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“The whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.” (1 John 5:19)

Suffering?? Of course You are and of course i am…in different ways most likely or in similarly ways …as well, nah! as awful.

Fellow-Sufferer…Please find the following informative and comforting…🙂

That “wicked one” is Satan the Devil, a powerful spirit creature who was originally an angel of God but “did not stand fast in the truth.” (John 8:44) Other spirit creatures joined Satan and rebelled against God in order to pursue selfish desires, thus making themselves demons. (Genesis 6:1-5) Ever since their rebellion, Satan and his demons have exerted a powerful and cruel influence over this world’s affairs. This has been particularly so in our time. Now, the Devil has great anger and “is misleading the entire inhabited earth,” which has resulted in “woe for the earth.” (Revelation 12:9, 12) Indeed, Satan is a brutal dictator. He gets perverse satisfaction from human suffering. It is Satan​—not God—​who causes people to suffer.

CONSIDER: Only a heartless, diabolical evildoer would cause innocent people to suffer. By contrast, the Bible says: “God is love.” (1 John 4:8) In harmony with his loving personality, “it is unthinkable for the true God to act wickedly, for the Almighty to do wrong!”​—Job 34:10.

However, you may naturally wonder, ‘How long will Almighty God permit Satan to continue his heinous rule?’ As we have seen, God abhors wickedness and our suffering causes him great pain. Furthermore, his Word urges: “Throw all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

It’s especially tough/(seemingly unbearable)–i’ve found–when a loved one suffers and efforts to help seem useless.  I’ve found the following comforting and HOPE You do:)

When you or someone close to you is suffering, it is easy to conclude that God is slow to act, that he should have intervened by now. Yet, the Bible assures us: “Jehovah is not slow concerning his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with you because he does not desire anyone to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance.”​—2 Peter 3:9.

WHEN WILL GOD ACT?

Very soon! Jesus revealed that a particular generation would witness a unique combination of conditions that would mark the last days of a “system of things.” (Matthew 24:3-42) The fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy in our day indicates that God’s intervention in human affairs is imminent. 

But how will God bring an end to all suffering? When Jesus was on the earth, he demonstrated God’s power to alleviate mankind’s suffering. Consider some examples of this.

Natural Disasters: While Jesus and his apostles were sailing on the Sea of Galilee, a violent windstorm threatened to sink their boat. But Jesus showed that he and his Father can control the natural elements. (Colossians 1:15, 16) Jesus simply said: “Hush! Be quiet!” The result? “The wind abated, and a great calm set in.”​—Mark 4:35-39.

Sickness: Jesus was well-known for his ability to heal the blind and the lame, as well as those suffering from epilepsy, leprosy, or any other sort of infirmity. “He cured all who were suffering.”​—Matthew 4:23, 24;8:16; 11:2-5.

Food Shortages: Jesus used powers granted to him by his Father to multiply meager food supplies. It is recorded that twice during his ministry, he fed thousands.​—Matthew 14:14-21; 15:32-38.

Death: That Jehovah has the power to undo death is clearly shown by the three resurrections Jesus is recorded to have performed. One of those whom he brought back to life had been dead for four days.​—Mark 5:35-42; Luke 7:11-16; John 11:3-44. [God Will Soon End All Suffering W no. 3 2018]

7/19/18 @ 12:12 p.m.

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Joan Winifred

A caveat to clarification:  when it comes to (my) poetry posts…yes, a lot of my posts contain a poetic element … those specific poetic pieces may not easily be explicitly self-explanatory/self-translating to any Reader. However, the role of poetry here is usually a form of coping for me and any Reader:) has the freedom to infer meaning… Peaceful Poetic Life to You #eater of words:)…

lol 🙂 wishing You satisfying big-belly-burps and no indigestion.

 

7/19/18 @ 11:39 a.m., Florida, USA

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Joan Winifred

For years, in my writing, I have noticed the need to be clear, concise, and succinct to communicate effectively. And for FEAR of danger …of being wildly taken out of context!!

I HATE being taken out of context aka misunderstood. Who of us enjoys being misconstrued or worse?? Hated?? Made to suffer any more than necessary?? (Life and Death in the tongue, eh?!)

I have confidence in the competence of my regular readers to generally get the gist of rhythm of thought… aka flow of content connecting context from (my) one-mind-train/thought-car to another IF You read past and present writings… they are self-explanatory/self-translating as well as any/all excerpted readings included to make a point or to point out something of significance spiritually or otherwise. (To me, from my POV, my postings serve as index finger— kindly? pointing the way; perhaps.) Any nuanced words, ambiguity or double entendres/symbolisms or spiritual words I feel any audience may not be too familiar with or may be confusing…I try to define and describe in each stand alone piece/post…while feeling/acknowledging all my/these writings—seamlessly harmonize and complement each work… expanding the bigger/broader picture of topics that interconnect and intersect, interrelate.

