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YAY! Thursday! (Part 2)

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Peaceful Greetings/Evening(s) Regular Reader(s):)

(@ Dusk–April 30th, 2018–

Keep Charlotte Beautiful (Ceremony))

For current context, please read…

yay-thursday

Hope my middle daughter’s (locally)

award-winning artwork brings You a big SMILE:)

“Keeping Charlotte County Clean, Green, and Beautiful”–Rhonda Harvey, Executive Director

Keep Charlotte Beautiful Overview:

“Since 2001, Keep Charlotte Beautiful has provided Charlotte County residents and visitors with opportunities to give back to their community. We focus on our mission of improving the quality of life in Charlotte County by engaging volunteers to keep our community clean and free debris, conserving resources and beautifying our public spaces. Keep Charlotte Beautiful provides service opportunities for adult to students in our community. We use the three “E’s” of community engagement: Education, Environment and Events. Combining our programs creates a cohesive community effort for change. We believe that by engaging volunteers, we instill pride and ownership to ensure effective, long-term results that protect and conserve our natural resources.”

(my poor attempts to crop her full 2018 artwork;))

The past three years my daughter’s “Charlotte” environmental artwork has been awarded…

for “Keep Charlotte Beautiful”…(young-er and old-er Ones among us certainly can live/“art”-i-culate:) our values…by conscious choice/(resolve) through our compassionate efforts at art or writing or volunteering or living or loving…all fragile-life and our beautiful planet Earth!!:)

THANK YOU READER:) for Your Daily Efforts in Your local Community to Live Life Like a Friend of Planet Earth and All Life hereupon!:)

The All Time Greatest Artist’s…(God’s) works which are beyond awards and deserve AWE & Praise!:)…e.g., beaches, trees, etc…and i LOVE the amazing sunsets here in FL:) like this particular dusk sky of golden yellows and baby blues.

(of course, photo–May 18th, 2018–does sky no justice;)…

Questions for reflections:

Am i living real justice by NOT ruining the Earth? nor my life nor Others’ lives?

In what further ways can i keep my home, neighborhood, community, planet Earth beautiful & healthy?

6/1/18 @ 11:23 p.m.

 

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Us Talkers

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Yep, I am a talker. (But am I a walker, too??)

Successful walking takes serious skill. Without stumbling and face falling or face saving, eh? Successful talking takes serious skill. Without opening mouth and inserting foot or worse, eh?

Okay, so, it’s obvious–I like to talk! However, is it an obvious “right” ? Is free speech the same thing as “freedom” of speech? Do I have the absolute right to determine what the right thing is to say/speak in any moment/situation?

May be? free talking is exhibitionism of a lack of self-control? Or an abundance of arrogance? Or glaring ignorance? Or power hunger?…

 Death and life are in the power of the tongue; Those who love it will eat its fruitage. (Proverbs 18:21)

hmmm, what am i eating??;) savory, sweet or sour?

Article commentary:

THE tongue of the giraffe measures up to 18 inches [45 cm] long and is agile and powerful enough to pluck leaves off tree branches. The blue whale’s tongue weighs as much as an elephant. Imagine the strength needed just to move it!

The human tongue pales in comparison in size, weight, and strength. Yet, it is far more powerful. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue,” says the Bible of this small member of the human body. (Proverbs 18:21) Indeed, how many times have we heard of the human tongue’s death-dealing power being wielded in fabricating lies and false testimonies that have brought ruination, even death, to innocent victims?

Likewise, longtime friendships have been dashed by hurtful remarks. Emotions have been crushed by harsh words. “How long will you men keep irritating my soul and keep crushing me with words?” cried the much-maligned Job. (Job 19:2) The disciple James gave a vivid picture of the destructive power of the unbridled tongue: “The tongue is a little member and yet makes great brags. Look! How little a fire it takes to set so great a woodland on fire! Well, the tongue is a fire.”​—James 3:5, 6.

