“Love to your enemies means the lack of hostility. You can agree with a person or disagree, you can agree with another state or disagree with it. No one limits your freedom to comment, to criticize, to explain your point of view, but you should not be infected with hostility,” the patriarch said on Tuesday speaking to the participants in The Faith and the Wordinternational festival in Moscow.
According to the primate, “when a person starts clenching his teeth and fists, it is from the devil, not from God,” and this inner state deprives him of sobriety and ability to start the dialogue.
“The lack of hostility allows moving from the toughest discussion to a quiet talk, to a dialogue,” he said.
The primate believes that all contemporary cataclysms reflect political struggle, struggle in foreign policy, clash of interests, but those who hate always defeat, even in arguments.
“We will stand for our point of view, we will convince others, and move forward, but without damaging our inner state and eventually the integrity of our personality,” he concluded.