Monday, August 10th, 2009
"Be obedient to those who are taking the lead among you." (Hebrews 13:17)
The other sheep companions of the congregation of anointed Christians prove their faith in various ways. First, they support the anointed in proclaiming the good news of God’s Kingdom. (Matthew 24:14; 28:19, 20) Second, they willingly submit themselves to the direction provided by the Governing Body. (Zechariah 8:23) Third, they support their anointed brothers by living in harmony with Jehovah’s righteous principles. They strive to cultivate “love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22, 23) Today, displaying such qualities, rather than producing “the works of the flesh,” may not be popular. Still, members of the great crowd are determined to avoid “fornication, uncleanness, loose conduct, idolatry, practice of spiritism, enmities, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, contentions, divisions, sects, envies, drunken bouts, revelries, and things like these.”—Galatians 5:19-21.
(Watchtower issue: 01/15/08, 5:8, 9)
*Living up to Bible-standards is especially important if we're claiming to be a Witness, because it seems like just a handful of people who don't live up to the principles they profess to believe in, can really smear the reputation of the whole brotherhood by their un-Christian conduct. -Which is the last thing our brothers and sisters need to deal with when they already have so much on their plate while trying to stay busy in the preaching work and other related projects. Obviously its just a part of life that there are always a few 'bad seeds' who cause trouble -regardless of what organization or group they belong to. (So there's nothing that's gonna prevent that entirely)...but since Witnesses tend to get unfairly thrown in a negative light in the media more often than other religious groups do (by apostates or misinformed opposers, etc), we should be even more cognizant of how much our behavior & conduct can reflect on the whole organization and the Bible message we share.