Chapter VII: Fraternal Love

Chapter VII: Fraternal Love 2017-06-05T20:06:36+00:00

 

 

23. Because God loves us, the brothers and sisters should love each other, for the Lord says, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 15:12). Let them manifest their love in deeds (cf 1 Jn 3:18). Also whenever they meet each other, they should show that they are members of the same family. Let them make known their needs to one another. Blessed are they who love another who is sick and seemingly useless, as much as when that brother or sister is well and of service to them. Whether in sickness or in health, they should only want what God wishes for them. For all that happens to them let them give thanks to our Creator.

24. If discord caused by word or deed should occur among them, they should immediately (Mt 18:35) and humbly ask forgiveness of one another even before offering their gift of prayer before the Lord (cf Mt 5:24). And if anyone seriously neglects the form of life all profess, the minister, or others who may know of it, are to admonish that person. Those giving the admonition should neither embarrass nor speak evil of the other, but show great kindness. Let all be careful of self-righteousness, which causes anger and annoyance because of another’s sin. These in oneself or in another hinder living lovingly.

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