Bonus Point: Some pearls form naturally in clams and oysters. However, cultured pearls are different. They are formed when someone intentionally puts an irritant into an oyster triggering the defense mechanism. Similarly, some of our brothers and sisters may have suffered physical, verbal or sexual abuse. They did nothing wrong, something wrong was done to them. In these instances it can take years for them to learn to cope with the pain. Still, with God’s love and spirit, even such deep scars from the actions of others can create pearls. If this has happened to you, others who have suffered may see your pearl of strength and be encouraged to keep pressing on as well. Most importantly, Jehovah sees your pain and all you have done to keep moving forward despite it. In his eyes, that has more value than any pearl that has ever been found.
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(Prov 3:5, 6) Where can we look for guidance when making decisions, even seemingly trivial ones?
How wonderful it would be to have a reliable consultant to advise us when we face a difficult decision! You can find such an adviser.
An ancient book with a message for today has this to say: “Your own ears will hear a word behind you saying: ‘This is the way. Walk in it, you people,’ in case you people should go to the right or in case you should go to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21)
What motivates us to make decisions that will show respect for the conscience of others?
Love for our neighbor. Jesus Christ taught that loving our neighbor as ourselves is the commandment second in importance only to that of loving God with our whole soul.
However, we are living in a self-centered world, and our sinful tendencies incline us toward being selfish. So if a person is to love his neighbor as himself, he has to make his mind over.
Apart from Bible principles and the conscience of others, what may we consider when making decisions?
We need to consider how our decisions will affect our spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical well-being in the future.
Be they major or trivial, your decisions matter. A decision you make today may mean the difference between success and failure, even life and death in the future.
You can make wise decisions if you take into consideration Bible principles, the conscience of others, and the long-range effect of your action.
Make decisions God’s way. The decision about what course to follow now is yours to make, truly a decision that is a matter of life or death.
Would you welcome help in making the right decision, the wise one?
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8 However, do not let this escape your notice, beloved ones, that one day is with Jehovah as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day.9 Jehovah is not slow concerning his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with you because he does not desire anyone to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance."
(2 Peter 3:8,9) NWT
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We can live forever it's
worth all endeavor.
God's Promise is faithful.
His words will come true.
29 "The righteous will possess the earth,
And they will live forever on it."
(Psalms 37:29) NWT
Tap screen for birds ?
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15 "What is crooked cannot be made straight, And what is lacking cannot possibly be counted." (Ecc.1:15).
What, though, determines whether a person is wise or foolish? Proverbs 14:2 states: “The one walking in his uprightness is fearing Jehovah, but the one crooked in his ways is despising Him.”
The upright one fears the true God, and “the fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom.” (Psalm 111:10)
A truly wise person knows that it is his obligation to “fear the true God and keep his commandments.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
On the other hand, the foolish one follows a course that is not in harmony with God’s standards of uprightness. His ways are crooked. Such a person despises God, saying in his heart: “There is no Jehovah.”—Psalm 14:1.
The wise king warns of where knowledge is not to be found. “Go away from in front of the stupid man,” he says, “for you will certainly not take note of the lips of knowledge.” (Proverbs 14:7)
A stupid person lacks true knowledge. Lips that utter knowledge do not belong to him. The advice is to get away from such a man, and it is wise to stay away from him. Anyone “having dealings with the stupid ones will fare badly.”—Proverbs 13:20.
When our words and deeds are guided by wisdom, we have the “riches and glory” that exist with wisdom. (Proverbs 8:18) They include a peaceful relationship with God and our fellowman, a sense of well-being, and a measure of stability. Yes, “the tent of the upright ones” can flourish even now. JW.ORG
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