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The letter of the Law can be deadly
Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain
Source: “Words (B) of the Elder Paisios the Hagiorite” - pages 78-80
I had asked someone once: « What do you believe you are? Christ’s warrior or temptation’s warrior? Did you know that temptation also has its warriors? »
A Christian must not be fanatic; he must have love for all people. Those who inconsiderately toss comments, even if they are true, can cause harm. I met an author who was extremely pious, but was in the habit of speaking to the (secular) people around him in a blunt manner, which however penetrated so deep that it shook them very severely. He told me at one time: “During a gathering, I said such and such a thing to a lady.” But the way that he said it, crushed her. “Look”, I said to him, “you may be tossing golden crowns studded with diamonds to other people, but the way that you throw them can smash heads – not only the sensitive ones, but the sound ones also.”
Let’s not stone our fellow-man in a…. Christian manner. The person who - in the presence of others – checks someone for having sinned, or speaks in an impassioned manner about a certain person, is not moved by the Spirit of God: he is moved by another spirit.
The way of the Church is LOVE; it differs from the way of the legalists.
sees everything with
and seeks to help each person,
whatever he may have done,
however sinful he may be.
who possesses humility will never act like a teacher; he
will listen, and whenever his opinion is requested, he
will respond humbly. In
Whoever believes that he is capable of correcting others
is filled with egotism.
Translation by A. N.
Article published in English on: 16-6-2007.
Last update: 16-6-2007.