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Coptic Orthodox Church
Telling someone they are wrong
edited December 1969
How does a person go about telling someone that what they are doing is wrong or will lead to something bad without them thinking that you are judging them?
God Bless and please pray for me and my weakness
As someone who is prone to judge others unfavourably I have set myself the task of tackling this sin this Lent.
It is even more difficult if you are professionally obliged to assess a colleagues attitude or competence.
It is more difficult yet to point out the error of someone's ways with love.
Let us pray for each other and meet in this forum to share experiences.
Pray for me please
A humble PRAYER I think help THIS S THE LOVE YOU
O Lord Jesus Christ, Son and Word of the living God, who came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the first, through the prayers of Your Most Holy Mother, of Saint Nicholas and all the Saints, as You want and as You know have mercy on me the sinner and miserable. I beg You, have pity on me, my Christ. Forgive all my sins, that I have committed by words, actions or thoughts from my birth until this moment. Forgive all my mistakes and omissions, my ignorance and youth.
O my Lord Jesus Christ, I beg you, protect me from error, from every influence of the Sly, from my passions and weaknesses. Give me the strength and the will to never sin again. Protect me from sly thoughts, from the love of vain things, from idle talk and the censure of others. Open the eyes of my soul and illuminate the darkness of my mind. O Lord and Ruler of my life, whether I desire it or not, save me. I beseech you, don΄t let me to be punished in Hell; rescue me from the fearful view and the awful nails of the Enemy who hates all that is good. My Christ, I never want to be separated from you, from your blessings and illumination, where my soul is reposing and joyful.
O my Lord, grant me repetance. Take me near you when I am in a good spiritual state, so that I might enjoy Your ineffable light and your eternal goods. Give me -by your ultimate condescension- the last place in Paradise. O my God, extinguish my guilt and forgive me the sinner. Remember me, my Lord, in your Kingdom. O my Christ, economize me; lighten my cross; give me the power to raise my cross courageously and patiently. Don΄t permit me to wander in roads of perdition; keep me from godless grief; don?t leave me be influenced by the faithless and vain world.
Have pity on me, my Christ, Savior and Redeemer; never abandon me. Give me strong faith, pure prayer, humility and discernment, prudence, wisdom, piety, contrition, unselfish love towards everybody and the eagerness to keep your commandments. Illuminate me so that I might recognize my wrechedness, and give me tears to weep for my sins. Give me corporal and spiritual bravery and endurance. Give me courage, hope, optimism, self-knowledge, self-confidence and self-reproach. Fill me with grace and blessings. Through your assistance, make me your servant worthy and useful to you in these days. Utilize me for the salvation of many brothers. Enlighten my spiritual Father to economize and lead me correctly. Let me know good coworkers and spiritual friends.
O my Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy and protect all the Orthodox Christians; enlighten all over the world to care for their salvation in eternity through the Orthodox Church; pacify the entire world and lead the peoples toward you. O my Lord, remember all those who have asked me to pray for them. Lead toward salvation whoever loves or hates me and whoever has wronged me. Protect from all enemies and from the Antichrist our Country and the humble people. Economize all my brothers and sisters, the widows, the orpfans, the young and the poor people, those that have more than three children, those who are ill or bedridden, those that are annoyed by evil spirits and all the enslaved of the earth. Illuminate and bless the orthodox Clergymen and Monks. Grant eternal rest to all orthodox Christians who have died from the beginning untill today. Recollect, my Lord, the souls of my parents and teachers and friendsΙ (commemorate some names here).
O Holy Spirit, All-encompassing Treasure of every good, the divine Grace that heals the weak and fills the incomplete, simple Comforter, come and dwell in me the sinner; fill me with graces and blessings and make me your worthy servant beneficial in our days. Open the eyes of my soul, illuminate the darkness of my mind, fill my heart with Your divine grace so that I might be constant in the faith and full of divine illumination.
O my Christ and my Most Holy Virgin Mary! I thank you from my heart, because you brought me on the road to salvation, which rejoices my soul. I thank you for all the goods that you have given me, those that I know and those that are unknown to me. I also thank you, my Christ, for all the bad things that out of love You have permitted me to suffer for the benefit of my soul. For all these reasons, may Your Holy Name be glorified. Glory to You, Almighty Lord. Glory to You, Eternal King. All-holy Trinity, glory to You!
so so beautiful =)
if we prayed words like these from the heart,
God would shower us with grace+love!
mountains would move!
I generally let people find out for themselves. No one ever wants to listen anyway. Most people do not like to admit they are wrong.
There are consequences for all of our actions; some soon, others later, others for a lifetime, others in the after life.
May God Bless
wow thanks for ur replies!! very helpful
God bless and please pray for me and my weakness