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Jehovah God Teaches Us to Love One Another and Summer Did His Son Jesus Christ Follow His Footsteps? 👣 👣 👣

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    • By The Librarian
      Shanks Ian - The Way of Love Never Fails.mp3
      I thought today's study article was good. Quite basic and practical. 
      However the first sentence of paragraph 2 made me laugh. If it were true there would not be half the problems within the Org, the child abuse being a good example.
      Paragraph 7 first sentence also is almost funny, but not so because it contains God's name which should not be mocked. 
      Paragraph 14 The last sentence says.. "... requires that we exercise empathy, putting ourselves in their situation to the extent possible."  How many brothers or sisters actually do this ? How many have done this regarding Child Abuse victims ? 
      I like the bit in paragraph 18 " there will be no more sickness, wars, inherited death, .....  Because of course there will still be death after Armageddon but it will be because people do not want to serve God properly. 
      Paragraph 17 talks about, not telling people, they are not doing enough. However in truth this is not put into practice. People, including my wife, are being 'pushed' into doing more for the Org. 
      All in all it made for a good read though. But it seems to be telling the congregants to do what people in the world do normally. Keep Displaying Love,
      Compare  Matthew 5 v 43 through 48
       “You heard that it was said: ‘You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44  However, I say to you: Continue to love your enemies and to pray for those who persecute you, 45  so that you may prove yourselves sons of your Father who is in the heavens, since he makes his sun rise on both the wicked and the good and makes it rain on both the righteous and the unrighteous.Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  46  For if you love those loving you, what reward do you have? Are not also the tax collectors doing the same thing? 47  And if you greet your brothers only, what extraordinary thing are you doing? Are not also the people of the nations doing the same thing? 48  You must accordingly be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. 
      Is this not showing that people in the world show love to one another. So it is obvious that JW's should do the same. 
    • By Srecko Sostar
      I can agree with general idea you present. 
      For sure, we can find the truth on various places, among all sort of group of people. We can find the truth  even on the African plains, where the lion must eat the zebra to remain alive. And a zebra must exist so that a lion may have something to eat. And this "evidence" is a "proof" how The Truth looks like on this level. From this example, i am sure, you can understand where my thinking goes sometimes.
      So, we on Earth have many Truths, with many Shapes and many Sorts. 2+2=4 is also The Truth. Hurricane Florence is also The Truth and affect people's life. Bad inclination of human heart is The Truth as also it is compassion from the same hearth. Catholic also have some Truths. What shall we do with so many Truths?? And what shall we do with something that looks like Truth? What we shall do with something that stopped to be Truth? What we shall do with Half Truths, what with Lies? 
      I can believe how JW, but also other smaller denominations, religions, groups of all kind can build connections in a way you described. Even worldly school children can make positive connections with children in came class or in another town or country. There is a mutual visit of a student from one school to another. Some of them manage to create lasting links.  I believe that it is case with the people of other social groups, religious and non-religious, too.
      I had the opportunity to travel and visit JW in other European countries. And some of JW from the other countries met me here in Croatia and invited me to visit. Some acquaintances lasted longer, some shorter. When I visited some assemblies in other countries, some JWs came to meet me, some did not care about having a guest who came for the first time in their congregation. Some people are getting in touch, and some do not. Certainly, human relationships are complex and something attracts us and something rejects us from others. That is life. And our fantasy and imagination and expectations are something else, even in a "worldwide brotherhood". 
      I think the Bible has several various paragraphs on this subject, about giving oneself to others, even to the point of giving life. At this level, there may be a problem because it is spoken, taught, by almost all people, and also by other religions, not just JW; "God loves all people to such a degree that He gives his Son to die for Human, Jesus loves all people to such a degree that he has given life to the righteous and the unrighteous." 
      This could mean that JW should give life not only for his brother in faith but also for a brother who is not in faith.                                                     What we shall do with this "Truth"?
    • By Witness
      This is in response to Jack Ryan's thread entitled, "...the angel of Jehovah camps all around those fearing him"  https://www.theworldnewsmedia.org/topic/57218-“’the-angel-of-jehovah-camps-all-around-those-fearing-him’/  
      It concerns the leaked Attendant Training Videos, of which I saw only a condensed review of them. The speaker of the training video remarks:"
      “Well, with a warm smile, you have the privilege to welcome all to a place of worship where the atmosphere is like a spiritual oasis in a parched land, and by taking the initiative to offer a helping hand you can be like those streams of cool water that bring refreshment to all.  And by promoting a safe and peaceful environment you can provide a place of concealment for all f our invited guests
It’s as if our great host Jehovah has extended his welcoming arms by means of you, so that everyone in attendance will feel like they have entered a house that is safe and secure.  Remember, too, you will not be working alone in behalf of God’s people.  Psalm 34:7 assures us, the angel of Jehovah camps all around those fearing him, so by means of his powerful angels, Jehovah can shield his faithful worshipers from harm, “IF IT BE HIS WILL”. 
      Jack Ryan's comment:
      “It appears that it wasn’t/isn’t Jehovah’s will to protect children from being sexually abused within His own congregations. It appears that these powerful angels are shielding no one, if He isn’t protecting these most vulnerable amongst us.
      Frankly, it appears that it isn’t Jehovah’s will to protect His people in general.”
      Temperamental god, this “Jehovah”. Would a God of love be so fickle?  
      “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
          will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
       I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress,
          my God, in whom I trust.’”  Ps 91:1,2
       The true God, YHWH, that I am coming to know keeps His promises toward His faithful ones. If this speaker has doubts and feels the need to add an addendum to Ps 34:7, he is fully aware of the organization’s risky status in Russia and other countries, or he is reflecting on the rampant child abuse situation that the Watchtower unashamedly refuses to concretely address. Jer 8:11,12; Eph 5:11  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      The video is playing out a “showy display” of compassion and love before the masses, outweighing the hidden lack of it, which results from transgressing God’s requirements.  Eph 5:6,8,9  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      To be found “faithful” with the Father, we submit to His discipline and refinement. We prove ourselves worthy of His protection by following Christ’s Words. Zech 13:9; Mal 3:2-4; Heb 12:6 It is not God’s will that we rely on a corrupt organization for protection. Ps 26:4,5  It is His will that we rely on Him and His Son. Joel 2:12,13; Isa 48:17,18  Nowhere in the scriptures are we told to turn to an earthly image – a god of fortress for protection during the end times. (1 Sam 7:3) Dan 11:38,39; Rev 13:1,5-8  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      On the contrary, we are told to worship in spirit and truth and to seek out those Christ sends, at the same time to be on the lookout for false prophets.  John 4:24;3:8; 16:13,14; Matt 23:34; John 13:20; Acts 17:24; Heb 9:11; Matt 7:15-20   Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      Is “Jehovah’s CHARIOT” leading the sheep to truly love one another? All evidence of its past and present failings to protect the flock, point to “no”.   Mark 12:29-31; Matt 22:40; John 15:9-14; Rom 13:8-10  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      Please, do not sweep the obvious under the carpet, JWs! 
Love does NO HARM to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”  Rom 13:10
      The trouble begins within the internal mechanism of the organization; the ruling elders, both the leaders and their henchmen; therein, is the source of all suffering, seen and unseen, happening within the Watchtower. Rev 8:10,11; Amos 5:7; Rev 9:1-4; Joel 2:1-10 Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      Watchtower 13/1/15 pg 27-31  “Rather than making rigid rules for the congregation, ELDERS rely on Scriptural principles and direction from Jehovah’s organization. After all, present-day elders are not the masters over their brothers’ faith. —Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      In reality, scriptural principles are basically ignored, while direction from the organization dictates every working aspect of the Watchtower.   We have proof of this with the leaders’ latest resolve to barely bend their rigid rules with child molestation cases. Isa 10:1,2  They are WITHOUT A DOUBT cruel masters over the faith of each JW through their restrictive decrees that conflict with the ordinances of the true God, founded on love and righteousness.   Isa 29:13;Hab 1:4; 2 Cor 11:4,20;Col 2:20-22; Ps 89:14-17https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isa+10%3A1%2C2%3B+Isa+29%3A13%3BHab+1%3A4%3B+2+Cor+11%3A4%2C20%3BCol+2%3A20-22%3B+Ps+89%3A14-17+&version=NKJV
      As a result, it is absolutely clear the organization does not follow God’s laws outlined by Christ and verified by scripture. Remembering that the governing body admit they are NOT INSPIRED by God’s Holy Spirit, (Wt 2017/2) Anthony Morris recently stated that the “theocratic organization” receives its decisions or “decrees” from God.  Doesn’t it make you question the source of these decrees since God’s Holy Spirit does not “inspire” the governing body?
       Quote:  “When that direction comes out to Branch committee members, or when it comes out to the congregations; IF you want Jehovah’s blessing ON YOU as an individual or family, certainly as an ELDER or congregation, it’d be best to ask Jehovah to help you understand it, BUT OBEY THE DECISION.” (Joel 2:7)Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      Deut 4:2:  “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.”
      John 14:15 “If you love me, keep my commandments.”
      One of those long held unscriptural decrees is for the elders to stand/rule over the authentic priesthood of God and their companions, while charging them as conspirators for accepting Christ’s lead above the organizational format, resulting in a judgment of “death” by disfellowshipping.  Ezek 44:6-9; 1 Pet 2:5,9; 1 Cor 3:16,17; Matt 24:15; 2 Thess 2:3,4;Rev 13:5-7,11,12,15; 1 John 3:11,12  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      God, who does not change His mind unlike “Jehovah’s organization”, PROMISES to be our shield and strength, IF we submit and follow HIS decrees through Christ, the head of the anointed Body.   Deut 33:29; 2 Sam 22:31; Nahum 1:7   Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      The anointed priesthood of God has a purpose – to offer sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving, to teach God’s laws written on their heart, admonish, direct, and heal, God’s sheep.  Isa 43:21; 1 Pet 2:9; Rom 2:13,15; Heb 13:15; Rev 7:10; Isa 44:23; Ezek 44:23; Jer 23:22; Mal 2:7; Rom 8:19-22; Rev 22:1,2  Yet, they have been restrained by a Wicked Slave/Harlot/Wormwood/false prophet and its delegated army from doing so, creating within the Watchtower, a spiritually “parched land”, void of the knowledge of God’s ordinances. (Yes, all these characteristic titles are prophetically fulfilled by the governing body)  Zeph 3:4; Amos 8:11; Joel 1:5-7; Rev 8:8  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      Can you imagine how God and Christ view the appointed Temple priesthood submitting to the rules of men and their handbook; and not to Christ and the laws written on their heart? Ezek 8:5,6 Those who are “ambassadors of Christ” are to work as one anointed Body, with each one a branch of the vine of Christ, which allows Holy Spirit to feed and direct the Body through all of its members. John 15:5-8; 1 Cor 12:20,25,26 Paul spoke of it as a “fearful responsibility” to carry the message of reconciliation. 2 Cor 5:11,19,20 (NLT)   Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      Are the unanointed elders who “represent the royal priesthood”, the true “ambassadors” or representatives of Christ? In the first century, would Christ have condoned others to replace the apostles who are the foundations stones of his Temple Body? 1 Cor 3:10,11 Neither should men muscle aside the “living stones” of God’s Temple from performing their duties as Christ’s ambassadors.  Ezek 34:20-23; Eph 2:20-22; John21:17; Luke12:42; Matt.5:14-15; Rev.1:20; Mal.2:7; Rev.22:6; John13:20 Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      Can you imagine God’s disgust, as His priests continue to allow a Harlot/false prophet “decree” that they remain apart from one another, not seek one another out, not “study the Bible together”, passively swallowing such UNSCRIPTURAL lies, and allow themselves to be trampled down by them? Matt 24:15; 2 Thess 2:3,4,9-12; Rev 11:1-3; Joel 1:4,5; Eph 5:14-20  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      In each instance when God’s people in the past disregarded His ordinances, He “sent”, or allowed, discipline to fall on them. (Deut 8:1-6; Heb 12:11)   Usually, it was in the form of an enemy’s stronghold. The “rod” of discipline this time, is the organization; specifically, the very army of elders who rule over them. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      The very army that chooses to ignore the plight of the helpless ones.  Ps 89:30-32; Rev 3:19; Rev 9:1-11  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      Joel 1:4 describes them as locust in all historic and individual stages of type and development.
      That which the palmerworm hath left --- “a creeping locust without wings”-“to devour”

