Neighborly Humility

by Scott D. Hendricks

157. Abba Poemen said, ‘To instruct your neighbor is the same thing as reproving him.’

158. He also said, ‘Do not do your own will; you need rather to humble yourself before your brother.’

~ from The Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Benedicta Ward, trans., The Sayings of the Desert Fathers: the alphabetical collection (Kalamazoo: Cistercian Publications, 1975), 189.