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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 JOHN BUTLER
      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.”
      “IF IT BE HIS WILL”
      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! 
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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.
      KJV:
      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
      FROM PEARL DOXSEY’S ARTICLE: “THE GREAT TRIBULATION – WHAT AND WHY”:
      “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
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      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
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
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      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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      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. 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.
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    • By James Thomas Rook Jr.
      WOULD YOU PAY SOMEONE $80 AN HOUR TO CUDDLE YOU?
      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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      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.
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      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.

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    • 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

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    • 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

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    • 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.
      WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH ABOUT PARADISE ON EARTH?
      (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.
      REJOICE! - SOON THAT PARADISE WILL BE HERE! LEARN NOW HOW TO BE PART OF THOSE THAT LIVE IN THAT EARTHLY PARADISE! 
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    • 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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      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.

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    • By Bible Speaks
      “Let Marriage Be Honorable”
      “Rejoice with the wife of your youth.”—PROVERBS 5:18.
      HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY MARRIAGE?
      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)
       
      AVOID SPEECH AND CONDUCT THAT DISHONOR MARRIAGE
      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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      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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      ? PRAISE JEHOVAH FOR HE IS GREAT AND HIS GLORY IS 
      A TESTIMONY TO HIS WORKS AND LOVE FOR ALL MANKIND.?
      "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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      ??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? 

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      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)
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      Without goals we reach nothing. Without love we  feel nothing. 

      And without Jehovah God,
      we are nothing! 
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      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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      Comment fortifier notre foi par les Ă©preuves que nous subissons en ce monde.
       
      DANS la vie, il y a parfois des moments oĂč nous avons dĂ©sespĂ©rĂ©ment besoin d’aide pour rĂ©soudre nos problĂšmes. S’il nous arrivait d’ĂȘtre frappĂ©s par une sĂ©rie de malheurs, nous pourrions facilement sombrer dans le dĂ©sespoir le plus complet et nous sentir Ă©crasĂ©s par l’adversitĂ©. C’est dans ces moments-lĂ  que nous apprĂ©cions l’aide qui nous est offerte.
      Le fait que nous sommes disciples du Fils de Dieu ne signifie pas que nous n’avons jamais besoin d’aide. Nous ne sommes pas Ă  l’abri des Ă©preuves. La maladie, les accidents, les inondations, les tremblements de terre, les tempĂȘtes, la criminalitĂ©, l’injustice et l’oppression sont le lot de tous les humains. Nous ne devrions pas nous attendre que le Souverain suprĂȘme utilise son pouvoir pour influer sur notre hĂ©rĂ©ditĂ© ou sur notre environnement afin de nous Ă©pargner, Ă  nous seulement qui sommes ses serviteurs, les souffrances consĂ©cutives aux conditions actuelles. Dieu a prĂ©vu d’annuler un jour les effets nĂ©fastes du pĂ©chĂ© de l’homme, mais ce jour est encore Ă  venir. S’il accordait dĂšs Ă  prĂ©sent une protection miraculeuse Ă  son peuple, une foule d’hommes viendraient sans aucun doute en grossir les rangs, mais uniquement par intĂ©rĂȘt, et non pas par amour et par foi. — Comparez avec Jean 6:10-15, 26, 27.
       
