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Depression is more than just a fleeting downer. We all have downers but they usually short lived. However, when a downer lasts several weeks, it is likely that a person has clinical depression. One's perception of themselves, others and their environment becomes noticeably negative and it can be very hard for a person to lift themselves out of the mire. Telling them to snap out of it, or that it is temporary often has the reverse effect desired. Often just a very patient listening ear is the best treatment that I've found with friends who suffer from depression. What do you think depression is? How do think it should be viewed? What do you think can help a person recover?

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Oh,  thats  very  difficult!  Everyone  has  other  problems.... I  had  more  persons  for  helping....  its  really  not  so  easy !  But  with love  and  listen,  we  can  hear  alot  and  helping  too !   DEPRESSION  is  a   very  special  sickness...  needs  alot  sensibility  -  I  am  a  person,  feeling  that  -  but  for  others  in  a  cong  its  more  complicated.....

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Comfort for the Brokenhearted

This compassionate God promises: “I reside . . . with the one crushed and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly ones and to revive the heart of the ones being crushed.” (Isaiah 57:15)

“Jehovah is near.” One reference work says that this phrase is “an expressive way of saying that the Lord is attentive and watchful, always ready to help and to save his people.” It is reassuring to know that Jehovah watches over his people. He sees what they are going through in these “critical times,” and he knows their innermost feelings. (2 Timothy 3:1; Acts 17:27)

“Those that are broken at heart.” In some cultures, “a broken heart” has reference to unrequited love. But the psalmist’s words refer to “more general grief and sorrow,” says one scholar. Yes, even faithful worshippers of God may at times experience extreme hardships that break their heart.

“Those who are crushed in spirit.” Discouraged ones may become so low in their own eyes that they momentarily lose all hope. A handbook for Bible translators says that this expression may be rendered “those who have nothing good to look forward to.”

How does Jehovah respond to those who are “broken at heart” and “crushed in spirit”? Does he keep distant from them, feeling that they are unworthy of his love and attention? 

On the contrary! Like a loving parent who holds and comforts a child in distress, Jehovah is near to his worshippers who cry out to him for help. He is eager to comfort and soothe their broken heart and crushed spirit. He can give them the wisdom and strength needed to cope with any trials they may face.
(2 Corinthians 4:7; James 1:5)
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Don't let fear and anger, grief, worry, stress take over your body....they destroy the body! - We have a resting place with Jehovah! - The wicked will be shown up! - We need to Pray for deliverance and put it in Jehovah's hands....He says: "They will do no harm nor cause any ruin in all my holy mountain,” Jehovah has said. This is what Jehovah has said: “The heavens are my throne, and the earth is my footstool."

(1 Peter 3:10-18) . . .For, “he that would love life and see good days, let him restrain his tongue from what is bad and [his] lips from speaking deception, 11 but let him turn away from what is bad and do what is good; let him seek peace and pursue it. 12 For [the] eyes of Jehovah are upon the righteous ones, and his ears are toward their supplication; but [the] face of Jehovah is against those doing bad things.” 13 Indeed, who is the man that will harm YOU if YOU become zealous for what is good? 14 But even if YOU should suffer for the sake of righteousness, YOU are happy."
However, the object of their fear do not YOU fear, neither become agitated. 15 But sanctify the Christ as Lord in YOUR hearts, always ready to make a defense before everyone that demands of YOU a reason for the hope in YOU, but doing so together with a mild temper and deep respect. 16 Hold a good conscience, so that in the particular in which YOU are spoken against they may get ashamed who are speaking slightingly of YOUR good conduct in connection with Christ. 17 For it is better to suffer because YOU are doing good, if the will of God wishes it, than because YOU are doing evil. 18 Why, even Christ died once for all time concerning sins, a righteous [person] for unrighteous ones, that he might lead YOU to God, he being put to death in the flesh, but being made alive in the spirit."

