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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 31 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

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IndependentLiberal
Salt Lake City, UT

It’s a very subtle differentiation, but I think the author lost the specific point of this quote in Matthew 10:30 “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” The author states that if we lose ourselves, we find ourselves, where the scripture says if we find our life we will lose it. And if we lose our life IN HIS NAME SAKE we will find it. It’s all about the Master, Jesus Christ, and about our relationship with Him and not “others”

Northern Lights
Louisville, KY

Liberal:

I believe that Matthew 25:40 helps make a little better sense of this. This is the verse where the Lord states "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

This is further clarified in the Book of Mormon in Mosiah 2:17 which states: "I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God."

These scriptures suggest that when people lose themselves in the service of others, they are doing the Lord's work and will find themselves on the right hand of Him who offers eternal life. From this perspective, Jerry Johnston's words take on even greater meaning - at least to me.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

This is one of the many sayings of Jesus that is open to interpretations which rest on how we understand each word in the quote. What does “his life” mean in the context of finding it and losing it? And for that matter what does “finding” and “losing” mean?

I understand this saying to mean that if we cling to (find) worldly things that don’t last, including our own finite self, we will lose it when we die. But that if we don’t cling to (lose) those things, but instead seek only God (the unchanging Reality in which we live and move and have our being) that life will remain with us for all eternity.

sharrona
layton, UT

Re: Northern Lights, It’s all about the Master, Jesus Christ, and about our relationship with Him and not “others”. I agree with IndependentLiberal
Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.(Mt 10:39 NIV)
Context is helpful verse 38, “Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” The cross was an instrument of death and here symbolizes the total commitment to Jesus, unto death, of His disciples then and today.

…the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least (*elachistos) of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me(Mt 25:40)
*least in size, a baby. This verse is also applicable to abortion and great meaning for today..

TimBehrend
Auckland NZ, 00

A famous or high-ranking person writing to and praising a journalist whose words go out to tens of thousands is not the same thing as "concern for the individual". Under different circumstances we would be more likely to call it currying favour.

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