hath the locust eaten  ---  a locust “swarm”

and that which the locust hath left 

hath the cankerworm eaten  ---  “a devourer; specifically, the young locust”

and that which the cankerworm hath left

hath the caterpiller eaten  ---  “a locust not yet winged” “the ravager” 
      Now, picture the locust swarm “released” by the Harlot/Wormwood to come against the anointed priesthood – against the Temple of God:
      “Many Christian men apply that encouragement and make spiritual progress to qualify for privileges in the congregation. The result is that God’s people are blessed with TENS OF THOUSANDS of capable elders and ministerial servants. But because of the increase seen in the congregations, there is a need for more brothers to reach out.” Wt 14/9/15
      “The Great Tribulation is a spiritual assault by Satan upon the remnant, (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.   t
      through the greatest Army that has ever existed [Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  -(Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. );Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ]  
      It has a deceptive priestly - princely veneer (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )
      of divine INSPIRATION*** and approval,through endorsement by the false prophet's lying spirit,   
      NOT by God's spirit! (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ;Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. --***"breath" -Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ).  
      (*** False prophet produces a counterfeit of "God's SPIRIT - DIRECTED Organization")
      [The AUTHENTIC Temple of God's spirit, is His Chosen, anointed priesthood (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )] 
      God sends / allows this abomination, to assault and discipline His people (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  C; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ;Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ), because in the time of the end,  
        GOD’S PEOPLE are tolerating, subjecting themselves to, and participating in IDOLIZING, the collective "Image" of that very Army (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ). 
      THAT IS WHY THEY ARE BEING TRAMPLED BY IT”  (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ;Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ).
      The love which results in righteous acts, simply does not exist in the organization since the climate of lawlessness has erased true justice. Deut 6:24,25  For those anointed who reject the GB that “substitutes” for Christ (NWT 2 Cor 5:20) ,turning instead to Jesus Christ to lead them directly; they are freed from the crushing weight of lawlessness – “ the disgusting thing standing in the holy place” – the elder body “standing” in/over the “living stones” of the Temple of God. 2Chron.13:9; 2Thess.2:4; Isa 43:10; 1 Pet 2:5,9; 1 Cor 3:16,17; Eph 2:20-22  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with LAWLESSNESS? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the TEMPLE OF GOD with idols? For youare the temple of the living God. As God has said:
      “I will dwell in them
      And walk among them.
      I will be their God,
      And they shall be My people.”
      17 Therefore
      “Come out from among them
      And be separate, says the Lord.
      Do not touch what is unclean,
      And I will receive you.”
      18 “I will be a Father to you,
      And you shall be My sons and daughters,
      Says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Cor 6:14-18
      We are reminded during this time period, of “Who is like God”, since “Jehovah’s organization” with all its “temple” sublets, has seduced God’s people into idolatry and the transgression of God’s laws fulfilled in Christ.  Deut 4:23,24;  Isa 40:25; Dan 12:1; Rev 12:7-9; Rev 13:4; Gal 5:14 Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  
      Within Watchtower’s walls, instead of an angel of God camping all around those fearing Him, another angel – Belial -  has surrounded the camp of holy ones, utilizing a Harlot/false prophet and the organization she so presently loves, to keep them captivated and inebriated on wormwood, and a false sense of peace and security. Matt 25:5; 22:8; Rev 18:3; 1 Cor 6:15; Jer 51:7; 1 Thess 5:3; Rev 20:9  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      13 “If you carefully obey my commands I am giving you today, to love the Lord your God and worship Him with all your heart and all your soul, 14 I will provide rain for your land in the proper time, the autumn and spring rains, and you will harvest your grain, new wine, and fresh oil. 15 I will provide grass in your fields for your livestock. You will eat and be satisfied. 16 Be careful that you are not enticed to turn aside, serve, and bow in worship to other gods. 17 Then the Lord’s anger will burn against you. He will shut the sky, and there will be no rain; the land will not yield its produce, and you will perish quickly from the good land the Lord is giving you.
      18 “Imprint these words of mine on your hearts and minds, bind them as a sign on your hands, and let them be a symbol on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates, 21 so that as long as the heavens are above the earth, your days and those of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your fathers. 22 For if you carefully observe every one of these commands I am giving you to follow—to love the Lord your God, walk in all his ways, and remain faithful to him— 23 the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will drive out nations greater and stronger than you are. 24 Every place the sole of your foot treads will be yours. Your territory will extend from the wilderness to Lebanon and from the Euphrates River to the Mediterranean Sea. 25 No one will be able to stand against you; the Lord your God will put fear and dread of you in all the land where you set foot, as he has promised you.
      26 “Look, today I set before you a blessing and a curse: 27 there will be a blessing, if you obey the commands of the Lord your God I am giving you today, 28 and a curse, if you do not obey the commands of the Lord your God and you turn aside from the path I command you today by following other gods you have not known.  Deut 11:13-28
    • By Bible Speaks
      3 “From far away Jehovah appeared to me and said:
      “I have loved you with an everlasting love.
      That is why I have drawn you to me with loyal love.” — Jeremiah 31:3.
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      ~? Is Your Love so Great You Would Die for Someone?~?
      God Loved Us So Much First~ “Love can be known only from the actions it prompts. GodÂ’s love is seen in the gift of His Son, I John 4:9, 10. But obviously this is not the love of complacency, or affection, that is, it was not drawn out by any excellency in its objects, Rom. 5:8.
      It was an exercise of the Divine will in deliberate choice, made without assignable cause save that which lies in the nature of God Himself, cp. Deut. 7:7, 8.”
      A·ga?pe, therefore, carries the meaning of love guided, or governed, by principle. It may or may not include affection and fondness. That a·ga?pe may include affection and warmth is evident in many passages.
      At John 3:35, Jesus said: “The Father loves [a·ga·pai?] the Son.” At John 5:20, he said: “The Father has affection for [phi·lei?] the Son.” Certainly GodÂ’s love for Jesus Christ is coupled with much affection. Also Jesus explained: “He that loves [a·ga·pon?] me will be loved [a·ga·pe·the?se·tai] by my Father, and I will love [a·ga·pe?so] him.” (Joh 14:21) 
      This love of the Father and of the Son is accompanied by tender affection for such loving persons. Jehovah’s worshipers must love him and his Son, as well as one another, in the same way.—John 21:15-17. - Bible Speaks

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      By Guest Nicole
      HereÂ’s what they are:
      1. Be together for the right reasons
      DonÂ’t ever be with someone because someone else pressured you to. I got married the first time because I was raised Catholic and thatÂ’s what you were supposed to do. Wrong. I got married the second time because I was miserable and lonely and thought having a loving wife would fix everything for me. Also wrong. Took me three tries to figure out what should have been obvious from the beginning, the only reason you should ever be with the person youÂ’re with is because you simply love being around them. It really is that simple.
      – Greg
      Before we even get into what you should do in your relationship, letÂ’s start with what not to do.
      When I sent out my request to readers for advice, I added a caveat that turned out to be illuminating. I asked people who were on their second or third (or fourth) marriages what they did wrong. Where did they mess up?
      By far, the most common answer was “being with the person for the wrong reasons.”
      Some of these wrong reasons included:
      Pressure from friends and family Feeling like a “loser” because they were single and settling for the first person that came along Being together for image—because the relationship looked good on paper (or in photos), not because the two people actually admired each other Being young and naive and hopelessly in love and thinking that love would solve everything As we’ll see throughout the rest of this article, everything that makes a relationship “work” (and by work, I mean that it is happy and sustainable for both people involved) requires a genuine, deep-level admiration for each other. Without that mutual admiration, everything else will unravel.
      The other “wrong” reason to enter into a relationship is, like Greg said, to “fix” yourself. This desire to use the love of someone else to soothe your own emotional problems inevitably leads to codependence, an unhealthy and damaging dynamic between two people where they tacitly agree to use each other’s love as a distraction from their own self-loathing. We’ll get more into codependence later in this article, but for now, it’s useful to point out that love, itself, is neutral. It is something that can be both healthy or unhealthy, helpful or harmful, depending on why and how you love someone else and are loved by someone else. By itself, love is never enough to sustain a relationship.
      Read more: https://qz.com/884448/every-successful-relationship-is-successful-for-the-same-exact-reasons/
    • By James Thomas Rook Jr.
      My Dad, whose religion was United States Navy, often lamented that in the "early days" of the United States Navy, the men were made of steel, and the ships were made of wood ... but today ... the ships are made of steel, and the men are made of wood.
      With that in mind,  there are people SO UPSET that Trump won the Presidency that they are paying "professional Cuddlers" to hold them while they sob and moan.
      I know that on some college campi that they have "safe spaces" where it is not allowed to MENTION that Trump won ... and folks are furnished coloring books, crayons, and teddy bears to hug .. at taxpayer (subsidized) expense.
      Here is an article about the Cuddlers that is absolutely unbelievable .... but true.
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      I think the "herd" needs to be thinned out.

