Action and Reaction

Action and reaction is an abstract principle, a law of doing, and an initiation. The law of action and reaction is also known as the law of cause and effect, and is rooted in the foundational principles of correspondence and reciprocity.

It is critical to note that the law of cause and effect applies only to the physical universe of material beings and things. God, as the Author of all principles and laws encompasses all principles and laws. God is not subject to these laws and principles in the way that created beings and things are subject to and must obey, for God is the very principles and laws that govern His expression as the universe of beings and things. God is the Uncaused Cause.

Eastern religions and philosophies call the law of action and reaction, or cause and effect, the law of karma, and believe that the debts or credits accrued in one life will be carried over to the next unless paid. Relation is the fifth philosophical Category of Being, which includes action and reaction, cause and effect.

British scientist and mathematician Isaac Newton (1642–1727) formulated three Laws of Motion in his Principia Mathematica Philosophiae Naturalis in 1686. His first law of motion states that every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it. Galileo (1564-1642) had prefigured the basis for Newton's first law of motion as the law of inertia.

Newton's second law of motion states that the force acting on an object is equal to the mass of that object times its acceleration. In other words, if you double the force, you double the acceleration, but if you double the mass, you cut the acceleration in half.

Newton’s third law of motion states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Paul Hewitt, author of Conceptual Physics, expressed this phenomenon as, "You cannot touch without being touched." We call this the law of correspondence and reciprocity.

Action and reaction is the basic law of doing. The law of action and reaction inevitably brings initiations as you walk the Way of the Christ, the Via Christa.







Edna Lister on Action and Reaction

Every word you utter creates something, after its kind; every word you utter reacts and comes back to you, increased and magnified. It adds to itself as it goes around the earth, returns and waits for you like a dark cloud. You get back everything, every last bit of it. – Edna Lister, The Spoken Word, January 27, 1933.

Eastern philosophy and religion hold that karma [spiritual debt] is the reaction of the law. Every action evokes a response. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Lectures, January 31, 1933.

The Golden Rule is our gold standard of action. The standard of action always has two phases: Giving is the action, and receiving is the reaction. If your action is the giving of love, of faith or of joy, it will automatically create expansion, leading you and others toward the Light. Anything less creates contraction, which blocks you and others from greater Light. – Edna Lister, Your Standard of Action, March 22, 1935.

Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof – Matthew 6:34 describes the reaction of law, and the world's darkness. – Edna Lister, Consider the Lilies, September 8, 1935.

The solar plexus is the center of reactions, pulled in both directions from the higher and lower creative centers. – Edna Lister, The Relation of Colors to Anatomy, September 28, 1935.

Law reacts perfectly until you are perfected. – Edna Lister, The Lord's Prayer, October 13, 1935.

Experience, which is formulated into knowledge, is not the product of consciousness alone. It is and must be the product of consciousness and an external universe, endlessly acting and reacting upon each other. – Edna Lister, The Theory of Knowing, October 21, 1935.

The action in God's mind results in the reaction in man. Every action in man is a spiritual reaction. For example, your thoughts travel faster than light and fill the atmosphere in twenty-four hours. Prayer enters the realm of action and reaction; it consists in forgiving. You give praise and receive an opening of consciousness, knowing of law, strength in reaction to life. God's action returns to Him; you reap what you sow.

A cause produces something; an effect is that which is produced. For instance, the law of cause and effect operates in your life as good or as hindrance as you use or apply it. Every effect embodies all the implications in the cause. For example, a cause starts into action every subsidiary principle or law pertaining to it and you must deal with the effect, whether you like it or not. – Edna Lister, Philosophy, December 9, 1935.

God does not discipline you; you must discipline yourself. By your choices, you set vast laws in action, often fast and furiously, whose reaction you must then work out in your life. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Correspondence, August 17, 1937.