(Isaiah 65:24-66:2) . . .And it will actually occur that before they call out I myself shall answer; while they are yet speaking, I myself shall hear. 25 “The wolf and the lamb themselves will feed as one, and the lion will eat straw just like the bull; and as for the serpent, his food will be dust. They will do no harm nor cause any ruin in all my holy mountain,” Jehovah has said. 66 This is what Jehovah has said: “The heavens are my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where, then, is the house that YOU people can build for me, and where, then, is the place as a resting-place for me?” 2 “Now all these things my own hand has made, so that all these came to be,” is the utterance of Jehovah. “To this one, then, I shall look, to the one afflicted and contrite in spirit and trembling at my word." 
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      "It may be that people who suffer from symptoms of depression or anxiety, or both, tend to subsequently use a broader range of social media outlets. For example, they may be searching out multiple avenues for a setting that feels comfortable and accepting," said Primack. "However, it could also be that trying to maintain a presence on multiple platforms may actually lead to depression and anxiety. More research will be needed to tease that apart."
      Primack and his team propose several hypotheses as to why multi-platform social media use may drive depression and anxiety:
      Multitasking, as would happen when switching between platforms, is known to be related to poor cognitive and mental health outcomes. The distinct set of unwritten rules, cultural assumptions and idiosyncrasies of each platform are increasingly difficult to navigate when the number of platforms used rises, which could lead to negative mood and emotions. There is more opportunity to commit a social media faux pas when using multiple platforms, which can lead to repeated embarrassments. "Understanding the way people are using multiple social media platforms and their experiences within those platforms -- as well as the specific type of depression and anxiety that social media users experience -- are critical next steps," said co-author and psychiatrist César G. Escobar-Viera, M.D., Ph.D., a postdoctoral research associate at Pitt's Health Policy Institute and at CRMTH. "Ultimately, we want this research to help in designing and implementing educational public health interventions that are as personalized as possible."

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      December 13, 2016
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      A study of older adults links consumption of a pigment found in leafy greens to the preservation of 'crystallized intelligence,' the ability to use the skills and knowledge one has acquired over a lifetime.

      Lutein helps with the preservation of “crystallized intelligence" and is acquire through the diet, primarily through eating leafy green vegetables, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, or egg yolks.
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      A study of older adults links consumption of a pigment found in leafy greens to the preservation of "crystallized intelligence," the ability to use the skills and knowledge one has acquired over a lifetime.
      The study is reported in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.
      Lutein (LOO-teen) is one of several plant pigments that humans acquire through the diet, primarily by eating leafy green vegetables, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, or egg yolks, said University of Illinois graduate student Marta Zamroziewicz, who led the study with Illinois psychology professor Aron Barbey. Lutein accumulates in the brain, embedding in cell membranes, where it likely plays "a neuroprotective role," she said.
      "Previous studies have found that a person's lutein status is linked to cognitive performance across the lifespan," Zamroziewicz said. "Research also shows that lutein accumulates in the gray matter of brain regions known to underlie the preservation of cognitive function in healthy brain aging."
      The study enrolled 122 healthy participants aged 65 to 75 who solved problems and answered questions on a standard test of crystallized intelligence. Researchers also collected blood samples to determine blood serum levels of lutein and imaged participants' brains using MRI to measure the volume of different brain structures.
      The team focused on parts of the temporal cortex, a brain region that other studies suggest plays a role in the preservation of crystallized intelligence.
      The researchers found that participants with higher blood serum levels of lutein tended to do better on tests of crystallized intelligence. Serum lutein levels reflect only recent dietary intakes, Zamroziewicz said, but are associated with brain concentrations of lutein in older adults, which reflect long-term dietary intake.
      Those with higher serum lutein levels also tended to have thicker gray matter in the parahippocampal cortex, a brain region that, like crystallized intelligence, is preserved in healthy aging, the researchers report.
      "Our analyses revealed that gray-matter volume of the parahippocampal cortex on the right side of the brain accounts for the relationship between lutein and crystallized intelligence," Barbey said. "This offers the first clue as to which brain regions specifically play a role in the preservation of crystallized intelligence, and how factors such as diet may contribute to that relationship."
      "Our findings do not demonstrate causality," Zamroziewicz said. "We did find that lutein is linked to crystallized intelligence through the parahippocampal cortex."
      "We can only hypothesize at this point how lutein in the diet affects brain structure," Barbey said. "It may be that it plays an anti-inflammatory role or aids in cell-to-cell signaling. But our finding adds to the evidence suggesting that particular nutrients slow age-related declines in cognition by influencing specific features of brain aging."
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      Journal Reference:
      Marta K. Zamroziewicz, Erick J. Paul, Chris E. Zwilling, Elizabeth J. Johnson, Matthew J. Kuchan, Neal J. Cohen, Aron K. Barbey. Parahippocampal Cortex Mediates the Relationship between Lutein and Crystallized Intelligence in Healthy, Older Adults. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 2016; 8 DOI: 10.3389/fnagi.2016.00297