    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Here are five tips to help you let go of your exes for good:
      1. Start a self-improvement routine, complete with daily, weekly, and monthly goal setting. 
      2. Meet with someone weekly to discuss your personal growth and your journey.
      This person will help keep you accountable to your goals and lifestyle choices. Can be a friend or an amazing coach.
      3. Stay single for a year—totally single.
      If you can’t be happy with you, you won’t be happy—truly happy—with anyone else. Love that you! Commit to being successfully single for a year. That means happy, connected in your community, fulfilled in your work, and in a state of continuous personal growth. (Your daily routines and long-term goals will be critical to this step.)
      4. Surround yourself with positive, uplifting people.
      Join a faith community where people strive to live out the values you identify with. This is where you’ll find the deep connections that you can grow with—and that will prevent you from leaning on your exes as crutches.
      5. Pray or meditate often.
      Use your emotions as mindfulness cues. When you miss someone, pray for them. When you’re lonely, pray for the courage, positivity, and fortitude to make good decisions. When you think you can’t go on—that happens to everyone—pray for what you need. This will help you grow faith in a higher power and yourself, which is an absolute must if you want to be happy alone. 
      And being happy alone? That’s an absolute must for loving someone unconditionally in a relationship that can last a lifetime.
      Read the article: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/the-danger-of-holding-onto-past-relationships-how-to-finally-let-go?utm_term=pos-8&utm_source=mbg&utm_medium=email&utm_content=daily1&utm_campaign=170706
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Relationship issues are inevitable; they are a part of our human experience. And this part of our life, essential to our well-being, can bring us to our knees or make us feel bad about who we are.
      Have you ever heard yourself say these things?
      "I hate the way you make me feel." "What you are doing makes me insecure, and when you stop doing that, I will be happy." "I can't deal with the way this relationship makes me feel anymore." We are all affected by our relationships in some way. However, no matter what you are experiencing, there is one thing you can always do that will immediately affect how you feel and, in addition, will empower you and make you feel good about who you are instead of leaving you feeling depleted, exhausted, or lost. So what can you do in the moment that you are at your wit's end, feeling hurt, upset, or confused?
      Simply reconnect to yourself and use this very challenge, issue, or difficulty to become stronger and more of who you are meant to be. Use this challenge to become stronger and more powerful instead of allowing it to break you down or make you feel like a victim.
      Here are three ways to take back the reins of your life and immediately change how you feel about yourself and your relationship:
      1. Let go of the concept of "right and wrong."
      Very simply, instead of focusing on what the other person did or didn't do, observe how you're feeling and identify what you need. By doing this, you are turning your attention back to yourself instead of being paralyzed and disempowered by pointing the finger at the other person.
      If you've ever said, "If you would just change, everything would be OK," you know how easy it is to focus your attention on what the other person has said or done. The next time you find yourself doing this, ask yourself, "If this is the perfect person to help me become who I'm meant to be, what am I supposed to be learning from this relationship?"
      2. Give up trying to change the other person.
      Although this isn't easy, make a commitment to yourself to work on accepting the other person as they are. Each person brings their own "stuff" to a relationship—we all have our own history with our own issues, wounds, and challenges to overcome.
      The next time you feel yourself taking on the other person's issue or trying to "fix" them, remind yourself that the only person you can change is you. And affirm for yourself, "I will focus on how I'm being affected and what I need to work through and will allow the other person space to work through their issues as well." By declaring this, you will be better equipped to not take on the other person's issues or take their actions personally.
      3. Learn how to stop basing your worth on the condition of your relationship.
      Give yourself the gift of diving deeper into your own inner exploration and development. By doing this, you will become more at peace with who you are and will know at a deep level that you are OK—even when your relationship isn't perfect or when things are happening that are hurtful or upsetting.
      Begin by making a commitment to your growth. Affirm that reconnecting to yourself is the most important journey you will ever take. Then take one simple action this week: Start reading a self-help book, research a personal development course, or take 10 minutes each day to check in with yourself and identify what you need by asking, "What can I do in this moment to reconnect to who I am and what I need?" A few examples could be writing down three things that make you feel good about yourself, looking at some photos that bring a smile to your face, or spending some time in nature today.
      Relationships are in a constant state of flux and bring a level of complexity to our lives that is out of our control. The one thing we always control is whether we will use our challenges to grow, expand, and become more of who we are meant to be or, instead, allow them to hold us back and limit our potential.
      Today, make a declaration that you will use even the most difficult relationship in your life for a monumental purpose—your life's purpose—to grow and evolve into the person you are meant to be. And then do just that.
    • By Bible Speaks
      I received this picture! Work is still being done. Much Love ❀ 
      #LoveOneAnother? #LoyalLove #peace #paradise #JesusChrist #JehovahGod #jehovahswitnesses #prayforrussia #Prayforoneanother? #GodsKingdom #stopjwban

    • By Bible Speaks
      Make a habit of shutting down conversations that aim to tear         others down. 
      19 "A slanderer goes about revealing confidential talk; Do not associate with one who loves to gossip." (Prov 20:19) NWT

    • By Bible Speaks
      What is your Dream of Paradise? - Can you imagine what the world will be like? - We have never had Paradise on earth, yet; yes we have beautiful gardens right now that gives us a view of our future on earth!....LOOK...
      “THE nostalgia for paradise is among the powerful nostalgias that seem to haunt human beings. It may be the most powerful and persistent of all. A certain longing for paradise is evidenced at every level of religious life.” So says The Encyclopedia of Religion. 
      Such nostalgia is only natural, since the Bible tells us that human life began in Paradise—a beautiful garden free of disease and death. (Genesis 2:8-15) It is not surprising that many of the world’s religions hold out the hope of future life in a paradise of one kind or another.
      (Isaiah 35:1,2) "The wilderness and the waterless region will exult, and the desert plain will be joyful and blossom as the saffron. 2 Without fail it will blossom, and it will really be joyful with joyousness and with glad crying out. The glory of Lebâ€Ča·non itself must be given to it, the splendor of Carâ€Čmel and of Sharâ€Čon. There will be those who will see the glory of Jehovah, the splendor of our God."
      God’s original purpose for man—to enjoy perfect life in an earthly paradise—and point to God’s restoration of Paradise on earth through Christ. In Paradise Lost, for example, Michael the archangel foretells the time when Christ will “reward His faithful, and receive them into bliss, whether in heaven or earth, for then the earth shall all be paradise, far happier place than this of Eden, and far happier days.”
      (Isaiah 35:3-4) . . .Strengthen the weak hands, YOU people, and make the knees that are wobbling firm. 4 Say to those who are anxious at heart: “Be strong. Do not be afraid. Look! YOUR own God will come with vengeance itself, God even with a repayment. He himself will come and save YOU people.”
      (Psalm 37:9-11) . . .For evildoers themselves will be cut off, But those hoping in Jehovah are the ones that will possess the earth. Ś• [Waw] 10 And just a little while longer, and the wicked one will be no more; And you will certainly give attention to his place, and he will not be. 11 But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, And they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.
      (Psalm 37:29) . . .The righteous themselves will possess the earth, And they will reside forever upon it.

    • By Bible Speaks
      "With humility consider others superior to you."—Phil. 2:3.
      Imitate Jesus’ Humility and Tenderness
      “Christ suffered for you, leaving a model for you to follow his steps closely.”—1 PET. 2:21.
      WE TEND to imitate those whose personality and ways we admire. Of all the humans who have walked the earth, no one is more worthy of imitation than Jesus Christ. Why is that? Jesus himself once said: “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father also.” (John 14:9) 
      Jesus reflects his Father’s personality so perfectly that observing the Son is like seeing the Father. Therefore, as we imitate Jesus, we draw closer to Jehovah, the greatest Personage in the universe. What a reward for imitating the qualities and ways of his Son!
      How, though, can we know what Jesus is like? Thankfully, we have an inspired written portrait of Jesus. Jehovah provided that record, as found in the Christian Greek Scriptures, because he wants us to become acquainted with his Son so that we can imitate him. (Read 1 Peter 2:21.) 
      In the Bible, the example Jesus left is compared to “steps,” or footprints. In effect, Jehovah is telling us to walk behind Jesus and match our steps to his. 
      Of course, Jesus left a perfect example for us, and we are far from perfect. But Jehovah does not expect us to follow Jesus’ steps perfectly. 
      Rather, the Father expects us to imitate his Son to the best of our ability as imperfect humans.

