Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos
Every human character can be considered weak if it lacks the grace of God which perfects and maintains everything, since ‘it cures that which is sick and supplies that which is missing’. This is what the Lord is emphasizing when he says that: ‘without me you can do nothing’ (John 15, 5). But apart from the presence of grace, what’s also needed is the human compliance and cooperation which, in accordance with the ethical rules of logic and the divine commandments, will bring about divine intervention.
People who are quick to judge others do so because they’re accustomed to examining the thoughts and actions of other people rather than their own. They forget the words of Scripture: ‘do not judge, so that you will not be judged’ and ‘according to how you judge, so will you be judged’.
The lazy habit of judging the words and deeds of others is a spiritual sickness which comes from degradation of the rational power of the mind, which is,…