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      Exercise may be an effective treatment for depression and might even help prevent us from becoming depressed in the first place, according to three timely new studies. The studies pool outcomes from past research involving more than a million men and women and, taken together, strongly suggest that regular exercise alters our bodies and brains in ways that make us resistant to despair.
      Scientists have long questioned whether and how physical activity affects mental health. While we know that exercise alters the body, how physical activity affects moods and emotions is less well understood.
      Past studies have sometimes muddied rather than clarified the body and mind connections. Some randomized controlled trials have found that exercise programs, often involving walking, ease symptoms in people with major depression.
      But many of these studies have been relatively small in scale or had other scientific deficiencies. A major 2013 review of studies related to exercise and depression concluded that, based on the evidence then available, it was impossible to say whether exercise improved the condition. Other past reviews similarly have questioned whether the evidence was strong enough to say that exercise could stave off depression.
      A group of global public-health researchers, however, suspected that newer studies and a more rigorous review of the statistical evidence might bolster the case for exercise as a treatment of and block against depression.
      So for the new analyses, they first gathered all of the most recent and best-designed studies about depression and exercise.
      Then, for perhaps the most innovative of the new studies, which was published last month in Preventive Medicine, they focused on whether exercise could help to prevent someone from developing depression.
      The scientists knew that many past studies of that topic had relied on people providing reports about how much they had exercised. We human beings tend to be notoriously unreliable in our memories of past workouts, though.
      So the researchers decided to use only past studies that had objectively measured participants’ aerobic fitness, which will rise or fall depending on whether and how much someone exercises. Participants’ mental health also had to have been determined with standard testing at the start and finish of the studies, and the follow-up time needed to have been at least a year and preferably longer.
      Ultimately, the researchers found several large-scale past studies that met their criteria. Together, they contained data on more than 1,140,000 adult men and women.
      Among these million-plus people, the links between fitness and mental health turned out to be considerable. When the researchers divided the group into thirds, based on how aerobically fit they were, those men and women with the lowest fitness were about 75 percent more likely to have been given diagnoses of depression than the people with the greatest fitness. The men and women in the middle third were almost 25 percent more likely to develop depression than those who were the most fit.
      In a separate study (some of the scientists were involved in each of the reviews), researchers looked at whether exercise might be useful as a treatment for depression. In that analysis, which was published in June in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, they pooled data from 25 past studies in which people with clinically diagnosed depression began some type of exercise program. Each study had to include a control group that did not exercise and be otherwise methodologically sophisticated.
      The pooled results persuasively showed that exercise, especially if it is moderately strenuous, such as brisk walking or jogging, and supervised, so that people complete the entire program, has a “large and significant effect” against depression, the authors wrote. People’s mental health tended to demonstrably improve if they were physically active.
      The final review offers some hints about why. Published in February in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, it took on the difficult issue of what happens within our bodies during and after exercise that might affect and improve our moods. The researchers analyzed 20 past studies in which scientists had obtained blood samples from people with major depression before and after they had exercised. The samples on the whole indicated that exercise significantly reduced various markers of inflammation and increased levels of a number of different hormones and other biochemicals that are thought to contribute to brain health.
      But the researchers also caution that most of the physiological studies they reviewed were too small and short-term to allow for firm conclusions about how exercise might change the brain to help fight off gloom.
      Still, the three reviews together make a sturdy case for exercise as a means to bolster mental as well as physical health, said Felipe Barreto Schuch, an exercise scientist at the Centro Universitário La Salle in Canoas, Brazil, who, with Brendon Stubbs, a professor at King’s College in London, was a primary author on all of the reviews.
       
      Many more experiments are still needed to determine the ideal amounts and types of exercise that might help both to prevent and treat depression, Dr. Schuch said.
      But he encouraged anyone feeling overwhelmed by recent events, or just by life, to go for a run or a bike ride. “The main message” of his and his colleagues’ reviews, he said, “is that people need to be active to improve their mental health.”

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      Gardons notre coeur fort dans la foi jusqu'aux jour de Dieu
       
