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Wednesday, May 23 I will never leave you, and I will never abandon you.​—Heb. 13:5.

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Wednesday, May 23

I will never leave you, and I will never abandon you.—Heb. 13:5.


We can link that inspired statement with what Jesus said about seeking first the Kingdom and God’s righteousness. (Matt. 6:33) The apostle Peter once asked Jesus: “We have left all things and followed you; what, then, will there be for us?” (Matt. 19:27) Instead of rebuking Peter for asking that question, Jesus told his disciples that they would be rewarded for their sacrifices. The faithful apostles and others will rule with him in heaven. But even now there are rewards. Jesus said: “Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit everlasting life.” (Matt. 19:29) His disciples would gain blessings far in excess of any personal sacrifices they might make. Are not spiritual fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, and children much more valuable than anything we have renounced or given up for the sake of the Kingdom? w16.12 4:4, 

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.

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Notice, that Jesus didn't say  "Everyone who has LOST houses...." He said "Everyone who has left houses....." Why? Because we have not lost anything. When you lose something it means that you're unable to find something or to be deprived of something. I have not been deprived of anything since I've come to know Jehovah. When we receive the blessings, now and in the future, for being faithful servants of Jehovah, it outweighs anything we left behind. 

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