On the other hand, the power of the tongue can also be life-giving. Empathetic and consoling words have rescued some from depression and suicide. Sound advice, when heeded, has saved many drug abusers and street thugs from untimely death. Truly, the fruitage of a righteous one’s tongue is “a tree of life,” and “as apples of gold in silver carvings is a word spoken at the right time for it.”​—Proverbs 15:4; 25:11. [The Power of the Tongue w 07]

May be, freeness of speech comes/is acquired from a living place of authenticity earned by work/effort/experience/knowledge/discipline/training. It’s evident, most likely, that what I talk/share is what i teach.  What i walk/(my strides)–what i practice/promoteexemplify?

For we all stumble*(or “make mistakes.”) many times. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able to bridle also his whole body.  3 If we put bridles in the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide also their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: Although they are so big and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the man at the helm is inclined to go.

5 So, too, the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it makes great brags. See how small a fire it takes to set a great forest ablaze! 6 The tongue is also a fire. The tongue represents a world of unrighteousness among our body members, for it defiles all the body and sets the whole course of life*(Lit. “the wheel of the birth” (origin)) on fire, and it is set on fire by Ge·henʹna.* 7 For every kind of wild animal and bird and reptile*(or “creeping thing”) and sea creature is to be tamed and has been tamed by humans. 8 But no human can tame the tongue. It is unruly and injurious, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we praise Jehovah,* the Father, and yet with it we curse men who have come into existence “in the likeness of God.” 10 Out of the same mouth come blessing and cursing.

My brothers, it is not right for things to happen this way. 11 A spring does not cause the fresh*(sweet) water and the bitter water to bubble out of the same opening, does it? 12 My brothers, a fig tree cannot produce olives, or a grapevine figs, can it? Neither can salt water produce fresh water.

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him by his fine conduct demonstrate works performed with a mildness that comes from wisdom. 

(James 3:2-13)

Us talkers/teachers must admit/acknowledge…we have greater accountability and responsibility; that’s an o.b.v.i.o.u.s! Teachers evoke strong emotions, reactions, huh? How many of us have had crushes on our cool teachers? Or despised a strict/tough teacher?

Do teachers have the “right” to determine what is “right” to teach??

A “truth” learned from the example of a “good” teacher…Jesus:

“As he was going on his way, a man ran up and fell on his knees before him and put the question to him: “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit everlasting life?” 18 Jesus said to him: “Why do you call me good? Nobody is good except one, God.”

Good Teacher: The man was evidently using the words “Good Teacher” as a flattering and formalistic title, since such honor was usually demanded by the religious leaders. While Jesus had no objection to being properly identified as “Teacher” and “Lord” (Joh 13:13), he directed all honor to his Father. (Mark 10:17)

Nobody is good except one, God: Jesus here recognizes Jehovah as the ultimate standard of what is good, the One who has the sovereign right to determine what is good and what is bad. By rebelliously eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and bad, Adam and Eve sought to assume that right. Unlike them, Jesus humbly leaves the setting of standards to his Father. God has expressed and defined what is good by means of what he has commanded in his Word.​—Mr 10:19.

[excerpted: New World Translation Study Edition: Gems]

Jesus taught by way of illustrations. (A respected teacher/male commended me by calling me a “Meisterof Metaphor. This was sincere and a source of encouragement for me and not flattery at all.)  Thinking in illustrations/metaphors can be very useful in learning/teaching.  Illustrations and Bible Scriptures have a way of revealing hearts and things held close/r or valued. However, all of us lack the ability to precisely determine what the complete standards of so-called good and so-called bad are…or should be.

Just because i want to say something…anything about anything…do i have the right to thrust/tweetarticulateassault with words…anywhere/anytime/anyhow?! It’s a complicated conversation…as the scriptures warn: “thoughtless words are like stabs of a sword”…May be IF we all thought more…would we hurt less?!

If my tongue is a sword/knifecutting skills an essential requirement. Do i rough chop, slice and dice, mince, julienne, brunoise, chiffonade? Does all public speaking involve cutting remarks? Public speaking takes training/education/discipline (and well-spent years thereof).  Any type of knife wielding can be dangerous without training

  Their tongue is a deadly arrow that speaks deception. With his mouth a person speaks of peace to his neighbor, But inside he lays an ambush.”  (Jeremiah 9:8)

Our personal power of choice regarding communication…can be constructive vs. destructive.  The power of the Tongue must be respectedFree Speech, Freedom of Speech, and Freeness of speech has the power to bring out the best and the worse in us.