      Imaginez un avion de petite taille pris dans le mauvais temps. Le pilote perd ses repères au sol. Des nuages épais l'environnent, et l'empêchent de voir plus loin que son pare-brise. Pourtant, il est certain arriver à bon port. Pourquoi est-il si confiant?
      Grâce à la précision de ses instruments de bord, il est en mesure de naviguer au travers des nuages ou d'atterrir dans l'obscurité. Sur sa route, et surtout à l'approche de l'aérodrome, des balises électroniques le guident, et il reste en contact radio avec la tour de contrôle.
      De façon assez similaire, nous pouvons regarder l'avenir avec confiance, quand bien même les conditions mondiales s'assombrissent de jour en jour. Notre vol à travers le système corrompu de ce monde est plus long que prévu, mais nous pouvons être sûr de nous trouver sur la bonne voie et d'arriver en temps et en heure qui nous aie prévu. Si nous en sommes persuadés, c'est par ce que les conseils que nous recevons nous donnent une vue ensemble plus perçante que l'oeil humain.
      La paroles de Dieu est une lumière pour notre sentier, et elle est digne de foi, rendant sage l'inexpérimenté. (Psaumes 19:17 ; 119:105)
      Telle une balise qui indique au pilote la bonne trajectoire, la bible nous expose ce que l'avenir nous réserve et nous fournit des instructions claires pour nous mener à la bonne destination. Mais cette direction divine ne nous sera profitable que si nous nous montrons confiants.
      Dans sa lettre aux hébreux, Paul a exhorté les chrétiens d'origine juive à retenir ferme jusqu'à la fin la confiance qu'ils avaient eu au commencement de leur apprentissage . (Hébreux 3:14) Si elle n'est pas maintenue ferme, notre confiance peut être ébranlée. Comment garder confiance en Jéhovah jusqu'à la fin?
      Cultivons notre foi
      Si un pilote est capable de naviguer sans visibilité, avec seulement les recours de ses instruments de bord et en contact radio, c'est parce qu'il a derrière lui une formation adapté à toutes situations et sa formation spéciale de départ qui fut sur de longue période d'heure de vol de pratique et former par des hommes expériences à ses côtés. De même un serviteur de Dieu à constamment besoin d'exercer sa foi de manière à garder confiance dans les direction de Jéhovah, surtout si les circonstances deviennent difficiles. L'apôtres Paul a écrit: " Parce que nous avons ce même esprit de foi que celui dont il est écrit:" J'ai exercé la foi, c'est pourquoi j'ai parlé; donc, nous exerçons la foi, c'est pourquoi nous parlons. (2Corinthiens 4:13). Ainsi en parlant autour de nous de la bonne nouvelles que Dieu nous a donné, nous exerçons notre foi véritable et nous l'affermissons.
      Voici une belle expérience de foi au temps de la seconde guerre mondiale.
      Magdalena, qui a passé quatre ans dans un camp concentration pendant la seconde guerre mondiale, sait l'importance de la prédication. " Maman m'a appris que pour garder une foi forte , dit-elle, il faut absolument s'intéresser au bien être spirituel des gens. Pour vous donner une idée, je me souviens de notre sortie du camp de Ravensbrück. Nous sommes arrivées chez nous un vendredi, physiquement exténuées. Eh bien, figurez vous que deux jour plus tard, le dimanche, nous sommes allées prêcher de maison en maison avec nos frères et soeurs. Je suis sûr d'une chose: quand on s'efforce d'aider les autres à voir confiance dans les promesse de Dieu, ces promesses deviennent plus réelles pour nous." (Actes 5:42) 
      Pour garder une confiance ferme et inébranlable jusqu'à la fin, il faut s'investir dans d'autres activités spirituelles. L'étude individuelle est une source de force car elle nous aide à puiser en profondeur l'essence de notre foi et Jéhovah nous transmet cette foi quand nous le faisons avec joie véritable venant d'un coeur entier. Imitons l'exemple de Béreens en examinant minutieusement les Écritures chaque jour. Cela nous aidera à "avoir la pleine certitude de l'espérance dans les moments difficiles et nous guidera vers une santé pour passer les tribulations avenir jusqu'à la fin."( Hébreux 6:11 ; Actes 17:11) L'étude individuelle, il est vrai que cela demande du temps et de la volonté.
      En gardant un rythme soutenu à cette volonté, nous seront des imitateurs de ceux qui, grâce à la foi et à la patience, hériteront de la promesse de notre Créateur Jéhovah.
      Confiant et bâtissons notre expérience 
