Mildness is sometimes misunderstood for weakness.

When one reads the life of Christ as told by the writers of the four Gospels he sees Jesus as a mild-tempered man. But be sure to read the 23rd chapter of Matthew and see Jesus as a forceful denouncer of wickedness.

He was fearless. He had perfect love, and such love throws fear outside. With those who wanted to learn he was amiably gentle, tempered in his feelings and behavior toward all. Because of his mildness Jesus was able to teach people. He told them: “Become my disciples, for I am mild-tempered and lowly in heart, and you will find refreshment for your souls.” (Matt. 11:29)

They put confidence in him. They did not become afraid when Jesus spoke plain truth, because he did it in love. They were ready to listen. Paul knew the value of mildness and said to Timothy: “A slave of the Lord does not need to fight.” Fighting is not the way to help one gain the truth.

Paul went on to say: The Lord’s slave “needs to be tactful toward all, qualified to teach, keeping himself restrained under evil, instructing with mildness those not favourably disposed.” (2 Tim. 2:24, 25) The Word of God properly stated is what makes a person repent, not force.

What a different course the Roman Catholic Hierarchy, which still wields great power in the world today, took during the years of the Inquisition. That false religious body can never live down its history of torture, putting men and women on the rack, tearing their limbs out of their bodies, hanging persons by their thumbs.

These inquisitors professing to be Christians—yes, priests, who arranged for Jews, Moors and “heretics” to suffer excruciating pain—certainly did not have a mild spirit. These religious leaders fought to drive people into the Roman Catholic Church. What have they accomplished by their wars and tortures? A world of peace and unity? No! False religion has been driving people away from God with its wars and crusades.

Christianity will never be brought about by the use of carnal weapons. If anyone accepts the truth it will be because the minister is mild and patient toward those not favourably disposed toward the Bible message.

Jesus used that method, and so did the apostles. True Christians today must use the same method. Mildness is a fruitage of God’s holy spirit, and its use brings lasting results in declaring God’s kingdom.


