Thursday, October 15th, 2009
"Your reminders are a concern to me." (Psalm 119:99)
The prophet Micaiah had a remarkable vision of a meeting of Jehovah and His angels. Jehovah asked which of the angels could fool King Ahab of Israel to bring about the downfall of the wicked king. Jehovah listened to the suggestions of various spirit sons. Then one angel declared that he would do it. Jehovah asked him how. Satisfied, Jehovah commissioned the angel to carry it out. (1 Kings 22:19-23) On a human plane, cannot family members learn from that account? A Christian husband and father does well to consider the ideas and suggestions of his wife and children. Conversely, wives and children should see that if they have offered an opinion or a preference, they may then need to be yielding in respecting direction from the one Scripturally authorized to decide. How grateful we are for Jehovah’s loving and wise reminders to be yielding!
(Watchtower issue: 03/15/08, 1:20, 21)
*this text discussion reminds me of the scripture at
1 Corinthians 14:33: "For God is [a God], not of disorder, but of peace."
I received an experience which I'm gonna post today, that demonstrates how orderly and organized Jehovah is, which is what enables things to get done so quickly and efficiently within his organization.
It reminded me of why it's so important not to allow the disobedient, rebellious, independent-minded attitude, (which has become so prevalent in the world) influence our thinking. Honestly, when I listen to how argumentative and unyielding so many people are nowadays, I don't know how anything gets done at all! It's important to remember that instead of always trying to 'pull rank,' there are times when we all need to just 'fall in line' and relinquish our personal preferences in order to get the job done. That's just part of life, and especially when you're a Christian, because even Jesus himself set the pattern for us to follow in that regard...
"Let each of us please [his] neighbor in what is good for [his] upbuilding. For even the Christ did not please himself." (Romans 15:2, 3)
With that in mind, here's a recap of one of the snares mentioned in the article: Deliverance From the Traps of the Birdcatcher, on pg 29 of the 10/1/07 Watchtower:
The Trap of Personal Differences
Satan uses personal differences as a trap to cause divisions among Jehovah’s people. We can be trapped this way regardless of our privileges of service. Some are caught alive by the Devil because they allow personal differences to disrupt the peace and unity and the beautiful spiritual prosperity that Jehovah has brought into existence.—Psalm 133:1-3.
During World War I, Satan tried to destroy the earthly part of Jehovah’s organization by frontal attack, but he failed. (Revelation 11:7-13) Since then, he has slyly been working to disrupt our unity. When we allow personal differences to cause disunity, we have provided “the birdcatcher” a foothold. We could thus hinder the free flow of holy spirit in our personal lives as well as in the congregation. If that were to happen, Satan would be pleased because any disruption of the peace and unity of the congregation interferes with the preaching work.—Ephesians 4:27, 30-32.
What can you do if you have personal differences with a fellow Christian? Granted, every situation is unique. However, while there may be many reasons why problems develop, there is no reason why personal differences should be left unresolved. (Matthew 5:23, 24; 18:15-17) The advice in God’s Word is inspired, perfect. When applied, Bible principles never fail. They always work!
Jehovah is “ready to forgive,” and he grants “true forgiveness.” (Psalm 86:5; 130:4) We show that we are beloved children of Jehovah when we imitate him. (Ephesians 5:1) We are all sinners and desperately in need of Jehovah’s forgiveness. Thus, we must be careful if we feel inclined not to forgive someone. We could become like the slave in Jesus’ parable who refused to forgive his fellow slave a debt that was but a fraction of the debt that his master had already forgiven him. When the master was informed, he had the unforgiving slave thrown into prison. Jesus concluded the parable by saying: “In like manner my heavenly Father will also deal with you if you do not forgive each one his brother from your hearts.” (Matthew 18:21-35) Meditating on that illustration and reflecting on how many times Jehovah has freely forgiven us will surely help us when we are trying to settle personal differences with our brother!—Psalm 19:14.