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We Need to Be Forgiving

January 02, 2011 Length: 1:01

St. Philotheos of Sinai on the impact of being forgiving on our relationship with God.

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It can be difficult to forgive others when they’ve done something that hurts us. But St. Philotheos of Sinai reminds us that being forgiving is essential to our relationship with God:

Do we forgive our neighbors their trespasses? God also forgives us in His mercy. Do we refuse to forgive? God, too, will refuse to forgive us. As we treat our neighbors, so also does God treat us. The forgiveness, then, of your sins or unforgiveness, and hence also your salvation or destruction, depend on you yourself, man. For without forgiveness of sins there is no salvation. You can see for yourself how terrible it is.


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