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Hebrews 13:3 Keep In Mind Those In Prison


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(Hebrews 13:3) Keep in mind those in prison, as though you were imprisoned with them

Remember Those Persecuted    

(11) Those desiring to have Jehovah’s help and to ‘render sacred service to him with godly fear and awe’ must not forget fellow believers who are suffering.

Paul understood the hardships endured by ill-treated Christians. . Appropriate, then, was the admonition: “Keep in mind those in prison bonds as though you have been bound with them, and those being ill-treated, since you yourselves also are still in a body.”—Hebrews 13:3.

The Hebrews had “expressed sympathy for those in prison” but were not to forget such faithful fellow worshipers, whether they were Jews or Gentiles. (Hebrews 10:34)

But what about us? How may we show that we keep ill-treated Christians in mind? In some cases it may be appropriate for us to appeal to governmental authorities by letter in an effort to assist fellow believers imprisoned for their faith in lands where the Kingdom-preaching work is banned. Especially should we remember them in our prayers, even mentioning some by name, if possible. Their persecution affects us deeply, and Jehovah hears our earnest petitions in their behalf. (Psalm 65:2; Ephesians 6:17-20)   While we are not in the same prison cell, it is as though we are bound with them and able to offer help and encouragement.  Such fellow feeling is appropriate, since all of us are in a human body and liable to undergo sufferings and persecution as worshipers of Jehovah.—1 Peter 5:6-11.
Reference  w89  page 17 paragraph 11,12

 

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