A poignant Proverb…

A worthless man digs up what is bad; His speech is like a scorching fire.  (Proverb 16:27)

“You don’t have to be brilliant or perfect to succeed,” says Dr. Morton C. Orman, an expert on stress and a professional public speaker. “The essence of public speaking is this: give your audience something of value.”

Partners Communicating: Commendation and Counsel Compassionately

Further readings/learnings from Jesus…an extremely exceptional teacher & his speaking/living “truth” trials…

Jesus reads about how this foretold One would preach a release to the captives, a recovery of sight to the blind, and the coming of Jehovah’s acceptable year. Jesus hands the scroll to the attendant and sits down. All eyes are intently fixed upon him. Then he speaks, probably at some length, and his comments include the significant statement: “Today this scripture that you just heard is fulfilled.”​—Luke 4:21.

The people marvel at “the gracious words coming out of his mouth,” and they say to one another: “This is a son of Joseph, is it not?” But realizing that they want to see him perform powerful works like the ones they had heard about, Jesus continues: “No doubt you will apply this saying to me, ‘Physician, cure yourself. Do also here in your home territory the things we have heard were done in Capernaum.’” (Luke 4:22, 23) Jesus’ former neighbors likely feel that healing should begin at home, for the benefit of his own people first. So they may think that Jesus has slighted them.

Realizing their thinking, Jesus mentions some events in Israel’s history. There were many widows in Israel during the days of Elijah, he notes, but Elijah was not sent to any of them. Rather, he went to a non-Israelite widow in Zarephath, a town near Sidon, where Elijah performed a lifesaving miracle. (1 Kings 17:8-16) And in Elisha’s day, there were many lepers in Israel, but the prophet cleansed only Naaman the Syrian.​—2 Kings 5:1, 8-14. [excerpted: At the Synagogue in Nazareth Jesus–the Way, Chapter 21, par. 6 ]

PeaceFellowBreathingFragileLife:)… (also known as Us Talkers.)

 

p.s. how many nuanced words?? (IF i quickly? counted correctly?)

79

78

four

5

 

5/31/18 @ 3:35 p.m.

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Beware: Big-Bad Wolf!

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Christendom’s Clergy (including the Puppet/Pope) sing such a silly song…(of denial of ACCOUNTABILITY)!! They have utterly failed to teach the TRUTH. People are suffering as a result of eating lies. The spiritually (aka ethically/morally) confused/bankrupt/impoverished state of so-called Christian societies…is Christendom’s  leaders’ and (duped by their duplicity) followers’ rotten fruit —millions massacred:( and millions(?) molested!!

🙁 — of their no labors.

For centuries the clergy of Christendom had failed to impart the knowledge of Jehovah, replacing it with man-made traditions and unscriptural doctrines. [excerpted: Righteousness Sprouts in Zion, Isaiah’s Prophecy II; Chp 22, pp 321-334]

Come on People, Don’t Forget now…a history reminder needed?

 Guenter Lewy writes: “Had German Catholicism from the start adhered to a policy of resolute opposition to the Nazi regime, world history might well have taken a different course. Even if this struggle had ultimately failed to defeat Hitler and prevent all of his many crimes, it would in this view have raised the moral prestige of the Church immeasurably. The human cost of such resistance would undeniably have been great, but these sacrifices would have been made for the greatest of all causes. With the home front unreliable, Hitler might not have dared going to war and literally millions of lives would have been saved…When thousands of German anti-Nazis were tortured to death in Hitler’s concentration camps, when the Polish intelligentsia was slaughtered, when hundreds of thousands of Russians died as a result of being treated as Slavic Untermenschen [subhumans], and when 6,000,000 human beings were murdered for being ‘non-Aryan,’ Catholic Church officials in Germany bolstered the regime perpetrating these crimes. The Pope in Rome, the spiritual head and supreme moral teacher of the Roman Catholic Church, remained silent.” ~ The Catholic Church and Nazi Germany pages 320, 341.

How(?) Pi(o)us!

“Pope Pius XI remarked to the German envoys how pleased he was that “the German Government now had at its head a man uncompromisingly opposed to Communism,” and on July 20, 1933, at an elaborate ceremony in the Vatican, Cardinal Pacelli (who was soon to become Pope Pius XII) signed the concordat.”

