Metropolitan Gregory: The Love of Neighbor- what this entails

from Pravmir: An excerpt from the book “A Day of Holy Life, or the Answer to the Question, How Can I Lead a Holy Life” by Metropolitan Gregory (Postnikov, +1869) 

Metropolitan Gregory 

I encourage you to read the entire excerpt which can be accessed at the webpage listed above- it’s not all that long. Here is an excerpt from the excerpt, in regard to relating to people in need, the people who are ill and disabled:

. . . . 6. You are pleased when people help you when you are in need. Therefore strive yourself, as much as you can, to help your neighbor in all of his needs. For alms (all good deeds) doth deliver from death, and shall purge away all sin. Those that exercise alms and righteousness shall be filled with life (Tobit 12:9) the Word of God tells us. Here we must follow a special rule. Namely:

a) We must first, before helping other people help those whom God’s foresight has united us with, i.e., parents, relatives, authorities, benefactors, those under our authority, and fellow believers. St. Paul says concerning the first group, But if any provide not for those of his own house, he hath denied the Faith, and is worse than an infidel (I Tim. 5:8). Concerning fellow believers the Apostle teaches: As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of Faith (Gal. 6:10).

b) Among the above, before others, come to the assistance of those who are especially in need, that is the ill and disabled. . . .

Even if you cannot give them what they specifically need, then at least visit them, serve them in some way, and comfort them. Act in this way even if they are totally ungrateful to you, for Love does not seek its own (I Cor. 13:5), and the Lord will reward you . . .

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