Aug 24, 2018
what will the servant say?'
The old man said, 'If the servant is good, he should say, "Forgive me, I have sinned." '
The brother said to him, 'Nothing else?'
The old man said, 'No, for from the moment he takes upon himself responsibility for the affair and says,
"I have sinned," immediately the Lord will have mercy on him.
The aim in all these things is not to judge one's neighbor. For truly, when the hand of the Lord caused all the first-born in the land of Egypt to die,
no house was without its dead.'
The brother said, 'What does that mean?'
The old man said, If we are on the watch to see our own faults, we shall not see those of our neighbor.
It is folly for a man who has a dead person in his house to leave him there and go to weep over his neighbor's dead.
To die to one's neighbor is this: To bear your own faults and not to pay attention to anyone else wondering whether they are good or bad.
Do no harm to anyone, do not think anything bad in your heart towards anyone, do not scorn the man who does evil, do not put confidence in him who does wrong to his neighbor,
do not rejoice with him who injures his neighbor.
This is what dying to one's neighbor means. Do not rail against anyone, but rather say, "God knows each one." Do not agree with him who slanders, do not rejoice at his slander and do not hate him who slanders his neighbor.
This is what it means not to judge.
Do not have hostile feelings towards anyone and do not let dislike dominate your heart; do not hate him who hates his neighbor.
This is what peace is: Encourage yourself with this thought, "Affliction lasts but a short time,
while peace is for ever, by the grace of God the Word. Amen.'"