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Psalms 119
Question to be considered in the Theocratic Ministry School Review:
1. Why cleave to Jehovahfs reminders? (Ps.119:60, 61)
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3 Godfs reminders were dear to the psalmist who sang: gI hurried up, and I did not delay to keep your commandments. The very
ropes of the wicked ones surrounded me. Your law I did not forget.h (Psalm 119:60, 61) Jehovahfs reminders help us to endure
persecution because we are confident that our heavenly Father can cut the ropes of restraint that enemies tie about us. In due time, he
frees us from such obstacles so that we can carry out the Kingdom-preaching work..Mark 13:10.
There is something pretty exciting about Psalms 119. It is King Hezekiah's love for God's Word. He uses 10 different
names for the Bible in Psalms 119. How many can you name? Let's see. They are God's...
Commandments, Judicial Decisions, Law, Orders, Regulations, Reminders, Sayings, Statutes, Ways,
and Word.
Nearly all of the 176 verses uses one of these terms. What great love for the Word of God.
Psalm 119:1
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3 True happiness depends on our walking in Godfs law. (Psalm 119:1-8) If we do this, Jehovah will consider us efaultless in our way.f
(Psalm 119:1) Being faultless does not mean that we are perfect, but it does indicate that we strive to do Jehovah Godfs will. Noah
gproved himself faultless among his contemporariesh as a man who gwalked with the true God.h That faithful patriarch and his family
survived the Flood because he pursued the life course outlined by Jehovah. (Genesis 6:9; 1 Peter 3:20)
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Often the second line expands the thought of the first by adding something fresh. Observe how this is done at Psalm 119:1:
Happy are the ones faultless in their way,
The ones walking in the law of Jehovah.
Note how the second line reveals what it means to be faultless, namely, to walk in the law of Jehovah.
Psalm 119:7
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4 Jehovah will never leave us if we elaud him with uprightness of heart and continue to keep his regulations.f (Psalm 119:7, 8) God did
not abandon the Israelite leader Joshua, who applied the counsel to eread in the book of the law day and night so that he might do all
that was written in it.f That made him successful and enabled him to act wisely. (Joshua 1:8) Near the end of his life, Joshua was still
lauding God and could remind the Israelites: gYou well know with all your hearts and with all your souls that not one word out of all the
good words that Jehovah your God has spoken to you has failed.h (Joshua 23:14) Like Joshua and the writer of Psalm 119, we can find
happiness and success by praising Jehovah and trusting in his word.
Psalm 119:9
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5 We can be spiritually clean if we keep on guard according to Godfs word. (Psalm 119:9-16) This is so even if our parents have not
set a good example. Although Hezekiahfs father was an idolater, Hezekiah ecleansed his path,f possibly of pagan influences. Suppose a
young person serving God today sins seriously. Repentance, prayer, parental help, and the loving assistance of Christian elders can help
him to be like Hezekiah and ecleanse his path and keep on guard.f.James 5:13-15.
6 Although Rahab and Ruth lived long before Psalm 119 was composed, they ecleansed their path.f Rahab was a Canaanite prostitute,
but she became known for her faith as a worshiper of Jehovah. (Hebrews 11:30, 31) The Moabitess Ruth left her own gods, served
Jehovah, and complied with his Law to Israel. (Ruth 1:14-17; 4:9-13) Both of these non-Israelite women ekept on guard according to Godfs
wordf and had the wonderful privilege of becoming ancestresses of Jesus Christ..Matthew 1:1, 4-6.
7 gThe inclination of the heart of man is bad from his youth up,h but young people can follow a clean path, even in this corrupt world
under Satanfs control. (Genesis 8:21; 1 John 5:19) As exiles in Babylon, Daniel and three other Hebrew youths ekept on guard according to
Godfs word.f For instance, they would not pollute themselves gwith the delicacies of the king.h (Daniel 1:6-10) The Babylonians ate
unclean animals, forbidden by the Mosaic Law. (Leviticus 11:1-31; 20:24-26) They did not habitually bleed slaughtered animals, and their
eating unbled meat violated Godfs law on blood. (Genesis 9:3, 4) No wonder the four Hebrews would not partake of the kingfs delicacies!
Those godly youths maintained spiritual cleanness and thus set a fine example.
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gHOW will a young man cleanse his path?h asked a Hebrew psalmist thousands of years ago. (Psalm 119:9) This is still a valid
question today because young people are faced with many problems in the world. Promiscuous sexual activity has exposed many young
people to AIDS, about half of those infected with this terrible disease being between the ages of 15 and 24. Drug abuse also causes many
problems, cutting some young lives short. Debased music; violent and immoral films, TV shows, and videos; and pornography on the
Internet exert a devastating influence on the young. Therefore, the question asked by the psalmist is very much on the minds of many
parents and youths today.
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figuratively epummeling your body and leading it as a slave.f (1 Corinthians 9:27) Always remember, though, that what we watch in
secrecy is observed by gthe One who is invisible.h (Hebrews 11:27) So shun what is questionable. gKeep on making sure of what is
acceptable to the Lord.h.Ephesians 5:10.
gKeeping on Guardh to Stay Morally Clean
10 At Ephesians 5:5 Paul warned: gFor you know this, recognizing it for yourselves, that no fornicator or unclean person or greedy
person.which means being an idolater.has any inheritance in the kingdom of the Christ and of God.h Yet, thousands each year are
reproved or disfellowshipped because of sexual immorality.esinning against the body.f (1 Corinthians 6:18) Often, it is simply a result of
not gkeeping on guard according to [Godfs] word.h (Psalm 119:9) Many brothers, for example, drop their moral guard during vacation
periods. Neglecting theocratic association, they strike up friendships with worldly vacationers. Reasoning that these are ereally nice
people,f some Christians have joined them in questionable activities. Similarly, others have become overly friendly with their workmates.
One Christian elder became so involved with a female employee that he abandoned his family and took up living with her!
Disfellowshipping resulted. How true the Biblefs words, gBad associations spoil useful habitsh!.1 Corinthians 15:33.
11 From South Africa comes this report: gAnother danger that threatens the moral uprightness of many is large parties . . . some of
which were held after sessions of the district convention.h However, smaller Christian gatherings that are well supervised seldom
deteriorate into grevelries.h (Galatians 5:21) If alcoholic beverages are to be served, do so under supervision and in moderation. gWine is
a ridiculer,h and under its influence, some brothers have dropped their moral guard or awakened slumbering weaknesses. (Proverbs
20:1) Thus, two young ministers engaged in homosexual acts after overindulging in alcohol.
12 When tempted to err, call to mind that, no matter how clean we may appear outwardly, it is what we are inside that counts.
(Proverbs 21:2) Some evidently feel that God will forgive repeated excursions into immoral conduct because they are weak. But is this
not gturning the undeserved kindness of our God into an excuse for loose conducth? (Jude 4) Some even imagine that gJehovah is not
seeing us.h (Ezekiel 8:12) Remember, though, that gthere is not a creation that is not manifest to his sight, but all things are naked and
openly exposed to the eyes of him with whom we have an accounting.h.Hebrews 4:13.
13 So be on guard against threats to good morals! gLet fornication and uncleanness of every sort or greediness not even be
mentioned among you, just as it befits holy people; neither shameful conduct nor foolish talking nor obscene jesting, things which are
not becoming.h (Ephesians 5:3, 4) gAbhor what is wicked,h no matter how pleasurable it might be to the flesh..Romans 12:9.
Keeping Spiritually Clean
14 Some have exposed themselves to possible spiritual contamination by tuning in to religious radio and television broadcasts. In one
African land, some have watched TV dramas that portray the superstitions of traditional animist religions in a favorable light. The apostle
Paul, though, warned of a more lethal danger.apostate men who were gsubverting the faith of some.h (2 Timothy 2:16-18) Individuals
like that still exist! (2 Peter 2:1-3) And at times they have succeeded in sullying the thinking of others. As Proverbs 11:9 says: gBy his
mouth the one who is an apostate brings his fellowman to ruin.h
15 Apostates often appeal to the ego, claiming that we have been deprived of our freedoms, including the freedom to interpret the
Bible for ourselves. (Compare Genesis 3:1-5.) In reality, these would-be defilers offer nothing more than a return to the nauseating
teachings of gBabylon the Great.h (Revelation 17:5; 2 Peter 2:19-22) Others appeal to the flesh, urging former associates to gtake it easyh
because the humble work of witnessing from house to house is gunnecessaryh or gunscriptural.h (Compare Matthew 16:22, 23.) True,
such smooth talkers may look outwardly clean in a physical and moral way. But inside they are spiritually unclean, having given in to
prideful, independent thinking. They have forgotten all that they learned about Jehovah, his holy name and attributes. They no longer
acknowledge that all they learned about Bible truth.the glorious hope of the Kingdom and a paradise earth and the
Psalm 119:15
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9 The psalmist states that he showed concern for Jehovahfs laws, commandments, and reminders. He sings: gWith your orders I will
concern myself, and I will look to your paths. . . . I shall raise my palms to your commandments that I have loved, and I will concern
myself with your regulations. How I do love your law! All day long it is my concern. More insight than all my teachers I have come to have,
because your reminders are a concern to me.h (Psalm 119:15, 48, 97, 99) What is implied by econcerning oneselff with Jehovahfs Word?
10 The Hebrew verb translated gconcern [oneself]h also means gmeditate, muse,h ggo over a matter in onefs mind.h gIt is used of
silent reflection on Godfs works . . . and Godfs word.h (Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament) The noun form gconcernh refers to
gthe psalmistfs meditation,h ghis loving studyh of Godfs law, as gan act of worship.h
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EVERYONE and everything is under the orders of the Almighty God Jehovah, the King of eternity. He is the One who created the
universe. He is the Source of all life. He formed the earth and prepared it for habitation. He is a God of order, and by the enforcing of his
statutes, orderliness will be maintained throughout his creation..Psalm 36:9; Isaiah 45:18; Revelation 15:3.
2 It was Jehovah God who ordered the starry heavens to spread out like a tent over the earth and then invited his people: gRaise
your eyes high up and see. Who has created these things? It is the One who is bringing forth the army of them even by number, all of
whom he calls even by name.h It was Jehovah who asked Job: gHave you come to know the statutes of the heavens, or could you put its
authority in the earth?h It is His laws of gravitation and motion that bind together the millions of galaxies with their billions of stars and
that govern the movements of the earth as it travels through space..Isaiah 40:26; Job 38:33.
3 He is the One bringing forth the green plants that carpet the earth. It is by his orders that seeds sprout and grow and reproduce.
Innumerable varieties of animal life are abundant in the earth.from polar regions to tropical forests, from high in the atmosphere to
deep in the soil, from the oceanfs surface to its darkest depths. To exist, each of the countless kinds must live as ordered by Jehovah. By
means of instinct, he programs into them his orders for survival. gThey are instinctively wise.h (Proverbs 30:24) But what if the little
blackpoll warbler in Alaska said to itself, eI am not going to fly thousands of miles to South America. Why should I?f That little warbler
would die in the winter blizzards. But it will not say that. It is programmed to migrate for survival. So it is with all the animals. They
instinctively follow the orders planted in them by Jehovah their Creator. They have no choice.
4 It is different with people. We are created in the likeness of God, and we do have a choice. However, while Jehovah did not
program us to act wisely by instinct alone, neither did he leave us in ignorance. Through his Word the Bible, he gives us his orders for
gaining life. If we carefully follow those orders of the King, we will live. If we use our freedom to ignore them and take a road of our own
independent choosing, we will die. We must program ourselves for survival. It is that simple. gYour word is a lamp to my foot, and a light
to my roadway,h said the psalmist. On the other hand, a different groad may seem straightforward to a man, yet may end as the way to
death.h (Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 14:12, The New English Bible) In this time of the end, it is imperative that we take as our own the words
of Psalm 119:15, 16, as addressed to Jehovah: gWith your orders I will concern myself, and I will look to your paths. For your statutes I
shall show a fondness. I shall not forget your word.h
Jehovah the Organizer of His People
5 Jehovah spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, giving orders for Israelfs guidance. Outstanding among these were the Ten
Commandments, written on stone tablets by the finger of God. (Exodus 20:1-17; 31:18) In addition to being Israelfs Law-giver, Jehovah
was their Judge, acting through Moses and other older men. Moses admonished such older men to remember: gYou must not be partial
in judgment. You should hear the little one the same as the great one. You must not become frightened because of a man, for the
judgment belongs to God.h (Deuteronomy 1:17) Jehovah was also their King, organizing these millions of people for the efficient conduct
of their affairs. In view of all of this, one of his prophets could later declare: gJehovah is our Judge, Jehovah is our Statute-giver, Jehovah
is our King.h.Isaiah 33:22.
6 The nation of Israel was organized into tribes, families, and households. As they traveled in the wilderness, Jehovah assigned each
tribe its place in the march. When they camped around the tabernacle, each tribe had its assigned location. (Numbers 2:1-34; Joshua
7:14) By means of a cloud, Jehovah ordered their moves: gWhenever the cloud would go up from over the tent, the sons of Israel would
pull away right afterward, and in the place where the cloud would reside, there is where the sons of Israel would encamp. At the order of
Jehovah the sons of Israel would pull away, and at the order of Jehovah they would encamp.h.Numbers 9:17, 18.
7 When an organizational change was needed, Jehovah made it. Moses complained: gI am not able, I by myself, to carry all this
people, because they are too heavy for me.h Jehovah responded: gGather for me seventy men of the older men of Israel, whom you do
know that they are older men of the people and officers of theirs, . . . and they will have to help you in carrying the load of the people
that you may not carry it, just you alone.h (Numbers 11:14, 16, 17) Even when the people later demanded a human king, the great King of
eternity did not abandon Israel. The human king had a copy of Jehovahfs Law. Prophets declared Jehovahfs judgments. Faithful kings still
served as administrators for God as they esat on the throne of Jehovah.f.1 Chronicles 29:23; Deuteronomy 17:18; 2 Kings 17:13;
Jeremiah 7:25.
The Perfect Example of Following the Kingfs Orders
8 When Jesus arrived as the promised Messiah, he followed his heavenly Fatherfs orders with a consuming zeal. With the start of the
great Galilean ministry, he gcommenced preaching and saying: eRepent, you people, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.f
Then he went around throughout the whole of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the good news of the kingdom and
curing every sort of disease and every sort of infirmity among the people. Consequently great crowds followed him from Galilee and
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Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and from the other side of the Jordan.h (Matthew 4:17, 23, 25; John 2:17) He did not limit his
preaching to the synagogues. He proclaimed the Kingdom good news wherever there were people to listen: the temple, the seashore,
the mountainside, the open country, the cities and villages, and the homes of the people. The crowds flocked to him, glistening to him
with pleasure.h They gkept hanging onto him to hear him.h.Mark 12:37; Luke 19:48.
9 To his apostles he noted the need for more workers, so gthese twelve Jesus sent forth, giving them these orders: eDo not go off into
the road of the nations, and do not enter into a Samaritan city; but, instead, go continually to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you
go, preach, saying, gThe kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.h Into whatever city or village you enter, search out who in it is
deserving, and stay there until you leave. When you are entering into the house, greet the household; and if the house is deserving, let
the peace you wish it come upon it; but if it is not deserving, let the peace from you return upon you.fh (Matthew 10:5-7, 11-13) He later
sent out 70 more with similar instructions, and by carefully following these orders, they had success and great joy..Luke 10:1, 17.
10 After his death and resurrection, Christ Jesus enlarged his followersf territory, telling them: gAll authority has been given me in
heaven and on the earth. Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of
the Son and of the holy spirit, teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you.h (Matthew 28:18-20) When he ascended
into heaven, he gave a similar order: gYou will be witnesses of me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the most distant
part of the earth.h (Acts 1:8) As his followers spread the Kingdom message, thousands joined their ranks. (Acts 2:41; 4:4; 5:14; 6:7)
Congregations sprouted up everywhere. Overseers and ministerial assistants who met specific Scriptural qualifications were appointed to
shepherd these flocks of men and women. The congregations flourished and grew in number..1 Timothy 3:2-10, 12, 13; Titus 1:5-9.
11 Today it is especially important for the congregations of Jehovahfs Witnesses to follow Jesusf example in preaching. To do so
efficiently, they adopt the organizational structure that was established in the days of the apostles. We are in the time of the end, the
time when Jesus foretold that a worldwide preaching work would take place: gThis good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the
inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come.h (Matthew 24:14) After World War I, a few thousand began
declaring this Kingdom good news; now their numbers have skyrocketed past the three million mark! It is an urgent time to be following
carefully the orders of both the great King of eternity, Jehovah God, and the King of kings, Christ Jesus.
The Elders Need Your Respect and Support
12 In following the Kingfs orders, congregation elders have a key role. They are to be exemplary: gShepherd the flock of God in your
care, not under compulsion, but willingly; neither for love of dishonest gain, but eagerly; neither as lording it over those who are Godfs
inheritance, but becoming examples to the flock.h (1 Peter 5:1-3) It is Godfs flock. He holds the elders accountable, but the obedient
cooperation of everyone can make their work joyful: gBe obedient to those who are taking the lead among you and be submissive, for
they are keeping watch over your souls as those who will render an account; that they may do this with joy and not with sighing, for this
would be damaging to you.h.Hebrews 13:17.
13 All in the congregation are to be shown honor, but hardworking elders especially so: gLet the older men who preside in a fine way
be reckoned worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard in speaking and teaching.h (1 Timothy 5:17; Romans 12:10) Why
the gdouble honorh to the elders? Because of their fine work. It is written about them: gThe holy spirit has appointed you overseers, to
shepherd the congregation of God.h (Acts 20:28) They work hard at serving you and others. They may have to discipline some individuals
when the orders of the King are ignored or violated.not a pleasant duty and one that may offend some. Counsel on dress or conduct
may have to be given and may be resented. Yet all these things are done for the spiritual welfare of the congregation. The elders should
be respected and shown honor.
14 At times elders must serve on judicial committees and make judgments.sometimes unpopular ones. How does this judging
square with James 4:12? It says: gOne there is that is lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But you, who are you to
be judging your neighbor?h Yes, individuals are not to judge one another. Moreover the judgments elders make should not be according
to their own opinion but according to Jehovahfs Word. Note how King Jehoshaphat cautioned judges whom he appointed: gIt is not for
man that you judge but it is for Jehovah; . . . let the dread of Jehovah come to be upon you. Be careful and act, for with Jehovah our God
there is no unrighteousness or partiality or taking of a bribe.h (2 Chronicles 19:6, 7) The organization must be kept clean. Yet elders
should not be harsh, esmiters.f Mercy and forgiveness can be shown when remorse is deep and repentance genuine. Then, emercy will
exult triumphantly over judgment, as superior to judgment.f.1 Timothy 3:3; James 2:13; see Reference Bible footnotes.
15 So the duties of elders are often difficult and demanding, but elders who faithfully and lovingly care for these responsibilities can
be a source of spiritual refreshment and protection. gEach one must prove to be like a hiding place from the wind and a place of
concealment from the rainstorm, like streams of water in a waterless country, like the shadow of a heavy crag in an exhausted land.h
(Isaiah 32:2) It is the kind and loving protector.not the hasty accuser or the harsh disciplinarian.that brings joy to all, earns respect and
honor, and gains Jehovahfs approval.
Be Patient With One Another
16 Whenever people work closely together, problems are likely to arise. Mistakes are made. When this happens, some become
greatly disturbed. Some even use the mistakes of others as excuses for making the greatest mistake of all.they stop serving Jehovah!
However, if they scrutinize their own mistakes as minutely as they do those of others, they will likely be less critical and more
understanding. Moses made mistakes. So did David. So did Peter. So do all of us. But Jehovah continued to use these faithful men of old,
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and he continues to use us. So, gwho are you to judge the house servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will
be made to stand, for Jehovah can make him stand.h.Romans 14:4.
17 Let us also remember: Here on earth, Jehovah uses imperfect people.that is all he has at present. Actually, this reflects praise to
Jehovah. He accomplishes so much with so little! Our weakness magnifies his power: gMy undeserved kindness is sufficient for you; for
my power is being made perfect in weakness.h (2 Corinthians 12:9) The worldwide witnessing work prospers for the reason Jehovah
himself gives: gNot by a military force, nor by power, but by my spirit.h (Zechariah 4:6) So let us be forgiving of the mistakes and
imperfections of others so that our own can be forgiven. Remember: gIf you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also
forgive you.h.Matthew 6:14, 15.
Organized to Follow the Kingfs Order to Preach
18 The apostles and older men located in Jerusalem constituted a governing body that made decisions giving unified direction to the
early Christian congregations. (Acts 15:1-31; 16:1-5) Today Jehovahfs anointed witnesses, gthe faithful and discreet slave,h have a
Governing Body at their headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. (Matthew 24:45-47) It directs the tremendous worldwide Kingdom
witnessing work now being done throughout the earth in fulfillment of the order to announce Jehovahfs Kingdom. (Matthew 24:14) This
work could never be done without an organization. An individual could never do it on his own.
19 No individual and no unorganized, scattered groups of individuals could preach in over 190 languages and in 205 lands, conduct
regularly more than two and a quarter million home Bible studies, and baptize annually some 190,000 new ministers of the good news of
the Kingdom. No, it took more than three million Witnesses nearly six hundred million hours of preaching to do that amount of work in
the one year 1985. They could do it only because they were efficiently organized into nearly 50,000 congregations, all under the visible
direction of their one Governing Body. Even then, it could only be done because the Governing Body, the 94 branches, the 50,000
congregations, and the 3,000,000 individual Witnesses all were united in carefully following the orders of the King.
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20 The literal heart needs a checkup from time to time. Is it at regular intervals receiving good nourishment in sufficient amounts? Is
its beat steady and strong or sluggish and weak? Does it maintain the proper blood pressure? Is it getting the exercise it needs? (To be
healthy the heart needs to pump vigorously for long periods of time.) Does its pacemaker vary its speed to meet the changing needs? Is it
being subjected to an emotional environment that puts it under heavy stress?
21 If the physical heart needs checkups, how much more so does the figurative heart! Jehovah examines it; so should we. Does it get
sufficient amounts of spiritual food through regular personal study and meeting attendance? (Psalm 1:1, 2; Proverbs 15:28; Hebrews
10:24, 25) Do its feelings and deep emotions move us to zealous service in the field times perhaps causing us to exert
ourselves vigorously in auxiliary pioneering? (Jeremiah 20:9; Luke 13:24; 1 Corinthians 9:16) What about its environment? Is it
surrounded by other hearts that are unified and complete with like feelings and motivations?.2 Kings 10:15, 16; Psalm 86:11; Proverbs
13:20; 1 Corinthians 15:33.
22 If your checkup enables you to answer yes to the above questions, then you are safeguarding your figurative heart. You will
succeed, along with millions of other faithful Witnesses, in your determination to serve Jehovah with a complete heart. All such ones
have this assurance: gThe peace of God that excels all thought will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ
Jesus.h.Philippians 4:7.
Psalm 119:16
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6 The composer of Psalm 119, perhaps Hezekiah while yet a young prince, expressed his fondness for Jehovahfs word. In poetic
language, he said: gFor your statutes I shall show a fondness. I shall not forget your word. Also, your reminders are what I am fond of . . . I
shall show a fondness for your commandments that I have loved. Let your mercies come to me, that I may keep living; for your law is
what I am fond of. I have longed for your salvation, O Jehovah, and your law I am fond of.h.Psalm 119:16, 24, 47, 77, 174.
7 Explaining the word translated gshow a fondnessh in Psalm 119, one dictionary on the Hebrew Scriptures states: gThe usage in v. 16
parallels the [verbs] for rejoicing . . . and for meditation . . . The progression is: rejoice, meditate, delight in . . . This combination may
suggest that purposeful reflection is the means by which one comes to take delight in the word of Yahweh. . . . The meaning includes an
emotive element.h
8 Yes, our love for Jehovahfs Word should come from our heart, the seat of emotion. We should take pleasure in lingering over
certain passages that we have just read. We should muse over deep spiritual thoughts, become absorbed in them, and meditate on them.
This requires quiet reflection and prayer.
Psalm 119:23
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The 119th Psalm is of interest, for some believe that Hezekiah composed it, doing this while still a prince. (Psalm 119:46, 99, 100) So
his circumstances may be indicated by the words: gEven princes have sat; against me they have spoken with one another. As for your
servant, he concerns himself with your regulations. My soul has been sleepless from grief.h (Psalm 119:23, 28) Surrounded by practicers
of false religion, Hezekiah may have become an object of scorn among members of the royal court, so much so that sleep was difficult.
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Psalm 119:24
*** w06 6/15 p. 25 gYour Reminders Are What I Am Fond Ofh ***
JEHOVAH provides his people with reminders in order to help them deal with the pressures of these difficult times. Some of these
reminders come to the fore during personal Bible reading, while others take the form of information or comments presented at Christian
meetings. Much of what we read or hear on these occasions is not new to us. Likely, we have considered similar information before.
Since we are inclined to forget, though, we continually need to refresh our memories with regard to Jehovahfs purposes, laws, and
instructions. We should appreciate Godfs reminders. They renew our spirit by helping us to keep in focus the reasons that motivated us
to adopt a godly life course. Thus, the psalmist sang to Jehovah: gYour reminders are what I am fond of.h.Psalm 119:24.
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8 Fondness for Godfs word is an important factor in keeping us faithful to Jehovah. (Psalm 119:17-24) If we are like the inspired
songwriter, we will yearn to understand gthe wonderful thingsh of Godfs law. We will constantly elong for Jehovahfs judicial decisionsf and
show a efondness for his reminders.f (Psalm 119:18, 20, 24) If we have been dedicated to Jehovah for even a short time, have we eformed
a longing for the unadulterated milk belonging to the wordf? (1 Peter 2:1, 2) We need to understand elementary Bible teachings so that
we can be in a better position to comprehend and apply Godfs law.
9 We may be fond of Godfs reminders, but what if gprincesh speak against us for some reason? (Psalm 119:23, 24) Today, people in
authority often try to force us to put human laws above the law of God. When there is a conflict between the demands of man and the
will of God, what will we do? Our fondness for Godfs word will help us to remain faithful to Jehovah. Like Jesus Christfs persecuted
apostles, we will say: gWe must obey God as ruler rather than men.h.Acts 5:29.
Psalm 119:28
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11 Hezekiah, who may have written Psalm 119, chose gthe way of faithfulness.h He did so even though he was surrounded by false
worshipers and may have been ridiculed by members of the royal court. Very likely, ehis soul was sleepless from grieff because of such
circumstances. (Psalm 119:28)
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The 119th Psalm is of interest, for some believe that Hezekiah composed it, doing this while still a prince. (Psalm 119:46, 99, 100) So
his circumstances may be indicated by the words: gEven princes have sat; against me they have spoken with one another. As for your
servant, he concerns himself with your regulations. My soul has been sleepless from grief.h (Psalm 119:23, 28) Surrounded by practicers
of false religion, Hezekiah may have become an object of scorn among members of the royal court, so much so that sleep was difficult.
Psalm 119:32
*** g86 1/8 p. 12 eItfs All His Fault!f.Peace Despite Differences ***
At times, though, a mate seems to refuse to change. You may suggest approaching a qualified counselor for assistance. In the
congregations of Jehovahfs Witnesses, there are spiritually qualified overseers who are willing to help. (James 5:14, 15) Perhaps such help
will move the mate to apply the Biblefs counsel, especially if he or she values a good relationship with God.
But what if your mate does not? Then love for Godfs laws must be your overriding concern. The psalmist, who at the time was under
extreme mental pressure, wrote: gThe way of faithfulness I have chosen. . . . I shall run the very way of your commandments, because
you make my heart have the room.h (Psalm 119:11, 30, 32) The psalmist, who treasured Godfs laws, not only increased knowledge of God
within his heart but also developed greater confidence in Godfs ability to sustain. God therefore helped him to have gthe roomh in his
heart to bear this emotional distress.
Jehovah is thus capable of helping you also to make room in your heart to accommodate even an uncooperative mate. Knowing that
you are pleasing God by keeping his commands gives an inner peace.
It Really Works!
Happily, for nearly ten years, Sherry and Allen have been reunited from their separation. Both, though imperfect, have tried to apply
the counsel from the Bible. gSometimes I revert to some of my old ways of acting,h admitted Allen. gBut I keep trying to change.h
Yet, Sherry tries not to overreact. gYou have to learn to accept some things about a person,h said Sherry. gItfs the way he is. You
canft change everything about more than I can change all my own imperfections.h Frankly, Sherry reached an essential
conclusion: the need to forgive petty mistakes. (Matthew 18:21, 22) gSince Ifve seen Allenfs response to my changed attitude,h confessed
Sherry as she reflected on the hostile seven years of marriage before the separation, gIfve thought, eWhy didnft I do this before?f Those
years would have been so much easier.h
So do not expect near perfection from a mate. Marriage, even to the best of mates, still brings etribulation in the flesh.f
(1 Corinthians 7:28) Face problems squarely, rather than running from such by a frivolous separation or divorce. Strengthen your personal
resolve to keep Godfs laws, and you will experience the truth of Psalm 119:165: gAbundant peace belongs to those loving [Godfs] law,
and for them there is no stumbling block.h
Psalm 119:37
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HOW precious our sight is! By means of it, we can instantly grasp our depth and in color. Our sight enables us to
see beloved friends or unwelcome dangers. Through it, we perceive beauty, appreciate the wonders of creation, and receive evidence of
Godfs existence and glory. (Ps. 8:3, 4; 19:1, 2; 104:24; Rom. 1:20) And as a highly important channel of communication to the mind, sight
plays a major role in our acquiring knowledge of Jehovah and building faith in him..Josh. 1:8; Ps. 1:2, 3.
2 What we look at, however, can also be to our detriment. The link between our sight and our mind is so strong that what we see
with our eyes can initiate or intensify ambitions and desires in our heart. And because we live in a depraved and self-gratifying world
ruled by Satan the Devil, we are bombarded with images and propaganda that can easily lead us astray.even if we would give them only
a quick glance. (1 John 5:19) It is no wonder, then, that the psalmist implored God: gMake my eyes pass on from seeing what is worthless;
preserve me alive in your own way.h.Ps. 119:37.
How Our Eyes Can Mislead Us
3 Consider what happened to the first woman, Eve. Satan suggested that her eyes were gbound to be openedh if she would eat the
fruit from gthe tree of the knowledge of good and bad.h Eve must have been intrigued by the thought of having her eyes gopened.h Her
interest in eating the forbidden fruit was further heightened when she gsaw that the tree was good for food and that it was something to
be longed for to the eyes, yes, the tree was desirable to look upon.h Looking at the tree with longing led Eve to disobey Godfs command.
Her husband, Adam, also disobeyed, with disastrous consequences to all humankind..Gen. 2:17; 3:2-6; Rom. 5:12; Jas. 1:14, 15.
4 In the days of Noah, some angels were also influenced by what they saw. Referring to them, Genesis 6:2 relates: gThe sons of the
true God began to notice the daughters of men, that they were good-looking; and they went taking wives for themselves, namely, all
whom they chose.h Lustfully looking upon the daughters of men aroused in the rebellious angels an unnatural desire for sexual relations
with humans, and those angels fathered violent offspring. Manfs badness at that time resulted in the destruction of all mankind, with the
exception of Noah and his family..Gen. 6:4-7, 11, 12.
5 Centuries later, the Israelite Achanfs eyes seduced him into stealing some items from the captured city of Jericho. God had
