Saint John the Merciful on Judging Others

St. John the Merciful

St. John the Merciful

I warn you, my children, not to be so ready to mock, or judge, the acts of other people. For we have often seen the sin of the fornicator, but his repentance, which he made in secret, we did not see, and we may have seen a man steal, but we know nothing of the groanings and tears which he has offered to God. We still think of him as we saw him, a thief, a fornicator or a perjurer, but in the sight of God his secret repentance and confession has been accepted, and in His eyes he is honourable.

* The Shepherd’s Guild

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