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Friday, April 6 Take courage! I have conquered the world.​—John 16:33.


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Friday, April 6

Take courage! I have conquered the world.—John 16:33.

 

The examples of faithful servants of Jehovah can give us the wisdom and strength we need to endure. For instance, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to worship an image representing the Babylonian State. (Dan. 3:16-18) Reading about their determination has given Witnesses today the courage to refuse to worship the flag of the nation in which they live. Also, Jesus stayed completely separate from the political and social conflicts of the world. Noting the effect that his example would have on others, he urged his disciples to “take courage.” Support also comes from the brothers and sisters in your congregation. Members of the congregation will encourage you if they are aware of the challenges you are facing. Ask them to pray in your behalf. Of course, if we want our brothers to support us and pray for us, we should do the same for them.—Matt. 7:12. w16.04 4:16, 18

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It's interesting that aspect of neutrality is linked to materialism

 

Materialism. If we are attached to our possessions, we risk compromising our neutrality when we are under test. Ruth, in Malawi, saw several Witnesses do so when they were persecuted in the 1970’s. She recalls: “They could not give up their comfortable life. Some went into exile with us but later joined the political party and returned home because they did not want to put up with the discomforts of life in the refugee camp.” In contrast, the vast majority of God’s people have remained neutral despite economic pressures or even the loss of everything they own.—Heb. 10:34.

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And ... the other point i get from this is the INTERCHANGE of encouragement via prayer - if you are praying for others - then there will be those praying for you when you need them.

 

Both the neutrality aspect and praying for others includes humility and compassion, two of the major qualities Jesus had - so we are imitating him.

 

Very nice text.

 

 

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Like Jesus followers, we face the world's hatred and we have tribulation. Thanks to the Bible, we understand why and how Jesus will bring peace. If we reflect on Jesus courageous course and other faithful men and women it can give us courage to remain undefiled in this wicked world. So let's continue to pray for each other. 
Have a good day!❤️

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