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[Rom. 13:11–14:4; Matt. 6:14–21] For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you; But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, nei-ther will your Father forgive your trespasses (Matt. 6:14–15). What a simple and handy means of salva-tion! Your trespasses are forgiven under the condition that you forgive the trespasses of your neighbour a-gainst you. This means that you are in your own hands. Force yourself to pass from agitated feelings to-ward your brother to truly peaceful feelings — and that is all. Forgive-ness day — what a great heavenly day of God this is! If all of us used it as we ought, this day would make Christian societies into heavenly so-cieties, and the earth would merge with heaven.
Saint Theophan the Recluse