One historian writes: “The Concordat [with the Vatican] was a great victory for Hitler. It gave him the first moral support he had received from the outer world, and this from the most exalted source.” During the celebrations at the Vatican, Pacelli conferred on von Papen the high papal decoration of the Grand Cross of the Order of Pius. Winston Churchill, in his book The Gathering Storm,published in 1948, tells how von Papen further used “his reputation as a good Catholic” to gain church support for the Nazi takeover of Austria. In 1938, in honor of Hitler’s birthday, Cardinal Innitzer ordered that all Austrian churches fly the swastika flag, ring their bells, and pray for the Nazi dictator.”

I WILL NEVER SUPPORT (A) RELIGION(S) THAT HELPED (PUT) HITLER (IN POWER) (period)!!! 

One who was “a master of crowd psychology as well as a brilliant orator” was Adolf Hitler. Like many demagogues of the past, says Dick Geary in Hitler and Nazism, Hitler believed that ‘the masses were swayed not by their brains but by their emotions.’ He played on this human weakness by cleverly exploiting the age-old technique of directing people’s hatred against a common enemy—as when he “turned the fears and resentments of Germans against the Jews,” says Purcell. Hitler vilified the Jews, saying, ‘The Jew is the corrupter of the German nation.’

What is horrifying about this whole era is that millions of seemingly decent people were easily incited to mass murder. “How could the people of a supposedly civilised country not simply tolerate but become implicated in the horrific barbarism of the Nazi state?” asks Geary. And it was not just a “civilised” country but also supposedly a Christian country! They were drawn into this because they preferred the philosophies and schemes of men to the teachings of Jesus Christ. And how many sincere, idealistic men and women have been led into horrific atrocities since then!

“What experience and history teach is this,” says German philosopher Georg Hegel, “that nations and governments have never learned anything from history or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it.” [excerpted article: The Nations are Still Not Learning]

Further Readings:

Veterans, Suicide, War and Peace

Compassion Conversation 3

Can i detect/see/understand the abusive-emotional-control (churches/religions have/hold sway on/over people) emerge/correlate (at times)…i.e., birth, baptism, marriage, divorce, death…holiday(s)…pocketbook…future: hellfire or heaven??!

I am NOT going to let the Big Bad Wolf huff and puff and blow down my house/my spirituality…cause it’s made of brick beliefs (foundation Biblical Truth)!!🙂 

 […] Two vicious world wars have been fought involving so-called Christian nations. Down to the present, Christendom’s form of religion has proved powerless to stop ethnic cleansing and intertribal slaughter among her own members. (2 Timothy 3:5) Although Jesus taught his followers to trust in God’s Kingdom, the nations of Christendom continue to rely for security on military arsenals and political alliances. (Matthew 6:10) Indeed, most of the world’s major arms producers are found in the nations of Christendom! Yes, when Christendom trusts in human efforts and institutions for a secure future, she too is trusting in “unreality.” [excerpted: Isaiah’s Prophecy II p 302]

Yanking weeds? Yep!…for healthy spiritual garden growth…a necessary!:)  Check out these eye-opening excerpts from article:  Is Religion at the Root of Mankind’s Problems? W 04

According to the Bible, there is a very simple answer. Posing as “an angel of light,” Satan the Devil has misled millions into following his teachings rather than God’s. (2 Corinthians 11:14) The apostle John showed that Satan’s influence is so extensive that “the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.” (1 John 5:19) John knew that Satan was “misleading the entire inhabited earth.”​—Revelation 12:9.

What have been the consequences of this? Satan has promoted religious systems that on the surface appear to be holy. They have “a façade of ‘religion,’” but their true condition is exposed by the evil fruitage they produce. (2 Timothy 3:5J. B. Phillips; Matthew 7:15-20) Instead of helping to solve mankind’s problems, religion actually becomes part of the problem.

Do not quickly dismiss that idea as being farfetched or unreasonable. Remember, the very nature of deception is that the one being deceived is unaware of it. The apostle Paul gave an example of this when he wrote: “The things which the nations sacrifice they sacrifice to demons, and not to God.” (1 Corinthians 10:20) Those people would likely have been shocked to think that they were worshiping demons. They thought that they were worshiping a good god, or gods, of some kind. Yet, in reality they had been deceived by “wicked spirit forces in the heavenly places,” who support Satan in his efforts to mislead mankind.​—Ephesians 6:12.