      Non seulement nous ne pourrons pas Ă©viter les souffrances que causent des Ă©vĂ©nements pĂ©nibles, mais pour la raison mĂȘme que nous sommes serviteurs de Dieu, nous devrons peut-ĂȘtre endurer la persĂ©cution, qu’elle vienne de notre famille, de nos voisins, de nos connaissances ou des autoritĂ©s gouvernementales. JĂ©sus alla mĂȘme jusqu’à dire: “On vous livrera Ă  la tribulation et l’on vous tuera, et vous serez les objets de la haine de toutes les nations Ă  cause de mon nom.” (Matthieu 24:9). L’Histoire dĂ©montre que c’est ce qui s’est passĂ© prĂ©cisĂ©ment dans notre vingtiĂšme siĂšcle.
      Pourquoi le Dieu Tout-Puissant permet-il que ses serviteurs subissent des Ă©preuves? Puisque leur mode de vie ne les protĂšge pas des maux courants et qu’il peut mĂȘme faire d’eux des ‘objets de haine’, on peut se demander s’il est vraiment le meilleur qui soit. Apporte-t-il des bienfaits qui compensent, qui excĂšdent mĂȘme les peines subies? Se pourrait-il qu’il y ait plus de bonheur Ă  endurer certaines Ă©preuves qu’à les Ă©viter? Qu’est-ce qui nous permettra de supporter victorieusement les difficultĂ©s les plus grandes? La rĂ©ponse Ă  ces questions nous aidera et nous affermira beaucoup.
      QUI EST LE VRAI RESPONSABLE?
      Il ne faut jamais oublier que notre PĂšre cĂ©leste n’est pas responsable de la souffrance. Ce n’est pas lui qui a introduit le pĂ©chĂ© dans le monde, mais un de ses fils spirituels qui s’est rebellĂ© dĂ©libĂ©rĂ©ment contre son CrĂ©ateur, se faisant ainsi Satan, c’est-Ă -dire opposant au TrĂšs-Haut. InfluencĂ© par lui, le premier couple humain, Adam et Ève, a violĂ© volontairement la loi divine et s’est attirĂ© la condamnation de Dieu et la mort (GenĂšse 3:1-19; Jean 8:44). Adam ayant perdu sa perfection, tous ses descendants sont nĂ©s dans le pĂ©chĂ© et sont sujets Ă  la maladie, aux infirmitĂ©s, Ă  la vieillesse et Ă  la mort (Romains 5:12). PĂ©cheurs dĂšs la naissance, nous sommes bien loin d’ĂȘtre le genre de personnes que nous voudrions et que nous devrions ĂȘtre. Il nous arrive de blesser les autres involontairement par nos paroles ou nos actes, et d’ajouter ainsi Ă  leurs peines. Il faut donc nous rappeler que Dieu n’est pas responsable des difficultĂ©s causĂ©es par notre imperfection ou par celle de nos semblables. Si sa loi avait Ă©tĂ© respectĂ©e, la maladie, les infirmitĂ©s, la vieillesse et toutes les autres causes de souffrances n’auraient jamais existĂ©.
      Notre PĂšre cĂ©leste n’approuve pas non plus l’extrĂȘme cruautĂ© de l’homme envers son semblable. La Bible dĂ©clare: “Écraser sous les pieds tous les prisonniers du pays, priver un homme de ses droits au mĂ©pris du TrĂšs-Haut, Ă©garer la justice dans les tribunaux, — le Seigneur n’a jamais approuvĂ© ces choses.” (Lamentations 3:34-36, The New English Bible). Ceux qui violent la loi de Dieu en maltraitant leurs semblables devront lui rendre des comptes. “La vengeance est Ă  moi; c’est moi qui paierai de retour, dit JĂ©hovah.” (Romains 12:19). Par consĂ©quent, nous devons veiller Ă  ne pas nous irriter contre notre PĂšre cĂ©leste Ă  cause des souffrances provoquĂ©es par des hommes qui enfreignent dĂ©libĂ©rĂ©ment et effrontĂ©ment sa loi.
      Évidemment, JĂ©hovah Dieu pourrait empĂȘcher Satan, les dĂ©mons, les hommes mĂ©chants et l’imperfection humaine de provoquer toutes sortes de situations pĂ©nibles. Toutefois, puisqu’il permet que mĂȘme ses serviteurs connaissent l’adversitĂ©, il doit avoir de bonnes raisons d’agir ainsi.
      POUR LE BIEN DES “VASES DE MISÉRICORDE”
      Les Écritures expliquent que si Dieu n’est pas intervenu contre les responsables des grandes souffrances qui affligent les humains, c’est dans le but de procurer finalement le plus grand bonheur aux amis de la droiture. Dans sa lettre aux Romains, l’apĂŽtre chrĂ©tien Paul Ă©crivit:
      “Que dirons-nous donc? Y a-t-il de l’injustice chez Dieu? Que ce ne soit jamais le cas! Car il dit Ă  MoĂŻse: ‘J’aurai pitiĂ© de qui j’ai pitiĂ©, et je tĂ©moignerai de la compassion Ă  qui je tĂ©moigne de la compassion.’ Ainsi donc, cela dĂ©pend, non pas de celui qui souhaite ni de celui qui court, mais de Dieu qui a pitiĂ©. Car l’Écriture dit Ă  Pharaon: ‘C’est pour cela mĂȘme que je t’ai laissĂ© subsister, pour faire voir Ă  ton sujet ma puissance, et pour que mon nom soit proclamĂ© par toute la terre.’ Ainsi donc, il a pitiĂ© de qui il veut, mais il laisse s’obstiner qui il veut.
      “Tu vas donc me dire: ‘Qu’a-t-il encore Ă  faire des reproches? Qui a rĂ©sistĂ© en effet Ă  sa volontĂ© formelle?’ Ô homme, vraiment, qui es-tu donc pour rĂ©pliquer Ă  Dieu? Est-ce que l’objet façonnĂ© va dire Ă  celui qui l’a façonnĂ©: ‘Pourquoi m’as-tu fait ainsi?’ — PlaĂźt-il? Est-ce que le potier n’a pas pouvoir sur l’argile pour faire, de la mĂȘme masse, tel vase pour un usage honorable et tel autre pour un usage vulgaire? Si donc Dieu, bien que voulant montrer son courroux et faire connaĂźtre sa puissance, a supportĂ© avec beaucoup de longanimitĂ© des vases de courroux rendus bons pour la destruction, afin de faire connaĂźtre la richesse de sa gloire envers des vases de misĂ©ricorde qu’il a par avance prĂ©parĂ©s pour la gloire, savoir nous qu’il a appelĂ©s non seulement d’entre les Juifs, mais encore d’entre les nations, eh bien quoi?” — Romains 9:14-24.
      Les circonstances que JĂ©hovah peut provoquer ou tolĂ©rer dans la vie des hommes permettent de rĂ©vĂ©ler quelle sorte de “vases” ils sont. Le pharaon Ă  qui JĂ©hovah ordonna, par l’entremise de MoĂŻse et d’Aaron, de libĂ©rer les IsraĂ©lites qu’il tenait en esclavage, continua Ă  s’endurcir contre le TrĂšs-Haut. Plus les plaies s’abattaient sur les Égyptiens, plus ce pharaon s’obstinait dans son refus de laisser les IsraĂ©lites quitter l’Égypte comme un peuple libre. Il se rĂ©vĂ©la donc un ‘vase de courroux’ qui mĂ©ritait la destruction pour avoir dĂ©fiĂ© l’autoritĂ© du Souverain suprĂȘme, JĂ©hovah Dieu. Par la mĂȘme occasion le traitement cruel et injuste qu’il infligea aux IsraĂ©lites prouvait amplement que ceux-ci avaient bien besoin de la misĂ©ricorde et de la compassion de Dieu.
      Notez Ă©galement que, selon l’apĂŽtre Paul, si JĂ©hovah a laissĂ© le pharaon s’obstiner dans son dĂ©fi, c’est parce que son nom Ă©tait impliquĂ©. S’il avait dĂ©truit immĂ©diatement cet orgueilleux monarque, JĂ©hovah Dieu n’aurait pas eu l’occasion de faire connaĂźtre l’ampleur et la diversitĂ© de son pouvoir, comme il l’a fait en humiliant les nombreuses divinitĂ©s Ă©gyptiennes ainsi que les prĂȘtres magiciens. Les dix plaies et la destruction du pharaon et de son armĂ©e dans la mer Rouge, point culminant de l’action de Dieu, furent une dĂ©monstration tellement grandiose de la puissance divine que les nations d’alentour en parlaient encore des annĂ©es plus tard. Ainsi le nom de JĂ©hovah fut proclamĂ© par toute la terre, ce qui contribua Ă  sa gloire et Ă  son honneur et incita les humains sincĂšres Ă  reconnaĂźtre sa suprĂ©matie. — JosuĂ© 2:10, 11; I Samuel 4:8.
      Les IsraĂ©lites, tels des “vases de misĂ©ricorde”, profitĂšrent assurĂ©ment de cette action du TrĂšs-Haut. En tolĂ©rant l’oppression des IsraĂ©lites puis en y mettant fin par une splendide dĂ©monstration de puissance, Dieu leur permit de mieux le connaĂźtre. Il leur donna un aperçu de sa grandeur comme cela n’aurait jamais Ă©tĂ© possible autrement. Bien que pĂ©nibles, les Ă©vĂ©nements que les IsraĂ©lites vĂ©curent en Égypte auraient certainement dĂ» les aider Ă  comprendre Ă  quel point il Ă©tait important d’exercer la foi dans le pouvoir salvateur de Dieu et d’éprouver pour lui une crainte salutaire. C’était indispensable s’ils voulaient continuer Ă  mener une vie qui leur apporterait le bonheur, la sĂ©curitĂ©, la paix et la santĂ©. — DeutĂ©ronome 6:1-24; 28:1-68.
      Tout comme l’inclination du cƓur des hommes a Ă©tĂ© rendue manifeste Ă  cette Ă©poque-lĂ , de mĂȘme les Ă©preuves que Dieu permet que nous subissions aujourd’hui rĂ©vĂšlent si nous le servons avec de bons mobiles. Satan, l’adversaire de Dieu, prĂ©tend en effet que ceux qui font la volontĂ© divine agissent surtout par Ă©goĂŻsme. Voici ce qu’il dĂ©clara au sujet du fidĂšle Job: “Tout ce qu’un homme a, il le donnera pour son Ăąme. Pour changer, avance ta main, s’il te plaĂźt, et touche jusqu’à son os et Ă  sa chair, et vois s’il ne te maudit pas Ă  ta face.” (Job 2:4, 5). En endurant fidĂšlement les souffrances, nous rĂ©futons l’accusation de Satan et nous participons Ă  la justification du beau nom de notre PĂšre cĂ©leste qui, lui, a confiance en ses fidĂšles serviteurs. Mais que dire si JĂ©hovah permet Ă  Satan d’utiliser ses instruments pour infliger aux vrais chrĂ©tiens des traitements qui les rendent infirmes ou provoquent leur mort? Si des chrĂ©tiennes sont violĂ©es ou subissent d’autres agressions tout aussi abominables? Évidemment, ce sont lĂ  des choses rĂ©voltantes, mais rappelons-nous qu’il n’est rien que notre PĂšre cĂ©leste ne puisse entiĂšrement rĂ©parer en temps voulu. C’est pourquoi il peut parfois juger bon de permettre que l’épreuve aille jusqu’à de telles extrĂ©mitĂ©s. GrĂące Ă  leur fidĂ©litĂ©, mĂȘme jusqu’à la mort, les serviteurs de Dieu ont ainsi la possibilitĂ© de dĂ©montrer de façon incontestable qu’ils lui vouent un attachement sincĂšre.
      Aussi surprenant que cela puisse paraĂźtre Ă  certains, les Ă©preuves que nous subissons, qu’elles aient des causes naturelles ou qu’elles soient dues Ă  la persĂ©cution peuvent malgrĂ© tout nous faire progresser sur le plan individuel. C’est ce que fait remarquer l’apĂŽtre Pierre. AprĂšs avoir dit que les chrĂ©tiens sont “sauvegardĂ©s par la puissance de Dieu” pour que leur salut dĂ©finitif soit assurĂ©, il ajoute:
      “En cette chose vous vous rĂ©jouissez grandement, bien que vous soyez actuellement affligĂ©s, s’il le faut, pour un peu de temps, par diverses Ă©preuves, afin que la valeur Ă©prouvĂ©e de votre foi, beaucoup plus prĂ©cieuse que l’or qui est pĂ©rissable quoique Ă©prouvĂ© par le feu, soit trouvĂ©e sujet de louange, de gloire et d’honneur lors de la rĂ©vĂ©lation de JĂ©sus Christ.” — I Pierre 1:5-7.
      Comme Pierre l’admet lui-mĂȘme, il n’est nullement agrĂ©able de souffrir. Nous sommes certainement “affligĂ©s” lorsque nous subissons des Ă©preuves, et pourtant il est possible, en mĂȘme temps, de nous rĂ©jouir. Pourquoi? Cette joie vient en partie de ce que nous sommes conscients des bienfaits spirituels qui dĂ©coulent de l’endurance victorieuse des souffrances. Quels sont ces bienfaits spirituels?
      LES SOUFFRANCES AFFINENT LA FOI
      L’apĂŽtre Pierre compare l’effet des Ă©preuves sur la foi d’un chrĂ©tien Ă  l’affinage de l’or par le feu. Dans cette opĂ©ration, on obtient de l’or fin par l’élimination des scories. La valeur bien supĂ©rieure de cet or affinĂ© justifie certainement l’utilisation de ce procĂ©dĂ©. Pourtant, comme le fait remarquer Pierre, mĂȘme l’or Ă©prouvĂ© par le feu est pĂ©rissable. Il peut s’user ou ĂȘtre dĂ©truit d’une façon ou d’une autre. Il n’en va pas de mĂȘme de la foi Ă©prouvĂ©e. La vraie foi ne peut ĂȘtre dĂ©truite.
      Pour obtenir l’approbation divine, nous devons absolument possĂ©der une telle foi. La Bible dĂ©clare: “Sans la foi il est impossible de lui plaire [Ă  Dieu].” (HĂ©breux 11:6). La foi dont la sincĂ©ritĂ© est dĂ©montrĂ©e dans l’épreuve a vraiment beaucoup plus de valeur que l’or fin, car notre avenir Ă©ternel en fait partie.
      Mais comment les Ă©preuves affinent-elles la foi au point qu’elle “soit trouvĂ©e sujet de louange, de gloire et d’honneur lors de la rĂ©vĂ©lation de JĂ©sus Christ”? 
      En voici plusieurs façons.