commanded that all things in that city should be destroyed except for certain things that were to be given to the treasury of Jehovah. The
Israelites were warned: gKeep away from the thing devoted to destruction, for fear you may get a desireh and take some items from the
city. When Achan disobeyed, the people of Israel suffered defeat at the city of Ai, and a number of them died. Achan did not admit to his
theft until he was exposed. gWhen I got to seeh the items, Achan said, gthen I wanted them, and I took them.h The desire of his eyes led
to his destruction, along with geverything that was his.h (Josh. 6:18, 19; 7:1-26) Achan desired in his heart what was forbidden to him.
The Need for Self-Discipline
6 Mankind today is tempted in a way that is similar to what was used in the case of Eve, the disobedient angels, and Achan. Of all the
gdesignsh used by Satan to mislead mankind, the appeal to gthe desire of the eyesh is most powerful. (2 Cor. 2:11; 1 John 2:16) Modern
commercial advertisers well know the age-old power of eye appeal. gSight is the most seductive sense of all,h states a leading European
marketing expert. gIt often overrules the other senses, and has the power to persuade us against all logic.h
7 No wonder advertisers bombard us with images that are cleverly designed to make the greatest visual impact and stimulate desire
for their goods or services! A researcher in the United States who studied how advertising influences individuals stated that it is
gdesigned not just to convey cognitive information, but more importantly, to produce particular emotive and effectual responses.h
Provocative sexual imagery is one form that is often used. gSex sellsh is a well-known adage. How important it is, then, that we control
what we look at and what we allow to enter into our mind and heart!
8 True Christians are not immune to the desire of the eyes and of the flesh. Therefore, Godfs Word encourages us to exercise selfdiscipline
in connection with what we look at and long for. (1 Cor. 9:25, 27; read 1 John 2:15-17.) The upright man Job was one who
recognized the strong link between seeing and desiring. He stated: gA covenant I have concluded with my eyes. So how could I show
myself attentive to a virgin?h (Job 31:1) Not only did Job refuse to touch a woman in an immoral way but he would not even allow his
mind to entertain such a thought. Jesus emphasized that the mind must be kept clean of immoral thoughts when he said: gEveryone that
keeps on looking at a woman so as to have a passion for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.h.Matt. 5:28.
Worthless Things to Avoid
9 In todayfs world, it has become increasingly common to ekeep on lookingf at pornography, particularly on the Internet. We do not
have to look for such sites.they look for us! In what way? An ad with an enticing picture may suddenly appear on onefs computer
screen. Or an innocuous-looking e-mail, once opened, may explode into a pornographic picture designed in such a way as to make exiting
from it difficult. Even if a person gets only a glimpse before deleting it, the image has already made an impression on his mind. Just a
brief brush with pornography can have sad consequences. It can leave an individual with a guilty conscience and a struggle to erase
immoral scenes from his mind. Worse yet, someone who deliberately gkeeps on lookingh needs to have his illicit desires deadened..
Read Ephesians 5:3, 4, 12; Col. 3:5, 6.
10 Children can be drawn into pornography by their natural curiosity. If that happens, it may have lasting effects on their view of
sexuality. These effects, notes a report, may range from a distorted sense of sexual norms to gdifficulty maintaining a healthy, loving
relationship; an unrealistic view of women; and potentially, pornography addiction, which can interfere with school work, friendships and
family relationships.h Even more devastating can be the effects later in a marriage relationship.
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11 gOf all the addictions that I had before I became a Witness, pornography was by far the most difficult to break,h wrote a Christian
brother. gI still see these images at the oddest times.triggered by a random smell, some music, something I see, or even a stray thought.
It is a daily and constant battle.h As a child, another brother had looked at his worldly fatherfs pornographic magazines when his parents
were not at home. He wrote: gWhat a horrible effect those pictures had on my young mind! Even now, 25 years later, some of those
images are still burned into my brain. No matter how hard I fight, they are still there. This makes me feel guilty, even though I donft dwell
on them.h How wise it is to avoid having such burdensome feelings by not looking at worthless things! How can a person accomplish
that? He needs to strive to bring gevery thought into captivity to make it obedient to the Christ.h.2 Cor. 10:5.
12 Another ggood-for-nothing,h or worthless, thing to avoid is entertainment that promotes materialism or the occult or that features
violence, bloodshed, and death. (Read Psalm 101:3.) Christian parents have the responsibility before Jehovah to be selective about what
they allow to be viewed in their home. Of course, no true Christian would deliberately involve himself in spiritism. Still, parents need to
be aware of films, TV series, video games, and even comics and childrenfs books that highlight uncanny practices..Prov. 22:5.
13 Whether we are young or old, our eyes should find no pleasure in video games that feature violence and depict killing with gory
realism. (Read Psalm 11:5.) We must refuse to focus our mind on any activity that Jehovah condemns. Remember, Satan is targeting our
thoughts. (2 Cor. 11:3) Even spending too much time viewing entertainment that may be considered acceptable can encroach on family
worship, daily Bible reading, and our preparation for meetings..Phil. 1:9, 10.
Follow Jesusf Example
14 Regrettably, we cannot avoid seeing some worthless things in this wicked world. Even Jesus had such things thrust upon him. In
Satanfs third attempt to draw Jesus away from doing Godfs will, gthe Devil took him along to an unusually high mountain, and showed
him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.h (Matt. 4:8) Why did Satan do so? No doubt, he wanted to exploit the powerful
influence of the eye. Having a look at the splendor of all the worldfs kingdoms might induce Jesus to give in to a desire for worldly
prominence. How did Jesus react?
15 Jesus did not focus on this tempting offer. He did not let his heart entertain wrong desires. And he did not have to contemplate the
Devilfs offer in order to reject it. Jesus reacted immediately. gGo away, Satan!h he commanded. (Matt. 4:10) Jesus kept his focus on his
relationship with Jehovah and replied in harmony with his purpose in life.that of doing Godfs will. (Heb. 10:7) As a result, Jesus
successfully thwarted Satanfs cunning scheme.
16 We can learn much from Jesusf example. First, no one is immune to Satanfs tactics. (Matt. 24:24) Second, what we focus our eyes
on can reinforce the desires of our heart, for good or for bad. Third, Satan will exploit gthe desire of the eyesh as much as he can in his
attempt to lead us astray. (1 Pet. 5:8) And fourth, we too can oppose Satan, especially if we act without delay..Jas. 4:7; 1 Pet. 2:21.
Keep Your Eye gSimpleh
17 Our dedication to Jehovah includes a solemn promise to turn away from what is worthless. In vowing to do Godfs will, we join the
psalmist in stating: gFrom every bad path I have restrained my feet, for the purpose that I may keep your word.h (Ps. 119:101) It is unwise
to wait until something worthless confronts us before we decide what we will do. Matters that the Scriptures condemn have been made
clear to us. We are not ignorant of Satanfs schemes. When was Jesus tempted to change stones into loaves of bread? After he had fasted
for 40 days and nights and gfelt hungry.h (Matt. 4:1-4) Satan is able to perceive when we are weak and more likely to succumb to
temptation. Thus, now is the time to give careful consideration to these matters. Do not put it off! If we keep our dedication vow to
Jehovah in mind day by day, we will be firmly determined to turn away from what is worthless..Prov. 1:5; 19:20.
18 Each day, we face a wide array of eye-appealing distractions, and their number keeps increasing. We can appreciate all the more,
then, Jesusf admonition to keep our eye gsimple.h (Matt. 6:22, 23) A gsimpleh eye is totally focused on one purpose.that of doing Godfs
will. By contrast, a gwickedh eye is crafty, covetous, and drawn to things that are worthless.
19 Remember, our eyes feed our mind and our mind feeds our heart. How important it is, therefore, that we keep on considering
what is valuable. (Read Philippians 4:8.) Indeed, may we continue to echo the prayer of the psalmist: gMake my eyes pass on from seeing
what is worthless.h Then, as we strive to act in harmony with that prayer, we can be confident that Jehovah will gpreserve [us] alive in
[his] own way.h.Ps. 119:37; Heb. 10:36.
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Let us therefore pray: gMake my eyes pass on from seeing what is worthless.h (Psalm 119:37) Never would we want to view as
desirable any worthless thing hated by God. (Psalm 97:10) Among other things, this moves us to avoid pornography and spiritistic
practices..1 Corinthians 6:9, 10; Revelation 21:8.
Psalm 119:46
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Diligent study of Godfs written Word equips us to espeak about his reminders in front of kings.f (Psalm 119:46) Prayer and Jehovahfs
spirit will also help us to say the right things in a proper way. (Matthew 10:16-20; Colossians 4:6) Paul courageously spoke about Godfs
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reminders to first-century rulers. For example, he witnessed to Roman Governor Felix, who glistened to him on the belief in Christ Jesus.h
(Acts 24:24, 25) Paul also gave a witness before Governor Festus and King Agrippa. (Acts 25:22.26:32) With Jehovahfs backing, we too
can be courageous witnesses, never gashamed of the good news.h.Romans 1:16.
Psalm 119:48
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Prayers offered in faith are pleasing to our heavenly Father, and so is prayerful study of Godfs Word. The psalmist manifested a fine
attitude when he sang: gI shall raise my palms to your commandments that I have loved, and I will concern myself with your regulations.
Teach me goodness, sensibleness and knowledge themselves, for in your commandments I have exercised faith.h (Psalm 119:48, 66) Let
us espread out our palmsf in humble prayer and exercise faith by complying with Godfs commandments.
Psalm 119:51
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Although we courageously speak out as Witnesses of Jehovah, gpresumptuous onesh.those acting presumptuously toward God.
sometimes ederide us in the extreme.f (Psalm 119:51) While praying, however, we may recall positive things said in Godfs Word, and we
thus efind comfort for ourselves.f (Psalm 119:52) During our supplications, we may remember a Scriptural law or principle that gives us
the comfort and courage needed in a stressful situation.
16 The presumptuous ones who derided the psalmist were Israelites.members of a nation dedicated to God. What a shame! Unlike
them, however, let us be determined never to deviate from Godfs law. (Psalm 119:51) In the face of Nazi persecution and similar
treatment through the years, thousands of Godfs servants have refused to deviate from the laws and principles found in Godfs Word.
(John 15:18-21)
Psalm 119:58
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To esoften anotherfs facef indicates an allaying of his anger or a gaining of his favor and goodwill..Ex 32:11; Ps 119:58.
Psalm 119:61
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The very ropes of the wicked ones surrounded me. Your law I did not forget.h (Psalm 119:60, 61) Jehovahfs reminders help us to
endure persecution because we are confident that our heavenly Father can cut the ropes of restraint that enemies tie about us. In due
time, he frees us from such obstacles so that we can carry out the Kingdom-preaching work..Mark 13:10.
Psalm 119:66
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Prayers offered in faith are pleasing to our heavenly Father, and so is prayerful study of Godfs Word. The psalmist manifested a fine
attitude when he sang: gI shall raise my palms to your commandments that I have loved, and I will concern myself with your regulations.
Teach me goodness, sensibleness and knowledge themselves, for in your commandments I have exercised faith.h (Psalm 119:48, 66) Let
us espread out our palmsf in humble prayer and exercise faith by complying with Godfs commandments.
Psalm 119:71
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119:71.What could be good about suffering affliction? Hardship can teach us to rely more fully on Jehovah, to pray to him more
earnestly, and to be more diligent in studying the Bible and applying what it says. Moreover, our response to affliction can reveal
personality flaws that can be corrected. Suffering will not make us bitter if we allow it to refine us.
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19 Faith in God and his word helps us to endure affliction and to do his will. (Psalm 119:65-72) Although presumptuous ones had
esmeared him with falsehood,f the psalmist sang: gIt is good for me that I have been afflicted.h (Psalm 119:66, 69, 71) How could it be
good for any of Jehovahfs servants to suffer affliction?
20 When we suffer affliction, we undoubtedly supplicate Jehovah earnestly, and that draws us closer to him. We may spend more
time studying Godfs written Word and may make greater effort to apply it. This results in a happier life. But what if we react to affliction
in a way that shows up undesirable traits, such as impatience and pride? With earnest prayer and the help of Godfs Word and spirit, we
can overcome such flaws and more fully eclothe ourselves with the new personality.f (Colossians 3:9-14) Moreover, our faith is
strengthened when we endure adversity. (1 Peter 1:6, 7) Paul benefited from his tribulations because they made him more dependent on
Jehovah. (2 Corinthians 1:8-10) Do we allow suffering to have a good effect on us?
Psalm 119:76
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14 The psalmist wrote of Jehovah: gMay your loving-kindness serve, please, to comfort me.h (Ps. 119:76) An outstanding way in which
Jehovah comforts his people is by giving them exhortation and guidance. (Ps. 119:105)
Psalm 119:78
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Because of what others do, however, we need comfort and may feel like praying: gLet the presumptuous ones be ashamed.h (Psalm
119:76-78) When Jehovah puts such ones to shame, this results in the exposure of their evil ways and in the sanctification of his holy
name. We can be sure that persecutors of Godfs people really do not gain anything. For example, they never have.and never will.put
an end to Jehovahfs Witnesses, who trust in God with all their heart..Proverbs 3:5, 6.
Psalm 119:83
*** it-2 p. 982 Smoke ***
The psalmist, waiting for Jehovah to comfort him, says: gI have become like a skin bottle in the smoke.h (Ps 119:83) Skin bottles, such
as those used in the Middle East, hanging on the wall when not in use, became dried up and shriveled from the smoke of the house. So
the psalmist had become at the hands of those persecuting him.
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Because presumptuous ones were persecuting him, the psalmist felt glike a skin bottle in the smoke.h (Psalm 119:83, 86) In Bible
times, bottles made of animal hide were used to hold water, wine, and other liquids. When not in use, these bottles might shrivel up if
hung near a fire in a room lacking a chimney. Does hardship or persecution ever make you feel glike a skin bottle in the smokeh? If so,
trust in Jehovah, and pray: gAccording to your loving-kindness preserve me alive, that I may keep the reminder of your mouth.h.Psalm
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Probably skins filled with wine were sometimes hung where they could be smoked in order to protect them from insects or to impart
certain desired properties to the wine quickly. On the other hand, when not in use, skin bottles might be hung in a room without a
chimney and thus become darkened by smoke from fires built there. These wineskins would soon lose their elasticity and shrivel up.
Perhaps with this in mind, the psalmist who was beset with trials said: gFor I have become like a skin bottle in the smoke.h.Ps 119:83;
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Ÿ 119:83.How was the psalmist glike a skin bottleh?
While waiting for Jehovah to comfort him, the psalmist had become like a skin bottle that would be hung up when not in use.
Because of the smoke in a tent or a house lacking a chimney, this type of bottle would gradually darken, dry up, and shrivel. In effect, this
is what happened to the psalmist at the hands of persecutors. (Verse 84) His distressed state was probably evident in his dismal
countenance and lined face, and his entire body may have been so affected as to have lost some of its moisture. (Compare Psalm 32:4.)
Thus he may have felt as worthless as a withered skin bottle that others cast aside as unsuitable to hold liquids. Yet he had not eforgotten
Godfs regulations.f
Psalm 119:89
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The psalmist sang: gTo time indefinite, O Jehovah, your word is stationed in the heavens. . . . You have solidly fixed the earth, that it
may keep standing.h (Psalm 119:89, 90) By Godfs word.his gstatutes of the heavensh.the celestial bodies move flawlessly in their orbits
and the earth is solidly fixed forever. (Job 38:31-33; Psalm 104:5) We can depend on every word going forth from Jehovahfs mouth; what
God says will have gcertain successh in the fulfillment of his purpose..Isaiah 55:8-11.
Psalm 119:92
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4 The psalmist would have eperished in his affliction if he had not been fond of Godfs law.f (Psalm 119:92) He was not being afflicted
by foreigners; it was Israelite lawbreakers who hated him. (Leviticus 19:17) But this did not overwhelm him, for he loved Godfs sustaining
law. At Corinth, the apostle Paul was gin dangers among false brothers,h perhaps including gsuperfine apostlesh seeking an accusation
against him. (2 Corinthians 11:5, 12-14, 26) Yet, Paul survived spiritually because he was fond of Godfs word. Since we are fond of
Jehovahfs written Word and apply what it says, we love our brothers. (1 John 3:15) Even the worldfs hatred does not make us forget any
of Godfs instructions. We keep doing his will in loving unity with our brothers as we look forward to an eternity of joyous service to
Jehovah..Psalm 119:93.
Psalm 119:94
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5 Expressing our devotion to Jehovah, we might pray: gI am yours. O save me, because I have searched for your own orders.h (Psalm
119:94) King Asa searched for God and rooted out apostasy in Judah. At a great assembly in the 15th year of Asafs reign (963 B.C.E.),
Judahfs inhabitants gentered into a covenant to search for Jehovah.h God glet himself be found by themh and gcontinued to give them
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rest all around.h (2 Chronicles 15:10-15) This example should encourage a renewed search for God by any who have drifted away from
the Christian congregation. He will bless and protect those who resume active association with his people.
Psalm 119:96
*** w06 9/1 p. 14 Highlights From Book Five of Psalms ***
119:96.What is meant by ean end to all perfectionf? The psalmist is speaking about perfection from a human viewpoint. He likely
had in mind that manfs concept of perfection is limited. In contrast, Godfs commandment has no such limit. Its guidance applies to all
aspects of life. gTo all perfection I see a limit,h reads the New International Version, gbut your commands are boundless.h
Psalm 119:97
*** w02 4/15 p. 13 par. 3 Divine Laws Are for Our Benefit ***
3 One of the psalmists.likely a prince of Judah and a future king.expressed a feeling that is not usually associated with law. He
exclaimed to God: gHow I do love your law!h (Psalm 119:97) This was no mere emotional outburst. It was an expression of love for Godfs
will as set out in his law.
*** w06 6/15 p. 20 gHow I Do Love Your Law!h ***
THE writer of Psalm 119 faced a severe trial. Presumptuous enemies who disregarded Godfs law derided him and smeared him with
falsehood. Princes took counsel against him and persecuted him. The wicked surrounded him, and his very life was endangered. All of this
made him gsleepless from grief.h (Psalm 119:9, 23, 28, 51, 61, 69, 85, 87, 161) In the face of this trial, the psalmist sang: gHow I do love
your law! All day long it is my concern.h.Psalm 119:97.
2 You would do well to ask, gHow could Godfs law be a source of solace and comfort to the psalmist?h What sustained him was his
confidence that Jehovah was interested in him. Being acquainted with the loving provisions of that law made the psalmist happy, despite
the hardships brought upon him by his opposers. He recognized that Jehovah had dealt well with him. Moreover, applying the guidance
from Godfs law made the psalmist wiser than his enemies and had even preserved him alive. Obeying the law gave him peace and a good
conscience..Psalm 119:1, 9, 65, 93, 98, 165.
3 Some of Godfs servants today are also undergoing grueling tests of their faith. We may not face a life-threatening crisis as the
psalmist did, but we do live in gcritical times hard to deal with.h Many people with whom we are in daily contact have no love for spiritual
values.their goals are self-centered and materialistic, their attitude arrogant and irreverent. (2 Timothy 3:1-5) Young Christians regularly
have to deal with threats to their moral integrity. In such an environment, it can be difficult to maintain our love for Jehovah and for what
is right. How can we protect ourselves?
4 What helped the psalmist to withstand the pressures he experienced was his dedicating time to pore over Godfs law with
appreciation. In that way he came to love it. Indeed, almost every verse of Psalm 119 mentions some facet of Jehovahfs law. Christians
today are not bound by the Mosaic Law, which God gave to the ancient nation of Israel. (Colossians 2:14) However, the principles
expressed in that Law are of enduring value. These principles were a comfort to the psalmist, as they can be for Godfs servants who are
struggling to deal with the difficulties of modern life.
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gHow I Do Love Your Law!h
10 If we are to mind the spirit, knowledge of Godfs Word is not enough. King Solomon had a very good grasp of Jehovahfs standards,
but he failed to live by them during the latter part of his life. (1 Kings 4:29, 30; 11:1-6) If we are spiritually-minded, we will see the need
not only for knowing what the Bible says but also for obeying Godfs law wholeheartedly. That means making a conscientious examination
of Jehovahfs standards and diligently endeavoring to follow them. The psalmist had this kind of attitude. He sang: gHow I do love your
law! All day long it is my concern.h (Psalm 119:97) When we are truly concerned about following Godfs law, we are moved to display
godly qualities. (Ephesians 5:1, 2) Instead of being helplessly attracted to wrongdoing, we manifest the fruitage of the spirit, and a desire
to please Jehovah turns us away from vile gworks of the flesh.h.Galatians 5:16, 19-23; Psalm 15:1, 2.
11 How can we develop deep respect and love for Jehovahfs law? One way is by carefully examining its value. Consider Godfs law that
limits sexual relations to marriage and forbids fornication and adultery. (Hebrews 13:4) Does obeying this law deprive us of anything
good? Would a loving heavenly Father make a law that denies us something beneficial? Of course not! Look at what is happening in the
lives of many who do not live in harmony with Jehovahfs moral standards. Unwanted pregnancies often lead them to abortions or
perhaps into premature and unhappy marriages. Many have to rear a child without a husband or a wife. Furthermore, those who practice
fornication expose themselves to sexually transmitted diseases. (1 Corinthians 6:18) And if a servant of Jehovah commits fornication, the
emotional effects can be devastating. Trying to suppress the naggings of a guilty conscience can cause sleepless nights and mental
anguish. (Psalm 32:3, 4; 51:3) Is it not obvious, then, that Jehovahfs law prohibiting fornication is designed to protect us? Yes, there is
indeed great benefit in maintaining moral cleanness!
*** w99 11/1 p. 11 par. 8 How Much Do You Love Godfs Word? ***
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8 The writer of the 119th Psalm exclaimed: gHow I do love your law!h (Psalm 119:97) To which law was he referring? To Jehovahfs
revealed word, including the Mosaic Law code. At first glance some might dismiss the Law code as outdated and wonder how anyone
could love it. However, as we meditate on the various features of the Mosaic Law, as did the psalmist, we can appreciate the wisdom
behind that Law. Aside from the many prophetic aspects of the Law, there are its sanitary and dietary stipulations, which promoted
cleanness and good health. (Leviticus 7:23, 24, 26; 11:2-8) The Law encouraged honesty in business practices and exhorted the Israelites
to show empathy to fellow worshipers in need. (Exodus 22:26, 27; 23:6; Leviticus 19:35, 36; Deuteronomy 24:17-21) Judicial decisions
were to be made with impartiality. (Deuteronomy 16:19; 19:15) As the writer of Psalm 119 gained experience in life, he no doubt saw
how well things turned out for those who applied Godfs Law, and his fondness for it grew stronger. Similarly today, as Christians have
success in applying Bible principles, their love and appreciation for Godfs Word intensifies.
Psalm 119:100
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Diligence in studying and applying Godfs Word and commands can enable a person to have greater insight than those set as his
teachers and more understanding than those who are older men. (Ps 119:99, 100, 130; compare Lu 2:46, 47.)
Psalm 119:105
*** w07 5/1 pp. 14-18 Let Godfs Word Guide Your Steps ***
CAN you recall an occasion when you had to ask someone for directions? Perhaps you were close to your destination but were
unsure of the last few turns. Or it may be that you were completely lost and needed to change your course altogether. In either case,
would it not be wise to follow the direction of someone who knew the area? Such a person could help you reach your destination.
2 For thousands of years, mankind in general has tried to navigate its way through life without divine help. Left on their own,
however, imperfect humans are completely lost. They simply cannot find the road to true peace and happiness. Why have they been
unable to reach that destination? More than 2,500 years ago, the prophet Jeremiah stated: gIt does not belong to man who is walking
even to direct his step.h (Jeremiah 10:23) Anyone who tries to direct his own step without accepting qualified help inevitably faces
frustration. Truly, mankind needs direction!
3 Jehovah God is supremely qualified to provide such direction. Why? Because he understands better than anyone else the makeup
of humans. And he is fully aware of how the human race got sidetracked and became lost. He also knows what is required for them to get
back on course. Furthermore, as the Creator, Jehovah always knows what is best for us. (Isaiah 48:17) Thus, we can fully trust his promise
as recorded at Psalm 32:8: gI shall make you have insight and instruct you in the way you should go. I will give advice with my eye upon
you.h There is no doubt about it: Jehovah provides the best direction. But just how does he guide us?
4 A psalmist said in prayer to Jehovah: gYour word is a lamp to my foot, and a light to my roadway.h (Psalm 119:105) Godfs
statements and reminders are found in the Bible, and they can help us to overcome obstacles that we may encounter on our path.
Indeed, when we read the Bible and let it guide us, we are experiencing firsthand what is described at Isaiah 30:21: gYour own ears will
hear a word behind you saying: eThis is the way. Walk in it, you people.fh
5 Note, though, that Psalm 119:105 points to two related functions of Godfs Word. First, it serves as a lamp to our foot. When we
face day-to-day challenges, principles found in the Bible should guide our steps so that we make wise decisions and avoid the traps and
pitfalls of this world. Second, Godfs reminders light our roadway, helping us to make choices that are consistent with our hope of living
forever in Godfs promised Paradise. With the road ahead well-lit, we will be able to discern the consequences.good or bad.of a
particular course. (Romans 14:21; 1 Timothy 6:9; Revelation 22:12) Let us see in greater detail how Godfs utterances as found in the Bible
can be a lamp to our foot and a light to our roadway.
gA Lamp to My Footh
6 Every day, we make decisions. Some decisions may seem relatively minor, but we may at times be confronted with a situation that
challenges our morality, our honesty, or our neutral stand. To face such trials successfully, we must have our gperceptive powers trained
to distinguish both right and wrong.h (Hebrews 5:14) By obtaining accurate knowledge of Godfs Word and developing an understanding
of its principles, we train our conscience so that we will make decisions that please Jehovah..Proverbs 3:21.
7 Consider an example. Are you an adult who is sincerely trying to make Jehovahfs heart rejoice? (Proverbs 27:11) If so, you are to be
commended. But imagine for a moment that some workmates offer you a ticket to accompany them to a sporting event. They enjoy your
companionship at work and would like to socialize with you outside the work environment. You might have the strong impression that
these individuals are not bad people. They might even have some good principles. What will you do? Would there be any danger in
accepting the invitation? How can Godfs Word help you to make a good decision in this matter?
8 Consider a few Scriptural principles. The first one that may come to mind is found at 1 Corinthians 15:33, which says: gBad
associations spoil useful habits.h Does adhering to this principle require that you shun unbelievers entirely? The Scriptural answer to that
question is no. After all, the apostle Paul himself showed loving consideration for gpeople of all sorts,h including unbelievers.
(1 Corinthians 9:22) The very nature of Christianity demands that we show an interest in others.including those who do not share our
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beliefs. (Romans 10:13-15) Indeed, how can we follow the counsel to gwork what is good toward allh if we isolate ourselves from people
who might need our help?.Galatians 6:10.
9 However, there is a clear difference between being friendly toward a workmate and being that onefs close companion. Here is
where another Scriptural principle enters the picture. The apostle Paul warned Christians: gDo not become unevenly yoked with
unbelievers.h (2 Corinthians 6:14) What is the meaning of the phrase gdo not become unevenly yokedh? Some Bible translations render
those words gdo not team up,h gdo not try to work together as equals,h or gstop forming inappropriate relationships.h At what point does
a relationship with a workmate become inappropriate? When does it cross the line and become an uneven yoking? Godfs Word, the
Bible, can direct your step in this situation.
10 Consider the example of Jesus, who from creation onward had a love for humans. (Proverbs 8:31) While on earth, he forged a
close bond with his followers. (John 13:1) He even gfelt loveh for a man who was religiously misguided. (Mark 10:17-22) But Jesus also set
clear boundaries regarding his choice of close companions. He formed no close ties with people who were not sincerely interested in
doing his Fatherfs will. On one occasion, Jesus stated: gYou are my friends if you do what I am commanding you.h (John 15:14) True, you
may get along well with a particular workmate. But ask yourself: eIs this person willing to do what Jesus commands? Does he or she want
to learn about Jehovah, the one whom Jesus instructed us to worship? Does he or she have the same moral standards that I as a Christian
have?f (Matthew 4:10) As you talk with your workmates and insist on applying Bible standards, the answers to these questions will be
11 There are many other situations in which Godfs utterances can be like a lamp to our foot. For example, an unemployed Christian
may be offered a sorely needed job. However, the schedule is demanding, and if he accepts the job, he will be absent for a number of
Christian meetings and will miss out on other activities related to true worship. (Psalm 37:25) Another Christian may be strongly tempted
to view entertainment that clearly violates Bible principles. (Ephesians 4:17-19) Still another might be prone to take offense at the
imperfections of fellow believers. (Colossians 3:13) In all such situations, we should let Godfs Word be a lamp to our foot. Really, by
following Bible principles, we can successfully face any challenge in life. Godfs Word is gbeneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting
things straight, for disciplining in righteousness.h.2 Timothy 3:16.
gA Light to My Roadwayh
12 Psalm 119:105 also states that Godfs utterances can light our roadway, illuminating the path ahead. We are not left in the dark
when it comes to the future, for the Bible explains the meaning of distressing world conditions and what the outcome will be. Yes, we
realize that we are living in gthe last daysh of this wicked system of things. (2 Timothy 3:1-5) Knowing what lies ahead should have a
profound impact on how we live now. The apostle Peter wrote: gSince all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons
ought you to be in holy acts of conduct and deeds of godly devotion, awaiting and keeping close in mind the presence of the day of
Jehovah!h.2 Peter 3:11, 12.
13 Our thinking and our lifestyle should reflect our firm conviction that gthe world is passing away and so is its desire.h (1 John 2:17)
Applying Bible guidelines will help us to make wise decisions regarding our future goals. For example, Jesus stated: gKeep on, then,
seeking first the kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you.h (Matthew 6:33) How commendable it is
to see many young ones showing faith in Jesusf words by pursuing the full-time ministry! Others.including entire families.have
voluntarily moved to lands where there is a pressing need for Kingdom proclaimers.
14 Consider one Christian family of four who moved from the United States to the Dominican Republic to serve with a congregation in
a town with a population of 50,000. The congregation is made up of about 130 Kingdom publishers. Yet, on April 12, 2006, some 1,300
attended the Memorial of Christfs death! The field in that area is so gwhite for harvestingh that after just five months, this father, mother,
son, and daughter were conducting a total of 30 Bible studies. (John 4:35) The father explains: gThe congregation has 30 brothers and
sisters who have moved here to help out. About 20 are from the United States, while the rest come from the Bahamas, Canada, Italy,
New Zealand, and Spain. They arrive eager to engage in the ministry and have had a tremendous impact on the enthusiasm of the local
15 Understandably, many are not in a position to move to another land to serve where there is a greater need. But those who are.or
who can adjust their circumstances to make themselves available.will surely experience numerous blessings by sharing in this aspect of
the ministry. And no matter where you serve, do not miss out on the joy that can be yours when you serve Jehovah with all your
strength. If you put Kingdom interests first in your life, Jehovah promises to gempty out upon you a blessing until there is no more
want.h.Malachi 3:10.
Benefiting From Jehovahfs Guidance
16 As we have seen, Jehovahfs utterances guide us in two related ways. They serve as a lamp to our foot, helping us to move forward
in the right direction and guiding us when we have to make decisions. And they light our roadway, enabling us to see clearly what lies
ahead. That, in turn, helps us to follow Peterfs admonition: gBrace up your minds for activity, keep your senses completely; set your hope
upon the undeserved kindness that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.h.1 Peter 1:13.
17 There is no doubt that Jehovah provides guidance. The question is, Will you submit to it? To understand the direction that Jehovah
provides, make it your resolve to read a portion of the Bible each day. Meditate on what you read, try to perceive Jehovahfs will in
matters, and think of different ways that the material could apply in your life. (1 Timothy 4:15) Then use your gpower of reasonh when
you make personal decisions..Romans 12:1.
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18 If we allow them to, the principles found in Godfs Word will enlighten us and give us the guidance we need when we make