      Évidemment, la confiance d'un pilote en ses intruments ne tient pas uniquement à la formation reçue. Elle est dictée par l'expérience. De même, notre confiance en Jéhovah grandit quand nous constatons dans notre vie qu'il se soucie de nous avec amour. C'est parce qu'il en avait fait l'expérience que Josué a pu rapeller ceci aux Israélites: Vous savez bien de tout votre coeur et de tout âme que pas une parole n'a faillit de toutes les bonnes paroles que vous a dites Jéhovah votre Dieu. Toutes se sont réalisées pour vous.-(Josué23:14). Jéhovah nous guide toujours dans le bonne direction.
      Les mauvaises compagnies peuvent nous faire dévier du droit chemin
      Sous l'effet du vent, un avion de petite taille peut facilement dévier si sa trajectoire n'est pas corrigée. De même, les chrétiens d'aujourd'hui subissent constamment des influences extérieures. Nous vivons dans un monde aux pensées charnelles, où les valeurs spirituelles sont facilement tournées en ridicule, et où l'argent et les plaisirs sont largement mis en avant scène. Paul à fait savoir à Timothé que les derniers jours seraient "difficiles à supporter"(2Timothé 3:1-5) Le monde actuel souhaitent être acceptés et bien en vus, les adolescents se laissent particulièrement influencer par les mauvaises compagnies. (2Timothé 2:22)
      Quel que soit notre âge, nous côtoyons forcément des gens qui critiquent nos croyances. D'aucun trouveront à leur réflexion une certaine finesse, mais aux yeux de Dieu elles sont physique et non spirituelles (1 Corinthiens 2:14) Aux jours de Paul, les sceptiques, des philosophes imprégnés de la sagesse propre au monde, propageaient des enseignements qui ont peut être amené certains serviteurs de Corinthe à perdre la foi en la résurrection. (1 Corinthiens 15:12) "Ne vous laissez pas tromper. Les mauvaises fréquentation font perdre les bonne habitudes." ( 1 Corinthiens 15:33) 
      À l'inverse, les bonnes compagnies nous affermissent sur le plan spirituel. Dans l'assemblée chrétienne, nous sommes à même de côtoyer des personnes qui vivent leur foi. Cela est essentiel à notre cheminement et garde notre relation avec Dieu de manière ordonnée et privilégie une relation d'amitié avec Dieu constante et forte.
      Foi et condition de coeur qui approuve nos valeurs chrétienne 
      Pour que la confiance en Jéhovah s’installe en nous, il est important que notre cœur soit touché. Certes, “ la foi est l’attente assurée de choses qu’on espère, la démonstration évidente [ou “ preuve convaincante ”, note] de réalités que pourtant on ne voit pas ”. (Hébreux 11:1.) Toutefois, nous ne serons convaincus qu’à condition d’y mettre notre cœur (Proverbes 18:15 ; Matthieu 5:6). C’est la raison pour laquelle l’apôtre Paul a dit que “ la foi n’est pas le bien de tous ”. — 2 Thessaloniciens 3:2.
      Comment rester réceptifs à toutes les preuves convaincantes dont nous disposons ? En cultivant les qualités spirituelles, qualités qui enrichissent et stimulent la foi. Pierre nous exhorte à ‘ fournir à notre foi la vertu, la connaissance, la maîtrise de soi, l’endurance, l’attachement à Dieu, l’affection fraternelle et l’amour ’. (2 Pierre 1:5-7 ; Galates 5:22, 23.) En revanche, si nous sommes égocentriques ou si notre service pour Jéhovah n’est que symbolique, est-il bien raisonnable de croire que notre foi grandira ?
      Avant de lire la Parole de Jéhovah et afin de la mettre en pratique, Ezra “ avait préparé son cœur ”. (Ezra 7:10.) Mika, lui aussi, a montré que son cœur était touché : “ Mais pour moi, c’est Jéhovah que je guetterai. Je veux rester dans l’attente du Dieu de mon salut. Mon Dieu m’entendra. ” — Mika 7:7.
      C’est avec la même patience que Magdalena, déjà citée, attend Jéhovah (Habaqouq 2:3). “ Nous avons déjà le paradis spirituel, dit-elle. La prochaine étape, le Paradis terrestre, viendra en son temps. En attendant, des centaines de milliers de personnes s’ajoutent à la grande foule. C’est merveilleux de voir tant de gens rejoindre l’organisation de Dieu. ”
      Regardons vers le Dieu de notre salut
      Pour garder fermement confiance jusqu’à la fin, il faut exercer notre foi et écouter attentivement les conseils que Jéhovah et son organisation nous donnent. Cela en vaut vraiment la peine. Quelle satisfaction pour un pilote, au terme d’un vol long et pénible, de redescendre et de sortir enfin de la masse nuageuse ! Devant nous se déroule une campagne verte et hospitalière. La piste de l’aérodrome est là, au-dessous, prête à l’accueillir.
      Des moments exaltants nous attendent, nous aussi. Notre monde sinistre, mauvais, fera place à une nouvelle terre de justice. Un magnifique accueil nous sera réservé. Nous pourrons arriver à bon port si nous suivons les paroles du psalmiste : “ Tu es mon espoir, ô Souverain Seigneur Jéhovah, ma confiance depuis ma jeunesse. (...) En toi est ma louange, constamment. ” — Psaume 71:5, 6.
      Cultivons la foi qui surpasse toutes pensées.

