St. Seraphim of Sarov: On Forgivness of Offenses

St. Seraphim of Sarov

St. Seraphim of Sarov

For an offence, whatever kind may have been given, one must not only not avenge oneself, but on the contrary must all the more forgive from the heart, even though it may resist this, and must incline the heart by conviction of the word of God: If ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses (Matt. 6:15); and again, Pray for them which despitefully use you (Matt. 5:44).

One must not nurse in one’s heart malice or hatred towards a neighbhor who bears ill-will; but we must strive to love him and, as much as possible, do good, following the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ: Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you (Matt. 5:44).

And thus, if we will strive, as much as lies in our power, to fulfill all this, then we may hope that Divine light will shine early in our souls, opening to us the path to the Jerusalem on High.

Excerpt taken from the book: Little Russian Philokalia, Vol. I: St. Seraphim


1 Response to “St. Seraphim of Sarov: On Forgivness of Offenses”

  1. 1 Robert Dendy November 5, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    brilliant and so beautiful and peaceful. Lord Bless St. Seraphim of Sarov the Orthodox and all Christian folds may they return and be redeemed by the stock of Holy Truth, whit and wisdom, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for hearing, those who have ears to hear, I have found peace today from the Icon, some music and this beautiful website. Bless it’s maintainers and gatekeepers oh God. Thank you most Holy Theotokos for the simple yet complex miracle of life. All the Agnels and Saints in Heaven Today march with us that we may wreak havok on the Enemy. Glory forevermore to God our Father through Jesus Christ our Lord and King. Amen. Thank you and peace. There is now no doubt that He IS the Way, the Truth and the Life. We must remember, brethren, that Satan is simply God’s sheepdog, just laugh in the face of his whirlwinds of doubt and fear. I speak today through knowledge, wisdom, but most of all experience. The Lord loves us and will NEVER forsake us. The promises of God are indeed Yes, and Amen in Christ Jesus. Glory to God. Let us now all walk in agreement with Him, not Headstrong but heartfelt. Hearts of flesh and Gold we will have. “If your head rules your heart you will be denied your own caution.” – “Senso Apparente” – Propilene

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