      Si notre foi est solide, elle nous rĂ©confortera et nous soutiendra quand nous subirons une Ă©preuve. Ayant passĂ© victorieusement cette Ă©preuve, nous serons plus forts pour faire face Ă  d’autres difficultĂ©s Ă©ventuelles. L’expĂ©rience nous aura montrĂ© ce que notre foi peut faire pour nous.
      D’autre part, une certaine Ă©preuve peut rĂ©vĂ©ler un dĂ©faut particulier de la personnalitĂ© du chrĂ©tien, par exemple l’orgueil, l’entĂȘtement, l’impatience ou encore l’amour du monde, du luxe ou des plaisirs. Ces traits viennent en fait d’un manque de foi. En effet, ils montrent que ce chrĂ©tien ne se soumet pas totalement Ă  la direction de Dieu et Ă  sa volontĂ© Ă  son Ă©gard. Il n’est pas convaincu que son PĂšre cĂ©leste sait mieux que quiconque ce qui lui procurera le bonheur ni qu’on est toujours bĂ©ni quand on suit la direction divine (HĂ©breux 3:12, 13). Quand les Ă©preuves rĂ©vĂšlent au chrĂ©tien ses faiblesses, il se rend compte qu’il doit affermir sa foi s’il veut rester un serviteur approuvĂ© du TrĂšs-Haut.
      Par consĂ©quent, si un Ă©vĂ©nement particulier rĂ©vĂšle que notre foi prĂ©sente une faille, nous pouvons nous examiner et dĂ©cider quelle correction apporter. Il serait bien que nous nous posions ces questions: “Pourquoi ma foi est-elle faible? Est-ce que je nĂ©glige l’étude et la mĂ©ditation de la Parole de Dieu? Est-ce que je saisis toutes les occasions qui me sont offertes de me rĂ©unir avec mes frĂšres chrĂ©tiens afin de m’affermir grĂące Ă  la dĂ©claration de leur foi? Ai-je tendance Ă  trop compter sur moi-mĂȘme au lieu de me dĂ©charger sur JĂ©hovah Dieu de tous mes soucis et de toutes mes ‘inquiĂ©tudes’? Est-ce que je prie JĂ©hovah du fond du cƓur chaque jour?” Une fois que nous aurons dĂ©terminĂ© dans quels domaines il nous faut progresser, faisons de grands efforts pour effectuer les changements nĂ©cessaires dans notre vie quotidienne, afin de fortifier notre foi.
      Si nous recherchons la direction de Dieu et attendons patiemment et avec foi qu’il nous indique le moyen d’ĂȘtre soulagĂ©s de nos Ă©preuves, nous ferons en sorte que ces circonstances pĂ©nibles nous aident Ă  devenir de meilleurs serviteurs du TrĂšs-Haut. Alors, notre foi sera vraiment “trouvĂ©e sujet de louange, de gloire et d’honneur lors de la rĂ©vĂ©lation de JĂ©sus Christ”. Le Fils de Dieu ‘louera’ ou fera l’éloge de notre foi. Il nous rĂ©compensera largement Ă  cause de celle-ci, nous accordant ainsi la “gloire”. Il nous fera l’“honneur” de nous reconnaĂźtre comme ses disciples devant JĂ©hovah Dieu et devant les anges (comparez avec Matthieu 10:32; Luc 12:8; 18:8). Cela signifiera que nous aurons devant nous la perspective de vivre Ă©ternellement et heureux. Mais que pouvons-nous faire pour ne pas faiblir dans la foi quand nous passons par de dures Ă©preuves?
      COMMENT RÉAGIR FACE À L’ÉPREUVE
      Il nous sera plus facile d’endurer avec succĂšs de pĂ©nibles Ă©preuves si nous reconnaissons qu’elles sont temporaires. L’affinage de l’or a un commencement et une fin. De mĂȘme, aucune peine ne durera indĂ©finiment. Si nous gardons prĂ©sente dans notre cƓur la promesse divine de la vie Ă©ternelle sans maladie, ni cri, ni douleur, alors mĂȘme la pire de toutes les souffrances dans le prĂ©sent systĂšme sera Ă  nos yeux “momentanĂ©e et lĂ©gĂšre”. (II Corinthiens 4:17.) Pensez Ă  l’époque oĂč “l’on ne se remĂ©morera pas les choses prĂ©cĂ©dentes, et [oĂč] elles ne monteront pas au cƓur”. (ÉsaĂŻe 65:17.) Qu’il est merveilleux de savoir qu’il ne restera mĂȘme pas un mauvais souvenir de ces moments difficiles!Et puis, il est rare d’avoir Ă  subir quotidiennement de grandes souffrances de la part des hommes. D’ailleurs, notre bonne conduite ne donne guĂšre de raisons aux gens de nous faire du mal. Comme les autoritĂ©s gouvernementales ont la responsabilitĂ© de faire respecter la loi et l’ordre, elles peuvent mĂȘme louer les serviteurs de JĂ©hovah pour leur obĂ©issance aux lois. De nos jours, mĂȘme des gens hostiles aux chrĂ©tiens ont dĂ» faire la mĂȘme constatation que les ennemis de Daniel, fidĂšle prophĂšte de Dieu; ceux-ci dĂ©clarĂšrent: “Nous ne trouverons dans ce Daniel aucun prĂ©texte, Ă  moins qu’il ne nous faille en trouver contre lui dans la loi de son Dieu.” Oui Daniel Ă©tait “digne de confiance et (...) aucune nĂ©gligence ni chose malhonnĂȘte ne fut trouvĂ©e en lui”. (Daniel 6:4, 5.) En gĂ©nĂ©ral, il n’y a aucune raison pour qu’à elle seule la bonne conduite du chrĂ©tien lui vaille l’hostilitĂ© de ses semblables. C’est peut-ĂȘtre pourquoi l’apĂŽtre Pierre soulĂšve la question suivante: “Et en effet qui vous fera du mal si vous devenez zĂ©lĂ©s pour le bien?” — I Pierre 3:13.
      Mais, par cette question, il se peut que l’apĂŽtre ait plutĂŽt voulu dire: “Qui peut vraiment faire du mal Ă  un chrĂ©tien dont la voie est droite?” Personne ne peut nous infliger de mauvais traitements indĂ©finiment. JĂ©sus Christ dĂ©clara en effet Ă  ses disciples: “Ne craignez pas ceux qui tuent le corps mais qui ne peuvent tuer l’ñme; mais craignez plutĂŽt celui qui peut dĂ©truire et l’ñme et le corps dans la GĂ©henne.” (Matthieu 10:28). Oui, les hommes peuvent aller jusqu’à nous tuer, mais ils sont incapables de nous priver du droit de vivre en tant qu’ñmes. Le Dieu TrĂšs-Haut, par l’entremise de son Fils, a le pouvoir de rendre la vie Ă  ses fidĂšles serviteurs et c’est ce qu’il fera. Seul JĂ©hovah peut nous ĂŽter pour toujours le droit Ă  la vie en nous livrant Ă  la mort Ă©ternelle, sans espoir de rĂ©surrection.
       L’apĂŽtre Pierre pouvait donc dire Ă  ses frĂšres chrĂ©tiens: “Et mĂȘme si vous souffrez pour la justice, heureux ĂȘtes-vous. Cependant ne craignez pas l’objet de leur crainte, et ne vous laissez pas Ă©mouvoir.” — I Pierre 3:14.
      Nous pouvons ĂȘtre heureux si nous souffrons “pour la justice, car nous avons alors une conscience pure vis-Ă -vis de Dieu et des hommes. Nous souffrons pour une juste cause. Nous retirons une satisfaction et une paix profondes de savoir que nous sommes agrĂ©ables au TrĂšs-Haut. Toutefois, comme le fait remarquer l’apĂŽtre, cela n’est possible que si nous ne cĂ©dons pas Ă  la peur. Pierre parle peut-ĂȘtre ici de la peur que peuvent nous inspirer nos persĂ©cuteurs, Ă  moins qu’il ne s’agisse de la peur qu’éprouvent les persĂ©cuteurs eux-mĂȘmes. Par exemple, comme ils ne croient pas que JĂ©hovah Dieu ressuscitera les morts par l’entremise du Christ, les ennemis des vrais chrĂ©tiens redoutent une mort prĂ©maturĂ©e (HĂ©breux 2:14, 15). Mais nous, qui sommes serviteurs de Dieu, nous ne partageons pas la crainte des non-croyants, car nous avons Ă©tĂ© affranchis de la peur d’une telle mort et nous savons que notre PĂšre cĂ©leste ne nous abandonnera jamais. Par consĂ©quent, nous ne devrions pas nous laisser â€œĂ©mouvoir” au point, par exemple, de nous Ă©lever avec colĂšre contre nos persĂ©cuteurs.