decisions about the proper course to follow. We can be confident that Jehovahfs recorded utterances make gthe inexperienced one
wise.h (Psalm 19:7) When we allow the Bible to guide us, we are blessed with a clean conscience and the satisfaction that comes from
pleasing Jehovah. (1 Timothy 1:18, 19) If we let Godfs utterances guide our steps each day, Jehovah will reward us with the ultimate
blessing of everlasting life..John 17:3.
*** g 7/07 p. 6 Guidance That Surpasses Instinct ***
Let Godfs Word Illuminate the Way
Concerning the Sacred Scriptures, the psalmist wrote: gYour word is a lamp to my foot, and a light to my roadway.h (Psalm 119:105)
A lamp to our foot reveals immediate dangers, while a light to our roadway illuminates the path ahead. Simply put, Godfs Word can guide
us safely through life by helping us to make wise, morally sound decisions in all matters.those that bear on the present and those that
may affect us in the future.
*** w06 9/1 p. 14 Highlights From Book Five of Psalms ***
119:105. Godfs Word is a lamp to our foot in that it can help us to deal with current problems. It also figuratively lights up our
roadway, since it foretells Godfs purpose for the future.
*** w05 4/15 pp. 16-17 Let Godfs Word Light Your Roadway ***
7 Godfs word is a source of unfailing spiritual light. (Psalm 119:105-112) Whether we are anointed Christians or we are their
companions of the gother sheep,h we declare: gYour word is a lamp to my foot, and a light to my roadway.h (John 10:16; Psalm 119:105)
Godfs word is like a lamp lighting our way, so that we do not stumble and fall spiritually. (Proverbs 6:23) Yet, we must personally let
Jehovahfs word be a lamp to our foot.
*** w02 3/1 p. 12 par. 15 Divine Light Dispels Darkness! ***
15 The psalmist wrote: gYour word is a lamp to my foot, and a light to my roadway.h (Psalm 119:105) Yes, the ecramped road leading
off into lifef is clearly illuminated by our loving God, Jehovah, gwhose will is that all sorts of men should be saved and come to an
accurate knowledge of truth.h (Matthew 7:14; 1 Timothy 2:4) Applying Bible precepts will safeguard us from wandering off that cramped
road into the pathways of darkness.
*** w02 9/15 p. 12 pars. 9-10 gPay More Than the Usual Attentionh ***
If we take in knowledge of Jehovah through personal study and meetings, we will be like the psalmist who said to God: gYour word is
a lamp to my foot, and a light to my roadway.h.Psalm 119:105.
10 The Bible serves as ea light to our roadwayf when it tells us Godfs purposes for the future. It is also ea lamp to our foot.f In other
words, it can help us with our next step when we face the trialsome problems of life.
*** w97 9/1 p. 32 A Lamp to Guide You on Lifefs Path ***
gI WELL know, O Jehovah, that to earthling man his way does not belong. It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his
step.h (Jeremiah 10:23) With these words the prophet Jeremiah showed that humans cannot successfully negotiate lifefs path without
help. Where can such help be found? The psalmist answers in his prayer to Jehovah God: gYour word is a lamp to my foot, and a light to
my roadway.h.Psalm 119:105.
Those who undertake a study of Godfs Word, the Holy Bible, and apply what it says will be like someone who starts a journey early in
the morning. At first, he cannot see much because it is dark. But as the sun begins to rise, he sees more and more. Finally, the sun shines
directly overhead. He sees everything in clear detail. Such an illustration calls to mind a Bible proverb: gThe path of the righteous ones is
like the bright light that is getting lighter and lighter until the day is firmly established.h.Proverbs 4:18.
What about those who reject Godfs guidance? The Bible says: gThe way of the wicked ones is like the gloom; they have not known at
what they keep stumbling.h (Proverbs 4:19) Yes, the wicked are like the man who stumbles in the dark. Even their seeming successes are
at best temporary, for gthere is no wisdom, nor any discernment, nor any counsel in opposition to Jehovah.h.Proverbs 21:30.
Therefore, follow the guidance of Godfs Word, the Bible. If you do, you will find the words of Proverbs 3:5, 6 to be true: gTrust in
Jehovah with all your heart and do not lean upon your own understanding. In all your ways take notice of him, and he himself will make
your paths straight.h
*** it-2 p. 195 Lamp ***
Godfs Word. Because gman must live, not on bread alone, but on every utterance coming forth through Jehovahfs mouthh (Mt 4:4),
His commandments are like a lamp, lighting the way of Godfs servants in the darkness of this world. The psalmist declared: gYour word is
a lamp to my foot, and a light to my roadway.h (Ps 119:105)
Psalm 119:110
*** w05 4/15 p. 17 pars. 9-10 Let Godfs Word Light Your Roadway ***
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9 The psalmist did not ewander from Godfs orders,f but that can happen to a person dedicated to Jehovah. (Psalm 119:110) King
Solomon wandered, although he was a member of a nation dedicated to Jehovah and had originally acted in harmony with God-given
wisdom. gEven him the foreign wives caused to sinh by inducing him to worship false gods..Nehemiah 13:26; 1 Kings 11:1-6.
10 gThe birdcatcher,h Satan, sets many traps. (Psalm 91:3) For instance, a former associate may try to induce us to wander off the
pathway of spiritual light into the darkness of apostasy. Among Christians at Thyatira, there was gthat woman Jezebel,h possibly a group
of women teaching others to practice idolatry and commit fornication. Jesus did not tolerate such evils, and neither should we.
(Revelation 2:18-22; Jude 3, 4) Let us therefore pray for Jehovahfs help so that we do not wander from his orders but remain in divine
light..Psalm 119:111, 112.
Psalm 119:113
*** it-1 p. 1058 Heart ***
Serving With ga Complete Heart.h The literal heart must be whole to function normally, but the figurative heart can be divided.
David prayed: gUnify my heart to fear your name,h suggesting that a personfs heart could be divided with regard to its affections and
fears. (Ps 86:11) Such a person may be ghalfheartedh.lukewarmly worshiping God. (Ps 119:113; Re 3:16)
Psalm 119:119
*** w87 3/15 p. 24 Happy God, Happy People! ***
Ÿ 119:119.How does God make the wicked cease gas scummy drossh?
The scum that forms on molten metal or in the smelting furnace is a worthless waste product, something impure to be discarded.
Thus a refiner separates such metal as gold or silver from the gscummy dross.h Similarly, Jehovah considers the wicked ones fit only for
the slag heap and makes them cease, separating them from those of value who have his favor..Compare Ezekiel 22:17-22.
Psalm 119:120
*** w05 4/15 pp. 17-18 par. 12 Let Godfs Word Light Your Roadway ***
12 gFrom the dread of you [Jehovah] my flesh has had a creepy feeling,h said the psalmist. (Psalm 119:120) Our having a wholesome
dread of God, manifested by avoiding what he disapproves, is vital if he is to sustain us as his servants. Reverential fear of Jehovah caused
Job to live a righteous life. (Job 1:1; 23:15) Godly fear can enable us to persevere in a divinely favored course regardless of what we must
Psalm 119:141
*** w05 4/15 p. 19 par. 17 Let Godfs Word Light Your Roadway ***
Since the psalmist obeyed Godfs commandments, why did he say: gI am insignificant and contemptibleh? (Psalm 119:141)
Apparently, he was alluding to the way his enemies viewed him. If we maintain an uncompromising stand for righteousness, others may
look down on us. Yet, what really matters is that Jehovah looks on us with favor because we live in accord with his righteous reminders.
Psalm 119:145
*** w87 7/15 pp. 10-14 How Meaningful Are Your Prayers? ***
WHAT kind of prayers does the Creator, Jehovah God, hear? A parable Jesus Christ told indicates one of the basic conditions for God
to answer prayers. Jesus said that two men were praying at the temple in Jerusalem. One was a highly respected Pharisee, the other a
despised tax collector. The Pharisee prayed: gO God, I thank you I am not as the rest of men, . . . or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a
week, I give the tenth of all things I acquire.h But the lowly tax collector gkept beating his breast, saying, eO God, be gracious to me a
sinner.fh.Luke 18:9-13.
2 In commenting on these two prayers, Jesus said: gI tell you, This man [the tax collector] went down to his home proved more
righteous than that man [the Pharisee]; because everyone that exalts himself will be humiliated, but he that humbles himself will be
exalted.h (Luke 18:14) Clearly, Jesus showed that merely praying to our heavenly Father is not enough. How we pray.our mental also important.
3 Prayer is indeed a precious, weighty, serious privilege, and all well-informed Christians are familiar with the basic rules that govern
it. Prayers must be addressed to the one true God, Jehovah. They must be said in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ. To be acceptable,
they must be offered in faith. Yes, ghe that approaches God must believe that he is.h Moreover, onefs prayers must be in line with Godfs
will. (Hebrews 11:6; Psalm 65:2; Matthew 17:20; John 14:6, 14; 1 John 5:14) And from Scriptural examples, we learn that prayers can take
the form of praise, thanksgiving, petition, and supplication..Luke 10:21; Ephesians 5:20; Philippians 4:6; Hebrews 5:7.
Examples of Meaningful Prayers
4 When weighty problems are to be faced, serious decisions are required, gross mistakes have been made, or our lives are
threatened, our prayers especially take on earnestness and become meaningful. Because the Israelites rebelled after hearing the
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negative report of the ten unfaithful spies, Jehovah told Moses that the people deserved to be wiped out. In an earnest and meaningful
prayer, Moses begged Jehovah not to take this action because His name was involved. (Numbers 14:11-19) When Israel was defeated at
Ai because of Achanfs greed, Joshua uttered a most impassioned plea also on the basis of Jehovahfs name. (Joshua 7:6-9) Many of Davidfs
psalms are in the form of earnest prayers, a particularly striking example being Psalm 51. King Hezekiahfs prayer at the time of Assyrian
King Sennacheribfs invasion of Judah is another fine example of a meaningful prayer, and again Jehovahfs name was involved..Isaiah
5 The book of Lamentations might be said to be a long, earnest prayer by Jeremiah on behalf of his people, for Jehovah is repeatedly
addressed therein. (Lamentations 1:20; 2:20; 3:40-45, 55-66; 5:1-22) Ezra and Daniel also offered meaningful and earnest prayers on
behalf of their people, confessing their nationfs wrongs and pleading for forgiveness. (Ezra 9:5-15; Daniel 9:4-19) And we can be certain
that the prayer Jonah said while he was in the belly of the huge fish was earnest and meaningful..Jonah 2:1-9.
6 Before choosing the 12 apostles, Jesus spent all night in prayer so that his Fatherfs will might be done in making the choices. (Luke
6:12-16) There is also Jesusf meaningful prayer on the night of his betrayal, as recorded at John chapter 17. All these prayers give
eloquent testimony to the fine relationship with Jehovah God that was enjoyed by those who uttered them. Without a doubt, this must
be a basic factor in our prayers if they are to be meaningful. And earnest and meaningful they need to be if they are to be epowerfulf with
Jehovah God..James 5:16, The Jerusalem Bible.
Flaws Due to Human Imperfection
7 As has been noted, under stressful conditions our prayers are likely to be especially earnest and meaningful. But what about our
everyday prayers? Do they give evidence of the warm, close relationship we feel we have with our heavenly Father, Jehovah God? It has
well been said: gPrayer must mean something to us if it is to mean anything to God.h Do we give our prayers the thought they deserve
and make sure that they really come from our figurative heart?
8 It is easy to let our prayers deteriorate in these respects. Because of our inherited imperfect inclinations, our hearts can easily
deceive us, robbing our prayers of the qualities they should have. (Jeremiah 17:9) Unless, in most cases, we pause and think before we
pray, we may find that the tendency is for our prayers to become mechanical, stereotyped, routine. Or they may become repetitious,
which calls to mind what Jesus said about the improper way ethe people of the nations pray.f (Matthew 6:7, 8) Or our prayers may deal
only with generalities rather than with specific matters or persons.
9 At times we may be inclined to hurry through our prayers. But noteworthy is the observation: gIf you are too busy to pray, you are
too busy.h We should not want to memorize certain words and just repeat them each time we pray; neither should it be necessary for a
witness of Jehovah to read his prayer, as at a public assembly. No doubt all these pitfalls arise, at least in part, from the fact that we
cannot physically see Jehovah God, the One to whom we pray. However, we cannot expect him to be pleased with such prayers, nor do
we benefit from saying them.
Overcoming the Flaws
10 We will be able to guard against the aforementioned pitfalls to the extent that we appreciate the importance of our daily prayers
and have a good relationship with our heavenly Father. For one thing, such appreciation will help us to guard against hurrying through
our prayers as if we needed to get to more important things. Nothing can be more important than talking to the Universal Sovereign,
Jehovah God. True, there may be occasions when time is limited. For example, when King Artaxerxes asked his cupbearer Nehemiah,
gWhat is this that you are seeking to secure?h Nehemiah eat once prayed to the God of the heavens.f (Nehemiah 2:4) Since the king was
expecting an immediate reply, Nehemiah could not linger long in that prayer. But we may be sure that it was meaningful and came from
his heart because Jehovah immediately answered it. (Nehemiah 2:5, 6) Except for such rare occasions, however, we should take time for
our prayers and let other things wait. If our prayers tend to be hurried, we do not fully appreciate the importance of prayer.
11 Another pitfall we may need to avoid is that of repeating generalities. Such prayers also fail to do justice to the precious privilege
of prayer. In his model prayer, Jesus set a fine example for us in this regard. He mentioned seven distinct petitions: three dealing with the
triumph of righteousness, one with our daily physical needs, and three with our spiritual welfare..Matthew 6:9-13.
12 The apostle Paul also set us a fine example along these lines. He asked that others pray for him ethat ability to speak with boldness
might be given him.f (Ephesians 6:18-20) He was just as specific in his own prayers in behalf of others. gThis is what I continue praying,h
said Paul, gthat your love may abound yet more and more with accurate knowledge and full discernment; that you may make sure of the
more important things, so that you may be flawless and not be stumbling others up to the day of Christ, and may be filled with righteous
fruit, which is through Jesus Christ, to Godfs glory and praise.h.Philippians 1:9-11.
13 Yes, our prayers should deal with specific things, and this requires that we give thought to our prayers. (Compare Proverbs 15:28.)
While in the field ministry, we might ask God not only for his blessing on our efforts but also for wisdom, tact, largeheartedness, freeness
of speech, or help for whatever weakness may tend to interfere with our effectiveness in witnessing. Moreover, could we not ask God to
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lead us to the ones hungering and thirsting for righteousness? Just before giving a public talk or having some part on a Service Meeting or
in the Theocratic Ministry School, we can beg Jehovah to have his holy spirit dwell richly in us. Why? So that we may have confidence and
poise, may speak with earnestness and conviction, so as to bring honor to Godfs name and build up our brothers. All such prayers are also
conducive to our having the right frame of mind when speaking.
14 Do we have a fleshly weakness that wars against our spirituality and seems difficult to overcome? We should want to deal with it
specifically in our prayers. And far from getting discouraged, we should never tire of humbly and earnestly asking God to help us and
grant forgiveness. Yes, under such circumstances, we should want to go to Jehovah as a child goes to his father when in trouble, no
matter how often we pray to God about the same weakness. If we are sincere, Jehovah will give us help and the realization that he has
forgiven us. Under such circumstances, we can also draw comfort from the apostle Paulfs confession that he had a problem..Romans
Aids in Offering Meaningful Prayers
15 For our prayers to be truly meaningful, we must make an effort to dismiss all outside considerations and to concentrate on the fact
that we are coming into the presence of the Great God, Jehovah. We need to approach him with deep respect, appreciating his
awesomeness. As Jehovah told Moses, no man can see God and yet live. (Exodus 33:20) So we need to approach Jehovah with due
humility and modesty, which is a point Jesus stressed in his parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. (Micah 6:8; Luke 18:9-14)
Jehovah must be very real to us. We must have the same mental attitude as Moses had. gHe continued steadfast as seeing the One who
is invisible.h (Hebrews 11:27) Such traits bear testimony that we have a good relationship with our heavenly Father.
16 Our prayers will also be meaningful if we come to Jehovah with hearts full of love and affection for him. For instance, what
appreciation of Jehovah God and love for him the psalmist David expressed in Psalms 23 and 103! There is no question about Davidfs
having had a fine relationship with his Great Shepherd, Jehovah God. In the Theocratic Ministry School, we are counseled to speak with
warmth and feeling. This should especially be the case when we are reading scriptures and even more so when we are praying to our
heavenly Father. Yes, we want to feel as did David when he prayed: gMake me know your own ways, O Jehovah; teach me your own
paths. Make me walk in your truth and teach me, for you are my God of salvation.h Also indicative of how we should feel are these words
of another psalmist: gI have called with my whole heart. Answer me, O Jehovah.h.Psalm 25:4, 5; 119:145.
17 To keep our prayers meaningful and to avoid making them repetitious, we do well to vary their thought content. The Bible text for
the day or some Christian publication we have been reading might furnish a thought. The theme of the Watchtower lesson, of the public
talk, or of the assembly or the convention we are attending might serve such a purpose.
18 To help us to get more into the mood of prayer and make our prayers more meaningful, it is good to change our physical position.
For public prayers, we naturally bow our heads. But for more personal prayers, some have found it good to kneel before Jehovah when
praying individually or as a family because they find that position conducive to their having a humble mental attitude. At Psalm 95:6 we
are urged: gO come in, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before Jehovah our Maker.h Solomon knelt when offering his prayer at
the dedication of Jehovahfs temple, and Daniel made it a habit to kneel when praying..2 Chronicles 6:13; Daniel 6:10.
19 In view of the importance of prayer, appointed elders should use good judgment about whom they call upon to offer a public
prayer on behalf of the congregation. The baptized man representing the congregation should be a mature Christian minister. His prayer
should reveal that he has a fine relationship with God. And those privileged to offer such prayers should give thought to being heard, for
they are praying not only in behalf of themselves but also in behalf of the entire congregation. Otherwise, how can the rest of the
congregation join in saying gAmenh at the close of the prayer? (1 Corinthians 14:16) Of course, for the rest to be able to say a meaningful
gAmen,h they must listen attentively, not letting their minds wander but truly making the prayer their own. Another word of caution that
might be added is that since such prayers are offered to Jehovah God, they should not be used as an excuse for preaching to the listeners
or for presenting some purely personal ideas.
20 When our prayers that are spoken aloud are truly meaningful, they impart a blessing to the hearers. Because this is so, married
couples and families would do well each day to have at least one common prayer. In it, one person, such as the family head, would speak
for the other or for the rest.
21 For our prayers to be truly meaningful, there is yet another matter that merits our attention. This is the fact that we must be
consistent as regards our prayers, this meaning what? That we live in harmony with our prayers and work at what we pray for. This
aspect of our prayers will be considered in the succeeding article.
Psalm 119:147
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Similarly, at the end of the nightfs darkness there is a morning twilight leading to the dawn, and this was expressed by the same
Hebrew word. Thus, the writer at Psalm 119:147 says: gI have been up early in the morning twilight.h
Psalm 119:164
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119:164.What is significant about praising God gseven times in the dayh? The number seven often denotes completeness.
Therefore, the psalmist is stating that Jehovah is deserving of all praise.
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His deserving all praise is declared by the psalmist: gSeven times in the day I have praised you.h.Ps 119:164.
Psalm 119:165
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gAbundant peace belongs to those loving your law,h sang the psalmist, gand for them there is no stumbling block.h (Psalm 119:165) If
we as individuals love and keep Jehovahfs law, we will not be stumbled spiritually by what someone else does or by any other matter.
21 Many individuals of Bible record did not let anything be a lasting stumbling block for them. For instance, the Christian man Gaius
was not stumbled but ewent on walking in the truthf despite the ungodly conduct of Diotrephes. (3 John 1-3, 9, 10) Paul exhorted the
Christian women Euodia and Syntyche gto be of the same mind in the Lord,h likely because difficulties had arisen between them.
Apparently, they were helped to resolve their problem, and they continued to serve Jehovah faithfully. (Philippians 4:2, 3) So we need
not stumble if difficulties of some sort arise in the congregation. Let us concentrate on keeping Jehovahfs orders, remembering that eall
our ways are in front of him.f (Psalm 119:168; Proverbs 15:3) Then nothing will permanently rob us of gabundant peace.h
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This principle was expressed by the psalmist: gAbundant peace belongs to those loving your law, and for them there is no stumbling
block.h (Ps 119:165) Those loving Godfs law will not be caused to limp with spiritual lameness over any matter.
Psalm 119:167
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JEHOVAH wants his people to be happy. To enjoy true happiness, of course, we must walk in Godfs law and observe his orders. To
that end, he gives us reminders. These are repeatedly mentioned in the Scriptures, especially in Psalm 119, possibly composed by Judahfs
young Prince Hezekiah. This beautiful song begins with the words: gHappy are the ones faultless in their way, the ones walking in the law
of Jehovah. Happy are those observing his reminders; with all the heart they keep searching for him.h.Psalm 119:1, 2.
2 We ewalk in the law of Jehovahf by taking in accurate knowledge of his Word and by applying it in life. Since we are imperfect,
however, we need reminders. The Hebrew word rendered gremindersh indicates that God calls his law, orders, regulations,
commandments, and statutes back to our minds. (Matthew 10:18-20) We will remain happy only if we continue to observe such
reminders, for they help us to avoid spiritual pitfalls that result in calamity and sorrow.
Cleave to Jehovahfs Reminders
3 Godfs reminders were dear to the psalmist who sang: gI hurried up, and I did not delay to keep your commandments. The very
ropes of the wicked ones surrounded me. Your law I did not forget.h (Psalm 119:60, 61) Jehovahfs reminders help us to endure
persecution because we are confident that our heavenly Father can cut the ropes of restraint that enemies tie about us. In due time, he
frees us from such obstacles so that we can carry out the Kingdom-preaching work..Mark 13:10.
4 At times, we are corrected by Jehovahfs reminders. May we always appreciate such correction, even as the psalmist did. He
prayerfully said to God: gYour reminders are what I am fond of . . . I have loved your reminders.h (Psalm 119:24, 119) We have more of
Godfs reminders than the psalmist had. The hundreds of quotations from the Hebrew Scriptures that appear in the Greek Scriptures
remind us not only of Jehovahfs instructions to his people under the Law but also of his purposes concerning the Christian congregation.
When God sees fit to remind us of things having to do with his laws, we are grateful for such direction. And by ecleaving to Jehovahfs
reminders,f we avoid sinful enticements that displease our Creator and rob us of happiness..Psalm 119:31.
5 How much should we love Jehovahfs reminders? gMy soul has kept your reminders, and I love them exceedingly,h sang the
psalmist. (Psalm 119:167) We will come to love Jehovahfs reminders exceedingly if we view and accept them as the admonition of a
Father who really cares about us. (1 Peter 5:6, 7) We need his reminders, and our love for them will grow as we see how they benefit us.
Why We Need Godfs Reminders
6 One reason why we need Jehovahfs reminders is that we are forgetful. Says The World Book Encyclopedia: gIn general, people
forget more and more as time passes. . . . You probably have had the experience of being unable to think of a name or some other piece
of information that was on the tip of your tongue. . . . Such temporary loss of memory, which occurs frequently, is called retrieval failure.
Scientists compare it to trying to find a misplaced object in a cluttered room. . . . A good way to ensure remembering a piece of
information is to study it long after you think you know it perfectly.h Diligent study and repetition will help us to recall Godfs reminders
and comply with them for our own good.
7 We need Jehovahfs reminders today more than ever before because wickedness has reached the greatest proportions in human
history. If we pay attention to Godfs reminders, we gain the insight needed to avoid being lured into the worldfs wicked ways. gMore
insight than all my teachers I have come to have,h said the psalmist, gbecause your reminders are a concern to me. With more
understanding than older men I behave, because I have observed your own orders. From every bad path I have restrained my feet, for
the purpose that I may keep your word.h (Psalm 119:99-101) By observing Godfs reminders, we will keep off gevery bad pathh and will
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avoid becoming like the masses of mankind, who are gin darkness mentally, and alienated from the life that belongs to God.h.Ephesians
8 Godfs reminders are also needed because they strengthen us to endure our many trials in this gtime of the end.h (Daniel 12:4)
Without such reminders we would become eforgetful hearers.f (James 1:25) But diligent personal and congregational study of the
Scriptures with the help of publications from gthe faithful and discreet slaveh will assist us to meet tests of faith successfully. (Matthew
24:45-47) Such spiritual provisions enable us to see what we must do to please Jehovah when we find ourselves in trying circumstances.
The Vital Role of Our Meetings
9 Our need for Godfs reminders is met in part at Christian meetings, where instruction is provided by appointed brothers. The apostle
Paul wrote that when Jesus gascended on high he carried away captives; he gave gifts in men.h Paul added: g[Christ] gave some as
apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelizers, some as shepherds and teachers, with a view to the readjustment of the holy ones, for
ministerial work, for the building up of the body of the Christ.h (Ephesians 4:8, 11, 12) How grateful we can be that these ggifts in menh.
the appointed our attention to Jehovahfs reminders when we meet together for worship!
10 Gratitude for divine provisions will move us to be present at our five congregation meetings each week. The need to assemble
together regularly was stressed by Paul. He wrote: gLet us consider one another to incite to love and fine works, not forsaking the
gathering of ourselves together, as some have the custom, but encouraging one another, and all the more so as you behold the day
drawing near.h.Hebrews 10:24, 25.
11 Do you appreciate what our meetings do for us? The weekly Watchtower Study strengthens our faith, helps us to comply with
Jehovahfs reminders, and fortifies us against gthe spirit of the world.h (1 Corinthians 2:12; Acts 15:31) At the Public Meeting, speakers
present instruction from Godfs Word, including Jehovahfs reminders and Jesusf wonderful gsayings of everlasting life.h (John 6:68; 7:46;
Matthew 5:1.7:29) Our teaching skills are honed at the Theocratic Ministry School. The Service Meeting is invaluable in helping us to
improve our presentation of the good news from house to house, on return visits, at home Bible studies, and in other avenues of our
ministry. A smaller group at the Congregation Book Study affords us greater opportunity to make expressions that often involve Godfs
12 Regular presence at congregation meetings serves to remind us of Godfs commandments and helps to keep us spiritually strong in
the face of warfare, economic hardship, and other tests of our faith. The importance of the meetings was keenly felt by some 70
Christians in one Asian land who were displaced from their homes and compelled to live in the deep forest. Determined to continue
meeting together regularly, they returned to their war-ravaged town, dismantled what remained of the Kingdom Hall, and rebuilt it in the
13 After enduring years of warfare in another part of the same country, Jehovahfs people are still serving zealously. One of the elders
in that area was asked: gWhat has been most helpful in keeping the brothers together?h His reply? gIn 19 years, we have never missed a
meeting. Sometimes because of bombing or other difficulties, some of the brothers could not get to the meeting place, but we never
canceled a meeting.h These dear brothers and sisters certainly appreciate the importance of enot forsaking the gathering of themselves
14 The 84-year-old widow Anna gwas never missing from the temple.h As a result, she was present when the infant Jesus was brought
there shortly after his birth. (Luke 2:36-38) Do you make it a point not to miss meetings? Are you trying your best to be on hand for every
session of our assemblies and conventions? The spiritually beneficial instruction received at these gatherings gives us clear evidence that
our heavenly Father cares for his people. (Isaiah 40:11) Such occasions also promote joy, and our presence demonstrates our
appreciation for Jehovahfs reminders..Nehemiah 8:5-8, 12.
Set Apart by Jehovahfs Reminders
15 Observing Godfs reminders helps to set us apart from this wicked world. For instance, heeding Godfs reminders prevents us from
engaging in sexual immorality. (Deuteronomy 5:18; Proverbs 6:29-35; Hebrews 13:4) Temptation to lie, to be dishonest, or to steal can be
successfully suppressed by complying with divine reminders. (Exodus 20:15, 16; Leviticus 19:11; Proverbs 30:7-9; Ephesians 4:25, 28;
Hebrews 13:18) Observing Jehovahfs reminders also restrains us from taking vengeance, holding a grudge, or slandering anyone..
Leviticus 19:16, 18; Psalm 15:1, 3.
16 By heeding Godfs reminders, we remain sanctified, or set apart, for his service. And how important it is to be separate from this
world! In prayer to Jehovah on the last night of his earthly life, Jesus made this plea for his followers: gI have given your word to them,
but the world has hated them, because they are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world. I request you, not to take them
out of the world, but to watch over them because of the wicked one. They are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world.
Sanctify them by means of the truth; your word is truth.h (John 17:14-17) Let us continue to cherish Godfs Word, which sets us apart for
his sacred service.
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17 As Jehovahfs servants, we want to remain acceptable for his service. If we were to ignore Godfs reminders, however, we could be
overcome by this worldfs spirit, promoted in much of its speech, literature, entertainment, and conduct. And we certainly do not want to
become lovers of money, self-assuming, haughty, unthankful, disloyal, fierce, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather
than lovers of name only a few of the traits manifested by those alienated from God. (2 Timothy 3:1-5) Since we are living deep
in the last days of this wicked system of things, let us keep praying for divine help so that we can continue to observe Jehovahfs
reminders and thus ekeep on guard according to his word.f.Psalm 119:9.
18 The reminders of Jehovah do more than alert us to things we must not do. Observing his reminders will cause us to take positive
action, moving us to trust Jehovah implicitly and to love him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5; Psalm 4:5;
Proverbs 3:5, 6; Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30) Godfs reminders also motivate us to love our neighbor. (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:39)
Especially do we display love of God and neighbor by doing the divine will and sharing with others the life-giving gknowledge of God.h.
Proverbs 2:1-5.
Observing Jehovahfs Reminders Means Life!
19 If we observe Jehovahfs reminders and help others to do so, we will save ourselves and those who listen to us. (1 Timothy 4:16)
How can we show others that heeding Jehovahfs reminders really is practical and beneficial? By applying Bible principles in our own life.
Those grightly disposed for everlasting lifeh will thus have evidence that the course set out in Godfs Word is really the best one to pursue.
(Acts 13:48) They will also see that eGod is really among usf and will be moved to join us in the worship of the Sovereign Lord Jehovah..
1 Corinthians 14:24, 25.
20 By continuing to study the Scriptures, applying what we learn, and taking full advantage of Jehovahfs spiritual provisions, we will
come to love his reminders exceedingly. If heeded, these reminders will help us to put on gthe new personality which was created
according to Godfs will in true righteousness and loyalty.h (Ephesians 4:20-24) Jehovahfs reminders and his holy spirit will enable us to
display love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control.qualities so unlike the traits of the world that is
lying in Satanfs power! (Galatians 5:22, 23; 1 John 5:19) Therefore, we can be grateful when we are reminded of Jehovahfs requirements
during our personal Bible study, by appointed elders, and at our meetings, assemblies, and conventions.
21 Because we observe Jehovahfs reminders, we are able to rejoice even when suffering for righteousnessf sake. (Luke 6:22, 23) We
look to God to save us out of the most threatening situations. That is especially important now that all nations are being gathered for
gthe war of the great day of God the Almightyh at Har.Magedon..Revelation 16:14-16.
22 If we are to receive the undeserved gift of everlasting life, we must love Jehovahfs reminders exceedingly and observe them
wholeheartedly. May we therefore have the spirit of the psalmist who sang: gThe righteousness of your reminders is to time indefinite.
Make me understand, that I may keep living.h (Psalm 119:144) And may we display the determination evident in the psalmistfs words: gI
have called upon you [Jehovah]. O save me! And I will keep your reminders.h (Psalm 119:146) Yes, by word and deed, let us prove that we
really do love Jehovahfs reminders exceedingly.
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5 How much should we love Jehovahfs reminders? gMy soul has kept your reminders, and I love them exceedingly,h sang the
psalmist. (Psalm 119:167) We will come to love Jehovahfs reminders exceedingly if we view and accept them as the admonition of a
Father who really cares about us. (1 Peter 5:6, 7) We need his reminders, and our love for them will grow as we see how they benefit us.
Psalm 119:176
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The psalmist wanted to keep living and praising Jehovah, but in some undisclosed way, he had ewandered like a lost sheep.f (Psalm
119:175, 176) Some who have wandered away from the Christian congregation may still love God and may want to praise him. Let us
therefore do all we can to help them so that they may again find spiritual security and experience the joy of praising Jehovah with his
  • people..Hebrews 13:15; 1 Peter 5:6, 7.