       
       

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    • Eric Ouellet

      LA DOUCEUR UN PRÉMICE EN NOTRE ÊTRE POUR RÉSISTER CONTRE TOUTES ÉPREUVES
       
      DEVONS-NOUS faire face à des changements en ce moment ? AVONS-NOUS du mal à les accepter ? La plupart d’entre nous ont vécu ou vivront des changements. Des exemples de serviteurs du passé peuvent nous aider à identifier des qualités qui nous seront utiles.

      Prenons l'exemple de David, qui a dû faire face à de nombreux changements. Il était un jeune berger quand Samuel l’a oint comme futur roi. Alors qu’il n’était qu’un garçon, il s’est porté volontaire pour combattre le géant philistin Goliath (1 Sam. 17:26-32, 42). Le jeune David a été invité à vivre à la cour du roi Saül et a été nommé chef de l’armée. David n’aurait jamais pu imaginer tous ces changements, ni ce qui allait se produire après.
      Les relations entre David et Saül sont devenues extrêmement tendues (1 Sam. 18:8, 9 ; 19:9, 10). Pour échapper à la mort, David a été obligé de vivre plusieurs années en fugitif. Même durant son règne sur Israël, sa situation a radicalement changé, surtout après qu’il a commis l’adultère et, pour tenter de couvrir son péché, il commit un meurtre par sa décision de mettre son grand guerrier en avant de l'affront, pour avoir sa femme et camouflé son action grave. À cause de ses fautes, il a subi des malheurs dans sa famille, tels que la rébellion de son fils Absalom (2 Sam. 12:10-12 ; 15:1-14). Néanmoins, après s’être repenti, il a été pardonné par Jéhovah et a retrouvé sa faveur auprès de Dieu.
      Notre situation aussi peut changer. Des problèmes de santé, financiers ou familiaux — ou même nos propres actions — entraînent des changements dans notre vie. Quelles qualités nous aideront à être mieux préparés à les affronter ?
      Le rôle de l’humilité
      L’humilité implique d’être disposé à se soumettre. La vraie humilité nous permet de nous voir comme nous sommes réellement et de voir les autres comme ils sont. En ne minimisant pas les qualités et les réussites des autres, nous apprécierons davantage leur personnalité et leurs actions. En outre, l’humilité nous aide à comprendre pourquoi une situation survient et à y faire face.
      Jonathân, le fils de Saül, est un bon exemple sous ce rapport. Des événements dont il n’était pas maître ont changé sa vie. Lorsque Samuel a annoncé à Saül que Jéhovah lui enlèverait le royaume, il n’a pas dit que Jonathân le remplacerait (1 Sam. 15:28 ; 16:1, 12, 13). Le choix de Dieu de faire de David le prochain roi d’Israël écartait Jonathân DE CETTE FONCTION ROYAL. La désobéissance de Saül a eu, d’une certaine manière, un effet négatif sur son fils. Même s’il ne portait aucune responsabilité, Jonathân ne succéderait pas à son père (1 Sam. 20:30, 31). Comment a-t-il réagi ? A-t-il gardé du ressentiment en raison de cette occasion manquée, devenant jaloux de David ? Non. Même s’il était bien plus âgé et plus expérimenté, il a fidèlement soutenu David (1 Sam. 23:16-18). L’humilité l’a aidé à voir qu'il avait la bénédiction divine ; il ne pensait pas de lui-même plus qu’il ne fallait penser ’. (Rom. 12:3.) Il a compris ce que Jéhovah attendait de lui et a accepté, La décision de Jéhovah.
      Évidemment, nombre de changements engendrent des difficultés. À un certain point, Jonathân était en relation avec deux hommes proches de lui. L’un était son ami David, le futur roi désigné par Jéhovah. L’autre était son père Saül, qui avait été rejeté par Jéhovah mais qui régnait encore sur Israël. S’efforcer de garder la faveur divine dans ces conditions a dû occasionner à Yonathân une tension émotionnelle. Les changements que nous vivons peuvent nous causer de l’inquiétude et de la crainte intérieure. Mais si nous essayons de comprendre le point de vue de Jéhovah, nous serons en mesure de continuer à le servir fidèlement tout en affrontant ces changements.
      L’importance de la modestie
      La modestie implique d’être conscient de ses limites. Il ne faut pas confondre modestie et humilité. Une personne humble n’a pas forcément une pleine conscience de ses limites.
      David était modeste. Même si Jéhovah l’avait choisi pour être roi, il a dû attendre des années avant de monter sur le trône. La Bible ne dit pas qu’il a reçu une explication de la part de Jéhovah pour ce retard apparent. Cependant, la situation, qui aurait pu le contrarier, ne l’a pas perturbé. Il était conscient de ses limites et comprenait que Jéhovah, qui permettait cela, maîtriserait les choses en temps et lieux. Ainsi, même pour sauver sa propre vie, il n’a pas voulu tuer Saül, et il a empêché son compagnon Abishaï de le faire. — 1 Sam. 26:6-9.