      Que faire s’il nous arrivait d’ĂȘtre convoquĂ©s devant les autoritĂ©s gouvernementales et interrogĂ©s sur un ton dur et mĂ©prisant? Nous ne voudrons jamais rendre la pareille. Sachant que Dieu nous soutient, nous aurons de la hardiesse, sans pour autant nous croire autorisĂ©s Ă  adopter une attitude agressive ou arrogante (comparez avec Actes 4:5-20). L’apĂŽtre nous donne ce conseil: “Dans vos cƓurs, sanctifiez comme Seigneur le Christ, Ă©tant toujours prĂȘts Ă  la dĂ©fense devant quiconque vous demande la raison de l’espĂ©rance qui est en vous, tout en le faisant avec douceur et un profond respect.” (I Pierre 3:15). Si, au lieu de tenir compte de cette exhortation, nous nous montrions au contraire mĂ©prisants et irrespectueux, ce ne serait plus pour la justice que nous souffririons. Les autoritĂ©s s’estimeraient alors en droit de prendre des mesures contre nous pour insoumission et manque de respect. Dans le monde, les gens laissent Ă©clater leur irritation, leur colĂšre et leur rancune quand ils estiment que leurs droits sont lĂ©sĂ©s, mais le chrĂ©tien, lui, n’agit pas ainsi.
      Dans de telles circonstances, nous devons, comme nous le conseille l’apĂŽtre, penser Ă  notre Seigneur et MaĂźtre et nous souvenir de l’exemple qu’il nous a donnĂ©. Nous veillerons Ă  accorder Ă  JĂ©sus Christ le plus grand respect et Ă  lui rĂ©server une place sacrĂ©e dans nos cƓurs. Étant ses disciples, nous voudrons rĂ©pondre Ă  n’importe quelle autoritĂ© qui nous interroge comme si nous nous trouvions en la prĂ©sence mĂȘme de notre Seigneur. Nous devrions prĂ©senter les raisons de notre attitude chrĂ©tienne respectueusement et calmement.
      UNE HEUREUSE INFLUENCE SUR NOS ADVERSAIRES
       En endurant fidĂšlement les souffrances, nous pouvons aussi rĂ©duire au silence nos adversaires. C’est lĂ  une pensĂ©e qui, selon l’apĂŽtre Pierre, nous encouragera Ă  garder une conscience pure. Il dĂ©clare: “Gardez une bonne conscience, afin que, sur le point mĂȘme oĂč l’on parle contre vous, soient pris de honte ceux qui dĂ©crient votre bonne conduite pour ce qui est de Christ.” (I Pierre 3:16). En observant la patience des serviteurs de Dieu qui ne se plaignent pas, des gens hostiles peuvent se sentir honteux de les avoir calomniĂ©s. Cela est particuliĂšrement vrai lorsque nous traitons nos ennemis avec bontĂ©. — Romains 12:19-21.
      Le fait que l’endurance fidĂšle dans les Ă©preuves pour la justice produit de tels bienfaits, vient appuyer les paroles suivantes de Pierre: “Car mieux vaut souffrir parce qu’on fait le bien, si le veut la volontĂ© de Dieu, que parce qu’on fait le mal.” (I Pierre 3:17). Quel mĂ©rite y aurait-il, en effet, Ă  souffrir parce qu’on a volĂ©, escroquĂ©, fraudĂ© le fisc ou dĂ©fiĂ© l’autoritĂ© Ă  cause d’un sentiment de piĂ©tĂ© mal compris ou d’un zĂšle intempestif? Celui qui serait puni pour de telles actions ne pourrait que jeter l’opprobre sur lui-mĂȘme et sur ses compagnons dans la foi. Mais si un chrĂ©tien supporte avec patience les mauvais traitements qui lui sont infligĂ©s injustement, certains seront impressionnĂ©s en se rendant compte qu’une force soutient les vrais adorateurs, tandis que ceux qui portent de faux tĂ©moignages sur les vĂ©ritĂ©s divines et sur leurs dĂ©fenseurs pourront ĂȘtre rĂ©duits au silence. Puisque Dieu permet que le chrĂ©tien subisse des Ă©preuves, c’est Ă  juste titre que Pierre pouvait dire: “Si le veut la volontĂ© de Dieu.”
      COMME JÉSUS, NOUS SERONS RÉCOMPENSÉS
      Le cas de JĂ©sus illustre bien comment on peut recevoir de grandes bĂ©nĂ©dictions en restant fidĂšle dans les souffrances. Étant sans pĂ©chĂ©, il ne fit rien qui justifiĂąt les mauvais traitements dont il fut victime. Cependant, parce qu’il supporta les Ă©preuves jusqu’à mourir d’une mort ignominieuse sur un poteau, il en rĂ©sulta pour nous de merveilleux bienfaits, et pour lui, une grande rĂ©compense. L’apĂŽtre Pierre Ă©crivit:
      “En effet, le Christ lui-mĂȘme est mort une fois pour toutes en ce qui concerne les pĂ©chĂ©s, un juste pour des injustes, afin de vous mener Ă  Dieu, ayant Ă©tĂ© mis Ă  mort dans la chair, mais ayant Ă©tĂ© rendu Ă  la vie dans l’esprit. C’est dans cet Ă©tat qu’il est mĂȘme allĂ© prĂȘcher aux esprits en prison, qui jadis avaient Ă©tĂ© dĂ©sobĂ©issants quand la patience de Dieu attendait, aux jours de NoĂ©, pendant que se construisait l’arche, dans laquelle peu de gens, c’est-Ă -dire huit Ăąmes, furent transportĂ©s sains et saufs Ă  travers l’eau.” — I Pierre 3:18-20.
      Comme JĂ©sus resta absolument intĂšgre dans l’épreuve, il put donner sa vie en sacrifice humain parfait. Ainsi, sa mort prĂ©para la voie pour “mener Ă  Dieu” des humains, pour les rĂ©concilier avec le TrĂšs-Haut et pour leur offrir la perspective de la vie Ă©ternelle. Étant donnĂ© que nous retirons de si grands bienfaits du sacrifice du Christ, ne devrions-nous pas ĂȘtre disposĂ©s Ă  suivre son exemple et Ă  souffrir pour la justice?
      En outre, comme dans le cas de JĂ©sus, nous pouvons ĂȘtre certains que notre endurance fidĂšle sera bĂ©nie. Le fait que JĂ©sus a Ă©tĂ© “rendu Ă  la vie dans l’esprit”, c’est-Ă -dire qu’il a Ă©tĂ© ressuscitĂ© pour une vie spirituelle, constitue une garantie absolue que ses disciples aussi retrouveront la vie. — I Corinthiens 15:12-22.
       Étant sorti victorieux grĂące Ă  son endurance fidĂšle, le Fils de Dieu, dĂ©sormais crĂ©ature spirituelle, pouvait proclamer un message de condamnation aux “esprits en prison”. Puisque ces esprits dĂ©sobĂ©irent Ă  l’époque de NoĂ©, il doit s’agir des fils angĂ©liques de Dieu qui quittĂšrent leur rĂ©sidence originelle dans les cieux pour se marier avec des femmes (GenĂšse 6:1-4). Ils sont appelĂ©s des “esprits en prison” parce que leur chĂątiment inclut certaines restrictions qui leur interdisent dĂ©finitivement de reprendre leur place parmi les anges fidĂšles. Jude confirme que ces anges dĂ©chus ne pouvaient recevoir qu’une sentence de condamnation; il dit: “Les anges qui n’ont pas gardĂ© leur position originelle, mais ont abandonnĂ© leur propre demeure. [Dieu] les a rĂ©servĂ©s dans des liens Ă©ternels, sous l’obscuritĂ© Ă©paisse, pour le jugement du grand jour.” (Jude 6). C’est son endurance fidĂšle jusqu’à la mort qui valut Ă  JĂ©sus d’ĂȘtre ressuscitĂ© et de pouvoir ainsi prĂȘcher ou proclamer une sentence de condamnation contre les anges dĂ©chus.
       
