Elder Porphyrios-How to Influence Others With Love
In debates, if you say a few words about religion you will
prevail. Let the person who has a different opinion give free
reign to his thoughts and speak as much as he likes…
sense that he is addressing himself to a calm and
uncontentious person. Influence him though your graciousness
and prayer and then speak briefly. You achieve nothing if you
speak heatedly and tell him, for example, ‘What you are saying
is untrue, a downright lie!
What will you achieve? Be ‘as
sheep among wolves’ (Matt 10:16). What should you do? Show
indifference outwardly, but be praying inwardly. Be prepared,
know what you are talking about and speak boldly and to the
point, but with saintliness, meekness and prayer. But in order
to be able to do this you must become a Saint.