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(Revelación 12:9) De modo que hacia abajo fue arrojado el gran dragón, la serpiente original, el que es llamado Diablo y Satanás, que está extraviando a toda la tierra habitada; fue arrojado abajo a la tierra, y sus ángeles fueron arrojados abajo con él. (Mateo 7:13,14) ”Entren por la puerta angosta; porque ancho y espacioso es el camino que conduce a la destrucción, y muchos son los que entran por él; 14 mientras que angosta es la puerta y estrecho el camino que conduce a la vida, y pocos son los que la hallan. (Isaías 30:21) Y tus propios oídos oirán una palabra detrás de ti que diga: “Este es el camino. Anden en él”, en caso de que ustedes se fueran a la derecha o en caso de que se fueran a la izquierda.

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(Hechos 20:29,30) Yo sé que después de mi partida entrarán entre ustedes lobos opresivos y no tratarán al rebaño con ternura, 30 y de entre ustedes mismos se levantarán varones y hablarán cosas aviesas para arrastrar a los discípulos tras de sí. (2 Pedro 2:1-3) Sin embargo, llegó a haber también falsos profetas entre el pueblo, como también habrá falsos maestros entre ustedes. Estos mismísimos introducirán calladamente sectas destructivas y repudiarán hasta al dueño que los compró, trayendo sobre sí mismos destrucción acelerada. 2 Además, muchos seguirán los actos de conducta relajada de ellos y por causa de estos se hablará injuriosamente del camino de la verdad. 3 También, con codicia los explotarán a ustedes con palabras fingidas. Pero en cuanto a ellos, el juicio desde lo antiguo no se mueve lentamente, y la destrucción de ellos no dormita.