       Ce message de destruction adressĂ© aux esprits mĂ©chants devrait nous encourager Ă  endurer fidĂšlement quand nous rencontrons des Ă©preuves. Pourquoi? Parce que ce sont ces forces spirituelles mĂ©chantes qui contribuent dans une grande mesure Ă  attiser l’hostilitĂ© des humains Ă©loignĂ©s de Dieu envers les disciples de JĂ©sus Christ. La Bible dĂ©clare: “Le dieu de ce systĂšme de choses a aveuglĂ© l’esprit des incrĂ©dules, de peur que ne les Ă©claire l’éclatante lumiĂšre de la glorieuse bonne nouvelle au sujet du Christ, qui est l’image de Dieu.” (II Corinthiens 4:4). “Pour nous [les chrĂ©tiens] la lutte n’est pas contre le sang et la chair, mais contre les gouvernements, contre les autoritĂ©s, contre les chefs mondiaux de ces tĂ©nĂšbres, contre les forces spirituelles mĂ©chantes qui sont dans les lieux cĂ©lestes.” (ÉphĂ©siens 6:12; voir aussi RĂ©vĂ©lation 16:13, 14). Si donc JĂ©sus Christ ressuscitĂ© a pu prĂȘcher un message de condamnation aux esprits mauvais, nous pouvons ĂȘtre sĂ»rs qu’un jour leur influence haineuse sera rĂ©duite Ă  nĂ©ant (comparez avec Marc 1:23, 24). Quel merveilleux soulagement ce sera alors!
      Non seulement JĂ©sus Christ a Ă©tĂ© relevĂ© d’entre les morts comme un serviteur approuvĂ© de Dieu, ce qui lui a permis de condamner les anges rebelles, mais il a aussi Ă©tĂ© Ă©levĂ© Ă  une haute position. L’apĂŽtre Pierre nous dit: “Il est Ă  la droite de Dieu, car il est allĂ© au ciel; et anges, et autoritĂ©s, et puissances lui ont Ă©tĂ© soumis.” (I Pierre 3:22). Ces paroles sont tout Ă  fait conformes Ă  celles de JĂ©sus lui-mĂȘme qui, aprĂšs sa rĂ©surrection d’entre les morts, dĂ©clara: “Tout pouvoir m’a Ă©tĂ© donnĂ© dans le ciel et sur la terre.” (Matthieu 28:18). Bien des hommes ont acceptĂ© de souffrir et de mourir au service de chefs humains infiniment moins puissants que JĂ©sus. Ils considĂ©raient comme un grand honneur de servir ainsi un roi ou une reine. À combien plus forte raison devrions-nous nous sentir honorĂ©s de pouvoir endurer des Ă©preuves Ă  cause de notre fidĂ©litĂ© Ă  notre Roi cĂ©leste, JĂ©sus Christ!
      IMITEZ JÉSUS CHRIST
      Quand vous ĂȘtes affligĂ©, prenez toujours pour modĂšle le Fils de Dieu. L’apĂŽtre Ă©crit: “Puisque Christ a souffert dans la chair, vous aussi armez-vous de la mĂȘme disposition d’esprit, parce que celui qui a souffert dans la chair a rompu avec les pĂ©chĂ©s, afin de vivre le reste de son temps dans la chair, non plus pour les dĂ©sirs des hommes, mais pour la volontĂ© de Dieu.” — I Pierre 4:1, 2.
      Quelle Ă©tait la disposition d’esprit de JĂ©sus? Il supporta humblement toutes les attaques verbales et physiques et subit finalement une mort douloureuse sur un poteau. En refusant de rendre la pareille, le Fils de Dieu accomplit ces paroles prophĂ©tiques: “Comme une brebis il a Ă©tĂ© menĂ© Ă  l’abattage, et, comme un agneau qui est sans voix devant celui qui le tond, ainsi il n’ouvre pas la bouche.” — Actes 8:32; ÉsaĂŻe 53:7.
      Étant serviteurs du TrĂšs-Haut, nous voudrons endurer de la mĂȘme façon les souffrances, sans cĂ©der Ă  un esprit de rĂ©bellion ou de vengeance. Si nous menacions ceux qui nous persĂ©cutent ou cherchions des occasions de leur faire du mal, nous montrerions que nous sommes encore esclaves des passions de la chair imparfaite. Si nous endurons des souffrances de la part des hommes, ce devrait ĂȘtre uniquement parce que nous refusons de suivre les voies Ă©goĂŻstes du monde (Jean 15:19, 25). C’est ainsi que nous pouvons dĂ©montrer par notre attitude d’esprit, nos paroles et nos actions que nous vivons "non plus pour les dĂ©sirs des hommes, mais pour la volontĂ© de Dieu".
      UNE RAISON D’ÊTRE HEUREUX
       