Most people have no plan for life, but fall into reaction patterns of indifference, self-pity, opinions, prejudice, blame, and resentment. These are not conscious designs, but unconscious habit patterns. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

You direct and control subconscious mind's work through your desire, thinking, and imagination. A knowledge of pure psychology enables you to act on your subconscious mind instead of reacting through it. You can give it new ideas, new commands to carry out in your affairs, new patterns for it to build. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

The reaction of misuse under law is like a boomerang: It always returns the misused force to the one who sends it out, to its own starting point. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

For the Light to move through you, you must first draw in your personal reactions or sensitivity. You must draw the five physical senses (sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell) into the golden silence to become soul faculties. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

God gave us free will to learn through experience, for the express purpose of gaining conscious knowledge and understanding of what law means and how it will react in every possible combination of conditions and circumstances. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

If you speak illegally or out of place, you are responsible for the world’s reactions to that truth until the vibration is spent and those reactions cease, like a stone cast into water. Therefore, the rule is to speak softly, walk gently, use wise speech and maintain golden silence. You defend principle, but do not reveal the mysteries. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 3, 1941.

While others cannot see the depth of your spiritual foundation, they can tell when your foundation goes deep, based on your actions, attitudes and how you react to life. – Edna Lister, Thy Rod and Thy Staff, May 17, 1942.

When you find fault with earthly actions, God records it as a complaint against the initiation. If you continue to complain, He moves the initiation back where it is easy. You gain nothing this way. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 15, 1944.

When you use force, your guards can save you a physical reaction only when you use it justifiably and successfully. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 11, 1945.

Idle words, such as gossip, criticizing, even self-condemnation, instead of proper repentance and lifting, surrender, giving up of self, idle actions and expenditures of energy, all must be accounted for in each day's final judgment. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 17, 1945.

A student's journal: Edna Miriam asked, "Who left the spoon in the jam jar?" I had and said, "I think I did." This reaction is one of hiding. Your instant reaction is from deep within the subconscious and is of self. Your instant reaction to whatever comes your way shows where you stand on the Path. You will become the Law of the Crown so thoroughly that your instant reaction to questions shall be perfect. Your weak point is that you do not yet modify the self’s answer at first. Your instant reaction is the true one. When initiation puts a red-hot poker in, the true reaction comes from within. Do not lie to escape it; it gives the self more to act out. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 11, 1945.

You must perfectly coordinate eyes, brain and action always. Let the eye judge and guide. It can do this. Give it a chance, and do not blunder on without it. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 19, 1945.

Where any action occurs without proper timing, chaos results. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 24, 1947.

After reaching a high point in ascension, reactions to using idle words comes quickly as pain to the body. Lift it immediately to a cloud of Light to be consumed. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 3, 1948.

Dig out old actions and leave them out, every negative past action. Don't continue to think about them, or you recreate them. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 1949.

If you put someone down, he will put you down, which expresses the scientific law of action-reaction. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 9, 1950.

When you criticize or judge a personal judgment, you cannot escape the reaction of law unless you pass the initiation. Law then legalizes your judgment as justice tempered by mercy. He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone. – John 8:7. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 4, 1951.

God cannot modify the law of action and reaction to suit your desires. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 7, 1951.

You are endowed with all the potentialities of God, which are the real values in your life. When you fulfill His promises and endowments, He produces. Ascension and conquering are your right actions; His reaction is inevitable. – Edna Lister, To Seek the Light, June 10, 1951.

Karma [spiritual debt] is under the great principle of action and reaction, cause and effect. Whatever you send forth must return to you. If you send it out as Light, it accumulates beneficially. When those who are of Light send out darkness, it returns a thousandfold darker. The higher you ascend in the Light, the quicker your slightest indiscretion returns. This answers "Why does this happen to me?" When you send out Light, that Light returns with interest. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 12, 1951.

Even your thinking starts the law of action and reaction into operation. Like a boomerang, whatever you aim at another returns to hit you. – Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951.

You have an affinity for that which comes to you. If you do not like the reaction, change your action. – Edna Lister, Be-Attitudes, June 19, 1951.

The law of action and reaction, cause and effect: When you allow one self-indulgence, appetitive soul demands another. – Edna Lister, The Candle of Glory, June 24, 1951.

If you are satisfied that you are privileged to stand still – albeit being good, holding all gains – but going no farther, the reaction for vowing and deliberately growing selfish and lukewarm is faster and harder with each degree. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 22, 1952.