“What I teach,” said Jesus Christ, “is not mine, but belongs to him that sent me.” (John 7:16) Yes, what he taught was from Almighty God. So Jesus’ teachings had a powerful, uplifting effect on those who listened to him. They did not ‘numb the human conscience or fill the human brain with escapist fantasies.’ On the contrary, Jesus’ teachings set people free from religious error and human philosophies produced by a world that was “in darkness mentally” because of the Devil’s deception.​—Ephesians 4:18; Matthew 15:14; John 8:31, 32.

True Christians were identified, not by a mere profession of piety, but by a faith that reflected the beautiful qualities produced by God’s holy spirit. (Galatians 5:22, 23; James 1:22; 2:26) Outstanding among these qualities​—and the identifying mark of genuine Christianity—​is the sublime quality of love.​—John 13:34, 35.

Note this crucial point, however: Neither Jesus nor his apostles expected the Christian congregation to continue in the form in which it was originally established. They knew that apostasy would develop and that the true religion would be overshadowed for a time.

True Religion Hidden for a Time

In an illustration about wheat and weeds, Jesus foretold that true religion would be virtually obscured for a time. Read the account for yourself at Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43. Jesus sowed a field with wheat, “the fine seed,” which pictured his faithful disciples who would make up the original Christian congregation. He warned that “an enemy,” Satan the Devil, would in time oversow the wheat field with “weeds”​—people who professed to follow Jesus Christ but who in fact rejected his teachings.

Very soon after the death of Jesus’ apostles, individuals appeared who proved to be “weeds,” favoring twisted human teachings over “the very word of Jehovah.” (Jeremiah 8:8, 9; Acts 20:29, 30) As a consequence, a perverted, counterfeit Christianity appeared on the world stage. It was dominated by what the Bible calls “the lawless one”​—a corrupt clergy class that was itself steeped in “every unrighteous deception.” (2 Thessalonians 2:6-10) Jesus foretold that this situation would change “in the conclusion of the system of things.” The wheatlike Christians would be collected together in unity and “the weeds” would eventually be destroyed.

It is this counterfeit Christianity that bears responsibility for the “centuries of unredeemed barbarism” and spiritual darkness that enveloped Christendom in the centuries that followed. Foreseeing this and all the other depraved and violent acts done since then in the name of religion, the apostle Peter rightly predicted that “on account of these [professed Christians] the way of the truth [would] be spoken of abusively.”​—2 Peter 2:1, 2.

“A Theology of Rage and Hatred”

It certainly is not just Christendom that has given religion a poor reputation. Think of the fundamentalist versions of “militant piety,” for example, that former nun Karen Armstrong says have been spawned by “every major religious tradition.” According to Armstrong, one crucial test of any religion is that it should lead to “practical compassion.” What has been the record of fundamentalist religions in this regard? “Fundamentalist faith,” she writes, “be it Jewish, Christian, or Muslim, fails this crucial test if it becomes a theology of rage and hatred.” (The Battle for God​—Fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam) But is it only the “fundamentalist” brand of religion that has failed this test and become “a theology of rage and hatred”? History shows otherwise.

Satan has, in fact, built up a world empire of false religion, identified by rage, hatred, and almost endless bloodshed. The Bible calls this empire “Babylon the Great, the mother . . . of the disgusting things of the earth,” and it is pictured as a prostitute who rides on the back of a beastlike political system. It is noteworthy that she is held accountable for “the blood . . . of all those who have been slaughtered on the earth.”​—Revelation 17:4-6; 18:24.

Not Everyone Has Been Deceived

History proves, however, that not everyone has been deceived. Even in the darkest of times, notes Melvyn Bragg, “many fine souls did good when most around them were evil.” Genuine Christians continued to “worship [God] with spirit and truth.” (John 4:21-24) They stood apart from a worldwide religious system that had prostituted itself as “a reinforcer of military power.” They refused to be drawn into a working relationship of Church and State that history reveals as “more a pact made by Satan than any Jesus of Nazareth.”​—Two Thousand Years—​The Second Millennium: From Medieval Christendom to Global Christianity.

