December 31, 2015
Today’s daily text:
It is not a desirable thing with my Father who is in heaven for one of these little ones to perish. This is taken from Matthew 18:14. That is the whole scripture.
Jehovah cares deeply about all those who have expressed love for his name, even if they are not actively serving him at present. Luke 15:3-7 tells us: “Then he told them this illustration, saying: “What man among you with 100 sheep, on losing one of them, will not leave the 99 behind in the wilderness and go after the lost one until he finds it? And when he has found it, he puts it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he gets home, he calls his friends and his neighbors together, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous ones who have no need of repentance.”” Are you among those who are not actively serving God? Perhaps someone in the congregation hurt you and as a result you stopped associating with Jehovah’s organization. Since some time may have passed, ask yourself: ‘Is my life now more meaningful, and am I happier? Was it Jehovah who offended me, or was it an imperfect human? Has Jehovah God ever done anything to harm me?’ Really, he has always done good toward us. Even if we are not living up to our dedication to him, he allows us to enjoy the good things he provides. James 1:16, 17 tells us: “Do not be mislead, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect present is from above, coming down from the Father of the celestial lights, who does not vary or change like the shifting shadows.” Soon, Jehovah’s day will come. Now is the time to return to our heavenly Father’s loving arms and to the congregation—the only safe haven in these last days. Deuteronomy 33:27 tells: “God is a refuge f rom ancient times, His everlasting arms are beneath you. And he will drive away the enemy from before you, And he will say, ‘Annihilate them!’” Hebrews 10:24, 25 tells us: “And let us consider one another so as to incite to love and fine works, not forsaking our meeting together, as some have the custom, but encouraging one another, and all the more so as you see the day drawing near.”
Awake! Family Strife: How Does It Happen?
Family or rather the parents usually clash over money. The parents don’t talk to each other about the finances or even talk at all. Arguments are started with angry words over misunderstandings and a lack of meaningful communication. Overreaction to situation cause conflicts. Some shout at each other for no reason and when asked why, they shout at you. Many people have observed how ill timed words can cause a lot of conflict within the family. Sometimes an exchange of thoughts can quickly turn into a verbal slugging match. Is it possible to enjoy a measure of peace and harmony? What do you do when arguments arise? How do you restore peace?
There is six steps to stop strife in the home. Firstly, stop retaliating. Stop arguing with each other. Start listening to one another in stead of trying to speak at the same time. According to this Awake, you need to maintain your own self-respect and dignity by controlling yourself. Proverbs 26:20 tells us: “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out, And where there is no slanderer, quarreling ceases.” Second, acknowledge your family member’s feelings. Listen to the other member of the family without cutting in. Make their feelings known. Tell them you understand how they feel. Do not pile on the negative emotions or action of your or their feelings. No harmful speech. Colossians 3:12 tells us: “Accordingly, as God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, clothe yourselves with the tender affections of compassion, kindness, humility, mildness, and patience.” Thirdly, give yourself time to cool down. You might need to excuse yourself so that you can calm down and not attribute to the argument. This is a good time to pray to Jehovah for help and for patience. Proverbs 17:14 tells us: “Beginning a fight is like opening a floodgate; Before the quarrel breaks out, take your leave.”
Fourthly, carefully consider what needs to be said and how to say it. Do not prepare a finely honed, cutting rebuttal, but instead try to soothe your loved one’s feelings. Ask for clarification on feelings and thank them for the insight or help you receive. Proverbs 12:18 tells us: “The way of the fool is right in his own eyes, But the wise one accepts advice.” Fifthly, keep your volume down and your tone conciliatory. Lastly, be quick to apologize and explain what you will do to rectify the situation.
There is much more to this article and the next two pages are about how to maintain peace with in the family. There is also more articles. For example, there is an article dealing with differences. Our Awake! magazine also has an animal article. This months animal article is about whales.
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