Do not call God just

by abbamoses

Isaac_of_SyriaDo not hate the sinner, for we are all laden with guilt. If for the sake of God you are moved to oppose him, weep over him. Why do you hate him? Hate his sins and pray for him, that you may imitate Christ Who was not wroth with sinners, but interceded for them. Do you not see how He wept over Jerusalem? …
 Why, O man, do you hate the sinner? Could it be because he is not so righteous as you? But where is your righteousness when you have no love?…
 Be a herald of God’s goodness, for God rules over you, unworthy though you are. Although your debt to Him is so very great, He is not seen exacting payment from you; and from the small works you do, He bestows great rewards on you.
 Do not call God just, for His justice is not manifest in the things concerning you.

– Saint Isaac of Syria, Ascetical Homily #51

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