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Saturday, May 26 Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve.​—Josh. 24:15.

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Saturday, May 26

Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve.—Josh. 24:15.


When faced with making a personal choice, one woman told a friend: “Do not make me think; just tell me what to do. That is easier.” The woman preferred being told what to do instead of using a precious gift from her Creator, the gift of free will. What about you? Do you like making your own decisions, or do you prefer that others decide for you? How do you view the matter of free will? People have debated this subject for centuries. Some claim that there is no such thing as free will—that all our actions are predetermined by God. Others argue that true free will is only possible if we have absolute freedom. However, to understand this matter properly, we must turn to God’s Word, the Bible. Why? It reveals that Jehovah created us with free will; that is, the capacity and freedom to make our own intelligent choices. w17.01 2:1, 2

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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Jehovah does not coerce us into loving him and serving him. That is our choice. He wants us to serve him willingly. In line with the free will that he grants us, he respects our responsibility and right to ‘choose for ourselves’ whether we will serve him. But he expects us to follow through on other decisions that we make based on his guidance. With faith in Jehovah’s way of doing things and the principles that he has kindly provided, we can make wise decisions and prove ourselves as loyal servants of Jehovah. 

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