Each person must bear the weaknesses of others. Who is perfect? Who can boast that he has kept his heart undefiled? Hence, we are all sick, and whoever condemns his brother does not perceive that he himself is sick, because a sick person does not condemn another sick person.
Love, endure, overlook, do not get angry, do not flare up, forgive one another, so that you resemble our Christ and are counted worthy to be near Him in His kingdom. My children, avoid condemnation —it is a very great sin. God is greatly saddened when we condemn and loathe people. Let us concern ourselves only with our own faults —for these we should feel pain. Let us condemn ourselves and then we shall find mercy and grace from God.
subm. no. 10
paragraphs: 1-4 from pages 207-208
From the book
Councels from the Holy mountain
Selected from the letters and homilies of Elder Efraim of Arizona
Selection of passages from the book by Silviu Podariu