Commentaries on Five Verses from the Bible

The following five inspiring verses, given in italics below, contain techniques for practical application in human behavior and interaction in everyday, social intercourse and truths to enrich one’s life spiritually. We will look at them one by one:

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day”.

The same wise, piece of advice was given by the ancient, playwright and poet of India , Kalidasa:

“Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn!
Look to this Day!
For it is Life, the very Life of Life.
In its brief course lie all the
Verities and Realities of your Existence.
The Bliss of Growth,
The Glory of Action,
The Splendor of Beauty;
For Yesterday is but a Dream,
And To-morrow is only a Vision;
But To-day well lived makes
Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,
And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day!
Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!”

A common emotion that makes life miserable is worry. It assails everyone in some degree. When it become intense and of prolonged duration, it not only makes one unhappy but also induces psychosomatic, health disorders. Though worry can relate to many things, one important factor which causes it is the uncertainty of one’s future. If one has done one’s work to the best of one’s ability, the fruit of which is to appear in the future should be acceptable. Further, the law of averages tell us that no disaster which we imagine normally happens. The present day has enough challenges to be met. We will be better able to meet them effectively, if we do not weaken our minds with worries about the morrow. This does not mean that one should not plan for the future. Make your roadmaps with all the available data, but leave their implementation for the time for which they have been made.

“Judge not that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?”

As youngsters tend to copy the behavior of the elders with whom they grow up, I myself in my formative years have been ready to say all kinds of bad things about people I know, though I was at that time not at all sure about the authenticity of my assessments. This undesirable habit I cultivated by hearing elders gossip and speak ill of those who were not present at their conversation. Later, I came to realize that speaking ill of others should never be done unless I was sure of what I was talking about. “Even if it was so why should I?”, I asked myself.. Assessing a person’s worth with insufficient data especially if the assessment is disparaging and offensive, will trigger spitefulness when that assessment come s to the notice of that person. So the wise do not give prejudiced opinions about others.

The normal human tendency is to find fault with somebody else or some circumstance for everything that goes wrong with one. This will perpetuate the weakness in one which essentially caused the unacceptable result and stand in the way of self improvement, as I learned from my own experience.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied”

Those who lead virtuous, highly moral lives of integrity sacrificing even creature comforts for these values will always be light-hearted and happy, though those who hanker after the material riches may think of them other wise. No physical comfort can give the sustained joy that such a life brings.

“Your eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is sound, your whole body is full of light; but when it is not sound, and your body is full of darkness.

Eyes open to us the beauties, both physical and spiritual, in nature and enable us to learn the secret of its sterling performance. Seeing good deeds, great men and virtues ennobles our character. Every one of us is enlivened by the supreme spirit that manifests as the universe. If we can see this truth, the light, then we are enlightened. If we do not see it and give a mechanistic and physical basis for everything, we will be ignorant of that absolute truth.

“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he dies, yet shall he live and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die — “

The immortality of life is explained in a language intelligible to the common man. The spirit that enlivens our bodies has always been there and will always be there. The idea is similar to the nondualistic principle of Vedantic thoughts.

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Source: The New Testament of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Mathew 6: 34, p 16, 13, St. Paul Publications, Bombay (1976))

Ibid: Mathew, 7: 1-3, p 16.

Ibid: Mathew , 5: 6, p 13

Ibid: Luke, 11: 33-34, p 100

Ibid; John, 11: 25-26, p 140

Great Bible Truths, India Bible Literature, Madras (1984)