You get back what you send out under the law of action and reaction. Your words, blessings, curses or gossip, come home to roost, and sometime, somewhere you must eat every word you utter that is unlike the Love of God. – Edna Lister, Promises Are Keys, May 29, 1955.

Any failure to conform to life causes the breaking of laws, which always reacts detrimentally upon the individual. Life never conforms to any individual. Everyone, to live smoothly, must conform to life. – Edna Lister, Eternal Youth, 1956, 1965, 1969.

You can liken your fourfold being [physical, emotional, mental and spiritual] to an iceberg with only the tip showing above the water. Only your smallest portion, the outer sheath, shows above the surface. The physical body, upon which the reactions of the other three portions register, is all that the world sees or knows. – Edna Lister, Eternal Youth, 1956.

Every action creates its own reaction. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 18, 1956.

Surrounding others with Light should be like putting on shoes and stockings. In the moment a need comes to your attention, your reaction should be instantaneous. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 22, 1957.

When you stand in the Light, people hand you all manners of reactions. Some people may hate what they see in your Light because you become a mirror in which they see themselves. They hate their own reflection, not you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 22, 1957.

Watch that you are not so absorbed in your own thoughts that you fail to observe the other person's reaction. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 6, 1957.

You cannot disobey the law of love with impunity. The higher you are, the greater the reaction of force. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 15, 1957.

Every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. – Matthew 7:17-20. Your fruit are your reactions. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 30, 1957.

Let your actions not belie your words. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 2, 1958.

Only self can cause a suffering reaction. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 19, 1958.

Nerves are the sentinels of action, or open channels for divine action. Any problem with nerves shows a lack of spiritual, mental, emotional and imaginative protection. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 17, 1958.

God sees where you tangled your feet before and why things happen that you do not understand. He holds back the reaction of law and lets only enough touch you so that you learn your lessons. Hold to your base of operations: Faith, full truth, and loving trust in God. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 12, 1958.

When your actions become dull and uninspired, you are resting on a plateau. Arising from this is harder because of the law of inertia. Ask for more Light to move through and lift the crystallized spot that makes the dull indifference. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 24, 1958.

Our work serves to integrate emotions in the Light and bring their roots to the Light consciously. You must become aware of emotional shifts before you permit self to react. No matter the situation, stand with arms crossed and say, "This is Light. This is good. This is God expressing." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 4, 1958.

It is a fallacy to believe that the other fellow becomes more selfish if you give of love. The reaction you receive depends on the degree of your love. His reaction will reflect your love, and every remaining negative selfishness, resentment, irritation, self-pity or pride in your subconscious mind. When you love enough, you cannot be hurt. The flowing faith of pure love absorbs everything that could touch you. The only one way to move up from self is to ascend in consciousness and love God enough to forget the self. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 13, 1958.

Acceptance, observation and ascension are the keywords in holding your place. Accepting without observation is useless. Observation is a watchfulness over every area of one’s life, the whole of it in action. To observe yourself and others’ reactions to you, that is the thing. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 11, 1958.

When you accept the law of action and reaction, you are making a scientific approach to God. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 18, 1958.

When you sacrifice your reaction to blame, more Light and Power can fill you. You must sacrifice even a feeling of guilt and self-blame to ascend. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 29, 1959.

Action can also be prayer; it is the idea of ascending immediately with your reaction. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 29, 1959.

In explaining why obeying law is essential and in the student's best interest, use examples of disobedience. Simply put, you cannot get away with disobedience any more than you can fire a rifle without recoil. Every action is followed by a reaction. Watch out; make sure your aim is true and the reaction will also be right. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 8, 1959.

To say, "I must not let anyone else become involved in this, lest they be hurt" is purely selfish, the self hiding from God. The soul’s reaction should be, "At any cost to pride or self, I must make this right with everyone involved. Their blame or hurt shall be part of my gift, my payment to God. I shall lift it as I pray." Otherwise, subconscious guilt is born and retrogression has already set in. No one can think to hide it or cover and cower from acknowledgment or use the excuse, "I don’t want to hurt another." In fact, you have already injured them. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 16, 1959.