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      By Guest Nicole
      We all want to feel understood, respected, and appreciated in our relationships. But life can often get in the way and undermine the connection we used to have with our significant other, leaving our love feeling lackluster. It doesn't take much to feel like you're moving in opposite directions.
      Then there are the couples that appear to have perfect relationships. They light up when they see each other, speak highly of their significant other, and rarely seem to bicker. It's easy to assume that there is a magical connection between them that only a few get blessed with.
      But what if they were doing a few simple things that were responsible for keeping their relationship healthy?
      There are some basic things you can do to foster that sense of deep love and connection, even when you feel like your relationship is already starting on the back foot. These tips have the ability to significantly improve how happy and satisfied you both feel in your relationship. It's these behaviors that keep those happy relationships flourishing.
      Here are 3 ways you can start fostering positivity in your relationship:
      1. Start with your personal happiness.
      Happy people create positive relationships. If you are waiting for someone else to make you happy, you will always feel let down. When you're happy within yourself, you reflect that back into your relationship. Start with recognizing how you would rate your level of happiness currently. If you're not as happy as you'd like to be, ask yourself, "What can I do to support myself to feel happier?" The answer could include restarting a hobby, beginning a new health routine, connecting more with friends, or taking steps to follow a passion that is deep within your heart. The crucial element is that you need to step up and take responsibility for your own well-being. By taking action, you will feel more empowered and recognize that happiness ultimately has to be an inside job. This change in energy will move into your relationship.
      2. Look for the good.
      We're all happier when we feel appreciated. It's therefore hardly a surprise that relationships need more positive interactions than negative ones if they are going to thrive. Dr. Gottman's famous research found that you need to have five positive interactions for every negative interaction if your relationship is going to stay happy. Begin with consciously watching for what your partner is doing right, rather than consistently focusing on what they are doing wrong. Look for opportunities to voice your appreciation and aim to add as many positive interactions into your shared experience as you can. Feeling positive emotions is a precursor to a happy relationship. You have the ability to focus your attention so that you look for and appreciate the good in your partner. This simple action ultimately helps to remedy the balance of positive-to-negative interactions and set a relationship back on a healthy track.
      3. Make space to nurture your connection.
      Positive relationships are sustained by a foundation of strong connection. Just like a small child needs attention to feel truly happy, a relationship needs nurturing if it is going to continue to stay healthy. It is important to put time aside exclusively to connect with your significant other. Rather than assuming it will just happen, create it. It may be a monthly date night (where, thankfully, there is no TV to distract you), taking a walk together, scheduling a vacation, or choosing to fall asleep while cuddling on the couch rather than going to bed alone. Remember that time and energy dedicated to fostering your union is essential. Where your energy goes your attention flows. Attention is the fuel that will help your partner feel important and valued in your life, which will likely lead to the reciprocating of care and kindness.
      Even when your relationship isn't as happy as you'd like it to be, there are things you can do to improve it. When you take care of yourself and resolve to show up positively for your partner, things begin to flourish. The result—you'll feel both happier in yourselves and in your coupling.
    • By Bible Speaks
      “Let Marriage Be Honorable”
      “Rejoice with the wife of your youth.”—PROVERBS 5:18.
      Principle: “Each one of you must love his wife as he does himself; on the other hand, the wife should have deep respect for her husband.”—Ephesians 5:33.
      Some questions to ask yourself
      * What are my mate’s good qualities, and how can I express appreciation for him or her?—Proverbs 14:1; 31:29; 1 Peter 3:1, 6; 4:8.
      * Do I honor my spouse by seeking to understand his or her thoughts and feelings?—Philippians 2:4.
      * Am I willing to overlook my spouse’s shortcomings?—Matthew 6:14, 15.
      * When was the last time I expressed my affection for my spouse?—Song of Solomon 2:9-14.
      * Toward what spiritual goals are we working?—Matthew 6:33, 34; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.
      * What initiative can I take to encourage my mate to read the Bible and consider the daily text together with me?
      4 "Let marriage be honorable among all, and let the marriage bed be without defilement, for God will judge sexually immoral people and adulterers." (Hebrews 13:4)
      What conduct dishonors marriage? (b) What question should we consider with our mate?
      A Christian wife some time ago noted: “I pray to Jehovah for strength to see me through.” Through what? She explained: “My husband strikes me with words. I may not have visible bruises, but his constant cutting remarks, such as ‘You’re a burden!’ and ‘You’re worthless!’ have scarred my heart.” This wife brings up a matter of grave concern—abusive speech within marriage.
      How sad it is when spouses in Christian households hurl cruel words at each other, causing emotional wounds that are not easily healed! Obviously, a marriage marked by hurtful speech is not honorable. 
      How is your marriage faring in this regard? One way to find out is by humbly asking your spouse, “What effect do my words have on you?” If your mate feels that time and again your words have caused emotional wounds, you must be willing to change the situation for the better.—Galatians 5:15; read Ephesians 4:31.
      God’s Word states: “By wisdom a house is built up, and by discernment it is made secure. By knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious and pleasant treasures.” (Proverbs 24:3, 4) 
      Consider how these words can be applied to marriage.
      How can we gradually strengthen our marriage? 
      Among the precious treasures filling a happy household are such qualities as true love, godly fear, and firm faith. (Proverbs 15:16, 17; 1 Peter 1:7) 
      They create a strong marriage. But did you note how the rooms in the above-quoted proverb are filled with precious treasures? “By knowledge.” Yes, when applied, Bible knowledge has the power to transform people’s thinking and to move them to rekindle their love for each other. (Romans 12:2; Philippians 1:9) 
      Hence, whenever you and your spouse sit down together and calmly consider a Bible passage, such as the daily text, or a Bible-based article in The Watchtower or Awake! pertaining to marriage, it is as if you were examining a lovely decoration that can beautify your house. When love for Jehovah moves you to apply in your marriage the counsel that you just examined, you are, as it were, bringing that decoration into the rooms of your house. As a result, some of the color and warmth that you once enjoyed in your marriage may return. 

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      By Guest Nicole
      Opposites attract, so date someone who's nothing like you. But, wait a minute—isn't it important to find someone who has a similar background, values, and goals? There's so much conflicting dating advice out there, how can you possibly figure out how to find love?
      While it's true that finding a partner with qualities that differ from yours can add balance and excitement to a relationship, problems can arise when there are too many differences. The more compatible you are with your partner, the more successful your relationship will likely be.
      Here are seven areas of compatibility to examine when choosing a partner. They don't all have to line up perfectly, but the more aligned you two are, the better the relationship will be.
      1. Temperament
      Do you get along well most of the time or find that he/she irritates you on a regular basis? Do you find yourself saying, "If only she'd think before she spoke" or "I wish he'd be less lazy"? Is he overly anxious? Does her alphabetized music collection make your skin crawl? What you see is what you get; so if you don't like your partner's temperament, don't try to fix it. Find someone whose personality is more compatible with yours.
      2. Communication style
      Are you direct or indirect in communicating what's important to you? Are you passive while she's assertive? Do you hold things in until you explode or speak your mind clearly and directly? If you can both communicate clearly and in a similar fashion, you'll have a much higher chance for a successful relationship.
      3. Friends and family
      Do you like and get along with each other's friends and family? Do you agree about how much time to devote to both? And if you're both single parents thinking about tying the knot, are you clear about how you'll parent? If friends and family issues become too stressful, they will have a very negative effect on your relationship.
      4. Nutrition and fitness
      Are you a gluten-free vegan while he is a Big Mac addict? Do you surf the waves on the weekend, while she's home surfing the web? This may seem like a minor point, but think about how many meals you will share with each other. How do your partner's food choices and attention to fitness align with your lifestyle and values? If you're not a good match in this area, you will probably have big challenges in your relationship.
      5. Financial
      Many people say that they are seeking a partner who is financially secure. In today's volatile financial market, financial security is not something you can count on. A few more appropriate questions are, "Are you responsible with finances? Are you generous? Do you contribute to charities?" Money is one of the things couples fight about most often. It is helpful if you share similar financial goals and habits.
      6. Education
      I don't believe you have to be with someone who has the exact same level of education. In fact, there are many brilliant people who never graduated college (Steve Jobs, Rachael Ray). However, couples who share similar backgrounds in education (and that includes self-study), life, and professional experience are usually better suited for each other. They have more in common and can relate to each other in a deeper way. They are on the same wavelength and truly "get" each other.
      7. Intimacy
      There are many things that come under the category of intimacy, including romance and public display of affection. Some couples have different sexual needs, which can lead to anger and resentment. An essential component of a lasting loving relationship includes having similar ideas about frequency and style of intimacy. So if you're more Mr. Fifty Shades and she's Ms. Low Libido, you will have issues in your relationship.
      What can you do if you are not compatible?
      It doesn't have to mean things can never work, but these are your options:
      Accept things as they are. Work on yourself and the relationship. Leave the relationship. Remember that the only person you can change is yourself. You partner will only change if he/she wants to.
      If you are dating to find a lasting, loving relationship, it is far more effective to choose a compatible partner from the start than to try to fix a relationship with a weak foundation. Don't be afraid to walk away if your basic needs are not met. There are millions of singles in the world. Move on and find a better fit. And make sure to use the most powerful four-letter word in dating—"Next!"
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      By Guest Nicole
    • By Bible Speaks
      "The heavens are declaring the glory of God; And of the work of his hands the expanse is telling. 2 One day after another day causes speech to bubble forth, And one night after another night shows forth knowledge."
      (Psalm 19:1.2)
      Who's Your Anchor ⚓?

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      By Guest Nicole
    • By Bible Speaks
      ??Kevin Richardson-The Lion Whisperer
True trust, and deep love. This man amazes me. To be able to follow him around,for just 1 day,to be able to get close to these beautiful,and powerful animals
would definitely be a dream come true. Maybe soon in New World will be reality? 

    • By Bible Speaks
      Lesson 7:                                 Giving Makes You Happy
      How can you be as happy as Caleb?
      Become Jehovah’s Friend

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    • By Bible Speaks
      The fruitage of the spirit is love.—Gal. 5:22.
      Other aspects of the fruitage of the spirit—such as mildness, self-control, and patience—are important too. (Gal. 5:23)
    • By Bible Speaks
      Without goals we reach nothing. Without love we  feel nothing. 

      And without Jehovah God,
      we are nothing! 

    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      I received the below question from someone recently, and it reminded me how difficult it can be to distinguish the things that truly matter in a relationship from the things that we have been told "should" matter.
      Question: I've been dating Josh for about three months. He's a great guy, good-looking, smart, and most importantly, he treats me with respect. However, I've had a tough dating and relationship history. I was engaged to a guy who never followed through with his promises and broke off the engagement. I was married to a man who cheated. As you can imagine, trust has been difficult for me.
      I've been working on myself, and I now love and respect myself so much more. Because of that, I've been able to slowly develop this wonderful relationship. I don't want things to go wrong.
      Here's the problem: Josh has never said, "I love you." I feel that he really cares, but I'd feel so much better if I heard those words. Am I being silly or insecure? Or should I be concerned if he doesn't say those three magic words?
      Here's what I told her. I hope it helps you, too.
      Josh sounds like he's a good partner for you. He respects and cherishes you, which is fundamental to a lasting relationship. He honors and values you because you've learned to love yourself and to stop tolerating liars and cheaters.
      It sounds like this is a much healthier relationship than you've ever experienced. Let's celebrate that!
      You ask about those three little words; when is the right time to say, "I love you"? It sounds like you're ready to profess your love, and he might not be there yet. Here's how to know where you stand.
      Watch his actions, not his words.
      If he's showing you that he cares for you, that's what matters most. As you probably know, words are not as important as follow-through and consistency.
      I would be more concerned if he said "I love you" after only four dates, and his actions didn't match up. How do you know if his actions mean that he loves you? I have created an assessment to help you figure out if someone loves you, whether they've said it or not:
      Is this person calling and texting consistently?
      Do you get together on a regular basis?
      Is the relationship escalating and growing?
      Do you feel valued and cherished by this person?
      Do you feel safe with them (emotionally and physically)?
      Are they considerate, kind, and thoughtful?
      Do you feel good about the relationship when you're with them AND when you're not?
      Is this person open to talking things out when you disagree?
      If you can answer "yes" to all of the questions above, that person cares deeply about you and prioritizes you in their life.
      It's helpful to know that people express their love in many different ways, and it's not always in the way that we expect. In the wonderful book, The Five Love Languages, author Gary Chapman lists the five ways of expressing love as follows:
      Words of Affirmation
      Quality Time Giving Gifts Acts of Service Physical Touch I suggest you take the love languages assessment to find out what your preferred language of expression is. I highly recommend that you ask Josh to do the same so you can learn his love language too.
      Understanding the way you each express love is one of the keys to accepting and embracing your partner. It can lessen the anxiety you feel when you aren't getting what you need in a relationship.
      So, is it really important to hear the words "I love you"?
      I believe those three words are highly overrated. They can be meaningful if they're said in the right context and with sincerity. But they can mean different things to different people. To one partner, "I love you" means "I think you might be the ONE I've been searching for my whole life." To the other, "I love you" means "I like you a lot, and I want to sleep with you."
      There are many other ways to express your love. So, remember to watch what he does more than what he says. Understand each other's love languages. And once you've done that, you'll be able to take a deep breath and stop worrying so much about whether or not someone says I love you. Do you feel loved? That's all that matters.
      By Sandy Weiner/MBG
    • By Bible Speaks
      Lesson for today. (Matt 5:44, 45)  
      Love your enemies. Jehovah has always taught us to love our enemies.
      In Jesus’ time, some taught that people should hate their enemies. But Jesus counseled: “Continue to love your enemies and to pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-45)
      Paul gave similar counsel when he said: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.” (Romans 12:20; Proverbs 25:21)
      In ancient Israel, Jehovah gave his people laws instructing them to help their enemies and even their enemies’ animals. (Exodus 23:5) By applying that counsel, some people who once hated one another might have become good friends.
      As Christians, showing love for our enemies may change the way they feel about us. Some of them may even become servants of Jehovah. By working together in such a way, former enemies might become good friends.
      Because Christians show love, many of our enemies have softened their heart toward us. If we show love for our enemies—even rabid persecutors—how happy we will be if some of them embrace true Christianity!
      Our enemies are in a very precarious position. They are fighting against God. Thus, in harmony with Jesus’ command, rather than fear them, we pray for those persecuting us. (Matthew 5:44)
      We pray that if any are opposing God out of ignorance, as Saul of Tarsus was, Jehovah will graciously open their eyes to the truth. (2 Corinthians 4:4) Saul became the Christian apostle Paul and suffered greatly at the hands of the authorities of his day.
      Still, he kept reminding fellow believers “to be in subjection and be obedient to governments and authorities as rulers, to be ready for every good work, to speak injuriously of no one [no, not even of their most ardent persecutors], not to be belligerent, to be reasonable, exhibiting all mildness toward all men.” “If you love those loving you, what reward do you have?” asked Jesus. “Are not also the tax collectors doing the same thing? And if you greet your brothers only, what extraordinary thing are you doing? Are not also the people of the nations doing the same thing?” (Matt. 5:46, 47)
      True Christians do not show partiality toward people of certain educational or ethnic backgrounds; nor do they extend love only to those who are able to reciprocate.
      Rather, they help the poor and the sick, the young and the old. In such ways, Christians can imitate Jehovah’s love and thus be perfect in a relative sense.
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    • Eric Ouellet