      Il peut se produire dans notre assemblée  une situation que nous ne comprenons pas ou qui, à notre avis, n’est pas gérée de la manière la plus conforme ou la plus organisée. Reconnaîtrons-nous modestement que Jésus est le Chef de l'assemblée et qu’il agit par le moyen du collège des anciens établi à notre tête ? Serons-nous modestes, sachant que, pour conserver sa faveur, nous devons attendre que Jéhovah dirige les choses par Jésus Christ ? Attendrons-nous avec modestie, même si c’est difficile ? — Prov. 11:2.
      La douceur de caractère aide à être positif
      La douceur est liée à l’humilité et à la modestie, mais elle englobe également la bonté de coeur. Bien qu’elle soit difficile à acquérir, nous devrions nous efforcer de la cultiver. La Bible déclare en effet que les doux de caractère hériteront de la terre . (Mat. 5:5.) Une personne douce de caractère peut croître spirituellement, car elle se laisse enseigner, modeler et guider par Jéhovah en suivant les pas de Jésus Christ notre modèle par excellence.
      Comment la douceur de caractère peut-elle nous aider à nous adapter à de nouvelles étapes de notre vie ? Nous avons probablement constaté que beaucoup ont tendance à voir les changements de manière négative. En réalité, ceux-ci peuvent se révéler des occasions d’être davantage formés par Jéhovah. C’est ce qui ressort de la vie de Moïse.
      À 40 ans, Moïse possédait déjà d’excellentes qualités. Il s’était montré sensible aux besoins du peuple de Dieu et avait manifesté l’esprit de sacrifice (Héb. 11:24-26). Toutefois, avant que Jéhovah lui demande de faire sortir Israël d’Égypte, il a dû passer par des changements qui ont affiné sa douceur de caractère. Il a fallu qu’il s’enfuie d’Égypte, et qu’il vive en Madiân pendant 40 ans, travaillant dans l’ombre comme simple berger. Quel a été le résultat ? Ce changement l’a rendu meilleur (Nomb. 12:3). Il a appris à faire passer les intérêts spirituels avant les siens.
      Pour illustrer la douceur de caractère de Moïse, examinons ce qui est arrivé lorsque Jéhovah a déclaré qu’il voulait rejeter le peuple désobéissant et faire des descendants du prophète une nation puissante (Nomb. 14:11-20). Moïse a intercédé en faveur du peuple. Ses paroles montrent que ce qui lui tenait à cœur, c’était la réputation de Dieu et le bien de ses frères, non ses propres intérêts. Il fallait quelqu’un de doux pour assumer son rôle de chef et de médiateur. Miriam et Aaron ont murmuré contre lui ; pourtant, Moïse était “ de beaucoup le plus doux de caractère de tous les hommes ”, précise la Bible (Nomb. 12:1-3, note, 9-15). Il semble qu’il a supporté leurs critiques avec douceur. Comment les choses auraient-elles tourné s’il n’avait pas été doux de caractère ?
      Une autre fois, l’esprit de Jéhovah s’est posé sur certains hommes, les faisant prophétiser. Josué, l’assistant de Moïse, a eu le sentiment que ces Israélites agissaient mal. Étant doux de caractère, Moïse, lui, a vu les choses comme Jéhovah les voyait, et n’a pas eu peur de perdre son autorité (Nomb. 11:26-29). S’il n’avait pas été doux de caractère, aurait-il accepté cette nouvelle disposition de Jéhovah ?
      La douceur de caractère a permis à Moïse d’exercer correctement la grande autorité et le rôle que Dieu lui avait confiés. En effet, Jéhovah l’avait invité à monter sur le mont Horeb et à représenter le peuple. Il lui avait parlé par un ange et l’avait nommé médiateur de l’alliance. La douceur de caractère de Moïse l’a aidé à accepter ce changement important et à demeurer dans la faveur immérité de Dieu.
      Et nous ? La douceur de caractère est indispensable à notre croissance spirituelle. Tous ceux qui ont reçu des responsabilités et une certaine autorité au sein du peuple de Dieu doivent la manifester. Une telle douceur nous empêche d’agir avec orgueil face aux changements et nous permet de les gérer avec le bon état d’esprit. Notre réaction est importante. Accepterons-nous le changement ? Le considérerons-nous comme une occasion de nous améliorer ? Ce pourrait être une occasion unique de cultiver la douceur !
      Nous devrons toujours faire face à des changements dans notre vie. Parfois, il n’est pas facile de comprendre pourquoi un événement se produit. À cause de nos limites et du stress, nous pouvons avoir du mal à garder une vision spirituelle des choses. Cependant, des qualités comme l’humilité, la modestie et la douceur de caractère nous aideront à accepter les changements et à demeurer dans la faveur immérité de Dieu. La douceur triomphe devant toutes épreuves.