To misuse any of God's principles reacts on those who dare to offend. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 7, 1959.

Children do not know they have spiritual debts but they do experience the law of action and reaction, called cause and effect. Law apportions the reaction or effect to each according to his intelligence and ability to understand law. Otherwise, he could not withstand the reaction of the various degrees of misused Power returning to him as force. – Edna Lister, Jesus' Seven Last Words, June 7, 1959.

Much of what is unexplainable under scientific laws may be accounted for under the law of action and reaction. Eastern philosophy calls this the law of karma. – Edna Lister, God as Personality and Principle, June 9, 1959.

You reap whatever you sow. If you do or say undisciplined things, you find yourself caught in their reaction. Thus, discipline is a pattern most easily learned at home when we are young. – Edna Lister, Your Full Birthright, December 6, 1959.

When you slip one iota’s worth below your vows, the physical body reacts. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 1, 1961.

The reaction of law is more violent each time you repudiate a lesson. It is a sign of self you do not want to give up, but are seeking a way out. You have the answer inside you. The law will initiate you each time, again and again. Your trouble is rooted in a lack of desire for God above all things. You do not know when you are in need, down in the mud. It takes only one word, a thought, an instant when your guards may lift you up before you sink low into self. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 23, 1961.

You are subject to instantaneous reaction of law, but are not open to cross-vibrations or interference except when you go low in consciousness. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 10, 1961.

You cannot afford to withhold the petty personal self from your surrender. You must cleanse self now. Otherwise, you cannot release the full Power, which would cause a reaction. If your vision is foggy because you did not lift the veil you have created by sinking into self, it could become tough selfishness unless you lift it now. You may not blame another. When you forget law, you rip the rungs from your ladder of ascension, and have nothing to stand on between us and the bottom. It is yours to lift, with no blame. The instant you blame another for whatever "it" is, you claim it as your own. It is so much simpler just to lift and declare it good. For this is the only method to lift you above the law of action and reaction, echo and reecho. Only after you declare, "This is good," and accept whatever "it" is to be lifted can you turn your soul vision to an outer problem, which has been brought into the Light for solving. It is necessary that you accept, lift and declare whatever problem another brings is good.. Send Light to the problem and to the one who brought it. The Light clarifies the solution, and puts the words on the lips of the lifter. Once you claim a problem as personal, you identify with it, and are no longer in the Light waiting for the solution. This instruction is a super polishing to follow the Light. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 22, 1963.

You can always tell when you are on the wrong end of things by your emotional, subconscious reaction, which otherwise may be difficult to identify.– Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 6, 1963.

We are parts of God, His instrument. What goes forth from us, goes forth tainted or untainted to draw the action and reaction of law. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 23, 1965.

Faith is the first action. God stepped out on faith in the beginning when He said, "Let there be Light." Faith is the ability to use inner vision, a "seeing to believe" that law will work as the principles of cause and effect, action and reaction. – Edna Lister, Time Eternal Is Now Mine, May 9, 1965.

Sacrifice of the self is your proper outer reaction to the laws of ascension. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 25, 1965.

You must be vulnerable to be injured; if you believe you can be hurt, you react to it and unknowingly invite it. – Edna Lister, Color and Tone, December 7, 1965.

In the face of a reaction, keep your eyes on the Light and declare, "There is no reaction for this. Only the Love of God touches me under any condition. I am part of God, His instrument, His servant of all the Power." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 24, 1966.

When God releases Power from the Source through you, your reward is a thousandfold pressed down and running over according to the law of action and reaction. You can get back only what you give. Start your thousandfold reward now. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 27, 1966.

When you "can't take" a person's vibration, you are reacting to his aura colors unconsciously. – Edna Lister, Inherited Beauty: Karma and Reincarnation, June 13, 1967.

Reincarnation is an expression of life sparks reacting to past action. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 20, 1967.

Lies and hatred react like a boomerang. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 24, 1968.