It’s just tooooooooooo time consuming for me to work on a glossary of terms. So, i define as i go, and explain to the best of my ability as i go…on a need to know/do basis. Enough of this rambling…basically, wanted to clarify meaning of my usage of word “man” from last published post (as well as other posts unless otherwise specified) Have You read it yet??

Hope that post and this post is Helpful and Hopeful to You individually:)

Man(kind) and Man(cruel) is encompassing individually/collectively both “male and female” life including myself…aka “humans” populating/inhabiting Earth. Both men and women have the choice and have chosen to live in a kind or cruel manner…affecting each Other and Fellow-Fragile-Life…human and/or animal, etc. 

THANK YOU HumanKIND!!:) for Your positive choices. Continue!🙂

 

7/17/18 @ 3:49 p.m.

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3. We’ve all heard the expression…one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right? (published 8/22/15 Google Plus)

One man’s dream is another man’s nightmare or one man’s vacation is another man’s work.

Believe it or not this: trash, treasure, dream, nightmare, vacation, work intro is my guarded “attempt” to broach the tough topic of torture. Everyone has their own personalized description of what the term “torture” would mean to them… and I don’t want to go there. But, e.g., for a friendly-people-person-who-likes-to-talk being unable to fully communicate freely (and in particular with someone i care about) and/or HAVING to directly communicate and often with difficult/unfriendly or angry ones… that i’d rather not have to deal with frequently… is like the t word for me “sorta”. (Well, one scenario anyway. And may be “torture” is too strong of a word.) Or say, You’re a super-organized person who is forced to live in a mess. One man’s castle is another man’s prison, eh? Or You’re starving and are forced to walk down aisles at the supermarket and you have no money to buy and no one will share any food with You. Or say, You wanna chill and everybody else wants to kill. Or say You’re a chocolate lover who’s a Diabetic and You happen see everybody eating their cake, but you can’t have any.

We all respond to stuff differently for various reasons. How about responding to things in more compassionate ways?… ways that we won’t regret (or find torturous).

Where am I going with this post?…I don’t know!..haven’t got there yet.

Perceptions of things/peoples…the so-called educated, the so-called uneducated… the so-called open-minded and peaceful and the so-called close-minded and not-so-peaceful, etc. Who do You consider open-minded?? Or close-minded??: War Mongers? Peace Makers? Buddhists? Non-Buddhists? Christians, Non-Christians, Religious, Non-Religious?…etc., etc.,

“all” minds are (both) opened and closed (depends) (and opening and closing)… all eyes blink. My mouth is shut as I compose this so my fingers are talking for me. May be ? all of us like to think of ourselves as completely open-minded (free)… but perhaps, regarding certain areas/topics/new ways of living, doing, thinking we are really/actually closed minded/closed off to change!…i like the nuances of the Greek language…” me·taʹ, meaning “after,” and no·eʹo (related to nous, the mind, disposition, or moral consciousness), meaning “perceive, discern, mentally grasp, or be aware.” Hence, me·ta·no·eʹo literally means afterknowing (in contrast to foreknowing) and signifies a change in one’s mind, attitude, or purpose. Me·ta·meʹlo·mai, on the other hand, comes from meʹlo, meaning “care for or have interest in.” The prefix me·taʹ (after) gives the verb the sense of ‘regretting’, or ‘repenting.’”

All minds are in need of repentance or …me·ta·no·eʹo/Me·ta·meʹlo·mai…what mind does not need to change?!… becoming more compassionate in thought? Or of need of forgiveness?

“Thus, me·ta·no·eʹo stresses the changed viewpoint or disposition, a rejecting of the past or intended course or action as undesirable, while me·ta·meʹlo·mai lays emphasis on the feeling of regret experienced by the person.” (excerpts Insight Book Vol. 2 “repentance”)

“Of course, a changed viewpoint often brings with it a changed feeling, or the feeling of regret may precede and lead to a definite change in viewpoint or will. So the two terms, though having distinct meanings, are closely related.” (Insight Vol. 2)

For some, forgiveness is difficult without a basis to do so…e.g., IF the offender expresses an apology verbally–yet actions speak otherwise… true regretting, true repentance, true afterknowing…produces real change! “Change of mind”, Change of heart, Change of speech, Change of action… Openness to a better/more compassionate way of knowing/doing…living.

Repentance can mean living without regret! Positive Compassionate Change! PEACE of Mind!:)

Is compassion both open and closed?…(it seems logical/loving that a person who truly embraces compassion “strives” to live without regret.)

 

4. (Published 8/7/2015)

My family needs me (to be there)(for them). My friends need me (to be there)(for them). Being available (for them) makes me (mostly, at times) unavailable.

(Writing is a privilege I’ve enjoyed; a luxury… perhaps, one I cannot afford… any longer??!) Already poured it all out like a drink offering anyway..my conscience lets me sleep okay.

