Can we do harm even when we only want to help?

23 November 2015 Spiritual words
 

If he gives you his arm and you cannot pull him out, he will drag you down and both of you will die. 

To those that jump to help the ones in temptations beyond their own powers, he said this.

An elder said the following:

- If you see someone drowning in water and you can help him, stretch him a stick but if you are not able to pull him out, give him your hand. If he gives you his hand and you cannot pull him out, he will drag you down and both of you will die.

He said this to those that jump to help the ones in temptations beyond their own powers.

(Translated from Cuvinte folositoare ale sfinților bătrâni cei fără de nume, Editura Doxologia, Iași, 2009, p. 297)