Friday, December 11th, 2009
"You, too, widen out." (2 Corinthians 6:13)
In our congregation, we may need to pay more attention to maintaining a proper view of one another. That calls for bearing in mind the apostle Peter’s counsel to manifest “unhypocritical brotherly affection” and to “love one another intensely from the heart.” (1 Peter 1:22) Cultivating genuine love and affection can be a challenge in a multinational setting. Our fellow worshippers’ culture may vary considerably from our own, as may their educational, economic, and ethnic background. Do you find it a challenge to understand the thinking or reactions of some? They may feel the same way about you. Nonetheless, all of us are instructed: “Have love for the whole association of brothers.” (1 Peter 2:17) It may be necessary to make some adjustments in our thinking so as to widen out in our love for all our brothers.
(Watchtower issue: 3/15/08, 5:12, 13)