      Au premier siĂšcle de notre Ăšre, la foule idolĂątre ne subissait pas de persĂ©cutions religieuses. Par contre, quiconque embrassait le christianisme devenait un objet de haine. Ce devait ĂȘtre une expĂ©rience Ă©trange, dĂ©concertante mĂȘme. VoilĂ  qui Ă©tait bien loin des bĂ©nĂ©dictions promises Ă  ceux qui acceptaient la “bonne nouvelle”. Ces chrĂ©tiens avaient grand besoin d’acquĂ©rir le bon point de vue sur cette question. Aussi les paroles suivantes de l’apĂŽtre Pierre leur furent-elles certainement d’un grand secours:
      “Bien-aimĂ©s, ne vous laissez pas dĂ©concerter par l’incendie qui est au milieu de vous et qui vous advient pour servir d’épreuve, comme s’il vous arrivait quelque chose d’étrange. Bien au contraire, continuez Ă  vous rĂ©jouir puisque vous avez part aux souffrances du Christ, pour que vous vous rĂ©jouissiez et frĂ©missiez aussi de joie durant la rĂ©vĂ©lation de sa gloire. Si l’on vous outrage pour le nom de Christ, heureux ĂȘtes-vous, car l’esprit de gloire, oui, l’esprit de Dieu repose sur vous.” — I Pierre 4:12-14
       Ne soyons pas dĂ©concertĂ©s si le malheur nous frappe, mais considĂ©rons plutĂŽt que cela nous prĂ©pare Ă  recevoir les bĂ©nĂ©dictions qui accompagneront la rĂ©vĂ©lation de noootre MaĂźtre. Pierre compare les souffrances Ă  un “incendie”. En effet, de mĂȘme que les mĂ©taux sont affinĂ©s par le feu, de mĂȘme Dieu permet que ses serviteurs soient affinĂ©s ou purifiĂ©s par les tribulations. Évidemment, Dieu ne nous a pas faits pĂ©cheurs, mais comme nous le sommes, il peut permettre que nous endurions des souffrances dans le but de nous purifier. Elles peuvent nous rendre meilleurs, plus humbles et plus comprĂ©hensifs Ă  l’égard de nos semblables. En outre, quand nous avons nous-mĂȘmes subi de cruelles Ă©preuves, nos paroles de rĂ©confort et d’encouragement ont beaucoup plus de poids. Ceux que nous consolons savent que nous comprenons ce par quoi ils sont en train de passer.
       Puisque le Fils de Dieu a souffert, les tourments que nous subissons confirment que nous sommes bien ses disciples et que nous demeurons en union avec lui. JĂ©sus dit Ă  ses apĂŽtres: “Rappelez-vous la parole que je vous ai dite: Un esclave n’est pas plus grand que son maĂźtre. S’ils m’ont persĂ©cutĂ©, ils vous persĂ©cuteront aussi.” (Jean 15:20). Lorsque nous sommes persĂ©cutĂ©s pour les mĂȘmes raisons que notre MaĂźtre et que nous souffrons comme lui pour la justice, nous ‘avons part aux souffrances du Christ’. Tout comme sa fidĂ©litĂ© lui valut d’ĂȘtre rĂ©compensĂ© par son PĂšre cĂ©leste, de mĂȘme notre endurance fidĂšle dans les Ă©preuves nous donne l’assurance que nous serons approuvĂ©s lors de la rĂ©vĂ©lation du Fils de Dieu. Nous dĂ©borderons certainement de joie quand Dieu nous accordera la vie Ă©ternelle dans un nouvel ordre de choses oĂč toutes les causes actuelles de chagrin auront disparu.
      Comme le dĂ©clare Ă©galement Pierre, ĂȘtre outragĂ© pour le nom de Christ, c’est-Ă -dire parce que l’on est son disciple, devrait ĂȘtre une source de joie. Cela prouve que ceux que l’on diffame ainsi possĂšdent l’esprit de Dieu, oui, le bel “esprit de gloire” qui Ă©mane de Dieu. Puisque cet esprit est saint, il ne peut reposer que sur des personnes qui sont pures du point de vue de Dieu.
      C’est pourquoi il est trĂšs important de faire en sorte qu’aucune mauvaise action de notre part ne soit la cause des souffrances que nous subissons. L’apĂŽtre Pierre fait cette exhortation: “Mais qu’aucun de vous ne souffre comme meurtrier, ou voleur, ou malfaiteur, ou comme quelqu’un qui se mĂȘle des affaires d’autrui.” — Celui qui prĂ©tend ĂȘtre chrĂ©tien et qui commet une mauvaise action contre son semblable ne doit pas s’attendre Ă  Ă©chapper Ă  la punition (comparez avec Actes 25:11). Ce chĂątiment jettera l’opprobre non seulement sur ce chrĂ©tien, mais aussi sur toute la famille spirituelle et sur le nom de Christ. Il n’en retirera pas de la joie, mais de la honte.
      Celui qui se mĂȘle des affaires d’autrui peut se rendre haĂŻssable. Le mot grec utilisĂ© par Pierre montre bien comment on peut en arriver Ă  agir ainsi, car il signifie littĂ©ralement “surveillant de ce qui appartient Ă  un autre”. Ayant acquis une certaine connaissance des Écritures, un chrĂ©tien pourrait se croire capable de dire aux gens du monde comment gĂ©rer leurs affaires. Il avancera peut-ĂȘtre son point de vue personnel sur la tenue vestimentaire, les distractions, la façon de se nourrir, de discipliner les enfants, de rĂ©gler les problĂšmes conjugaux et sexuels, etc. Quand il s’immisce dans la vie privĂ©e des autres, sans y ĂȘtre invitĂ©, leur disant ce qu’ils doivent faire ou ne pas faire, il cherche Ă  devenir le “surveillant” de leurs affaires, ce qui les irrite gĂ©nĂ©ralement. Quelqu’un dira peut-ĂȘtre carrĂ©ment Ă  cet importun de se mĂȘler de ses affaires. Il se peut aussi qu’il essuie des coups de la part de personnes qui sont furieuses de le voir s’ingĂ©rer dans leur vie privĂ©e. Cet homme, qui se mĂȘle d’affaires qui ne le regardent pas, s’attire des ennuis et dĂ©nature le christianisme et son message auprĂšs des gens du dehors. Évidemment, mĂȘme au sein de la congrĂ©gation, il n’y a pas de place pour ce genre d’individus. — Comparez avec 1TimothĂ©e 5:13.
      Celui qui est dĂ©noncĂ© publiquement comme un dĂ©linquant ou comme quelqu’un qui se mĂȘle des affaires d’autrui, celui-lĂ  est un objet de honte. En revanche, celui qui souffre parce qu’il est chrĂ©tien en est honorĂ©. Pierre Ă©crit: “S’il souffre comme chrĂ©tien, qu’il n’ait pas de honte, mais qu’il continue Ă  glorifier Dieu en ce nom.” (I Pierre 4:16). Quand nous sommes persĂ©cutĂ©s Ă  cause de notre mode de vie chrĂ©tien et que nous supportons l’épreuve patiemment, sans nous plaindre, le TrĂšs-Haut est glorifiĂ©. Cela prouve que ce que nous possĂ©dons en tant que chrĂ©tiens, — de prĂ©cieuses relations avec Dieu et avec le Christ, une conscience pure, le bonheur spirituel et une ferme espĂ©rance pour l’avenir, — tout cela est un trĂ©sor de grande valeur. Nous dĂ©montrons que nous sommes disposĂ©s Ă  souffrir et, s’il le faut, Ă  mourir pour ce trĂ©sor, et le Dieu que nous servons de tout cƓur en est glorifiĂ©. Par contre, si nous cĂ©dions aux pressions et reniions notre foi, nous dĂ©shonorerions son nom. Ceux qui nous observent pourraient alors douter sĂ©rieusement qu’ĂȘtre disciple de JĂ©sus Christ est vraiment un grand trĂ©sor. — Comparez avec ÉphĂ©siens 3:13; II Corinthiens 6:3-10.
      UNE FORME DE DISCIPLINE
      Nous avons vu que JĂ©hovah Dieu, qui est tout-puissant, pourrait Ă©pargner aux chrĂ©tiens des souffrances injustifiĂ©es, mais qu’il les tolĂšre pour de bonnes raisons. Cependant, le TrĂšs-Haut n’abandonne jamais ses serviteurs. L’apĂŽtre Pierre dĂ©veloppe cette pensĂ©e en disant:
      “C’est en effet le temps fixĂ© oĂč le jugement commence par la maison de Dieu. Or, s’il commence par nous, quelle sera la fin de ceux qui n’obĂ©issent pas Ă  la bonne nouvelle de Dieu? ‘Et si le juste est sauvĂ© avec difficultĂ©, oĂč paraĂźtront l’impie et le pĂ©cheur?’ Ainsi donc, que ceux qui souffrent selon la volontĂ© de Dieu continuent Ă  confier leur Ăąme Ă  un CrĂ©ateur fidĂšle, tout en faisant le bien.” — I Pierre 4:17-19.
      En tant que “maison de Dieu”, la congrĂ©gation chrĂ©tienne a Ă©tĂ© fondĂ©e en l’an 33. Depuis lors, ses membres sont en train d’ĂȘtre jugĂ©s par Dieu. La façon dont ils se plient Ă  sa volontĂ©, leur attitude d’esprit, leurs paroles et leurs actions face Ă  tout ce que JĂ©hovah Dieu permet qu’il leur arrive, sont autant de choses qui influeront beaucoup sur le verdict final de JĂ©hovah. Parfois, Dieu tolĂšre qu’ils soient Ă©prouvĂ©s trĂšs sĂ©vĂšrement. Mais il peut faire en sorte que la persĂ©cution constitue une forme de discipline pour le bien de son peuple. — HĂ©breux 12:4-11; voyez aussi HĂ©breux 4:15, 16, oĂč il est montrĂ© que les souffrances qu’endura JĂ©sus Christ le prĂ©parĂšrent Ă  devenir un grand prĂȘtre compatissant.
       Des hommes dirigĂ©s par Satan peuvent essayer de dĂ©truire notre foi en nous brutalisant. Mais JĂ©hovah est capable de faire Ă©chouer leurs funestes projets. Oui, tout en haĂŻssant lui-mĂȘme ce qui est mauvais, notre PĂšre cĂ©leste peut faire en sorte que ce qui Ă©tait destinĂ© Ă  nous faire du mal s’avĂšre en dĂ©finitive trĂšs utile. Prenez l’exemple de Joseph, le jeune fils de Jacob. Ses demi-frĂšres, qui le haĂŻssaient, le vendirent comme esclave. Pendant des annĂ©es, Joseph connut bien des malheurs; il fut mĂȘme emprisonnĂ© injustement. Pourtant, par la suite, JĂ©hovah Dieu tira avantage de cette situation pour prĂ©server la famille de Jacob. Joseph dĂ©clara Ă  ses demi-frĂšres:
      “À prĂ©sent, ne soyez pas peinĂ©s et ne soyez pas irritĂ©s contre vous-mĂȘmes, de m’avoir vendu pour ici; car c’est pour la prĂ©servation de la vie que Dieu m’a envoyĂ© en avant de vous. Car ceci est la deuxiĂšme annĂ©e de la famine au milieu de la terre, et il y aura encore cinq ans sans labour ni moisson. Aussi Dieu m’a-t-il envoyĂ© en avant de vous afin de mettre, pour vous, sur la terre, un reste et vous garder en vie par une grande Ă©vasion. Ainsi donc, ce n’est pas vous qui m’avez envoyĂ© ici, mais c’est le vrai Dieu, pour m’établir comme pĂšre pour Pharaon et comme seigneur pour toute sa maison et comme quelqu’un qui domine sur tout le pays d’Égypte.” — GenĂšse 45:5-8.
      "Or je dĂ©sire que vous le sachiez, frĂšres: mes affaires ont plutĂŽt tournĂ© au progrĂšs de la bonne nouvelle, si bien que parmi toute la garde prĂ©torienne et parmi tous les autres il est devenu notoire que mes liens ont un rapport avec Christ; et la plupart des frĂšres dans le Seigneur, rendus confiants par mes liens, se montrent d’autant plus courageux Ă  parler sans crainte de la parole de Dieu.” — Philippiens 1:12-14.
       Puisque JĂ©hovah Dieu tolĂšre que ses fidĂšles serviteurs subissent de cruels traitements pour qu’ils soient affinĂ©s et pour qu’ils lui prouvent leur attachement, comment imaginer qu’au dehors de la congrĂ©gation chrĂ©tienne, ou “maison de Dieu”, “l’impie et le pĂ©cheur” puissent “paraĂźtre” devant lui en compagnie du “juste”? Le psalmiste dĂ©clare: “Les mĂ©chants ne se mettront pas debout devant le jugement, ni les pĂ©cheurs dans l’assemblĂ©e des justes.” (Psaume 1:5). Non, les mĂ©chants ne seront pas approuvĂ©s mais condamnĂ©s. Ils n’auront jamais la faveur de Dieu. Eu Ă©gard Ă  tout ce qu’il leur faut affronter dans ce monde, les croyants doivent faire beaucoup d’efforts et manifester une foi et un amour profonds dans la voie de la droiture pour parvenir au salut et Ă  la vie Ă©ternelle. C’est donc “avec difficultĂ©â€ qu’ils acquiĂšrent le salut. Par consĂ©quent, il incombe Ă  chaque membre de la congrĂ©gation chrĂ©tienne (“la maison de Dieu”) de veiller Ă  ne pas devenir “impie” et “pĂ©cheur” en ce “temps fixĂ©â€ de “jugement”. — I Pierre 4:17, 18; Proverbes 11:31.
       Nous pouvons subir des Ă©preuves qu’il nous serait impossible de supporter avec nos propres forces. Mais aussi dramatique que puisse ĂȘtre notre situation, JĂ©hovah Dieu a le pouvoir de nous soutenir et d’annuler complĂštement tout le mal qui nous est infligĂ©. Quand nous nous en remettons entiĂšrement Ă  lui, il peut nous donner assez de force, au moyen de son esprit, pour supporter les souffrances. Il est, comme le dit Pierre, un “CrĂ©ateur fidĂšle”, un Dieu en qui nous pouvons avoir confiance et qui n’oubliera jamais sa promesse de venir en aide Ă  ses serviteurs (I Pierre 4:19). Cette connaissance nous aidera Ă  ne pas rĂ©agir envers nos persĂ©cuteurs d’une façon qui dĂ©shonorerait Dieu. PlutĂŽt que de lutter contre eux et de leur rendre la pareille, nous voudrons continuer Ă  faire le bien. — Luc 6:27, 28.
      Si nous acceptons humblement toutes les choses qui peuvent nous survenir dans notre vie, tout en gardant la mĂȘme disposition d’esprit que le Christ, nous pouvons ĂȘtre sĂ»rs que JĂ©hovah nous Ă©lĂšvera. Aucune Ă©preuve ne durera indĂ©finiment. Toutes prendront fin. Tant que sous les mauvais traitements nous nous conduisons en harmonie avec la volontĂ© divine, nous demeurerons sous la main de JĂ©hovah. Or, sa main peut nous Ă©lever au rang de serviteurs Ă©prouvĂ©s et approuvĂ©s. Aussi Pierre nous fait-il cette recommandation: “Humiliez-vous donc sous la main puissante de Dieu pour qu’il vous Ă©lĂšve en temps voulu, tout en vous dĂ©chargeant sur lui de toute votre inquiĂ©tude, car il prend soin de vous.” — I Pierre 5:6, 7.
      Qu’il est rĂ©confortant de savoir que JĂ©hovah se soucie vraiment de nous! Son amour nous rĂ©chauffe le cƓur, son esprit nous fortifie et nous soutient. Lorsqu’une Ă©preuve est passĂ©e et que nous nous rappelons la sollicitude de JĂ©hovah Ă  notre Ă©gard, nous nous sentons plus proches de lui. Notre situation est alors comparable Ă  celle d’un enfant reconnaissant qui a pu constater l’amour et la sollicitude affectueuse de ses parents pendant qu’il Ă©tait gravement malade. Sa confiance et son amour pour eux s’en trouvent grandis. Certes, lorsque des circonstances trĂšs Ă©prouvantes se prĂ©sentent, nous ne pouvons pas tout simplement nous y soustraire, mais nous pouvons nous dĂ©charger sur JĂ©hovah Dieu de nos inquiĂ©tudes. À quoi bon nous tourmenter en nous demandant pendant combien de temps nous serions capables de supporter les mauvais traitements d’une foule dĂ©chaĂźnĂ©e et impitoyable, des viols rĂ©pĂ©tĂ©s ou d’autres atrocitĂ©s? Avec l’aide de notre PĂšre cĂ©leste aimant, nous pouvons, si nous lui restons fidĂšles, endurer les Ă©preuves et remporter une victoire morale sur ceux qui nous persĂ©cutent. Cette assurance nous libĂšre de l’anxiĂ©tĂ© qui pourrait nous priver de la paix de l’esprit et du cƓur si nĂ©cessaire pour rester fermes dans les Ă©preuves.
      Toutefois, ce n’est pas parce que nous nous sommes dĂ©chargĂ©s de nos inquiĂ©tudes sur JĂ©hovah que nous devrions maintenant ĂȘtre trop sĂ»rs de nous ou insouciants. Nous avons un ennemi. “Gardez votre Ă©quilibre, soyez vigilants, Ă©crit Pierre. Votre adversaire, le Diable, comme un lion rugissant, circule cherchant Ă  dĂ©vorer quelqu’un.” — I Pierre 5:8.
      Selon ce conseil de l’apĂŽtre, nous ne pouvons pas nous permettre d’ĂȘtre insouciants face Ă  l’épreuve. L’adversaire guette la moindre occasion de nous faire tomber. Si Satan peut nous amener Ă  douter de la fidĂ©litĂ© de nos frĂšres ou nous affaiblir spirituellement par tout autre moyen, il ne manquera pas de le faire. Cesser de frĂ©quenter la congrĂ©gation chrĂ©tienne ou de faire la dĂ©claration publique de sa foi Ă©quivaudrait Ă  se laisser dĂ©vorer par Satan, le “lion rugissant” toujours Ă  l’affĂ»t de proies imprudentes.
      Pour rester vigilants il nous faut, entre autres choses, nous rappeler constamment que nous ne sommes pas les seuls Ă  endurer des souffrances. Sur la terre entiĂšre, nos frĂšres chrĂ©tiens subissent toutes sortes d’épreuves et, avec l’aide de l’esprit de Dieu, ils parviennent Ă  les surmonter victorieusement. Cette pensĂ©e nous aidera Ă  ne pas tomber dans les piĂšges de Satan, car elle nous donnera l’assurance que nous pourrons endurer l’épreuve nous aussi, grĂące Ă  la puissance de JĂ©hovah. Alors, “tenez-lui tĂȘte, solides dans la foi, sachant qu’en fait de souffrances les mĂȘmes choses s’accomplissent dans la famille entiĂšre de vos frĂšres dans le monde”. — I Pierre 5:9.
      Puisque JĂ©hovah Dieu veut que nous surmontions les obstacles pour parvenir au salut, nous pouvons lui demander son aide en toute confiance, tout en considĂ©rant les Ă©preuves qui nous adviennent avec sa permission comme une discipline utile qui fera de nous des chrĂ©tiens complets et forts dans la foi. L’apĂŽtre Pierre exprime trĂšs bien cette pensĂ©e lorsqu’il dĂ©clare:
      "AprĂšs que vous aurez souffert un peu de temps, le Dieu de toute faveur immĂ©ritĂ©e, qui vous a appelĂ©s Ă  sa gloire Ă©ternelle en union avec Christ, parachĂšvera lui-mĂȘme votre formation, il vous affermira, il vous rendra forts. À lui la puissance pour toujours! Amen.” — I Pierre 5:10, 11.
      Tout comme JĂ©sus a souffert un peu de temps sur la terre et a Ă©tĂ© Ă©levĂ© Ă  une haute position, de mĂȘme les disciples du Fils de Dieu attendent une rĂ©compense glorieuse. Si les souffrances que nous pouvons ĂȘtre amenĂ©s Ă  endurer de par la permission de Dieu affermissent notre attachement aux principes bibliques et font de nous des disciples plus humbles, plus comprĂ©hensifs et plus compatissants, cette formation aura alors atteint son but. Pour qu’il en soit ainsi, nous devons compter entiĂšrement sur notre PĂšre cĂ©leste en Ă©tant confiants que tout ce qui peut nous arriver avec sa permission contribuera finalement Ă  notre bonheur Ă©ternel, si toutefois nous nous y soumettons humblement (Romains 8:28). Dans le mĂȘme esprit que l’apĂŽtre Pierre, nous pouvons Ă©lever nos voix et dire: “GrĂące soit rendue Ă  Dieu de nous avoir permis d’ĂȘtre formĂ©s par les Ă©preuves et de nous aider Ă  devenir des serviteurs fermes et forts, approuvĂ©s par lui, ayant l’espĂ©rance de la vie Ă©ternelle!”