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(Mateo 7:15) ”Guárdense de los falsos profetas que vienen a ustedes en ropa de oveja, pero por dentro son lobos voraces. (2 Timoteo 2:18) Estos mismos se han desviado de la verdad, diciendo que la resurrección ya ha sucedido; y están subvirtiendo la fe de algunos.

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(2 Pedro 2:1,3,13) Sin embargo, llegó a haber también falsos profetas entre el pueblo, como también habrá falsos maestros entre ustedes. Estos mismísimos introducirán calladamente sectas destructivas y repudiarán hasta al dueño que los compró, trayendo sobre sí mismos destrucción acelerada. 3 También, con codicia los explotarán a ustedes con palabras fingidas. Pero en cuanto a ellos, el juicio desde lo antiguo no se mueve lentamente, y la destrucción de ellos no dormita. 13 haciéndose mal a sí mismos como paga por hacer el mal.Ellos consideran un placer el vivir lujosamente durante el día. Son manchas y tachas, que se entregan con desenfrenado deleite a sus enseñanzas engañosas mientras banquetean junto con ustedes. (2 Pedro 3:16) al hablar de estas cosas como también lo hace en todas [sus] cartas. En ellas, sin embargo, hay algunas cosas difíciles de entender, las cuales los indoctos e inconstantes tuercen, como también [hacen con] las demás Escrituras, para su propia destrucción.

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(Romanos 16:17) Ahora los exhorto, hermanos, a que vigilen a los que causan divisiones y ocasiones de tropiezo contrario a la enseñanza que ustedes han aprendido, y que los eviten. (2 Juan 9-11) Todo el que se adelanta y no permanece en la enseñanza del Cristo no tiene a Dios. El que sí permanece en esta enseñanza es el que tiene al Padre y también al Hijo. 10 Si alguno viene a ustedes y no trae esta enseñanza, nunca lo reciban en casa ni le digan un saludo. 11 Porque el que le dice un saludo es partícipe en sus obras inicuas. (1 Timoteo 6:3,4) Si cualquier hombre enseña otra doctrina y no se aviene a palabras saludables, las de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, ni a la enseñanza que va de acuerdo con la devoción piadosa, 4 está hinchado [de orgullo], y no entiende nada, sino que está mentalmente enfermo sobre cuestiones y debates acerca de palabras. De estas cosas provienen envidia, contienda, discursos injuriosos, sospechas inicuas,

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(Salmos 31:5) En tu mano encomiendo mi espíritu.Me has redimido, oh Jehová el Dios de la verdad. (Juan 17:17) Santifícalos por medio de la verdad; tu palabra es la verdad. (Juan 6:66-69) Debido a esto, muchos de sus discípulos se fueron a las cosas de atrás, y ya no andaban con él. 67 Por eso Jesús dijo a los doce: “Ustedes no quieren irse también, ¿verdad?”. 68 Simón Pedro le contestó: “Señor, ¿a quién nos iremos? Tú tienes dichos de vida eterna; 69 y nosotros hemos creído y llegado a conocer que tú eres el Santo de Dios”.

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(Isaías 55:1-3) ¡Oigan, todos ustedes los sedientos! Vengan al agua. ¡Y los que no tienen dinero! Vengan, compren y coman. Sí, vengan, compren vino y leche hasta sin dinero y sin precio. 2 ¿Por qué siguen pagando dinero por lo que no es pan, y por qué es su afán por lo que no resulta en satisfacción? Escúchenme atentamente, y coman lo que es bueno, y halle su alma su deleite exquisito en la grosura misma. 3 Inclinen su oído y vengan a mí. Escuchen, y su alma se mantendrá viva, y prestamente celebraré con ustedes un pacto de duración indefinida respecto a las bondades amorosas para con David, que son fieles. (Mateo 24:45-47) ”¿Quién es, verdaderamente, el esclavo fiel y discreto a quien su amo nombró sobre sus domésticos, para darles su alimento al tiempo apropiado? 46 ¡Feliz es aquel esclavo si su amo, al llegar, lo hallara haciéndolo así! 47 En verdad les digo: Lo nombrará sobre todos sus bienes.

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(1 Timoteo 1:3,4) Así como te animé a quedarte en Éfeso cuando yo estaba a punto de seguir mi camino a Macedonia, así lo hago ahora, para que mandes a ciertos individuos que no enseñen diferente doctrina, 4 ni presten atención a cuentos falsos ni a genealogías, que terminan en nada, pero que proporcionan cuestiones para investigación más bien que una dispensación de cosa alguna por Dios con relación a la fe.

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(1 Timoteo 1:18,19) Este mandato te encargo, hijo, Timoteo, de acuerdo con las predicciones que condujeron directamente a ti, que por estas sigas guerreando el guerrear excelente; 19 manteniendo la fe y una buena conciencia, la cual algunos han echado a un lado, y han experimentado naufragio respecto a [su] fe.

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(2 Timoteo 4:3,4) Porque habrá un período en que no soportarán la enseñanza saludable, sino que, de acuerdo con sus propios deseos, acumularán para sí mismos maestros para que les regalen los oídos; 4 y apartarán sus oídos de la verdad, puesto que serán desviados a cuentos falsos. (2 Corintios 11:14) Y no es maravilla, porque Satanás mismo sigue transformándose en ángel de luz. (2 Corintios 6:14-17) No lleguen a estar unidos bajo yugo desigual con los incrédulos. Porque, ¿qué consorcio tienen la justicia y el desafuero? ¿O qué participación tiene la luz con la oscuridad? 15 Además, ¿qué armonía hay entre Cristo y Belial? ¿O qué porción tiene una persona fiel con un incrédulo? 16 ¿Y qué acuerdo tiene el templo de Dios con los ídolos? Porque nosotros somos templo de un Dios vivo; así como dijo Dios: “Yo residiré entre ellos y andaré entre [ellos], y yo seré su Dios, y ellos serán mi pueblo”. 17 “‘Por lo tanto, sálganse de entre ellos, y sepárense —dice Jehová—, y dejen de tocar la cosa inmunda’”; “‘y yo los recibiré’”.

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(Jeremías 10:23) Bien sé yo, oh Jehová, que al hombre terrestre no le pertenece su camino. No pertenece al hombre que está andando siquiera dirigir su paso. (2 Pedro 1:8) Porque si estas cosas existen en ustedes y rebosan, impedirán que ustedes sean inactivos o infructíferos respecto al conocimiento exacto de nuestro Señor Jesucristo. (Mateo 24:44) Por este motivo, ustedes también demuestren estar listos, porque a una hora que no piensan que es, viene el Hijo del hombre. (Mateo 10:29-31) ¿No se venden dos gorriones por una moneda de poco valor? Sin embargo, ni uno de ellos cae a tierra sin [el conocimiento de] su Padre. 30 Mas los mismísimos cabellos de la cabeza de ustedes están todos contados. 31 Por lo tanto, no tengan temor: ustedes valen más que muchos gorriones.

