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“Now that you have put away falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor.”—EPH. 4:25. Normally it is with our family that we have the closest bond. To strengthen this bond, it is vital that we speak truthwith one another. Many problems and misunderstandings can be reduced or eliminated by being open, honest, and kind in our communication. For example, when we make a mistake, do we hesitate to acknowledge it to our mate, to our children, or to other close family members? Offering a sincere apology from the heart helps to promote peace and unity within the family.—Read 1 Peter 3:8-10. Speaking truth does not mean that we should be blunt, tactless. Being rude does not increase the value of the truthor its impact. Paul said: “Let all malicious bitterness and anger and wrath and screaming and abusive speech be taken away from you along with all badness. But become kind to one another, tenderly compassionate, freely forgiving one another just as God also by Christ freely forgave you.” (Eph. 4:31, 32) When we speak in a kind and dignified manner, it elevates our message and shows honor to those to whom we speak.—Matt. 23:12. IMG_8905.MP4
Lesson for today (Phil 2:3) 3 "Do nothing out of contentiousness or out of egotism, but with humility consider others superior to you." PEOPLE today take great pride in personal accomplishments, and they are often quick to boast about them. Christians are different. They refrain from overemphasizing their own accomplishments, even those having to do with true worship. While they rejoice over what Jehovah’s people accomplish as a whole, they keep their individual contribution in the background. They realize that in Jehovah’s service, right motives are more important than personal accomplishments. Anyone who is eventually given the gift of eternal life will have gained it, not by personal accomplishments, but through faith and by God’s undeserved kindness. This may be a challenge, especially if we happen to be in a position of responsibility. Perhaps the difficulty arises because we have been influenced, to a certain extent, by the spirit of competition so prevalent in the world today. Possibly, as children we were taught to compete, either with our siblings at home or with our classmates at school. We were perhaps constantly urged to reach out for the honor of being the school’s star athlete or its top student. Of course, giving our best in any proper undertaking is commendable. However, Christians do so, not to call undue attention to themselves, but to benefit fully from the activity and perhaps to benefit others as well. However, aspiring always to be praised as number one can be dangerous. Yes, we can draw comfort and encouragement from knowing that we can be saved, not by works alone, but by Jehovah’s undeserved kindness! http://m.wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2005404?q=life+accomplishments&p=par
What Do Our Words Reveal? - Safeguard Your Heart! ❤️ How can we determine what we have treasured up in our heart? What we usually talk about is a good indication of what our heart is set on. Do we often talk about material things and secular achievements? Or do our conversations frequently center on spiritual things and theocratic goals? Rather than advertising the mistakes of others, are we lovingly inclined to cover them over? (Proverbs 10:11-12) . . .The mouth of the righteous one is a source of life; but as regards the mouth of the wicked ones, it covers up violence. 12 Hatred is what stirs up contentions, but love covers over even all transgressions." (1 Peter 4:15) However, let none of YOU suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a busybody in other people’s matters." Do we tend to talk a great deal about people and the goings-on in their lives but little about principles and ideas? Could this be a signal that we are taking undue interest in other people’s personal affairs? (Luke 6:45) A good man brings forth good out of the good treasure of his heart, for out of the heart’s abundance his mouth speaks." (Galatians 5:22-23) . . .On the other hand, the fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 mildness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. All Christians ought to be alert to discern what their prayers reveal? Safeguard Your Heart