
Not allowing a slanderer to himself and himself rid himself of this vain sin, and the sinner keeps from injustice the accusation against the neighbor, and finally slanders save from the accusation; Thus, abhorring the services of a slanderer, he becomes the organizer of peace and a teacher of friendship (39, 723).
Never take slander against your neighbor, but stop the slanderer with these words: "Leave, brother, every day I sin even more serious sins, how can we condemn others?".St. John Chrysostom (45, 965).
If any man speak unto his brother against you, despise him, and show malice, do not bow down against him, lest you suffer what you do not want (66, 317).
We will take care of the honor of our neighbor, whoever he is, not allowing him to diminish in our opinion when he is reproached, this will save us from slander. Rev. Abba Isaiah (66, 347).
Every unfortunate person is worthy of mercy, when he mourns his misfortunes. But if he begins to slander others and harm them, his pity for his misfortunes will be lost; he is already recognized as worthy not of regret, but of hatred, as he has used his misfortune to do harm to other people's affairs. So, the seeds of this passion must be exterminated in the beginning, until they sprouted, and did not become ineradicable, and did not create danger for the one who was sacrificed to this passion (50, 300).
Lord Christ appeased those who for His sake endured reproof in manifest and secret matters, if those who reprove are liars. Therefore, one must know that for the one who wants to enter the highest degree of bliss, there must be another thing: that the one that is being divulged about him is also false. One of these two without the other is not so useful ... If, suffering for Christ's sake, we hear about the truth, then it is necessary to blush, because, on the one hand, we deserve the accusation of another. And if we suffer, but not for Christ's sake, we receive a reward for patience, but we will not get the highest bliss that would have been gained if both were combined (and suffering for Christ, and slandering us). Reverend Isidore Pelusiot (52, 223).
A loving neighbor can never tolerate slanderers, but runs away from them, as if from a fire. Rev. John the Ladder (57, 249).
As you pray for the slanderer. God will reveal to the tempted truth about you. The Reverend Maxim the Confessor (68, 243).
The soul of the slanderer has a tongue with three stingers, for he stuns himself, and hears, and slandered. Abba Falassi (68, 329).
Slandered you ... although you are innocent? It is necessary to endure with complacency. And it will go instead of penance for what you yourself consider to be guilty. Therefore, slander is for you - the mercy of God. We must certainly reconcile ourselves to those who slandered, however difficult it may be. Bishop Theophan the Recluse (Collected Letters, issue 3, 251).
By reproach and humiliation, Christ Himself preceded us, having done no sin. How many and how Pharisees' mouths were cruelly blasping and what reproaches were thrown at Him like poisonous arrows, as evidenced by the Holy Gospel. It was not enough for them to say that He loves to eat and drink wine, that He is a friend of tax collectors and sinners, a Samaritan, that He has a demon and is frenzied - He who in every way sought the lost, but called Him a liar, corrupting the people: "We found that He corrupts our people and forbids giving to give to Caesar "(Luke 23, 2), The One who taught them:" Give unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and God's things to God "(MK 12, 17), who by the power of His Divinity forbade and drove out demons. Nobody slanders them and can not escape the reproach. Found children of this world, that to blaspheme and in the undefiled life, invented a lying language, and a flawless defamation. The Prophet Moses, the legislator, the leader of Israel, a friend and interlocutor of God, from the host of Koreev and Avironov suffered reproach (Num. 16) and from his other people. How many enemies of poisonous arrows threw at David, the holy king of Israel and the prophet of God, can be seen from the psalm: "Every day my enemies reproach me, and those who spite me swear by me" (Psalm 101, 9 and on). The lying tongue was plunged into a ditch to the lions, like a coffin, the prophet Daniel (Dan 6, 16). How the apostles suffered from the whole world, to whom the grace of God was preached! Seducers, corrupters and outlaws of the universe were called by those who turned from delight to truth, from darkness to light, and from the kingdom of the devil to the Kingdom of God. The same was known by themselves and their successors - saints, martyrs and other saints. Read church history and see how no one left them from slander. The same and now the saints living in the world suffer from the evil world. For the world in its malice is constant: it does not love the truth, which is expressed by the word and the life by the saints, and always lies and lies with which they abhor. You are not the first to endure reproach and dishonor. You see that the saints have endured and are suffering now (Jn XX, 9, 10-34).
