Monday, March 24, 2014

Judge not, that ye shall not be judged

Venerable John Climacus ~ The Ladder of Divine Ascent
Step 10 ~ On Slander

¶7. Do not regard the feelings of a person who speaks to you about his neighbour disparagingly, but rather say to him: ‘Stop, brother! I fall into graver sins every day, so how can I criticize him?’ In this way you will achieve two things: you will heal yourself and your neighbour with one plaster. This is one of the shortest ways to the forgiveness of sins; I mean, not to judge. ‘Judge not, that ye shall not be judged.’

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