      Que vos priÚres soit préparées comme une encens apaisante pour Jéhovah

      Chez les IsraĂ©lites, l’offrande d’encens Ă©tait un symbole appropriĂ© pour dĂ©signer les priĂšres que Dieu entend. C’est pourquoi le psalmiste David a chantĂ© Ă  JĂ©hovah : 

      “ Que ma priĂšre soit prĂ©parĂ©e comme l’encens devant toi. ”
      — Psaume 141 : 2
      JÉHOVAH DIEU a chargĂ© son prophĂšte MoĂŻse de prĂ©parer un encens sacrĂ© Ă  l’usage du culte qui lui Ă©tait rendu dans le tabernacle d’IsraĂ«l. Il a donnĂ© lui-mĂȘme la formule de ce mĂ©lange composĂ© de quatre ingrĂ©dients aromatiques qui dĂ©gageaient une bonne odeur. — Exode 30:34-38.
      L’alliance de la Loi dans laquelle la nation d’IsraĂ«l avait Ă©tĂ© admise prĂ©voyait de faire brĂ»ler quotidiennement de l’encens (Exode 30:7, 8). Ce geste avait-il une signification particuliĂšre ? Oui. En tĂ©moignent ces paroles du psalmiste : “ Que ma priĂšre soit prĂ©parĂ©e comme l’encens devant toi [JĂ©hovah Dieu], l’élĂ©vation de mes paumes comme l’offrande de grain du soir. ” (Psaume 141:2). De plus, dans le livre de la RĂ©vĂ©lation, l’apĂŽtre Jean dit de ceux qui se tiennent autour du trĂŽne cĂ©leste de Dieu qu’ils ont des bols d’or pleins d’encens. “ Et, prĂ©cise le rĂ©cit inspirĂ©, l’encens reprĂ©sente les priĂšres des saints. ” (RĂ©vĂ©lation 5:8). Il apparaĂźt donc que la combustion d’encens odorant symbolise les priĂšres agrĂ©Ă©es que les serviteurs de JĂ©hovah offrent jour et nuit. — 1 Thessaloniciens 3:10 ; HĂ©breux 5:7
      Pour que Dieu agrĂ©e nos priĂšres, nous devons le prier au nom de JĂ©sus Christ (Jean 16:23, 24). Au demeurant, comment pouvons-nous amĂ©liorer la qualitĂ© de nos priĂšres ? L’examen de quelques exemples pris dans les Écritures devrait nous aider Ă  prĂ©parer nos priĂšres comme l’encens devant JĂ©hovah. — Proverbes 15:8.
      Prions avec foi
      Si nous voulons que nos priĂšres montent vers Dieu comme un encens de bonne odeur, il nous faut les lui offrir avec foi (HĂ©breux 11:6). Lorsque des anciens ont affaire Ă  une personne spirituellement malade qui rĂ©agit bien Ă  leurs conseils bibliques, ‘ leur priĂšre de foi rĂ©tablit celui qui est souffrant ’. (Jacques 5:15.) Notre PĂšre cĂ©leste prend plaisir Ă  voir quelqu’un le prier avec foi et Ă©tudier consciencieusement sa Parole. Un psalmiste qui manifestait cet excellent Ă©tat d’esprit a Ă©crit : “ Je lĂšverai mes paumes vers tes commandements que j’ai aimĂ©s, et je veux m’intĂ©resser Ă  tes prescriptions. Enseigne-moi la bontĂ©, le bon sens et la connaissance, car j’ai exercĂ© la foi en tes commandements. ” (Psaume 119:48, 66). ‘ Étendons nos paumes ’ en priant avec humilitĂ© et exerçons la foi en observant les commandements de Dieu.
      La priÚre un lien véritable à la sagesse divine
      Supposons que nous manquions de sagesse pour surmonter une Ă©preuve ; par exemple, nous pourrions ne pas ĂȘtre convaincus qu’une certaine prophĂ©tie soit dĂ©jĂ  en train de se rĂ©aliser. PlutĂŽt que de laisser cette incertitude nous dĂ©stabiliser spirituellement, prions pour recevoir de la sagesse (Galates 5:7, 8 ; Jacques 1:5-8). N’escomptons pas cependant que Dieu nous rĂ©ponde d’une maniĂšre spectaculaire, mais dĂ©montrons la sincĂ©ritĂ© de nos priĂšres en faisant ce qu’il attend de tous ses serviteurs : qu’ils bĂątissent leur foi en Ă©tudiant les Écritures Ă  l’aide des publications fournies par l’intermĂ©diaire de “ l’esclave fidĂšle et avisĂ© ”. (Matthieu 24:45-47 ; JosuĂ© 1:7, 8.) Nous avons besoin Ă©galement d’augmenter notre connaissance en prenant part rĂ©guliĂšrement aux rĂ©unions du peuple de Dieu. — HĂ©breux 10:24, 25.
      Certains chrĂ©tiens semblent avoir perdu de vue que nous sommes Ă  un stade avancĂ© du “ temps de la fin ”. (Daniel 12:4.) C’est ce que rĂ©vĂšlent l’orientation qu’ils donnent Ă  leur vie et leurs centres d’intĂ©rĂȘt. Il convient de prier pour que ces chrĂ©tiens ravivent ou affermissent leur foi dans les preuves que fournit la Bible que la prĂ©sence du Christ a commencĂ© en 1914 et que, ayant Ă©tĂ© intronisĂ© au ciel par JĂ©hovah cette annĂ©e-lĂ , il rĂšgne depuis lors au milieu de ses ennemis (Psaume 110:1, 2 ; Matthieu 24:3). Nous devrions tous ĂȘtre bien conscients du fait que des Ă©vĂ©nements annoncĂ©s, tels que la destruction de la fausse religion (“ Babylone la Grande ”), l’attaque satanique de Gog de Magog contre les serviteurs de JĂ©hovah et l’intervention salvatrice de Dieu le Tout-Puissant lors de la guerre d’Har-MaguĂ©dĂŽn, peuvent survenir avec une rapiditĂ© saisissante et s’enchaĂźner sur une pĂ©riode relativement courte (RĂ©vĂ©lation 16:14, 16 ; 18:1-5 ; ÉzĂ©kiel 38:18-23). Aussi, prions Dieu de nous aider Ă  rester spirituellement Ă©veillĂ©s. Puissions-nous tous prier avec conviction pour que le nom de JĂ©hovah soit sanctifiĂ©, pour que son Royaume vienne et pour que sa volontĂ© se fasse sur la terre comme elle est faite au ciel ! Puissions-nous aussi continuer Ă  exercer la foi et Ă  dĂ©montrer par des actes la sincĂ©ritĂ© de nos priĂšres (Matthieu 6:9, 10) ! Que tous ceux qui aiment JĂ©hovah puissent vraiment chercher d’abord le Royaume et Sa justice, et participer le plus possible Ă  la prĂ©dication de la bonne nouvelle avant que vienne la fin ! — Matthieu 6:33 ; 24:14.
      Louons et remercions JĂ©hovah
      Une maniĂšre importante de ‘ prĂ©parer nos priĂšres comme l’encens ’ consiste Ă  louer et Ă  remercier Dieu du fond de notre cƓur. Le roi David a prononcĂ© une priĂšre de ce genre quand lui et le peuple d’IsraĂ«l ont fait des contributions pour la construction du temple de JĂ©hovah. Il s’est exprimĂ© ainsi : “ BĂ©ni sois-tu, ĂŽ JĂ©hovah le Dieu d’IsraĂ«l notre pĂšre, depuis des temps indĂ©finis et pour des temps indĂ©finis. À toi, ĂŽ JĂ©hovah, sont la grandeur, la puissance, la beautĂ©, la supĂ©rioritĂ© et la dignitĂ© ; car tout, dans les cieux et sur la terre, est Ă  toi. À toi est le royaume, ĂŽ JĂ©hovah, Celui qui t’élĂšve aussi en chef au-dessus de tout. La richesse et la gloire sont grĂące Ă  toi, et tu domines tout ; dans ta main il y a force et puissance, et dans ta main est le pouvoir de rendre grand et de donner de la vigueur Ă  tous. Et maintenant, ĂŽ notre Dieu, nous te remercions et nous louons ton nom magnifique. ” — 1 Chroniques 29:10-13.
      Quelles splendides expressions de louange et de reconnaissance ! MĂȘme si nos priĂšres ne sont pas aussi Ă©loquentes, elles peuvent tĂ©moigner de la mĂȘme sincĂ©ritĂ©. Les actions de grĂąces et les louanges abondent dans le livre des Psaumes. Les Psaumes 148, 149 et 150, en particulier, louent Dieu en des termes particuliĂšrement choisis. La gratitude envers Dieu imprĂšgne Ă©galement de nombreux psaumes. “ J’ai demandĂ© une chose Ă  JĂ©hovah, a chantĂ© David, — c’est ce que je chercherai : Que j’habite dans la maison de JĂ©hovah tous les jours de ma vie, pour contempler le charme de JĂ©hovah et pour regarder avec admiration son temple. ” (Psaume 27:4). Agissons en harmonie avec de telles priĂšres en participant avec zĂšle Ă  toutes les activitĂ©s des “ foules rassemblĂ©es ” par JĂ©hovah (Psaume 26:12). Ajoutons Ă  cela la mĂ©ditation quotidienne de sa Parole, et nous aurons quantitĂ© de raisons de louer et de remercier sincĂšrement JĂ©hovah.
      Recherchons humblement l’aide de JĂ©hovah
      Nous avons l’assurance que JĂ©hovah entend les appels Ă  l’aide de ses TĂ©moins qui le servent d’un cƓur entier (IsaĂŻe 43:10-12). C’est ce qu’illustre un Ă©pisode de la vie d’Asa, qui a Ă©tĂ© roi de Juda pendant 41 ans (977-937 av. n. Ăš.). AprĂšs dix premiĂšres annĂ©es de rĂšgne marquĂ©es par la paix, le pays a Ă©tĂ© envahi par une armĂ©e de un million d’hommes conduite par ZĂ©rah l’Éthiopien. Bien qu’infiniment moins nombreux, Asa et ses hommes sont sortis Ă  la rencontre de l’ennemi. Cependant, avant de livrer bataille, Asa a prononcĂ© une priĂšre fervente, dans laquelle il a exprimĂ© sa confiance dans le pouvoir salvateur de JĂ©hovah. Implorant son aide, il a dit : “ Sur toi nous nous appuyons et c’est en ton nom que nous sommes venus contre cette foule. Ô JĂ©hovah, tu es notre Dieu. Que le mortel ne conserve pas de vigueur contre toi. ” En consĂ©quence, JĂ©hovah a sauvĂ© Juda Ă  cause de son grand nom ; il a donnĂ© aux IsraĂ©lites une victoire totale (2 Chroniques 14:1-15). Qu’il nous dĂ©livre de l’épreuve ou qu’il nous donne la force de l’endurer, il est hors de doute que Dieu entend nos appels Ă  l’aide.