In more recent times, Jehovah’s Witnesses have been noted for their influence for good. To keep free from any taint of false religion, they have based their beliefs and actions solely on God’s inspired Word, the Bible. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17) And like first-century Christians, they have followed Jesus’ command to be “no part of the world.” (John 15:17-19;17:14-16) In Nazi Germany, for example, they refused to compromise Christian principles and therefore were not acceptable according to Nazi ideology. Hitler hated them for it. Says one school textbook: “Jehovah’s Witnesses . . . followed the teaching of the Bible not to take up weapons in any cause. So they refused to serve in the army or to have anything to do with the Nazis. In retaliation, the SS imprisoned whole families of Jehovah’s Witnesses.” (Germany​—1918-⁠45) Indeed, hundreds of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Germany died as a result of the Nazi persecution.

Of course, other courageous individuals of various religions suffered for their beliefs. But Jehovah’s Witnesses did this as a united religious body. By far the majority held firm to the fundamental Scriptural principle: “Obey God as ruler rather than men.”​—Acts 5:29; Mark 12:17.

The Root of the Problem

So it is only partly true that religion lies at the root of all of mankind’s problems. False religion does. Yet, God intends to remove all false religion very soon now. (Revelation 17:16, 17; 18:21) His command to anyone who loves justice and righteousness is: “Get out of her [that is, Babylon the Great, the world empire of false religion], my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues. For her sins have massed together clear up to heaven, and God has called her acts of injustice to mind.” (Revelation 18:4, 5) Yes, God himself is deeply offended by religion that ‘encourages strife, numbs the human conscience, fills the brain with escapist fantasies, and causes people to be narrow-minded, superstitious, and full of hatred and fear’!

Genuine? or counterfeit?…(that is the question!)

Building spirituality with Bricks? or sticks?

(A time to) draw(ing) straws? Conditional Probability?

4/22/18 @ 9:02 p.m.

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Teachable?? hope so!

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Am i teachable?!…thinking this is an important question for self-reflection.
What does it mean to be “teachable” ? Hmmm, hoping this post is a “teachable” moment of/in time:)

a : capable of being taught b : apt and willing to learn 2 : favorable to teaching
(Merriam-Webster On-line definition)

May be? some of us have come across a kid or person who was very eager and enthusiastic to learn. Then, on the flip side, perhaps, we can recall another who is/was balking/unwilling to cooperate whatsoever in the process of learning something new. You grasp what i mean?…If some of us are like sponges, then are some of us like “Patrick”? -lol:)


 

Duh! joanie, the teachable inherit…’Bikini Bottom’?;)… ‘a.naw’ (nah)!…”Earth”…please, notice these “Hebrew” scriptures:)…my highlights…

“But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.” (Psalm 37:11)

“The meek will rejoice greatly in Jehovah, And the poor among men will be joyful in the Holy One of Israel.”
(Isaiah 29:19)

He will guide the meek in what is right,*(Lit., “in judgment.”) And he will teach the meek ones his way. (Psalm 25:9)

8 Let go of anger and abandon rage;

Do not become upset and turn to doing evil. *(Or possibly, “Do not become upset, for it can only lead to harm.”)

 9 For evil men will be done away with,

But those hoping in Jehovah will possess the earth.

ו [Waw]

10 Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more;

You will look at where they were,

And they will not be there. (Psalm 37:8-10)

i LOVE this…please check it out further readings on Meekness🙂

A mildness of temper, without haughtiness or vanity. The mental disposition that enables one to endure injury with patience and without irritation, resentment, or vindictive retaliation. It is a close companion of and seldom found separate from such other virtues as humility, lowliness of mind, and gentleness. (See HUMILITYMILDNESS.) The Hebrew word translated “meek” (ʽa·nawʹ) comes from the root ʽa·nahʹ, which means “afflict, humble, humiliate.” [excerpted: Insight on Scriptures, Vol. 2, p. 364]

Meekness is NOT a weakness, but a strength…it is not a mock humility; the quality is steel-like…