There will be an end to everything. Arrogance and patience will end, blaspheming and enduring blasphemy each will receive from the truth of God. Hula will turn to eternal reproach and shame to blasphemers, and reproach to the suffering will be to eternal glory, when people will give an answer not only for blasphemy, but for every idle word. "For it is righteous before God, to afflict those who afflict you with sorrow, and to you who are afflicted, rejoice with us, at the appearing of the Lord Jesus from heaven", writes the apostle (2 Fei. 1, b-7). More slanders and slanderers are more harmful to themselves than to those who are blasphemed, for the name and glory of that temporarily darken, their own souls are ruined. What is the duty of the Christian need to answer them? Christ says: "Bless those who curse you ..." and pray for them which despitefully use you "(Matt. 5, 44). When slander, reproach and reproach falls upon you and weary of the tongue-in-cheek like a deer driven to death, run to the living source of Holy Scripture and seek coolness from it. God does not please those who are praised, on the contrary, he says to them: "Woe to you, when all people speak well of you!" (Lk. 6, 26). But he appeases those who suffer reproach from the wicked: "Blessed are you when they reproach you and drive you and in every way maliciously slander me. Rejoice and be glad, for great is your reward in heaven "(Mt. 5, 11-12). Who is not consoled, driven by unbridled tongues, when he only thinks about the great reward in heaven? Who will not be comforted by hearing such a promise, will not tolerate any temporary dishonor and dishonor? A good hope will soften all sorrow, all the more hope for Eternal Life, glory and joy. All grief and dishonor to the present, even if they last for life, death will put an end, but there is no end to future rejoicing and glory. Then the man will forget all troubles and misfortunes; one consolation, joy and unceasing gaiety will have without end. "As his mother comforts him, so will I comfort you, and you will be comforted in Jerusalem." And you will see it, and your heart will rejoice "(Isa. 66, 13-14). But you will say: this is the reward promised to those suffering for Christ's sake; but who among us does not suffer as a murderer or a thief or a villain, but as a Christian, "do not be ashamed, but glorify God for such a fate" (1Pet. 4, 15-16). For it will also be consoled with the saints as "an accomplice in sorrow and in the kingdom and in the patience of Jesus Christ" (Apoc. 1, 9). "Loving God ... everything contributes to the good, "says the apostle (Rom. 8, 28). They slander and reproach for the benefit of God's mercy (Lk. 18, 14). For this cause, afflicted by the slander and slander of lawless people, the soul "rely on the Lord, be of good courage, and let your heart be strengthened, and trust in the Lord" (Ps. 26, 14). "Put your trust in him, and He will accomplish, and He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday" (Ps. 36, 5-6). Be silent, as dumb as David did: "But I, as a deaf person, do not hear, and as dumb, who does not open his mouth; and I became like a man who does not hear and has no answer in his mouth, for I trust in you, Lord, You will hear. Lord, my God! "(Ps. 37, 14-16). Do the same, and God will speak for you. As a father according to the flesh, when he sees an uglier, abusive and offending children, in silence to the father of those who look, instead of himself, he answers and protects them, so God, the Heavenly Father, does to us and to those who offend us. For all the offense and reproach we are dealt with are committed before God, as the Omnipresence and the All-Seeing. When He sees that we are abused and defiled, tolerated, silent, and we look at Him alone, and we give this matter to His righteous Judgment, speaking to the Prophet: "You will hear. O Lord, my God "(Ps. 37, 16), then He will speak instead of us, intercede and protect us, and humble those who rise up against us. So did the holy David who, in all sorts of mischiefs to the one God, resorted, and looked at Him, and sought help and protection from Him, as from the psalms you can see Him. Follow this prophet and, shutting your mouth, be silent, let God speak for you instead. When you are so constantly in silence, then reproach and humiliation, nothing but praise and glory, God ask you. The whole world is nothing before God, therefore, the humiliation of the whole world, not only some scornful people, nothing before the glory that God gives to his faithful slave. It is not the blessed man whom men, unjust judgments, praise, but he whom the Holy and Righteous God commends; and not the one whom people despise, but whom God humbles (115, 535-537).
"For those who love God ... everything works for good," says the apostle (Rom. 8, 28). They slander and reproach for the benefit of the mercy of God. Chaste Joseph threw female slander into the dungeon, but he was elevated to high honor and saved the whole country from hunger (Gen. 39 and 41). Moses fled from the wicked mouths from Egypt and was an alien in the land of Midian (Ex. 2, 15-22). But there he was honored to see the bush, miraculously burning in the desert, and to hear God, from the bush talking to him (Ex. 3, 2-7). Saint David made a lot of slanderous language, but this way he was encouraged to pray and wrote many inspired prayers for the benefit of the Holy Church. Daniel slandered into the ditch to eat the lions, but the innocence blocked the mouth of the beasts and glorified him more than before (Dan 6, 16-28). The Israelite Mordecai Aman thought to kill the language, but the opposite was done by God's craft: Mordecai became famous, Aman was hanged on a tree that Mordecai had prepared for destruction, and so he fell into a pit he dug for the innocent (Esf .7). The same courts of God are still being committed (104, 860-861).
By malice and slander we humble ourselves, and our conceit is destroyed. This is how the tongue speaks to us, like the "angel of Satan," so that we will not be exalted (104, 865).
Many do not kill a man with their hands and do not hurt, but they sting and kill with their tongue, as an instrument, according to the written about "the sons of men", "whose teeth are spears and arrows, and whose tongue is a sharp sword" (Psalm 56, 5) . Many do not eat fish, meat, milk, which God did not forbid, and even blessed the faithful and learned truth to receive with thanksgiving (1Time 4, 4-5), but devour living people. Many do not submit temptations to their deeds - it's good and praiseworthy - but the language is carried away by temptations, and evil is transferred from place to place, as a sick infectious disease and as a wind is a fire, which causes many troubles and misfortunes (104, 867-868).
The slanderer harms the one whom he slanders, because he hurts his tongue like a sword with his tongue, and torments his glory like a dog with his teeth: he does this and that. He hurts himself, for he is a sinner. It harms those who listen to it, because it gives them an excuse for slander and condemnation, and so they also lead to the same lawless deed in which he himself is. And just as from the same infected person, many people become infected with the body and die, so from one slanderer, the source of calumny, many Christian souls become infected and die (104, 868).
Repentance and slander are either true or false. Truthful - if we are genuinely to blame for what we are being reproached for, and therefore we accept the worthy; then it is necessary to correct that the reproach is abolished and become false. False reproach - when we are not to blame for what we are being reproached for; and this reproach must be endured with joy and consoled by the hope of God's eternal mercies. In addition, although it is not to blame for what they reproach us for, they sinned in another, and therefore we must endure. Prelate Tikhon Zadonsky (104, 871).
One of the envy of the virtuous deacon Paphnutius slandered him in stealing, throwing the book into his cell. The book was found, and the penance was imposed on the deacon. Without justifying himself, Paphnuti performed it for three weeks. But the devil attacked the slanderer. After his confession, only the prayer of Paphnutius healed the unhappy man. Ancient Paterik (72, З68).
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