      Soyons certains que JĂ©hovah entend tout autant nos requĂȘtes lorsque nous ne savons pas comment agir dans une certaine situation critique. C’est ce qu’a pu vĂ©rifier le roi de Juda Yehoshaphat, dont les 25 ans de rĂšgne ont commencĂ© en 936 avant notre Ăšre. Quand Juda s’est trouvĂ© menacĂ© par les armĂ©es coalisĂ©es de Moab, d’AmmĂŽn et de la rĂ©gion montagneuse de SĂ©ĂŻr, Yehoshaphat a fait cette supplication : “ Ô notre Dieu, n’exĂ©cuteras-tu pas le jugement sur eux ? Car en nous il n’y a pas de force devant cette foule nombreuse qui vient contre nous ; et nous, nous ne savons que faire, mais nos yeux sont tournĂ©s vers toi. ” JĂ©hovah a rĂ©pondu Ă  cette priĂšre humble : il a combattu en faveur de Juda en semant la confusion dans les rangs des ennemis de sorte que ceux-ci se sont entretuĂ©s. À la suite de cela, la crainte a saisi les nations d’alentour, et Juda a connu la paix (2 Chroniques 20:1-30). Lorsque nous manquons de la sagesse nĂ©cessaire pour rĂ©soudre une grave difficultĂ©, reconnaissons, comme Yehoshaphat : ‘ Nous ne savons que faire, mais nos yeux sont tournĂ©s vers toi, JĂ©hovah. ’ L’esprit saint peut nous rappeler alors Ă  la mĂ©moire des pensĂ©es bibliques qui nous donneront la solution, Ă  moins que l’aide divine ne revĂȘte une forme qui dĂ©passe l’entendement humain. — Romains 8:26, 27.
       Avant de recevoir l’aide de Dieu, peut-ĂȘtre nous faudra-t-il persĂ©vĂ©rer dans la priĂšre. NehĂ©mia a menĂ© deuil, a pleurĂ©, jeĂ»nĂ© et priĂ© pendant des jours Ă  propos de la muraille en ruine de JĂ©rusalem et de la situation pitoyable des habitants de Juda (NehĂ©mia 1:1-11). Ses priĂšres sont manifestement montĂ©es vers Dieu comme un encens de bonne odeur. Devant la mine abattue de NehĂ©mia, le roi perse ArtaxerxĂšs lui a un jour demandĂ© : “ Que cherches-tu donc Ă  obtenir ? ” “ AussitĂŽt, raconte NehĂ©mia, je priai le Dieu des cieux. ” Cette requĂȘte courte et silencieuse a Ă©tĂ© exaucĂ©e : NehĂ©mia a reçu l’autorisation d’accomplir ce qui lui tenait Ă  cƓur : se rendre Ă  JĂ©rusalem pour y rebĂątir la muraille. — NehĂ©mia 2:1-8.
      JĂ©sus nous apprend Ă  prier
      De toutes les priĂšres qui ont Ă©tĂ© conservĂ©es dans les Écritures, il en est une particuliĂšrement instructive ; c’est la priĂšre modĂšle, que JĂ©sus Christ a prĂ©sentĂ©e comme un encens de bonne odeur. Voici ce que nous lisons dans l’Évangile de Luc : “ Un [des] disciples [de JĂ©sus] lui dit : ‘ Seigneur, apprends-nous Ă  prier, comme Jean aussi l’a appris Ă  ses disciples. ’ Alors il leur dit : ‘ Quand vous priez, dites : “ PĂšre, que ton nom soit sanctifiĂ©. Que ton royaume vienne. Donne-nous notre pain pour le jour selon les besoins du jour. Et pardonne-nous nos pĂ©chĂ©s, car nous-mĂȘmes aussi nous pardonnons Ă  tous ceux qui nous doivent ; et ne nous fais pas entrer en tentation. ” ’ ” (Luc 11:1-4 ; Matthieu 6:9-13). Cette priĂšre n’était pas destinĂ©e Ă  ĂȘtre rĂ©citĂ©e, mais plutĂŽt Ă  donner une indication de ce pour quoi il faut prier. 
       “ PĂšre, que ton nom soit sanctifiĂ©. ” JĂ©hovah accorde Ă  ceux qui le servent et lui sont vouĂ©s le privilĂšge spĂ©cial de l’appeler PĂšre. Comme des enfants qui confient tout Ă  un pĂšre qu’ils savent misĂ©ricordieux, nous devrions prendre rĂ©guliĂšrement le temps d’adresser Ă  Dieu des priĂšres empreintes de dignitĂ© et de vĂ©nĂ©ration (Psaume 103:13, 14). Nos priĂšres devraient traduire l’intĂ©rĂȘt que nous portons Ă  la sanctification de son nom, que nous aspirons Ă  voir lavĂ© de tout l’opprobre dont il a Ă©tĂ© couvert. Oui, nous voulons que le nom de JĂ©hovah soit mis Ă  part et tenu pour saint, ou sacrĂ©. — Psaumes 5:11 ; 63:3, 4 ; 148:12, 13 ; ÉzĂ©kiel 38:23.
      “ Que ton royaume vienne. ”
      “ Que ton royaume vienne. ” Le Royaume reprĂ©sente la domination que JĂ©hovah exerce par l’intermĂ©diaire du gouvernement cĂ©leste messianique qu’il a confiĂ© Ă  son Fils, JĂ©sus, et aux “ saints ” qui lui sont associĂ©s (Daniel 7:13, 14, 18, 27 ; RĂ©vĂ©lation 20:6). BientĂŽt, ce Royaume ‘ viendra ’ contre tous ceux sur la terre qui s’opposent Ă  la souverainetĂ© divine et il les fera disparaĂźtre (Daniel 2:44). AprĂšs cela, la volontĂ© de JĂ©hovah sera faite sur la terre, comme elle l’est au ciel (Matthieu 6:10). Quelle joie ce sera pour toutes les crĂ©atures qui servent fidĂšlement le Souverain de l’univers !
       “ Donne-nous notre pain pour le jour selon les besoins du jour. ” En demandant Ă  JĂ©hovah la nourriture “ pour le jour ”, nous montrons que nous ne cherchons pas Ă  avoir abondance de biens, mais seulement de quoi satisfaire nos besoins quotidiens. Tout en comptant sur Dieu, nous travaillons et mettons Ă  profit les moyens Ă  notre disposition pour nous procurer la nourriture et les autres choses nĂ©cessaires Ă  la vie (2 Thessaloniciens 3:7-10). Nous devrions Ă©videmment remercier notre Bienfaiteur cĂ©leste, car c’est grĂące Ă  son amour, Ă  sa sagesse et Ă  sa puissance que nous avons tout cela. — Actes 14:15-17
       “ Pardonne-nous nos pĂ©chĂ©s, car nous-mĂȘmes aussi nous pardonnons Ă  tous ceux qui nous doivent. ” Étant donnĂ© que nous sommes imparfaits et pĂ©cheurs, il nous est impossible de nous conformer absolument aux normes parfaites de JĂ©hovah. Nous avons donc besoin de le prier de nous accorder son pardon en vertu du sacrifice rĂ©dempteur de JĂ©sus. Mais pour que ‘ Celui qui entend la priĂšre ’ applique le mĂ©rite de ce sacrifice Ă  nos pĂ©chĂ©s, il nous faut Ă©galement nous repentir et accepter toute discipline qu’il juge bon de nous administrer (Psaume 65:2 ; Romains 5:8 ; 6:23 ; HĂ©breux 12:4-11). Enfin, nous ne pouvons nous attendre Ă  ce que Dieu nous pardonne que si nous “ avons remis Ă  nos dĂ©biteurs ”, c’est-Ă -dire Ă  ceux qui ont pĂ©chĂ© contre nous. — Matthieu 6:12, 14, 15.
       “ Ne nous fais pas entrer en tentation. ” Quand la Bible dit que JĂ©hovah fait telle ou telle chose, c’est parfois simplement pour dire qu’il permet qu’elle se produise (Ruth 1:20, 21). Ce n’est pas lui qui nous tente pour nous faire pĂ©cher (Jacques 1:13). Les tentations de commettre le mal viennent du Diable, de notre chair imparfaite et du monde. Satan est le Tentateur qui essaie par ses manƓuvres de nous faire pĂ©cher contre Dieu (Matthieu 4:3 ; 1 Thessaloniciens 3:5). Lorsque nous prions Dieu de ‘ ne pas nous faire entrer en tentation ’, nous lui demandons en fait de ne pas permettre que nous cĂ©dions si nous sommes tentĂ©s de lui dĂ©sobĂ©ir. Il peut nous indiquer la voie Ă  suivre pour ne pas succomber ni nous laisser vaincre par Satan, le “ mĂ©chant ”. — Matthieu 6:13 ; 1 Corinthiens 10:13.
      Agissons en harmonie avec nos priĂšres
      Comment pouvons-nous agir en harmonie avec les priĂšres dans lesquelles nous demandons Ă  ĂȘtre heureux en mariage et dans notre vie de famille?
      La priĂšre modĂšle de JĂ©sus aborde les points principaux, mais il y a toutes sortes de choses qui peuvent faire l’objet de nos priĂšres. Ce peut ĂȘtre, par exemple, le dĂ©sir d’ĂȘtre heureux en mariage ; ou bien celui de rester pur jusqu’au jour des noces. Dans ce cas, prions pour avoir de la maĂźtrise de soi. Mais soyons Ă©galement consĂ©quents avec nos priĂšres en rejetant les lectures et les divertissements impurs. Soyons dĂ©terminĂ©s aussi Ă  ‘ nous marier seulement dans le Seigneur ’. (1 Corinthiens 7:39 ; DeutĂ©ronome 7:3, 4.) Une fois mariĂ©s, ne nous contentons pas de prier pour ĂȘtre heureux : appliquons les conseils venant de Dieu. Si nous avons des enfants, aspirons-nous Ă  les voir devenir de fidĂšles serviteurs de JĂ©hovah ? Alors, tout en priant dans ce sens, faisons tout notre possible pour leur inculquer les vĂ©ritĂ©s divines en Ă©tudiant la Bible avec eux et en les emmenant rĂ©guliĂšrement aux rĂ©unions chrĂ©tiennes. — DeutĂ©ronome 6:5-9 ; 31:12 ; Proverbes 22:6.
      Prions-nous pour que Dieu bĂ©nisse notre ministĂšre ? Agissons en harmonie avec ces priĂšres en participant de façon significative Ă  la prĂ©dication du Royaume. Si nous prions pour avoir des occasions d’aider les autres Ă  emprunter le chemin de la vie Ă©ternelle, ayons soin de bien prendre note des personnes qui manifestent de l’intĂ©rĂȘt et soyons prĂȘts Ă  adapter notre programme pour y inclure des Ă©tudes bibliques. Enfin, si nous poursuivons l’objectif de devenir pionniers afin de prendre part Ă  l’Ɠuvre d’évangĂ©lisation Ă  plein temps, allons dans le sens de nos priĂšres en augmentant notre participation au ministĂšre et en prĂȘchant avec des pionniers. Nous montrerons ainsi que nous agissons en harmonie avec nos priĂšres.
      Si nous servons JĂ©hovah fidĂšlement, nous pouvons ĂȘtre certains qu’il rĂ©pondra aux priĂšres conformes Ă  sa volontĂ© que nous lui adresserons (1 Jean 5:14, 15).. Faisant une comparaison avec l’odeur agrĂ©able de l’encens que les prĂȘtres offraient dans le temple, la Parole de Dieu nous donne cette assurance : “ La priĂšre des hommes droits est pour lui un plaisir. ” — Proverbes 15:8.

