Jesus said, “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”
Here we have favored the translation suggested by scholar Elaine Pagels as her rendition makes the most sense out of the assorted other versions of this saying.
Some scholars, such as William Duffy, have argued that the unspoken thing that is brought forth must be love because, as he puts it, “love is the only thing that increases when shared.” But that may or may not be the case here. I tend to think that Jesus intentionally leaves the answer open-ended and allows us to fill in that blank ourselves. Because I think the saying is true whether what is brought forth is love, or pain, or anger, or trauma, or joy, or any other human emotion.