Thursday, January 8, 2015

Of avoiding of curious inquiry into the life of another. The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas à Kempis. Book 3, Chapter 24


Chapter 24: Of avoiding of curious inquiry into the life of another.

“My Son, be not curious, nor trouble thyself with vain cares.
What is that to thee? Follow thou Me. For what is it to thee
whether a man be this or that, or say or do thus or thus? Thou
hast no need to answer for others, but thou must give an answer
for thyself. Why therefore dost thou entangle thyself? Behold,
I know all men, and I behold all things which are done under the
sun; and I know how it standeth with each one, what he thinketh,
what he willeth, and to what end his thoughts reach. All things
therefore are to be committed to Me; watch thou thyself in godly
peace, and leave him who is unquiet to be unquiet as he will.
Whatsoever he shall do or say, shall come unto him, for he cannot
deceive Me.
“Trouble not thyself about the shadow of a great name, nor
about the friendship of many, nor about the love of men towards
thee. For these things beget distraction and great sorrows of
heart. My word should speak freely unto thee, and I would reveal
secrets, if only thou didst diligently look for My appearing, and
didst open unto Me the gates of thy heart. Be sober and watch
unto prayer, and humble thyself in all things.”

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