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      Hello Eric, as tu dĂ©jĂ  prĂ©parĂ© le sujet des joyaux du 10 novembre concernant le but des sacrifices et offrandes, sachant que nous devons d'abord prĂ©senter le livre du LĂ©vitique. Comment ĂȘtre concis?
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    • Eric Ouellet

      Apprenons Ă  craindre JĂ©hovah
      “ La crainte de JĂ©hovah est le dĂ©but de la sagesse. ” — PROVERBES 9:10.

      IL FUT un temps oĂč dire de quelqu’un craignait Dieu Ă©tait un compliment. Beaucoup jugent aujourd’hui dĂ©suĂšte et illogique l’idĂ©e de craindre Dieu. " Pourquoi craindre Dieu s’il est amour?" s’étonnent-ils. C’est que la crainte est Ă  leurs yeux un sentiment forcĂ©ment nĂ©gatif, voire paralysant. Or, la crainte de Dieu, la vraie, est bien autre chose que de la peur et, comme nous allons le voir, elle ne se rĂ©sume pas Ă  un sentiment.
       La Bible prĂ©sente la crainte de Dieu sous un jour positif (IsaĂŻe 11:3). Craindre Dieu, c’est Ă©prouver envers lui un profond respect et dĂ©sirer vivement ne pas lui dĂ©plaire (Psaume 115:11). C’est aussi accepter ses normes morales et s’y conformer strictement, appliquer dans notre vie ses critĂšres du bien et du mal. Un ouvrage de rĂ©fĂ©rence indique que cette crainte salutaire exprime “ un rapport Ă  Dieu, une disposition d’esprit dominante, qui incite Ă  se conduire avec sagesse et Ă  rejeter le mal sous toutes ses formes ”. La Bible dit d’ailleurs que “ la crainte de JĂ©hovah est le dĂ©but de la sagesse ”. — Proverbes 9:10.
      La crainte de Dieu influe sur de nombreux domaines de l’existence. Outre la sagesse, elle favorise la joie, la paix, la prospĂ©ritĂ©, la longĂ©vitĂ©, l’espoir, la confiance (Psaume 2:11 ; Proverbes 1:7 ; 10:27 ; 14:26 ; 22:4 ; 23:17, 18 ; Actes 9:31). Elle est Ă©troitement liĂ©e Ă  la foi et Ă  l’amour. Pour tout dire, elle touche tous les aspects de nos relations avec Dieu et avec les humains (DeutĂ©ronome 10:12 ; Job 6:14 ; HĂ©breux 11:7). Craindre Dieu, enfin, c’est avoir la ferme conviction que notre PĂšre cĂ©leste se soucie de nous personnellement et qu’il est disposĂ© Ă  pardonner nos transgressions (Psaume 130:4). Il n’y a donc qu’aux pĂ©cheurs non repentants que Dieu devrait inspirer de la terreur. — HĂ©breux 10:26-31.
      Puisqu’il est indispensable de le craindre pour prendre de sages dĂ©cisions et recevoir ses bĂ©nĂ©dictions, comment "apprendre Ă  craindre JĂ©hovah"
      dans le bon sens du terme (DeutĂ©ronome 17:19) ? De nombreux exemples d’hommes et de femmes qui craignaient Dieu ont Ă©tĂ© consignĂ©s dans les Écritures “ pour notre instruction ”. (Romains 15:4.) IntĂ©ressons-nous Ă  la vie de l’un de ces personnages, le roi David.
      SaĂŒl, le premier roi d’IsraĂ«l, avait la crainte du peuple, mais pas la crainte de Dieu. Cela lui a valu d’ĂȘtre rejetĂ© par JĂ©hovah (1 Samuel 15:24-26). David, lui, Ă©tait un homme qui craignait vraiment Dieu ; sa vie et son intimitĂ© avec JĂ©hovah en tĂ©moignent. Les nombreuses nuits Ă  la belle Ă©toile qu’il avait passĂ©es dans sa jeunesse Ă  faire paĂźtre les moutons de son pĂšre l’avaient certainement aidĂ© Ă  comprendre ce qu’est la crainte de JĂ©hovah (1 Samuel 16:11). De l’immense univers, il n’avait contemplĂ© qu’une infime partie, mais cela lui avait suffi pour saisir l’essentiel : Dieu mĂ©rite respect et adoration. “ Quand je vois tes cieux, les Ɠuvres de tes doigts, la lune et les Ă©toiles que tu as prĂ©parĂ©es, Ă©crira-t-il plus tard, qu’est-ce que le mortel pour que tu penses Ă  lui, et le fils de l’homme tirĂ© du sol pour que tu t’occupes de lui ? ” — Psaume 8:3, 4.
      Il Ă©tait normal que David soit impressionnĂ© quand il comparait sa petitesse Ă  l’immensitĂ© des cieux Ă©toilĂ©s. Mais, loin de l’effrayer, cette connaissance le portait Ă  louer JĂ©hovah. “ Les cieux proclament la gloire de Dieu, a-t-il Ă©crit ; et l’Ɠuvre de ses mains, l’étendue l’annonce. ” (Psaume 19:1). Ce profond respect le rapprochait de JĂ©hovah ; il lui donnait envie d’apprendre ses voies parfaites et de les suivre. Percevez-vous les sentiments qui l’habitaient quand il chantait ce psaume : “ Tu es grand et tu fais des choses prodigieuses ; tu es Dieu, toi seul. Instruis-moi de ta voie, ĂŽ JĂ©hovah ! Je marcherai dans ta vĂ©ritĂ©. Unifie mon cƓur pour craindre ton nom. ” — Psaume 86:10, 11.
      Quand les Philistins ont envahi le pays d’IsraĂ«l, leur champion, Goliath, a provoquĂ© les IsraĂ©lites du haut de ses trois mĂštres. " Envoyez donc quelqu’un m’affronter en combat singulier ! les narguait-il. S’il me bat, nous serons vos serviteurs. " (1 Samuel 17:4-10). SaĂŒl et toute son armĂ©e Ă©taient terrifiĂ©s. Mais pas David. S’il devait craindre quelqu’un, c’était JĂ©hovah, et non un homme, si fort soit-il. “ Je viens vers toi avec le nom de JĂ©hovah des armĂ©es, a-t-il lancĂ© Ă  Goliath. [...] Et toute cette assemblĂ©e saura que ce n’est ni par l’épĂ©e ni par la lance que JĂ©hovah sauve rĂ©ellement, car Ă  JĂ©hovah appartient la bataille. ” GrĂące Ă  JĂ©hovah, une fronde et une pierre ont suffi Ă  David pour abattre le gĂ©ant. — 1 Samuel 17:45-47.
      Il peut arriver que nous nous trouvions devant des obstacles ou des ennemis aussi intimidants que ceux qu’a dĂ» affronter David. Que faire alors ? Imiter David et d’autres fidĂšles du passĂ© en s’armant de la crainte de Dieu. La crainte de Dieu l’emporte sur la crainte de l’homme. À ses compatriotes en butte Ă  l’opposition, le fidĂšle NehĂ©mia a adressĂ© cette exhortation : “ N’ayez pas peur Ă  cause d’eux. Souvenez-vous de JĂ©hovah le Grand et le Redoutable. ” (NehĂ©mia 4:14). C’est parce qu’ils avaient son soutien que David, NehĂ©mia et d’autres ont rĂ©ussi Ă  faire ce que JĂ©hovah attendait d’eux. Nous le pourrons Ă©galement si nous craignons Dieu.
      AprĂšs celle sur Goliath, JĂ©hovah a accordĂ© d’autres victoires Ă  David. Jaloux, SaĂŒl a tentĂ© de tuer le jeune homme, d’abord dans un geste de colĂšre, puis par des moyens dĂ©tournĂ©s, enfin en mobilisant toute une armĂ©e contre lui. MĂȘme si David avait reçu l’assurance qu’il serait roi, pendant des annĂ©es il a dĂ» fuir, se battre, et attendre le moment fixĂ© par JĂ©hovah. Dans toutes ces situations, il ne s’est jamais dĂ©parti de sa crainte du vrai Dieu. — 1 Samuel 18:9, 11, 17 ; 24:2.
      À un moment donnĂ©, David s’est rĂ©fugiĂ© auprĂšs d’Akish, le roi de Gath, ville philistine d’oĂč Ă©tait originaire Goliath (1 Samuel 21:10-15). Les serviteurs d’Akish l’ont dĂ©noncĂ© comme ennemi. Comment a-t-il rĂ©agi Ă  cette situation pĂ©rilleuse ? Il s’est confiĂ© Ă  JĂ©hovah de tout son cƓur (Psaume 56:1-4, 11-13). Il s’est finalement sorti du guĂȘpier en simulant la dĂ©mence, mais il Ă©tait bien conscient de devoir son salut Ă  JĂ©hovah, qui avait bĂ©ni son stratagĂšme. David a prouvĂ© qu’il craignait vraiment Dieu en plaçant toute sa confiance en lui. — Psaume 34:4-6, 9-11.