No man's thoughts can be higher or better than the standard of his actions. – Edna Lister, Greek Philosophers and Mystics: Pythagoras and Plotinus, November 26, 1968.

Remember the law of reaction. Stop giving that person a reason to knock you down. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 4, 1969.

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A Story that Illustrates Action and Reaction

How Justice Came to the Murderous Jezebel: The complete story of Jezebel is told in 1 Kings 16:31; 18:4-19; 19:1-2; 21:5-25 and in 2 Kings 9. A Syrian princess of Sidon, she was daughter to Ethbaal, the chief priest of Baal, and a devotee of idolatry in his name. She married Ahab of Israel, a man of weak and evil character, although a king, and she thoroughly dominated him.

After Jezebel had all the priests of God driven from the land, the Lord's prophet Elijah challenged all the priests of Baal to a test of their gods against the One God. After they had lost, Elijah had them executed, thus earning Jezebel's undying hatred.

When Ahab coveted his neighbor Naboth's vineyard, which he would not sell, Jezebel had the man framed for blasphemy and executed (in reality, murdered) for his land. In reply, the Lord sent Elijah to prophesy the doom of Ahab and Jezebel, which came upon them in due course. Ahab died first in battle, and the dogs licked his blood. But the doom of his house was visited upon his equally wicked sons with Jezebel, namely Ahaziah and Jehoram.

Following years of nearly constant warfare, Elisha, who had served Elijah, was appointed in his place after Elijah was taken up in the fiery chariot. The Lord commanded him to anoint Jehu king over Israel, replacing Ahab's son, Jehoram, which he did. Then Elisha pronounced the final doom on Ahab's son and Jezebel:

Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I have anointed thee king over the people of the Lord, even over Israel. And thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the Lord, at the hand of Jezebel. For the whole house of Ahab shall perish: and I will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel: and I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah: and the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her. – 2 Kings 9:6-10.

And it came to pass that Jehu, as ordered by the Lord, slew Ahaziah and rode to throw Jezebel to the dogs: And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window. And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master? And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my side? who? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs. And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot. And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king's daughter. And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands. Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is the word of the Lord, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel: And the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not say, This is Jezebel. – 2 Kings 9:30-37.


New Testament on Action and Reaction

Jesus Is Tempted in the Wilderness: Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. – Matthew 4:1-11.

Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing. – Matthew 5:25-26.

Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. – Matthew 5:39-42.

Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. – Matthew 5:44-48.

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. – Matthew 6:1-4.

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. – Matthew 6:5-6.

If ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. – Matthew 6:14-15.

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. – Matthew 6:19-21.

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! – Matthew 6:22-23.

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. – Matthew 6:24.

Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. – Matthew 7:1-2.

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. – Matthew 7:6.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8.

All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. – Matthew 7:12.

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. – Matthew 7:15-20.

Behold, there came a leper and worshiped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. – Matthew 8:2-3

Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour. – Matthew 8:13.

Behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. – Matthew 9:2.

Behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. – Matthew 9:20-22.

When Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened. – Matthew 9:27-30.

Freely ye have received, freely give. – Matthew 10:8.

He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. – Matthew 10:41.

Every kingdom [consciousness] divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand. – Matthew 12:25.

Whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man (Christ) [personality], it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost [principle], it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. – Matthew 12:32.

By thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. – Matthew 12:37.

When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. – Matthew 13:19-23.

Every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old. – Matthew 13:52 [Hand write the laws you are learning, as a (scribe), for this brings new insight into old laws.].

If the blind leads the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. – Matthew 15:14.

Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. – Matthew 17:18-20.

Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. – Matthew 18:18.

Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshiped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owed. And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. – Matthew 18:23-35.

If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. – Matthew 21:21-22.

Each will receive according to his works. – Revelation 2:23.


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Etymology of action: Latin actus, "a doing" and actum, "a thing done," both from agere, act-, "to drive, to do."

Etymology of reaction: re- "again, anew" + action.


Action and reaction are reciprocal abstract principles, rooted in the Logos Emanation.

Action and reaction form the basic law of doing.

The law of action and reaction inevitably brings initiations as you walk the Via Christa.


References

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV), Public Domain.


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