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"Judge not, that ye be not judged" (Matthew 7, 1)

To die for the neighbor is to feel your sins and not to think of anyone else, whether he is good or thin. Do no evil to anyone and no one in your heart is angry with anyone. Do not despise him who does wrong. Do not enter into a society with a man who harms your neighbor, and do not rejoice with the one who does evil to another. Do not rebuke anybody, but say: God knows everyone. Do not disagree with the slanderer, do not play with his slander, but do not harbor hatred of the one who defames his neighbor. That's what it means not to judge, according to the Scriptures: "Judge not, that ye be not judged" (Mt. 7, 1). Do not have hatred with anyone and do not harbor enmity in your heart, do not hate even those who are at enmity with your neighbor. This is what the world is all about. Comfort yourself with the fact that work is short-lived, and resting for it is eternal, by the grace of God the Word.Abba Moses (82, 314).

The hatred of wickedness is to hate your sin and justify your brother(82, 334).

When a person examines, condemns and reproaches himself, then dignity of his brother rises before him, when a person recognizes dignity in himself, then his brother appears to him unworthy.Reverend Pimen the Great (82, 334).

If you call the justice of God on your neighbor, thereby you increase the burden of your sins. "If you desire," God will say, "that I should be a strict Judge of wrongdoings against you, then how do you ask for forgiveness for what you have sinned against me?"(45, 661).

If you release a sinner from your sins, all your sins that will be revealed at the trial will be exterminated already here, and you will move away from here, not bearing the burden of your sins(46, 616).

Forgiving our neighbors, we will not think that we are beneficent to them or that we show them great mercy: we are doing good to ourselves and are benefiting greatly. If we do not forgive them, we do not do them any particular harm, but we are preparing a terrible punishment in hell.St. John Chrysostom (46, 977).

Then each of us learns that in him there is brotherly love and true love for one's neighbor when he sees that he is crying for the sins of his brother and is happy about his success and talents.ReverendJohn the Ladder (57, 40).

Seeing the lack of neighbor, have mercy on your neighbor: this is your member! The weakness that you see today in it, tomorrow can become your infirmity(108, 412).

Self-confidence and self-conceit are always connected with the subtle, often not-noticeable contempt of neighbors(112, 433).

If ... God allows you to lay down in the foundation of the prayerful deed a kindness, love, non-condemnation of your neighbors, a merciful apology, then with special ease and speed you will conquer your opponents, achieve pure prayer.Bishop Ignatius (Bryanchaninov) (109, 212).

A source: ABC of faith

Tags: Religion, Christianity