      À l’exemple de David, nous montrerons que nous craignons Dieu en ayant confiance en sa promesse de nous aider dans les Ă©preuves. “ Roule ta voie sur JĂ©hovah, compte sur lui, et c’est lui qui agira ”, a affirmĂ© David (Psaume 37:5). Cela ne veut pas dire qu’il faut mettre nos problĂšmes entre les mains de JĂ©hovah sans rien faire d’autre qu’attendre son intervention. David ne s’est pas contentĂ© de prier et de voir venir. Il a cherchĂ© une solution Ă  son problĂšme en utilisant les capacitĂ©s physiques et intellectuelles dont JĂ©hovah l’avait dotĂ©. Pour autant, il ne pensait pas que ses efforts d’humain suffiraient. Cette façon de voir devrait aussi ĂȘtre la nĂŽtre. Faisons tout ce qui est en notre pouvoir, puis laissons JĂ©hovah se charger du reste. Cela Ă©tant, il est frĂ©quent que nous ne puissions rien faire d’autre que compter sur JĂ©hovah. C’est lĂ  que la crainte de Dieu revĂȘt un caractĂšre trĂšs personnel. Combien est rĂ©confortante cette rĂ©flexion de David : “ L’intimitĂ© avec JĂ©hovah appartient Ă  ceux qui le craignent. ” — Psaume 25:14.
      Il s’agit donc de ne pas banaliser nos priĂšres et nos relations avec Dieu. Lorsque nous nous ‘ avançons ’ vers JĂ©hovah, nous devons “ croire qu’il est, et qu’il devient celui qui rĂ©compense ceux qui le cherchent rĂ©ellement ”. (HĂ©breux 11:6 ; Jacques 1:5-8.) Et quand il vient Ă  notre aide, il nous faut, conformĂ©ment au conseil de l’apĂŽtre Paul, ‘ nous montrer reconnaissants ’. (Colossiens 3:15, 17.) Ne ressemblons jamais Ă  ceux dont un chrĂ©tien oint expĂ©rimentĂ© a dit : “ Ils prennent Dieu pour une sorte de garçon de cafĂ©. Ils aimeraient qu’il rĂ©ponde Ă  un claquement de doigts dĂšs qu’ils ont besoin de quelque chose, et qu’il disparaisse dĂšs qu’ils ont eu ce qu’ils voulaient. ” OĂč est leur crainte de Dieu ?
      Le fait que JĂ©hovah l’ait secouru a augmentĂ© la confiance et la crainte que David Ă©prouvait envers lui (Psaume 31:22-24). Trois fois, cependant, David a mis notablement sa crainte de Dieu entre parenthĂšses, ce qui a eu des consĂ©quences tragiques. La premiĂšre fois, c’est quand il a dĂ©cidĂ© de faire transporter l’arche de l’alliance Ă  JĂ©rusalem sur un chariot, et non sur les Ă©paules des LĂ©vites comme le prescrivait la Loi. Ouzza, qui conduisait le chariot, a saisi l’Arche pour l’empĂȘcher de tomber. Dieu l’a fait mourir sur le champ pour cet “ acte d’irrĂ©vĂ©rence ”. Certes, Ouzza avait commis un pĂ©chĂ© grave, mais c’est bien David qui, pour n’avoir pas respectĂ© la Loi divine, Ă©tait responsable de ce drame. Craindre Dieu suppose que l’on fasse les choses comme lui l’entend. — 2 Samuel 6:2-9 ; Nombres 4:15 ; 7:9.
      Une autre fois, sous l’impulsion de Satan, David a procĂ©dĂ© au dĂ©nombrement des hommes de guerre en IsraĂ«l (1 Chroniques 21:1). LĂ  encore, il a cessĂ© momentanĂ©ment de craindre Dieu, ce qui a coĂ»tĂ© la vie Ă  70 000 de ses compatriotes. Bien qu’il se soit repenti devant JĂ©hovah, lui et le peuple ont beaucoup souffert en la circonstance. — 2 Samuel 24:1-16
      C’est aussi parce qu’il avait oubliĂ© sa crainte de Dieu que David a couchĂ© avec Bath-ShĂ©ba, la femme d’Ouriya. David savait qu’il Ă©tait mal, non seulement de commettre l’adultĂšre, mais aussi de dĂ©sirer la femme d’un autre (Exode 20:14, 17). Tout a commencĂ© quand il a aperçu Bath-ShĂ©ba qui se baignait. La crainte de Dieu lui commandait de dĂ©tourner son regard immĂ©diatement et de maĂźtriser ses pensĂ©es. Mais il a manifestement ‘ continuĂ© Ă  regarder ’, si bien que la passion l’a emportĂ© sur sa crainte de Dieu (Matthieu 5:28 ; 2 Samuel 11:1-4). David a oubliĂ© que JĂ©hovah devait ĂȘtre prĂ©sent dans tous les domaines de sa vie. — Psaume 139:1-7.
      De son adultĂšre avec Bath-ShĂ©ba est nĂ© un fils. Peu aprĂšs, JĂ©hovah a envoyĂ© le prophĂšte NathĂąn dĂ©noncer le pĂ©chĂ© de David. Retrouvant la crainte de Dieu en mĂȘme temps que la raison, celui-ci s’est repenti. Il a suppliĂ© JĂ©hovah de ne pas le rejeter et de ne pas lui retirer son esprit saint (Psaume 51:7, 11). JĂ©hovah lui a pardonnĂ© et a attĂ©nuĂ© le chĂątiment, mais il ne lui a pas Ă©pargnĂ© toutes les consĂ©quences de ses actes. Le fils de David est mort ; les malheurs se sont succĂ©dĂ© dans sa famille. Quel prix Ă  payer pour avoir momentanĂ©ment fait abstraction de la crainte de Dieu ! — 2 Samuel 12:10-14 ; 13:10-14 ; 15:14.
      Aujourd’hui de mĂȘme, ne pas craindre Dieu dans le domaine de la moralitĂ© peut avoir des consĂ©quences graves et durables. Imaginez la douleur de cette jeune femme qui dĂ©couvre que son mari chrĂ©tien l’a trompĂ©e lors d’un dĂ©placement professionnel Ă  l’étranger. ChoquĂ©e, anĂ©antie par le chagrin, elle enfouit son visage dans ses mains et pleure toutes les larmes de son corps. Combien de temps faudra-t-il au mari infidĂšle pour regagner la confiance et le respect de sa femme ? Des situations aussi pĂ©nibles peuvent ĂȘtre Ă©vitĂ©es grĂące Ă  la crainte de Dieu. — 1 Corinthiens 6:18.
      Satan dĂ©truit les valeurs morales de la sociĂ©tĂ© humaine les unes aprĂšs les autres, et il cherche particuliĂšrement Ă  corrompre les vrais chrĂ©tiens. Pour ce faire, il exploite le chemin le plus direct vers le cƓur et l’esprit : nos sens, avec une prĂ©dilection pour l’ouĂŻe et la vue (ÉphĂ©siens 4:17-19). Comment rĂ©agissez-vous quand, involontairement, vous vous trouvez exposĂ© Ă  des images ou Ă  des paroles obscĂšnes, ou encore en prĂ©sence d’individus immoraux ?
      Voyez le cas d’AndrĂ©. Cet ancien et pĂšre de famille est mĂ©decin dans un pays d’Europe. Quand il Ă©tait de garde de nuit Ă  l’hĂŽpital, des collĂšgues fĂ©minines avaient pris l’habitude d’épingler sur son oreiller des mots doux ornĂ©s de petits cƓurs pour l’inviter Ă  coucher avec elles. AndrĂ© s’interdisait rĂ©solument d’accorder la moindre pensĂ©e Ă  ces avances. Mieux, pour se soustraire Ă  cet environnement malsain, il a changĂ© d’établissement. Sa crainte de Dieu s’est rĂ©vĂ©lĂ©e sage et lui a valu des bĂ©nĂ©dictions, puisqu’il effectue aujourd’hui une partie de ses activitĂ©s au siĂšge des TĂ©moins de JĂ©hovah de son pays.
      Troquer nos prĂ©cieuses relations avec JĂ©hovah contre quelque chose auquel nous n’avons pas droit : voilĂ  oĂč nous risquons d’en arriver en cultivant de mauvaises pensĂ©es (Jacques 1:14, 15). Si nous craignons JĂ©hovah, en revanche, nous nous tiendrons Ă©loignĂ©s — et mĂȘme nous nous Ă©carterons dĂ©libĂ©rĂ©ment — des gens, des lieux, des activitĂ©s ou des divertissements qui pourraient nous faire baisser notre garde (Proverbes 22:3). Quel que soit l’inconvĂ©nient ou le sacrifice que cela implique, il n’est rien Ă  cĂŽtĂ© de la perte de la faveur divine (Matthieu 5:29, 30). La crainte de Dieu nous commande de ne jamais nous exposer intentionnellement Ă  quoi que ce soit d’immoral — Ă  commencer par la pornographie sous toutes ses formes —, mais aussi de faire en sorte que nos yeux “ passent sans s’arrĂȘter Ă  la vue de ce qui n’est que nĂ©ant ”. Soyons convaincus que JĂ©hovah, alors, nous ‘ gardera en vie ’ et nous donnera tout ce dont nous avons rĂ©ellement besoin. — Psaume 84:11 ; 119:37.
       AssurĂ©ment, c’est toujours faire preuve de sagesse que de laisser la crainte de Dieu dicter nos actions. C’est aussi la source du vrai bonheur (Psaume 34:9)

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