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    • Eric Ouellet

      Suivons les traces de celui qui est la source de vie
       
      Avec amour, JĂ©hovah invite des personnes “ de toutes nations et tribus et peuples et langues ” Ă  l’adorer (RĂ©v. 7:9, 10 ; 15:3, 4). Celles qui acceptent cette invitation peuvent “ contempler le charme de JĂ©hovah ”. (Ps. 27:4 ; 90:17.) À l’instar du psalmiste, elles Ă©lĂšvent la voix pour louer Dieu par ces termes : “ Adorons et courbons-nous ! Agenouillons-nous devant JĂ©hovah notre Auteur. ” — Ps. 95:6.
      Un culte d’une grande valeur
      Étant le Fils unique-engendrĂ© de Dieu, JĂ©sus avait eu largement la possibilitĂ© de dĂ©couvrir la pensĂ©e, les principes et les normes de son PĂšre. Par consĂ©quent, il pouvait avec assurance enseigner aux autres la bonne façon d’adorer JĂ©hovah. Il a dĂ©clarĂ© : “ Je suis le chemin, et la vĂ©ritĂ©, et la vie. Personne ne vient vers le PĂšre sinon par moi. ” — Jean 1:14 ; 14:6.
      JĂ©sus nous a laissĂ© un exemple parfait en restant humblement soumis Ă  son PĂšre. Il a indiquĂ© : “ Je ne fais rien de ma propre initiative, mais [...] comme le PĂšre m’a enseignĂ©, moi je dis ces choses. ” Il a ensuite ajoutĂ© : “ Je fais toujours les choses qui lui plaisent. ” (Jean 8:28, 29). De quelles maniĂšres JĂ©sus a-t-il plu Ă  JĂ©hovah ?
      En premier lieu, le Fils Ă©tait entiĂšrement dĂ©vouĂ© Ă  son PĂšre. C’est d’ailleurs ce qu’implique fondamentalement adorer Dieu. JĂ©sus montrait qu’il Ă©tait personnellement attachĂ© Ă  son CrĂ©ateur en lui Ă©tant obĂ©issant, en accomplissant sa volontĂ©, mĂȘme si cela lui demandait de grands sacrifices (Phil. 2:7, 8). Il consacrait beaucoup de temps Ă  enseigner et Ă  former ses disciples. C’était lĂ  un aspect important du culte qu’il rendait Ă  Dieu, Ă  tel point qu’il Ă©tait appelĂ© Enseignant tant par les croyants que par les non-croyants (Mat. 22:23, 24 ; Jean 3:2). De plus, JĂ©sus se dĂ©pensait pour autrui. Son esprit de sacrifice lui laissait peu de temps pour lui-mĂȘme, mais il Ă©tait heureux de servir les autres (Mat. 14:13, 14 ; 20:28). Bien que trĂšs occupĂ©, il prenait toujours le temps de parler Ă  son PĂšre cĂ©leste dans la priĂšre (Luc 6:12). Sans nul doute, Dieu accordait une valeur inestimable au culte que JĂ©sus lui vouait !
      Des efforts soutenus pour plaire Ă  Dieu
      JĂ©hovah a remarquĂ© la conduite de son Fils et a exprimĂ© son approbation (Mat. 17:5). Mais Satan le Diable Ă©galement a observĂ© la fidĂ©litĂ© de JĂ©sus. JĂ©sus est donc devenu sa cible privilĂ©giĂ©e. Pourquoi ? Parce qu’aucun humain n’avait jamais rĂ©ussi Ă  rester totalement obĂ©issant Ă  Dieu et, de ce fait, Ă  l’adorer de la maniĂšre qui lui convient vraiment. Aussi le Diable voulait-il empĂȘcher JĂ©sus de rendre Ă  Dieu le culte qui Lui revenait de droit. — RĂ©v. 4:11.
      Satan a essayĂ© de corrompre JĂ©sus en lui faisant une offre tentante. Il l’emmena sur “ une montagne extraordinairement haute et lui montra tous les royaumes du monde et leur gloire ”. Puis il lui dit : “ Toutes ces choses, je te les donnerai si tu tombes et fais un acte d’adoration pour moi. ” Quelle fut la rĂ©action de JĂ©sus ? Il rĂ©pondit : “ Va-t’en, Satan, car il est Ă©crit : ‘ C’est JĂ©hovah ton Dieu que tu dois adorer, et c’est Ă  lui seul que tu dois offrir un service sacrĂ©. ’ ” (Mat. 4:8-10). Quels que soient les avantages qu’il aurait pu en retirer, JĂ©sus comprenait bien que se prosterner devant Satan, c’était commettre un acte d’idolĂątrie. Il refusait d’accomplir ne serait-ce qu’un acte d’adoration devant quelqu’un d’autre que JĂ©hovah.
      En ce qui nous concerne, Satan ne nous proposera pas tous les royaumes du monde et leur gloire en Ă©change de notre adoration. NĂ©anmoins, il essaie encore d’empĂȘcher les chrĂ©tiens sincĂšres de rendre un culte Ă  Dieu. Le Diable veut que nous adorions quelqu’un ou quelque chose d’autre. — 2 Cor. 4:4.
      JĂ©sus Christ s’est montrĂ© fidĂšle jusqu’à la mort. En restant intĂšgre, il a glorifiĂ© JĂ©hovah comme aucun humain ne l’avait jamais fait. Aujourd’hui, nous qui sommes de vrais chrĂ©tiens, nous nous efforçons d’imiter la fidĂ©litĂ© de JĂ©sus en mettant le culte de notre CrĂ©ateur Ă  la premiĂšre place dans notre vie. Sans conteste, nos bonnes relations avec Dieu sont ce que nous avons de plus prĂ©cieux.
      Les bénédictions que procure le culte que Dieu agrée
      Favoriser “ le culte qui est pur et sans souillure ” du point de vue de Dieu apporte de nombreuses bĂ©nĂ©dictions (Jacq. 1:27). Par exemple, nous vivons Ă  une Ă©poque oĂč de plus en plus de gens sont “ amis d’eux-mĂȘmes, amis de l’argent, arrogants ” et “ sans amour du bien ”. (2 Tim. 3:1-5.) Par contraste, au sein du peuple de Dieu, nous avons le privilĂšge de cĂŽtoyer des personnes pures et de saine compagnie qui s’efforcent de respecter les normes de Dieu en matiĂšre de culte. N’est-ce pas lĂ  une source de rĂ©confort ?
      En outre, nous tenir Ă  l’écart des souillures de ce monde nous procure une conscience pure. Nous voulons qu’elle reste pure, et c’est pour cela que nous nous soumettons aux principes justes de Dieu et que nous obĂ©issons aux lois de CĂ©sar qui ne sont pas en dĂ©saccord avec les lois divines. — Marc 12:17 ; Actes 5:27-29.
      Un culte rendu Ă  Dieu de toute son Ăąme apporte d’autres bĂ©nĂ©dictions. Quand nous nous soucions d’accomplir la volontĂ© de Dieu plutĂŽt que la nĂŽtre, notre vie a un sens vĂ©ritable et elle est plus gratifiante. Au lieu de dire : “ Mangeons et buvons, car demain il nous faudra mourir ”, nous entretenons l’espoir certain de la vie Ă©ternelle sur une terre transformĂ©e en paradis. — 1 Cor. 15:32.
      Le livre de la RĂ©vĂ©lation attire notre attention sur le moment oĂč ceux qui seront demeurĂ©s purs devant JĂ©hovah “ vien[dront] de la grande tribulation ”. Le rĂ©cit prĂ©cise que “ Celui qui est assis sur le trĂŽne Ă©tendra sur eux sa tente ”. (RĂ©v. 7:13-15.) Celui qui est assis sur le trĂŽne n’est autre que JĂ©hovah Dieu, le Personnage le plus glorieux de l’univers. Imaginez quelle joie ce sera quand il vous accueillera comme l’hĂŽte de sa tente et vous protĂ©gera pour qu’aucun mal ne vous soit fait ! Et dans une certaine mesure, nous bĂ©nĂ©ficions dĂšs Ă  prĂ©sent de cette protection.
      De plus, tous ceux qui rendent Ă  Dieu le culte qu’il agrĂ©e sont dĂ©crits comme Ă©tant guidĂ©s vers “ des sources d’eaux de la vie ”. Ces sources revivifiantes reprĂ©sentent toutes les dispositions prises par JĂ©hovah pour que nous puissions obtenir la vie Ă©ternelle. AssurĂ©ment, grĂące Ă  la rançon du Christ, “ Dieu essuiera toute larme de leurs yeux ”. (RĂ©v. 7:17.) Tandis que les humains seront Ă©levĂ©s Ă  la perfection, tous connaĂźtront une joie indicible Ă  la perspective de vivre Ă©ternellement sur la terre. DĂšs maintenant, les adorateurs heureux de Dieu poussent des cris de joie, exprimant leur profonde reconnaissance envers JĂ©hovah et lui vouant un culte en compagnie de ses serviteurs au ciel qui chantent : “ Grandes et prodigieuses sont tes Ɠuvres, JĂ©hovah Dieu, le Tout-Puissant. Justes et vraies sont tes maniĂšres d'agir, Roi d’éternitĂ©. Qui ne peut te craindre et ne pas glorifier ton nom? Car toi seul tu es fidĂšle! Car toutes les nations viendront et adoreront devant toi, parce que tes dĂ©crets justes ont Ă©tĂ© manifestĂ©s. ” — RĂ©v. 15:3, 4.



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    • Patiently waiting for Truth

      I am seriously looking for TRUTH. Yes I do feel lost in the wilderness. 
      But, when Jerusalem was about to be destroyed (70C.E) didn't some return 'home' there, only to perish when the Romans slaughtered them. They returned to Jerusalem because they lost their faith in Almighty God and in the words of Jesus. And therefore they died through lack of faith.
      I do not lack faith in Almighty God or in Jesus Christ. But I do lack immediate direction. However, at this moment in time, I would not return to the Jehovah's Witnesses Org.  In my opinion that Org will be either made clean or destroyed. Either way, right now I would not want to be part of it. 
      I also do not pay any attention to those on here that condemn me to death or tell me that I have no hope left.  
      My faith is not in earthling man. My faith in Almighty God through Jesus Christ. 
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    • Esther  »  Eric Ouellet

      Bonjour Éric
      Je recherche un discours pour une étudiante. Le thÚme c'était "Dieu approuve-t-il une religion en particulier ? " 
      Si tu l'as en audio ou écrit, c'est assez urgent car je la vois cet aprÚs-midi. 
      Merci beaucoup mon frĂšre
      Esther😉
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    • folens  »  Esther

      Bonsoir Esther et-ce celui-ci?

      Dieu accepte-_t-_il toutes les religions.docx
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