“Brother Timothy questioned Abba Poemen saying, ‘If I see a brother whom I have heard is a sinner, I do not want to take him into my cell, but when I see a good brother I am happy to be with him.’

The old man said, ‘If you do a little good to the good brother, do twice as much for the other. For he is sick.’

Now, another brother who was being tempted, came to Timothy and he drove the brother away for fear of becoming sinful. After he had driven him away, however, the brother’s temptation fell upon Timothy to the point where he was in danger.

Timothy fell down before God and said, ‘I have sinned. Forgive me.’  Then a voice came and said to him, ‘Timothy, the only reason I have done this to you is because you despised your brother…

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