False humility can actually result in developing haughtiness in the individual, for he may tend to think he is righteous on his own merit; or he may feel that he is accomplishing his ends, not realizing that he cannot deceive Jehovah. If haughtiness develops, he will in time be humbled in a way that he will not enjoy. He will be brought low, and it may be to his own destruction.​—Pr 18:12; 29:23. [excerpted: “humility,” Insight Vol. 1]

Jesus Christ’s Humility. Jesus Christ, when on earth, set the greatest example of a humble servant of God. On the evening before his death, Jesus girded himself with a towel and washed and dried the feet of each of his 12 apostles, a service customarily performed by menials and slaves. (Joh 13:2-5, 12-17) He had told his disciples: “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Mt 23:12; Lu 14:11) The apostle Peter, present that night, remembered Jesus’ fine example in living up to his words. He later admonished fellow believers: “All of you gird yourselves with lowliness of mind toward one another . . . Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.”​—1Pe 5:5, 6.

Two other Hebrew verbs involving “humility” are ka·naʽʹ (literally, subdue [oneself]) and sha·phelʹ (literally, be or become low). In the Christian Greek Scriptures the word ta·pei·no·phro·syʹne is translated “humility” and “lowliness of mind.” It is drawn from the words ta·pei·noʹo, “make low,” and phren, “the mind.”

A person can achieve a state of humility by reasoning on his relationship to God and to his fellowmen, as outlined in the Bible, and then practicing the principles learned. A Hebrew word, hith·rap·pesʹ, translated “humble yourself,” means, literally, “stamp yourself down.” It well expresses the action described by the wise writer of Proverbs: “My son, if you have gone surety for your fellowman, . . . if you have been ensnared by the sayings of your mouth, . . . you have come into the palm of your fellowman: Go humble yourself [stamp yourself down] and storm your fellowman with importunities. . . . Deliver yourself.” (Pr 6:1-5) In other words, throw away your pride, acknowledge your mistake, set matters straight, and seek forgiveness. Jesus admonished that a person humble himself before God like a child and that, instead of trying to be prominent, he minister to or serve his brothers.​—Mt 18:4; 23:12.

Or, a person may learn humility by being brought low, humbled by experience. Jehovah told Israel that he humbled them by causing them to walk 40 years in the wilderness in order to put them to the test so as to know what was in their heart and to make them know that “not by bread alone does man live but by every expression of Jehovah’s mouth does man live.” (De 8:2, 3) Many of the Israelites no doubt profited from this severe experience and gained humility from it. (Compare Le 26:41;2Ch 7:14; 12:6, 7.) If a person or a nation refuses to become humble or to accept humbling discipline, such will suffer humiliation in due time.​—Pr 15:32, 33; Isa 2:11;5:15. [excerpted readings: “humility,” Insight Vol. 1]

“noun form pra·yʹtes “

A New Testament Wordbook, by William Barclay, says of the adjective pra·ysʹ: “In classical Greek this is a lovely word. Of things it means ‘gentle’. It is used, for instance, of a gentle breeze or a gentle voice. Of persons it means ‘mild’ or ‘gracious’. . . . There is gentleness in praus but behind the gentleness there is the strength of steel . . . It is not a spineless gentleness, a sentimental fondness, a passive quietism.” (London, 1956, pp. 103, 104) Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words states that the noun form pra·yʹtes “consists not in a person’s ‘outward behaviour only; nor yet in his relations to his fellow-men; as little in his mere natural disposition. Rather it is an in wrought grace of the soul; and the exercises of it are first and chiefly towards God. It is that temper of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting; it is closely linked with the word tapeinophrosunē [humility], and follows directly upon it.’”​—1981, Vol. 3, pp. 55, 56.

The word pra·ysʹ is variously translated in Bible versions “meek,” “mild,” “mild-tempered,” and “gentle.” (KJ, AS, NW, NE) However, as expressed in Barclay’s work quoted in the foregoing, pra·ysʹ goes somewhat deeper than gentleness and, when used of persons, means mild, gracious. [excerpted: Mildness, Insight Vol. 2]

Manifesting Meekness, Gentleness, Graciousness, yet NOT a spineless, stupid creature!! 🙂

(to be meek is to be teachable (which implies a continuous state))

4/13/18 @ 10:26 p.m.

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