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(2 Pedro 1:16) No, no fue siguiendo cuentos falsos artificiosamente tramados como les hicimos conocer el poder y la presencia de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, sino por haber llegado a ser testigos oculares de su magnificencia.

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(1 Timoteo 5:11-15) Por otra parte, niégate a admitir a las viudas de menos edad, porque cuando sus impulsos sexuales se han interpuesto entre ellas y el Cristo, quieren casarse, 12 y tienen un juicio porque han desatendido su primera [expresión de] fe. 13 Al mismo tiempo también aprenden a estar desocupadas, andorreando por las casas; sí, no solo [a estar] desocupadas, sino también [a ser] chismosas y entremetidas en asuntos ajenos, hablando de cosas que no debieran. 14 Por eso deseo que las viudas de menos edad se casen, que tengan hijos, que manejen la casa, que no den al opositor incentivo alguno para injuriar. 15 Ya, de hecho, algunas han sido apartadas para seguir a Satanás.

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(Revelación 12:17) Y el dragón se airó contra la mujer, y se fue para hacer guerra contra los restantes de la descendencia de ella, los cuales observan los mandamientos de Dios y tienen la obra de dar testimonio de Jesús. (Proverbios 26:20) Donde no hay leña, se apaga el fuego, y donde no hay calumniador, la contienda se aquieta. (Juan 8:44) Ustedes proceden de su padre el Diablo, y quieren hacer los deseos de su padre. Ese era homicida cuando principió, y no permaneció firme en la verdad, porque la verdad no está en él. Cuando habla la mentira, habla según su propia disposición, porque es mentiroso y el padre de [la mentira]. (Revelación 12:9,10) De modo que hacia abajo fue arrojado el gran dragón, la serpiente original, el que es llamado Diablo y Satanás, que está extraviando a toda la tierra habitada; fue arrojado abajo a la tierra, y sus ángeles fueron arrojados abajo con él. 10 Y oí una voz fuerte en el cielo decir:“¡Ahora han acontecido la salvación y el poder y el reino de nuestro Dios y la autoridad de su Cristo, porque ha sido arrojado hacia abajo el acusador de nuestros hermanos, que los acusa día y noche delante de nuestro Dios! (Mateo 12:30) El que no está de parte mía, contra mí está; y el que no recoge conmigo, desparrama.

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(1 Corintios 15:58) Por consiguiente, amados hermanos míos, háganse constantes, inmovibles, siempre teniendo mucho que hacer en la obra del Señor, sabiendo que su labor no es en vano en lo relacionado con [el] Señor. (Mateo 6:33) ”Sigan, pues, buscando primero el reino y la justicia de [Dios], y todas estas [otras] cosas les serán añadidas. (Efesios 4:29) No proceda de la boca de ustedes ningún dicho corrompido, sino todo dicho que sea bueno para edificación según haya necesidad, para que imparta lo que sea favorable a los oyentes. (1 Tesalonicenses 4:11) y a tener como mira suya el vivir en quietud y ocuparse en sus propios negocios y trabajar con sus manos, tal como les ordenamos; (Gálatas 6:5) Porque cada uno llevará su propia carga de responsabilidad.

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(Mateo 7:14) mientras que angosta es la puerta y estrecho el camino que conduce a la vida, y pocos son los que la hallan. (Isaías 30:21) Y tus propios oídos oirán una palabra detrás de ti que diga: “Este es el camino. Anden en él”, en caso de que ustedes se fueran a la derecha o en caso de que se fueran a la izquierda.   Cántico 52

Escuela del Ministerio Teocrático 05 DE SEPTIEMBRE

Lectura de la Biblia:
 Salmos 119 | Puntos sobresalientes (10 min.)
Núm. 1: Salmo 119:49-72
Núm. 2: ¿Por qué las Escrituras animan a temer a Jehová? (Deu. 5:29)
Núm. 3: El Reino de Dios resucitará a los muertos (rs pág. 305 párrs. 4-7)


Puntos sobresalientes (10 min.)
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3 La verdadera felicidad estriba en andar en la ley de Dios. Si así lo hacemos, Jehová nos considerará “exentos de falta” (Salmo 119:1). Esto no significa que seamos perfectos, pero sí que nos esforzamos al máximo por hacer Su voluntad. Así lo demuestra el ejemplo de Noé, quien resultó “exento de falta entre sus contemporáneos” porque anduvo “con el Dios verdadero”. Aquel fiel patriarca y su familia sobrevivieron al Diluvio por ser obedientes a Jehová (Génesis 6:9; 1 Pedro 3:20).

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4 Jehová nunca nos abandonará si lo elogiamos con “rectitud de corazón” y continuamos guardando sus “disposiciones reglamentarias” (Salmo 119:7-8) Te elogiaré en rectitud de corazón, cuando aprenda tus decisiones judiciales justas.   8 Tus disposiciones reglamentarias continúo guardando. Oh, no me dejes enteramente.El caudillo israelita Josué contó siempre con el apoyo divino, pues obedeció la siguiente exhortación: “Día y noche tienes que leer en [el libro de la ley] en voz baja, a fin de que cuides de hacer conforme a todo lo que está escrito en él”. Esa buena costumbre le permitió actuar sabiamente y tener éxito (Josué 1:8). Al final de sus días, Josué seguía alabando a Dios, por lo que pudo decir a los israelitas: “Ustedes bien saben con todo su corazón y con toda su alma que ni una sola palabra de todas las buenas palabras que Jehová su Dios les ha hablado ha fallado” (Josué 23:14). Al igual que Josué y el autor del Salmo 119, seremos felices y tendremos éxito en la vida si alabamos a Jehová y confiamos en su palabra.

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La palabra de Jehová nos mantiene puros

5 Para conservar la pureza espiritual debemos mantenernos alerta conforme a la palabra de Dios (Salmo 119:9-16). Y podemos lograrlo aun cuando nuestros progenitores no nos hayan dado el mejor ejemplo. Ese fue el caso de Ezequías, quien ‘limpió su senda’ de las influencias paganas, a pesar de que su padre era un idólatra. ¿Y si un joven siervo de Dios comete algún pecado grave? Entonces debe arrepentirse, orar y pedir ayuda a sus padres y a los ancianos cristianos. De este modo obrará igual que Ezequías: se mantendrá “alerta” y “limpiará […] su senda” (Santiago 5:13-15).

6 Rahab y Rut vivieron mucho antes de que se compusiera el Salmo 119, pero ambas limpiaron su senda. La primera era una prostituta cananea; sin embargo, abrazó la adoración de Jehová y se la llegó a conocer por su fe (Hebreos 11:30, 31). Rut, la moabita, dejó atrás a sus dioses, sirvió a Jehová y acató la Ley de Israel (Rut 1:14-17; 4:9-13). Estas dos mujeres extranjeras se mantuvieron alerta conforme a la palabra de Dios y recibieron el maravilloso privilegio de ser antecesoras de Jesucristo (Mateo 1:1, 4-6).

7 “La inclinación del corazón del hombre es mala desde su juventud.” A pesar de ello y de que este mundo corrupto se encuentra bajo el control de Satanás, los jóvenes pueden llevar una vida limpia (Génesis 8:21; 1 Juan 5:19). Exiliados en Babilonia, Daniel y los tres hebreos se mantuvieron alerta conforme a la palabra de Dios. Por ejemplo, no quisieron “contaminarse con los manjares exquisitos del rey” (Daniel 1:6-10). Los babilonios comían animales inmundos, prohibidos por la Ley mosaica (Levítico 11:1-31; 20:24-26). Además, no solían desangrar los animales, por lo que comer su carne constituía una violación de la ley de Dios sobre la sangre (Génesis 9:3, 4). Con razón, los cuatro hebreos no probaron los manjares del rey. Aquellos jóvenes devotos mantuvieron su pureza espiritual y dieron un buen ejemplo.

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Jóvenes que aman la verdad

“¿CÓMO limpiará un joven su senda?” Un salmista hebreo se planteó este interrogante hace miles de años (Salmo 119:9). Sin embargo, su pregunta sigue vigente hoy día, pues los jóvenes de todo el mundo afrontan numerosas dificultades. Por ejemplo, la promiscuidad sexual ha resultado en que muchos contraigan sida. De hecho, alrededor de la mitad de las personas infectadas con esta terrible enfermedad tienen entre 15 y 24 años. Asimismo, el consumo de drogas ha causado multitud de problemas y ha acabado prematuramente con la vida de algunos jóvenes. La música degradante, las películas, programas de televisión y videocintas de contenido inmoral y violento, así como la pornografía accesible en Internet, ejercen una influencia devastadora en la juventud. Por esa razón, muchos padres e hijos se formulan preocupados la pregunta del salmista.

El autor del salmo antes citado respondió así a su interrogante: “Manteniéndose alerta conforme a tu palabra”. No cabe duda de que la Palabra de Dios, la Biblia, contiene excelente guía para los jóvenes. Muchos de ellos obedecen dicha guía y, por consiguiente, llevan una vida feliz (Salmo 119:105).


Núm. 1: Salmo 119:49-72

(Salmo 119:49-72) Acuérdate de la palabra a tu siervo, la cual me has hecho esperar.  50 Esta es mi consuelo en mi aflicción, porque tu propio dicho me ha conservado vivo.  51 Los presuntuosos mismos me han escarnecido hasta el extremo. De tu ley no me he desviado.  52 Me he acordado de tus decisiones judiciales desde tiempo indefinido, oh Jehová, y hallo consuelo para mí mismo.  53 Un calor furioso mismo se ha apoderado de mí a causa de los inicuos, que están dejando tu ley.  54 Melodías han llegado a ser para mí tus disposiciones reglamentarias en la casa de mis residencias como forastero.  55 En la noche me he acordado de tu nombre, oh Jehová, para guardar tu ley.  56 Aun esto ha llegado a ser mío, porque tus órdenes he observado.  57 Jehová es la parte que me corresponde; he prometido guardar tus palabras.  58 He ablandado tu rostro con todo [mi] corazón. Muéstrame favor conforme a tu dicho.  59 He considerado mis caminos, para volver mis pies a tus recordatorios.  60 Me apresuré, y no me dilaté en guardar tus mandamientos.  61 Las mismas sogas de los inicuos me cercaron. Tu ley no olvidé.  62 A medianoche me levanto para darte gracias por tus justas decisiones judiciales.  63 Soy socio de todos los que de veras te temen, y de los que guardan tus órdenes.  64 Tu bondad amorosa, oh Jehová, ha llenado la tierra. Enséñame tus propias disposiciones reglamentarias.   65 Realmente has tratado bien con tu siervo, oh Jehová, conforme a tu palabra.  66 Enséñame bondad, la sensatez y el conocimiento mismos, porque en tus mandamientos he ejercido fe.  67 Antes de estar bajo aflicción estuve pecando por equivocación, pero ahora he guardado tu mismísimo dicho.  68 Tú eres bueno y estás haciendo el bien. Enséñame tus disposiciones reglamentarias.  69 Los presuntuosos me han embadurnado de falsedad. En cuanto a mí, con todo [mi] corazón observaré tus órdenes.  70 El corazón de ellos se ha hecho insensible tal como grasa. Yo, por mi parte, he estado encariñado con tu propia ley.  71 Bueno es para mí el que se me haya afligido, a fin de que aprenda tus disposiciones reglamentarias.  72 La ley de tu boca es buena para mí, en mayor grado que miles de piezas de oro y plata.

Núm. 2:
 ¿Por qué las Escrituras animan a temer a Jehová? (Deuteronomio 5:29)¡Si tan solo desarrollaran este corazón suyo para temerme y guardar todos mis mandamientos siempre, a fin de que les vaya bien a ellos y a sus hijos hasta tiempo indefinido!

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Desarrollemos el corazón para temer a Jehová

 “―¡Si tan solo desarrollaran este corazón suyo para temerme y guardar todos mis mandamientos siempre […]!” (Deut. 5:29.) EL HOMBRE lleva siglos dominado por el miedo. A millones de seres les inquieta la posibilidad de caer víctimas del hambre, la enfermedad, el delito o la guerra. Por esta razón, el preámbulo de la Declaración Universal de Derechos Humanos expresa la aspiración de que todos gocemos de libertad del temor. Felizmente, Dios nos garantiza que dicho anhelo se hará realidad, aunque no gracias a las gestiones humanas. Jehová nos promete, por boca del profeta Miqueas, que en su nuevo mundo reinará la justicia y ‗nadie hará temblar a su pueblo‘ (Miqueas 4:4). 2 Por otro lado, hay temores constructivos. Así, las Escrituras instan vez tras vez a los siervos de Dios a que le teman. Por ejemplo, Moisés dijo a los israelitas: ―A Jehová tu Dios debes temer, y a él debes servir‖ (Deuteronomio 6:13). Siglos después, Salomón escribió: ―Teme al Dios verdadero y guarda sus mandamientos. Porque este es todo el deber del hombre‖ (Eclesiastés 12:13). Y en la predicación, que supervisan los ángeles, nosotros también hacemos esta exhortación a todo el mundo: ―Teman a Dios y denle gloria‖ (Revelación [Apocalipsis] 14:6, 7). Pero, además de temer a Jehová, los cristianos tienen que amarlo con todo su corazón (Mateo 22:37, 38). Pues bien, ¿cómo es posible tenerle cariño y temor al mismo tiempo? ¿Por qué hay que temerle si es un Dios de amor? ¿Qué beneficios obtenemos al cultivar tal actitud? Para contestar debidamente estas preguntas, hemos de comprender primero qué implica este sentimiento y cómo constituye una parte fundamental de nuestra relación con Jehová.

Admiración, reverencia y temor 3 Los cristianos deben manifestar temor de Dios, es decir, gran admiración y profunda reverencia al Creador, y sano miedo a desagradarle. Por consiguiente, esta virtud incide en dos aspectos clave de nuestra vida: la actitud ante nuestro Hacedor y la actitud ante la conducta que él odia. Es obvio que ambos factores son fundamentales y merecen un análisis detallado. Como indica el Diccionario expositivo de palabras del Antiguo y del Nuevo Testamento exhaustivo, de Vine, este respeto reverencial constituye un ―motivo controlador de la vida [del cristiano], en asuntos espirituales y morales‖. 4 ¿Cómo podemos cultivar admiración y reverencia al Creador? Nos maravilla ver un hermoso paisaje, una impresionante cascada o una espectacular puesta de sol. Es un sentimiento que crece al percibir, con los ojos de la fe, que tras dichas obras se halla la mano del Todopoderoso. Además, al igual que el rey David, nos percatamos de nuestra propia insignificancia ante la imponente creación de Jehová. ―Cuando veo tus cielos, las obras de tus dedos, la luna y las estrellas que tú has preparado, ¿qué es el hombre mortal para que lo tengas presente […]?‖ (Salmo 8:3, 4.) La profunda admiración nos llena de reverencia, lo cual nos mueve a darle gracias y alabarlo por todo lo que hace a favor de nosotros. David también escribió: ―Te elogiaré porque de manera que inspira temor estoy maravillosamente hecho. Tus obras son maravillosas, como muy bien percibe mi alma‖ (Salmo 139:14). 5 La admiración y reverencia generan un miedo sano y respetuoso ante el poder de Dios como Creador y su autoridad como legítimo Soberano del universo. En una visión del apóstol Juan, ―los que salen victoriosos de la bestia salvaje y de su imagen‖ —los seguidores ungidos de Cristo en su posición celestial— proclaman: ―Grandes y maravillosas son tus obras, Jehová Dios, el Todopoderoso. Justos y verdaderos son tus caminos, Rey de la eternidad. ¿Quién no te temerá verdaderamente, Jehová, y glorificará tu nombre […]?‖ (Revelación 15:2-4). El temor de Dios, que nace de una profunda reverencia ante su majestad, impulsa a quienes reinan con Cristo en el cielo a honrar a Jehová, la autoridad suprema. Cuando reflexionamos en todos sus logros y en la justicia con que él rige el universo, ¿no tenemos sobradas razones para temerle? (Salmo 2:11; Jeremías 10:7.)

6 Además de admiración y reverencia, el temor piadoso incluye un sano miedo a desagradar a Jehová o desobedecerle. ¿Por qué? Pues bien, aunque él es ―tardo para la cólera y abundante en bondad amorosa‖, no olvidemos  que ―de ninguna manera dará exención de castigo‖ (Éxodo 34:6, 7). Es amoroso y misericordioso, pero no tolera la injusticia ni el pecado intencional (Salmo 5:4, 5; Habacuc 1:13). No dejará impunes a quienes se oponen a él y practican de forma deliberada e impenitente lo que es malo a Sus ojos. Como dijo el apóstol Pablo, ―es cosa horrenda caer en las manos del Dios vivo‖. En definitiva, el sano miedo a hallarnos en esta situación constituye una protección para nosotros (Hebreos 10:31).

