Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Quote of the Week - John Climacus

"Some labor and struggle hard to earn forgiveness, but better than these is the man who forgets the wrongs done to him. Forgive quickly and you will be abundantly forgiven. To forget wrongs is to prove oneself truly repentant, but to brood on them and at the same time to imagine one is practicing repentance is to act like the man who is convinced he is running when in fact he is fast asleep." -- St. John Climacus, The Ladder of Perfection


George Patsourakos said...

Christians need to forgive those who may have harmed them in the past. Only then should they expect Christ to forgive them of their own sins.

Alice C. Linsley said...

Very true, George. Christ makes it clear that forgiveness can't be received unless it is first given.