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Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk on loving our enemies.

24 February 2011

“It is a fearful thing to hate whom God has loved. To look upon another – his weaknesses, his sins, his faults, his defects – is to look upon one who is suffering. He is suffering from negative passions, from the same sinful human corruption from which you yourself suffer. This is very important: do not look upon him with the judgmental eyes of comparison, noting the sins you assume you’d never commit. Rather, see him as a fellow sufferer, a fellow human being who is in need of the very healing of which you are in need. Help him, love him, pray for him, do unto him as you would have him do unto you.”
— St. Tikhon of Zadonsk (1724-1783)

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  1. A Sinner permalink
    16 March 2011 5:33 pm

    This is a beautiful quote. I would like to read more. Do you have the name of the book from whence this quote came?

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