Life is privilege. A non-stop whirlwind ride of priority activity. Trying to catch my breath. Trying with all my heart, soul and mind to practice aka consistently live by these PROverbs, etc…choosing to/living by Divine/Compassionate Bible Principles (vs. Non-Compassionate Man-made rules/oppressive regulations)…I’ve found to be the Happiest/wisest/safest course (in life) for the longevity of my life and the longevity of all fragile-life on the planet…e.g., “A true friend shows love at all times, And is a brother who is born for times of distress.”  (Proverbs 17:17)

“Do not withhold good from those to whom you should give it, If it is within your power to help.” (Proverbs 3:27)

Compassion responsibilities, duties and loyalties simultaneously expand and limit/contract my existence and daily choices and associations and words and/or writings, movements… yet, these serve as a safeguard and a protection for myself and Others.

When all of us are loving at all times, under all circumstances and to all fragile life on the planet… we don’t abuse any power we may possess. (We may not have miraculous power, no matter our capacities…we do have a measure of power..to use positively/for the greater good for all.)

ALOHA! (which can mean both hello & goodbye… my compassion/loyalty value(s)/vow(s) force(s) me to say hello/goodbye simultaneously!)

What more can I say?? What more can I write??
All of suffering humanity is swimming in sadness (including myself? Yeah.) these past few days…trying to keep my positive mind afloat amidst waves of grief. (btw: i’m swimming fine…you’d have to be a strong swimmer to endure, huh?)

Contemplation on the wrong things is the partial culprit…(including but not limited to:( Horrific headlines: murderers murdering… lions and other people, children going hungry, wanton disrespect for life, abuses of power rampant globally.

Who does man think he is?! GOD?

You do not need to be Einstein to figure out… the relativity of man’s ability to successfully decide/rule himself without annihilating himself and the planet in the process. Does Absolute rule by man mean death absolutely?  What does history tell? Or Modern-day story speak? Peace?

Hopeless? NO! I’m not hopeless. Just (very) realistic about the (pipe dreams) future…man can provide me. Given our track record, is it blind faith/credulity to believe/trust man will finally get it together enough for global peace?! (How smart is it to put faith in governments/politicians/big businesses/(big religions, etc.) to provide enough…for everyone: enough food, enough jobs, enough housing, enough safety, enough education??) Have You had enough? (Many of us haven’t, eh?)

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Read this pretty provocative piece (which interestingly brings me peace): “Many people today have unrealistic mental pictures of the future. Although they have little in a material way, for instance, they dream of becoming fabulously rich and of being completely secure, although human life now is “filled with trouble and sorrow.” (Ps. 90:10) They imagine themselves living without anxiety under a human government, whereas the Bible points to God’s Kingdom as mankind’s only true hope. (Dan 2:44: “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom  that will never be destroyed. And this kingdom will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it alone will stand forever,”) Many people feel that God will not destroy this wicked system of things, but the Bible paints an entirely different picture. (Zeph. 1:18: “Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them in the day of Jehovah’s fury; For by the fire of his zeal the whole earth will be consumed, Because he will make an extermination, indeed a terrible one, […].”; 1 John 2:15-17: “Do not love either the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him; 16  because everything in the world—the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the showy display of one’s means of life—does not originate with the Father, but originates with the world. 17  Furthermore, the world is passing away and so is its desire, but the one who does the will of God remains forever.”) Such hopes of those who ignore Jehovah’s purpose for the future are mere fantasies.”

Man(cruel) has made a lot of messes that are ruining life/planet for man(kind)…IF we could all learn to be more compassionate…life would be better for all of us now. i know IF YOU had the power to right all the wrongs or solve all the world’s problems fairly/justly…You would!:) From what i’ve read Isaiah 55…”Search for Jehovah while he may be found. Call to him while he is near.
7  Let the wicked (non-compassionate) man leave his way
And the evil (harmful) man his thoughts;
Let him return to Jehovah, who will have mercy on him,
To our God, for he will forgive in a large way.
8  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
And your ways are not my ways,” declares Jehovah.
9  “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So my ways are higher than your ways
And my thoughts than your thoughts.
10  For just as the rain and the snow pour down from heaven
And do not return there until they saturate the earth, making it produce and sprout, Giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11  So my word that goes out of my mouth will be.
It will not return to me without results,
But it will certainly accomplish whatever is my delight,
And it will have sure success in what I send it to do.”

{(Do Man’s words (promises) mostly lead to disappointment (go unfulfilled or fully realized)? God’s Divine Words (backed by limitless/infinite/creative power) Don’t.) What words would You choose: words leading to disappointment or words leading to delight?!}

Take Care any Reader:) & Thank You for always courageously choosing compassion everyday!!:)

IS THERE…”anything” to say: may be this is: a good bye… may be this is: a hello…(WHAT(???) do i know.)

p.s. Organizing (thoughts, etc): this present post is the continuation of a compilation of previous postings —Google Plus.
7/17/18 @ 8:13 a.m. Florida, USA
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