“A él deben adherirse” 7 El temor reverencial de Dios y la clara conciencia de su imponente poder preceden a la confianza en Él. Tal como un niño se encuentra protegido cerca de su padre, nosotros nos sentimos amparados y seguros, pues nos guía la mano divina. Observemos cómo reaccionaron los israelitas cuando él los sacó de Egipto: ―Israel también alcanzó a ver la gran mano que Jehová puso en acción contra los egipcios; y el pueblo empezó a temer a Jehová y a poner fe en Jehová‖ (Éxodo 14:31). Así mismo, la experiencia de Eliseo da fe de que ―el ángel de Jehová está acampando todo en derredor de los que le temen, y los libra‖ (Salmo 34:7; 2 Reyes 6:15-17). La historia moderna de Su pueblo, y probablemente la nuestra propia, confirman que él ciertamente ejerce su poder a favor de quienes le sirven (2 Crónicas 16:9). De este modo constatamos que ―en el temor de Jehová hay fuerte confianza‖ (Proverbios 14:26). 8 Este sano temor no solo genera confianza en Dios, sino que también nos impulsa a andar en sus sendas. Cuando Salomón inauguró el templo, oró a Jehová: ―Que te teman [los israelitas], andando en tus caminos todos los días en que estén vivos sobre la superficie del suelo que diste a nuestros antepasados‖ (2 Crónicas 6:31). Años antes, Moisés les había dirigido esta exhortación: ―Tras Jehová su Dios deben andar, y a él deben temer, y sus mandamientos deben guardar, y a su voz deben prestar atención, y a él deben servir, y a él deben adherirse‖ (Deuteronomio 13:4). Como evidencian estos versículos, de la confianza en Jehová nace el deseo de andar en sus sendas y ―adherirse‖ a él. En efecto, el temor piadoso nos induce a obedecerle, servirle y adherirnos a él, tal como un niño se aferra literalmente a su padre, con total confianza (Salmo 63:8; Isaías 41:13).

Amar a Dios es temerle 9 Según las Escrituras, temer a Dios no excluye en absoluto amarlo. Por el contrario, a los israelitas se les pidió que ‗temieran a Jehová, para que anduviesen en todos sus caminos, y lo amasen‘ (Deuteronomio 10:12). Por consiguiente, el temor piadoso y el amor de Dios son afines. El temor nos incita a andar en Sus caminos, lo que a su vez demuestra nuestro amor por él (1 Juan 5:3). Es lógico, dado que cuando queremos a alguien, nos da miedo lastimarlo. Los israelitas hirieron a Jehová al comportarse con rebeldía en el desierto. No hay duda de que nosotros no deseamos hacer nada que entristezca tanto a nuestro Padre celestial (Salmo 78:40, 41). Por otro lado, como ―Jehová está complaciéndose en los que le temen‖, regocijamos su corazón si somos fieles y obedientes (Salmo 147:11; Proverbios 27:11). El amor nos mueve a agradarle, y el temor nos disuade de herirlo. Son dos cualidades complementarias, que no se contradicen. 10 La vida de Cristo ejemplifica que es posible amar a Dios y temerle al mismo tiempo. El profeta Isaías escribió estas palabras tocante al Mesías: ―Reposará sobre él el Espíritu de Jehová; espíritu de sabiduría y de inteligencia, espíritu de consejo y de poder, espíritu de conocimiento y de temor de Jehová. Y su deleite estará en el temor de Jehová‖ (Isaías 11:2, 3, Reina-Valera, 1977). De acuerdo con esta predicción, el espíritu santo impulsó a Jesús a temer a su Padre celestial. Además, observamos que, en vez de ser restrictivo, dicho sentimiento era una fuente de satisfacción. El Hijo se deleitaba en hacer la voluntad de su Padre y complacerle aun en las circunstancias más difíciles. Cuando afrontaba su inminente ejecución en el madero de tormento, le dijo: ―No como yo quiero, sino como tú quieres‖ (Mateo 26:39). En vista de su temor piadoso, Jehová escuchó con favor sus ruegos, lo fortaleció y lo rescató de la muerte (Hebreos 5:7).

Aprendemos a temer a Jehová 11 A diferencia del sobrecogimiento instintivo que nos produce el poder y majestad de la naturaleza, el temor piadoso no surge de modo automático. Por ello, el David Mayor, Jesucristo, nos hace esta invitación profética: ―Vengan, hijos, escúchenme; el temor de Jehová es lo que les enseñaré‖ (Salmo 34:11). ¿Cómo nos ayuda él a temer al Creador? 12 Mediante Cristo llegamos a conocer la maravillosa personalidad de nuestro Padre celestial y, por tanto, a temerle (Juan 1:18). Además, como él refleja a la perfección la personalidad divina, revela con su ejemplo la manera de pensar de Jehová y su forma de tratar a las personas (Juan 14:9, 10). Lo que es más, gracias a su sacrificio podemos acceder a Dios cuando le pedimos que nos perdone los pecados. Esta magnífica expresión de la misericordia de Jehová es otra poderosa razón para temerle. Como escribió el salmista, ―hay el verdadero perdón contigo, a fin de que se te tema‖ (Salmo 130:4).

13 El libro de Proverbios señala una serie de pasos que nos permiten cultivar el temor piadoso. ―Hijo mío, si recibes mis dichos y atesoras contigo mis propios mandamientos, de modo que con tu oído prestes atención a la sabiduría, para que inclines tu corazón al discernimiento; si, además, clamas por el entendimiento mismo y das tu voz por el   discernimiento mismo, […] en tal caso entenderás el temor de Jehová, y hallarás el mismísimo conocimiento de Dios.‖ (Proverbios 2:1-5.) Así pues, para temer a Dios debemos estudiar su Palabra, poner todo empeño en comprender sus instrucciones y luego seguir con cuidado sus consejos. 14 Todo rey de Israel tenía la obligación de hacer una copia de la Ley y ―leer en ella todos los días de su vida, a fin de que aprend[ier]a a temer a Jehová su Dios para guardar todas [sus] palabras‖ (Deuteronomio 17:18, 19). En nuestro caso, la lectura y el estudio de las Escrituras son igual de importantes para aprender a temerle. Al poner en práctica los principios bíblicos, vamos adquiriendo la sabiduría y el conocimiento divinos. Llegamos a ‗entender el temor de Jehová‘, pues vemos los beneficios que produce en nuestra vida y valoramos mucho la relación que tenemos con Dios. Además, seamos jóvenes o ancianos, al congregarnos asiduamente con los hermanos en la fe, escuchamos lo que Jehová nos enseña, aprendemos a temerle y andamos en sus caminos (Deuteronomio 31:12).

Feliz todo el que teme a Jehová 15 Por lo que hemos visto, el temor de Dios es una virtud que debemos cultivar, pues forma parte esencial de nuestra adoración. Nos lleva a confiar plenamente en Jehová, andar en sus sendas y aferrarnos a él. Al igual que en el caso de Jesucristo, también nos impele a cumplir nuestro voto de dedicación ahora y por toda la eternidad. 16 El temor piadoso nunca es morboso ni paralizante. La Biblia nos lo garantiza: ―Feliz es todo el que teme a Jehová, que anda en sus caminos‖ (Salmo 128:1). Él nos exhorta a cultivar esta virtud, pues sabe que nos protegerá. Observamos su amorosa preocupación en las palabras que dirigió a Moisés: ―¡Si tan solo desarrollaran [los israelitas] este corazón suyo para temerme y guardar todos mis mandamientos siempre, a fin de que les vaya bien a ellos y a sus hijos hasta tiempo indefinido!‖ (Deuteronomio 5:29). 17 Igualmente, si nosotros desarrollamos el corazón para temer a Dios, nos irá bien. ¿En qué sentidos? Primero, tal actitud complacerá al Creador y nos acercará a él. David sabía por experiencia propia que Él ―ejecutará el deseo de los que le temen, y oirá su clamor por ayuda, y los salvará‖ (Salmo 145:19). Segundo, nos beneficiará, pues influirá en nuestra actitud ante lo malo (Proverbios 3:7). En el siguiente artículo examinaremos cómo nos protege esta virtud de los peligros espirituales y repasaremos algunos ejemplos bíblicos de hombres que temieron a Jehová y se apartaron del mal.   
Núm. 3:
 El Reino de Dios resucitará a los muertos (rs pág. 305 párrs. 4-7)

Resucitar a los muertos

  Juan 5:28, 29: “No se maravillen de esto, porque viene la hora en que todos los que están en las tumbas conmemorativas oirán su voz [la voz de Cristo el Rey] y saldrán.”

Rev. 20:12: “Vi a los muertos, los grandes y los pequeños, de pie delante del trono, y se abrieron rollos. Pero se abrió otro rollo; es el rollo de la vida. Y los muertos fueron juzgados de acuerdo con las cosas escritas en los rollos según sus hechos [los que efectuaron después de su resurrección; compárese con Romanos 6:7].”

Eliminar toda muerte que se deba a la herencia del pecado adámico

  Isa. 25:8: “Se tragará a la muerte para siempre y el Señor Soberano Jehová ciertamente limpiará las lágrimas de todo rostro.”

  Rev. 21:4: “Él limpiará toda lágrima de sus ojos, y la muerte no será más, ni existirá ya más lamento ni clamor ni dolor. Las cosas anteriores han pasado.”

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5 min. Anuncios.

10 min. ¿Cuál es la lección? Discurso con participación del  auditorio. Tras la lectura de Hechos 5:17-42, analicen juntos cómo este pasaje puede animar a los cristianos a efectuar su ministerio.

(Hechos 5:17-42) Pero el sumo sacerdote y todos los que estaban con él, la entonces existente secta de los saduceos, se levantaron llenos de celos, 18 y echaron mano a los apóstoles y los pusieron en el lugar público de custodia. 19 Pero durante la noche el ángel de Jehová abrió las puertas de la prisión, los sacó y dijo: 20 “Váyanse, y, puestos de pie en el templo, sigan hablando al pueblo todos los dichos acerca de esta vida”. 21 Después de oír esto, ellos entraron en el templo al amanecer y se pusieron a enseñar. Ahora bien, cuando llegaron el sumo sacerdote y los que con él estaban, convocaron el Sanedrín y toda la asamblea de los ancianos de los hijos de Israel, y enviaron a la cárcel para que los trajeran. 22 Pero cuando los oficiales llegaron allá, no los hallaron en la prisión. De modo que volvieron y dieron informe, 23 diciendo: “La cárcel la hallamos cerrada con toda seguridad, y a los guardas de pie ante las puertas, pero al abrir no hallamos a nadie dentro”. 24 Pues bien, cuando el capitán del templo así como los sacerdotes principales oyeron estas palabras, quedaron perplejos tocante a estos asuntos, respecto a lo que vendría a resultar de ello. 25 Pero llegó cierto hombre y les informó: “¡Miren! Los varones que ustedes pusieron en la prisión están en el templo, puestos de pie y enseñando al pueblo”. 26 Entonces el capitán se fue con sus oficiales y procedió a traerlos, pero sin violencia, porque tenían miedo de que el pueblo los apedreara. 27 De modo que los trajeron y los pusieron de pie en el salón del Sanedrín. Y el sumo sacerdote los interrogó,28 y dijo: “Les ordenamos positivamente que no siguieran enseñando sobre la base de este nombre, y sin embargo, ¡miren!, han llenado a Jerusalén con su enseñanza, y están resueltos a traer la sangre de este hombre sobre nosotros”. 29 En respuesta, Pedro y los [otros] apóstoles dijeron: “Tenemos que obedecer a Dios como gobernante más bien que a los hombres. 30 El Dios de nuestros antepasados levantó a Jesús, a quien ustedes mataron, colgándolo en un madero. 31 A este, Dios lo ensalzó a su diestra como Agente Principal y Salvador, para dar a Israel arrepentimiento y perdón de pecados. 32 Y nosotros somos testigos de estos asuntos, y también lo es el espíritu santo, el cual Dios ha dado a los que le obedecen como gobernante”. 33 Cuando oyeron esto, se sintieron cortados profundamente, y querían eliminarlos. 34 Pero se levantó cierto hombre en el Sanedrín, un fariseo de nombre Gamaliel, maestro de la Ley estimado por todo el pueblo, y dio mandato de que sacaran fuera a los hombres por un momento. 35 Y les dijo: “Varones de Israel, presten atención a ustedes mismos en cuanto a lo que piensan hacer respecto a estos hombres. 36 Por ejemplo, antes de estos días se levantó Teudas, diciendo que él mismo era alguien, y un número de varones, como cuatrocientos, se unió a su partido. Pero él fue eliminado, y todos los que le obedecían fueron dispersados y vinieron a nada. 37 Después de él se levantó Judas el galileo en los días de la inscripción, y atrajo gente en pos de sí. Y sin embargo ese hombre pereció, y todos los que le obedecían fueron esparcidos por todas partes. 38 De modo que, en las presentes circunstancias, les digo: No se metan con estos hombres, sino déjenlos (porque si este proyecto o esta obra proviene de hombres, será derribada; 39 pero si proviene de Dios, no podrán derribarlos); de otro modo, quizás se les halle a ustedes luchadores realmente contra Dios”. 40 De modo que le hicieron caso, y, mandando llamar a los apóstoles, los fustigaron, y les ordenaron que dejaran de hablar sobre la base del nombre de Jesús, y los dejaron ir. 41 Estos, por lo tanto, se fueron de delante del Sanedrín, regocijándose porque se les había considerado dignos de sufrir deshonra a favor del nombre de él. 42 Y todos los días en el templo, y de casa en casa, continuaban sin cesar enseñando y declarando las buenas nuevas acerca del Cristo, Jesús.

10 min. Necesidades de la congregación.
10 min. Preparemos a la familia para el ministerio. Entrevistas y demostración. Entreviste a un matrimonio y a una familia con hijos. Pregúnteles cómo utilizan la Noche de Adoración en Familia para prepararse para el ministerio. Pídale a una de las familias que demuestre brevemente cómo lo hacen.
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(Hechos 11:1) Ahora bien, los apóstoles y los hermanos que estaban en Judea oyeron que también gente de las naciones había recibido la palabra de Dios.


(Hechos 10:14-16) Pero Pedro dijo: “De ninguna manera, Señor, porque jamás he comido cosa alguna contaminada e inmunda”. 15 Y le [habló] de nuevo la voz, por segunda vez: “Deja tú de llamar contaminadas las cosas que Dios ha limpiado”. 16 Esto ocurrió una tercera vez, y en seguida el receptáculo fue tomado arriba al cielo.

“Hacía ruego a Dios continuamente”

(Hechos 10:1-8) Ahora bien, en Cesarea había cierto varón de nombre Cornelio, oficial del ejército de la banda italiana, como se le llamaba, 2 hombre devoto y que temía a Dios junto con toda su casa, y hacía muchas dádivas de misericordia al pueblo y hacía ruego a Dios continuamente. 3 Como alrededor de la hora nona del día vio claramente, en una visión, que un ángel de Dios entraba a donde él estaba, y le decía: “¡Cornelio!”. 4 El hombre lo miró con fijeza y, atemorizándose, dijo: “¿Qué hay, Señor?”. Le dijo: “Tus oraciones y dádivas de misericordia han ascendido como recuerdo delante de Dios. 5 De modo que ahora envía varones a Jope y manda llamar a cierto Simón que tiene por sobrenombre Pedro. 6 A este lo está hospedando cierto Simón, curtidor, que tiene su casa junto al mar”. 7 Luego que el ángel que le habló se fue, él llamó a dos de sus sirvientes de casa y a un soldado devoto de entre los que le atendían constantemente, 8 y les contó todo, y los despachó a Jope.


(Hechos 10:2) hombre devoto y que temía a Dios junto con toda su casa, y hacía muchas dádivas de misericordia al pueblo y hacía ruego a Dios continuamente.


(Hechos 10:4) El hombre lo miró con fijeza y, atemorizándose, dijo: “¿Qué hay, Señor?”. Le dijo: “Tus oraciones y dádivas de misericordia han ascendido como recuerdo delante de Dios.


(1 Reyes 8:41-43) ”Y también al extranjero, que no es parte de tu pueblo Israel y que realmente venga de una tierra distante a causa de tu nombre 42 (porque ciertamente oirán de tu gran nombre y de tu mano fuerte y de tu brazo extendido), y realmente venga y ore hacia esta casa, 43 dígnate escuchar tú mismo desde los cielos, el lugar establecido de tu morada, y tienes que hacer conforme a todo aquello por lo cual el extranjero clame a ti; a fin de que todos los pueblos de la tierra lleguen a conocer tu nombre para que te teman lo mismo que lo hace tu pueblo Israel, y para que sepan que tu nombre mismo ha sido llamado sobre esta casa que yo he edificado.

(Salmo 65:2) Oh Oidor de la oración, aun a ti vendrá gente de toda carne.

(Revelación 14:6-7) Y vi a otro ángel que volaba en medio del cielo, y tenía buenas nuevas eternas que declarar como noticias gozosas a los que moran en la tierra, y a toda nación y tribu y lengua y pueblo, 7 y decía con voz fuerte: “Teman a Dios y denle gloria, porque ha llegado la hora del juicio por él, de modo que adoren al que hizo el cielo y la tierra y [el] mar y [las] fuentes de [las] aguas”.


(Hechos 10:1) Ahora bien, en Cesarea había cierto varón de nombre Cornelio, oficial del ejército de la banda italiana, como se le llamaba,

Women [should] adorn themselves in well-arranged dress, with modesty and soundness of mind.—1 Tim. 2:9.

Women [should] adorn themselves in well-arranged dress, with modesty and soundness of mind.—1 Tim. 2:9.
  1. Women who are modest and sound in mind in their choice of dress and grooming, as well as in other areas of their personal life, set excellent examples. (1 Tim. 3:11) This principle applies to Christian men too. Paul admonished overseers to be “moderate in habits, sound in mind, orderly.” (1 Tim. 3:2) When we display these qualities in our daily activities, our advancement will be made manifest to all. When Paul told Timothy to be exemplary in chasteness, he was alluding to a very specific area of conduct, that of sexual morality. Especially in Timothy’s dealings with women was his conduct to be above reproach. He was to treat “older women as mothers, younger women as sisters with all chasteness.” (1 Tim. 4:12; 5:2) Even acts of immorality that might seem to be secret are known to God and are certain to become known to fellow humans eventually.—1 Tim. 5:24. w09 12/15 1:12, 13