Mathew 12:35—a verse of paramount importance

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  • Ireneus

    Jesus taught he would not use an organization on earth once he leaves the stage (Mathew 7:12, 21-23; Luke 6:38 …etc) This is because God respects the free-will of everyone and would not force anyone to follow certain path, which means system of things would climax in the situation described in 2Tim 3:1-5.

    Yet those who want to lead a life of ease are not left in the lurch. There is a verse of paramount importance that Jesus spoke of: ‘Everyone acts/reacts according to his passion—beneficial or wasteful’ (Mathew 12:35) which means there is no basis for certain expected response, towards your action, from others. This is interesting, because we often get disappointed when others do not appreciate the good we do or are not grateful to us. Interestingly, Bruce Lee understood the folly of expectation: "I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine."

    This understanding is of great importance because our physical life is full of conditions and would result in ease to the body if we fulfill those conditions. But our spiritual life is without any conditions—we have to act spiritually (or beneficially) and should not bother about responses we receive from others. In this realization, there is no confusion at any time and in any situation. It is like we keep on making our own road!

  • venus

    Interestingly, Lao Tzu had already written this long back: “Act without expectation.” Seers are so because of their observation. We can also observe and arrive at such lessons. Here are some:

    Life teaches LET GO:

    When we let go thoughts—sleep enters

    When we let go breath—next breath enters

    When we let go past memories—Kingdom of God resurfaces within. (Luke 17:21)

  • Crazyguy

    Thanks for the relevant scriptures.

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