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    • Eric Ouellet

      Je te louerai de tout mon cœur.
      À la face d’autres dieux,
      je te chanterai des louanges.
      Je me prosternerai vers ton saint temple
      et je louerai ton nom
      en raison de ta bonté et de ta fidélité.
      Car tu as élevé ta parole et ton nom au-dessus de toute autre chose.
      Le jour où j’ai appelé, tu m’as répondu;
      tu m’as rendu courageux et fort.
      Tous les rois de la terre te loueront, ô Jéhovah,
      car ils auront entendu les promesses que tu as faites.
      Ils chanteront au sujet des manières d’agir de Jéhovah,
      car la gloire de Jéhovah est grande.
      Bien qu’il soit élevé, Jéhovah remarque les humbles;
      mais les orgueilleux, il les connaît seulement de loin.
      Même quand je marche au milieu du danger, tu me gardes en vie.
      Tu tends la main contre la colère de mes ennemis ;
      ta main droite me sauve.
      Jéhovah réalisera toutes ses intentions en ma faveur.
      Ô Jéhovah, ton amour fidèle est éternel;
      n’abandonne pas les œuvres de tes mains.
      Ô Jéhovah, tu me scrutes et tu me connais.
      Tu sais quand je m’assieds et quand je me lève.
      De loin, tu discernes mes pensées.
      Tu m’observes quand je voyage et quand je m’allonge ;
      tous mes chemins te sont familiers.
      Avant même qu’une parole soit sur ma langue,
      vois, ô Jéhovah, tu la connais déjà entièrement.
      Derrière moi et devant moi, tu m’entoures ;
      et tu poses ta main sur moi.
      Une telle connaissance dépasse ma compréhension.
      Elle est trop élevée pour que je l’atteigne.
      Où puis-je échapper à ton esprit,
      et où puis-je fuir loin de ta face?
      Si je montais au ciel, tu serais là,
      et si je faisais mon lit dans la Tombe, vois, tu serais là.
      Si je m’envolais avec les ailes de l’aurore
      pour résider près de la mer la plus lointaine,
      même là, ta main me conduirait,
      ta main droite me saisirait.
      Si je disais : « À coup sûr, les ténèbres me dissimuleront ! »,
      alors, autour de moi, la nuit deviendrait lumière.
      Même les ténèbres ne seraient pas trop ténébreuses pour toi,
      mais la nuit serait aussi lumineuse que le jour.
      Pour toi, les ténèbres sont pareilles à la lumière.
      C’est toi qui as produit mes reins,
      qui m’as abrité dans le ventre de ma mère.
      Je te loue en voyant de quelle
      manière redoutable et merveilleuse
      je suis fait.
      Tes œuvres sont prodigieuses,
      je le sais parfaitement.
      Mes os ne t’ont pas été cachés
      lorsque j’ai été fait dans le secret,
      lorsque j’ai été tissé dans les profondeurs de la terre.
      Tes yeux m’ont vu alors que je n’étais qu’un embryon ;
      toutes ses parties étaient inscrites dans ton livre
      en rapport avec les jours de leur formation,
      avant qu’une seule d’entre elles existe.
      Combien donc tes pensées me sont précieuses !
      Ô Dieu, comme la somme en est immense !
      Comment pourrais-je les compter ? 
      Elles sont plus nombreuses que les grains de sable!
      À mon réveil, je suis toujours avec toi.
      Ô Dieu, si seulement tu tuais les méchants !
      Alors les hommes violents s’écarteraient de moi,
      ceux qui disent des choses contre toi dans une intention mauvaise ;
      ils sont tes adversaires, qui utilisent ton nom de manière indigne.
      N’ai-je pas de la haine pour ceux qui te haïssent, ô Jéhovah,
      et du dégoût pour ceux qui se révoltent contre toi?
      Je n’ai que de la haine pour eux ;
      ils sont devenus pour moi de véritables ennemis.
      Scrute-moi, ô Dieu, et connais mon cœur.
      Examine-moi, et connais mes préoccupations.
      Vois s’il y a en moi quelque tendance nuisible,
      et conduis-moi sur le chemin de l’éternité.

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