Prayer for the Love of One’s Neighbor

“Grant, Lord, that I may ever love each of my neighbors as myself, and not be angry with them for any cause, and not serve the Devil in this way.

Grant that I may crucify my self-love, pride, covetousness, incredulity, and other passions.

Let mutual love be our name; grant that we may believe and trust that the Lord is everything to us all; that we may not be careful nor anxious for anything; that You, our God, may truly be the sole God of our heart and nothing besides You.

Let there be union of love between us as there ought to be, and let everything that divides us from each other, and prevents us from loving one another, be despised by us, like the dust trampled under foot.  

So be it!  So be it!

If God has given us Himself, if He abides in us and we in Him, according to His own true words, then what will He not give me, what will He spare for me, of what will He deprive me, how can He forsake me? ‘The Lord is my Shepherd: there can I lack nothing’ (Psalm 23:1). ‘Shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?’ (Romans 7:32).

And therefore, my soul, be perfectly at rest and know nothing but love. ‘These things I command you, that you love one another’ (John 15:17).”

(St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ, pps. 297-298)