Forgive for Your Life’s Sake

So, let us who desire to “walk worthily of the vocation wherewith we have been called” (Ephesians 4:1) forgive our brothers and cast off all evil and wickedness from ourselves. Do not say, “I have forgiven my brother many times and he has sinned against me again,” because you, too, will hear the same words from the Master. Do not say, “So-and-so has greatly offended me, he has designs on my house, he has appropriated my land, he has killed my son, he has caused
me many woes, he has thrown me into prison, he has handed me over to death, and this I cannot forgive.” No, my beloved, do not talk this way, I beg you. As much as you pardon your brother, so much and much more will the Master pardon you. Imitate Stephen, the first among the Martyrs. Now, what did he say while he was being pelted with stones? “O Lord, lay not this sin to their charge” (Acts 7:59). -A Homily on the Holy Eucharist and on Not Judging Others or Remembering Wrongs
by the Holy Hieromartyr, Patriarch Anastasios II of Antioch (+609)

Author: frphoti

I am an Orthodox Priest trying hard to balance life and work. I paint Icons on commission as well. Blog updated every Monday with occasional random posts