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Sunday, August 5 Abhor what is wicked; cling to what is good.​—Rom. 12:9.

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Sunday, August 5

Abhor what is wicked; cling to what is good.—Rom. 12:9.


By choosing to do God’s will and by working hard to do so, we show our depth of love for Jehovah and our desire to please him. We also demonstrate our support of his sovereignty. Satan has challenged the rightfulness of Jehovah’s sovereignty, so our voluntary and vigorous efforts to uphold it are undoubtedly of special value to our benevolent and appreciative heavenly Father. (Job 2:3-5; Prov. 27:11) However, if Jehovah completely relieved us of the need to exert ourselves to fight our imperfect tendencies so as to please him, any claim of loyalty and support of his sovereignty would be meaningless. Thus, Jehovah tells us to put forth “earnest effort” in developing godly qualities. (2 Pet. 1:5-7; Col. 3:12) He expects us to work hard to control our thoughts and feelings. (Rom. 8:5) Having made a genuine effort in this regard, we feel all the more satisfied when we realize that the Bible is still changing our life. w16.05 4:12, 13

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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