Convicting Words Follow:

"The one who seeks after the virtues out of vainglory obviously seeks after knowledge as well out of vainglory. Clearly such a person neither does nor says anything for the sake of improvement but is in all circumstances pursuing the approval of the onlookers of hearers. The passion is detected when some of these people impose censure on his deeds or his words and he is enormously grieved thereby, not because he did not edify, for such was not his purpose, but because of his own disgrace." Maximus the Confessor, The Four Hundred Chapters on Love(3.75)

"To the extent that you pray from your soul for the one who spread scandal about you, God will reveal the truth to those who were told the scandal." Maximus the Confessor, The Four Hundred Chapters on Love (4.89)

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