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Ten Concepts, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

57- Remarks Image: People talking and shaking hands صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أشخاص يتحدثون و يسلمون على بعضهم البعض Image: People talking and shaking hands.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أشخاص يتحدثون و يسلمون على بعضهم البعض.

1. If one of your relatives is about to marry a particular person without receiving permission or the blessing from the church would you keep silent under the pretext of meekness and gentleness, or would you warn

your relative concerning the probability of a harmful marriage?

If you keep silent, then this is not meekness, for you ought to warn your relative against this wrong situation and explain to him calmly the reasons why, as we have discussed this issue before here on in other sections. This is not against meekness as long as you explain the matter without being insulting or hurting. Just say the words of St. John the Baptist, "It is not lawful for you to have her" (Mark 6:18).

2. Or if you see one of your acquaintances about to end a marriage, would you keep silent for the sake of meekness? No. You should say to him this is wrong and God will not bless such a marriage if you end it.

This does not contradict with meekness. You are not asked to become enraged and to shout, but simply just to warn calmly.

3. God loves Truth, and loves to see us defending it in the right way. He says in the Book of Jeremiah, "Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem; see now and know and seek in her open places if you can find a man, if there is anyone who executes judgment, who seeks the truth, and I will pardon her" (Jer. 5:1).

Defending truth is a virtue which God requires. If you walk in it you will walk in righteousness, and this is not against meekness as long as you follow the right way.

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