Friday, September 13, 2013

John Chrysostom: the fruits of forgiveness

Friday, September 13, 2013
    Feast of John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, Teacher, 407
    [Jesus:] “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
    —Matthew 6:12 (NIV)
    Let us pardon those who have wronged us. For that which others scarcely accomplish—I mean the blotting out of their own sins by means of fasting and lamentations, and prayers, and sackcloth and ashes—this it is possible for us easily to effect without sackcloth and ashes and fasting, if only we blot out anger from our heart, and with sincerity forgive those who have wronged us.
    ... St. John Chrysostom (345?-407), in “To those who had not Attended the Assembly,” A, Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, v. IX, New York: Christian Literature Company, 1889, p. 232 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 6:12; Ps. 32:1; Matt. 6:14-15; 18:21-22; 26:28; Mark 11:25; Luke 6:37; 17:3-5; Eph. 4:32; Col. 3:12-13
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, enable me to cast away anger.
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