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Estimation

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In my POV (point of view) aka estimation, (albeit limited and partly by my (almost 49) years of existence/experience(s), acquired knowledge/education, etc.) us humans have the tendency to under and over-estimate ourselves and our capacities for good and our capacities for not-so-good… did “I” just do that by deliberate word choice, e.g., not writing bad?;) Of course!🙂… did it yet again, huh??… by writing “good” (or is it well?) and not adequate, eh?!

The “human achievement assessment pendulum” seems incessantly swinging:  sky high into outer space via glorious mind rocket ride or swinging mercilessly into subterranean trenches down low at ocean depths below… via gloomy submarine/submersible mind ride…

Do we arrogantly solely credit ourselves, us humans and our capacities, with way too much??… in the positive and in the negative?! (And why do you write that joanie??)…

We are vessels of/under constant positive/negative influence and positive/negative pressure/manipulation…some of us (and choose to be) clay in the Great Potter’s hands (a positive process of becoming useful)*(see below) and some of us…”and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the Devil, seeing that they have been caught alive by him to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:26)

Revelation 12:12 “On this account be glad, you heavens and you who reside in them! Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing that he has a short period of time.”

Would it be naïve of me to think “organized” crime with a stealth crime boss doesn’t exist?? Just cause a seemingly unidentifiable fingerprint, at a seemingly obscure crime scene, doesn’t match an already caught criminal?? What about a super-human cruel-master crime-boss behind the scenes manipulating weak human marionettes??

Naivete and arrogance can make us vulnerable… humility can keep us vigilant, spiritually awake, and alert to any of our potential “blind” spots… and to any negative influences: super-human or imperfect-human…

Cruelty often does psychological harm and sets in motion a vicious cycle. Referring to the violence engendered by cruelty, Noemí Díaz Marroquín, who teaches at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, says: “Violence is learned, it’s cultural . . . We learn how to act out in violent ways when our environment allows and encourages it.” Thus, those who have been victims of abuse may well end up abusing others, perhaps even in the same ways that they were abused.

In other cases, those who misuse such substances as alcohol and drugs may end up behaving cruelly. Not to be overlooked are individuals who are dissatisfied with their government for not meeting the needs of the people. Some of them, being determined to make their views known, resort to cruel acts and foster terrorism, often at the expense of the innocent.

You might wonder though: ‘Have men learned to act cruelly on their own? What is behind the present situation?’

Who Really Is Behind Cruelty?

The Bible tells us that Satan the Devil wields a strong influence over this world, calling him “the god of this system of things.”  (2 Corinthians 4:4) He is the most selfish and cruel person in the universe. Jesus well described him as “a manslayer” and “the father of the lie.”​—John 8:44.

Does this mean that the situation cannot improve? Díaz Marroquín, quoted earlier, states that “people are capable of unlearning” undesirable behavior. However, with Satan’s influence permeating the earth today, a person is unlikely to unlearn it unless he allows a different, superior force to influence his way of thinking and acting. What is this force?

Changes Possible​—How?

Happily, God’s holy spirit is the most powerful force that exists, and it can overcome any demonic influence. It promotes love and the well-being of humans. To be filled with God’s spirit, everyone who wishes to please Jehovah must avoid conduct even bordering on cruelty. This requires transforming one’s personality to conform to the divine will. And what is that will? It is for us to imitate God’s way to the extent possible. This involves viewing others as God does.​—Ephesians 5:1, 2 “Therefore, become imitators of God, as beloved children, and go on walking in love, just as the Christ also loved us *(or possibly, “you”) and gave himself for us*or possibly, “you”) as an offering and a sacrifice, a sweet fragrance to God.” Colossians 3:7-10 “That is how you too used to conduct yourselves*(or “used to walk”) in your former way of life.*(or “when you lived that way”) 8 But now you must put them all away from you: wrath, anger, badness, abusive speech, and obscene talk out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another. Strip off the old personality*(Lit., “man”) with its practices, 10 and clothe yourselves with the new personality, which through accurate knowledge is being made new according to the image of the One who created it.”  [excerpted readings: “Will Cruelty Ever End?” w 07]

Bookmarks can be underrated… especially useful in directing focus to a specific place, page in book or time in history…Thinking about 1914 as a history bookmark… specifically significant events: WWI, WWII, and all the unspeakable atrocities/crimes against compassion aka crimes against humanity… and the infamous perpetrators of these (whose names You can insert/recall)… who I don’t wish to waste my breath on naming… these killers/takers!!:(…What WOE experienced by our global human family since 1914 onward!!:(

**just a quick thought about: kings of Israel were required to copy God’s law and read it daily. Those who had Yahweh’s approval (and were compassionate/successful/kinder leaders) pursued such study to develop and retain the right/good/humble heart attitude and listened to Godly counsel. 2 patterns emerge from the many life accounts recorded in the Old and New Testament… those who chose to obey God’s law/requirements of how to engage life… and those who disobeyed. Every account where the person young, old, male, female, of their free will, chose to obey/listen to God/do things God’s way and not their own way say… things went much better for them individually than those who disobeyed…much pain, misery, and lives cut shorter.

Self-exultation v. cultivating modesty/humility…a topic for another time.

Further reading IF You:) so choose to check out:
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3/22/18 @ 5:28 p.m.

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Spiritual Surgery

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Some of us have physical surgical procedures for various reasons (i.e. life or death) primarily health-related (and/or cosmetic). Other than having 1 wisdom tooth extracted, never have had any physical surgery as of 2/18/18.

However…I willingly/regularly submit to spiritual surgery… that is transformative… and life-saving:)

“For the word of God is alive and exerts power and is sharper than any two-edged sword and pierces even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of joints from the marrow and is able to discern thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

(The Bible and study thereof has power to change lives/thoughts/hearts/intentions for the positive/for the better!:))

 

HAPPY Sunday Studying:)

(me… love reading/studying every day not just 40 days and 40 nights.)

2/18/18 @ 1:17 p.m.

A p.s. (i) keep choosing life! (not always an easy choice, but a wise/compassionate one!)

 

 

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L. to L.

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Luke to Leah…

 “Because, there is good in him. I’ve felt it. He won’t turn me over to the Emperor. I can save him. I can turn him back to the good side. I have to try.”

 

 

(STOP! This–stubborn resistance–You:) know! You want the good side.)

 

Leave the “dark” side (aka “unbelievable”)… walk on in “light” (truth aka “accurate” knowledge/agapeo/compassion)…saber, nah!… savior, yeah!

12/17/17 @ 10:47 p.m.

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agapeo

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(Greek Verb)… to love
Agape… (noun)…
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Living life… a grammar lesson… likely!🙂

 

 

15 The Bible says something about love that it never says about (True God) Jehovah’s other cardinal attributes. The Scriptures do not say that God is power or that God is justice or even that God is wisdom. He possesses those qualities, is the ultimate source of them, and is beyond comparison in regard to all three. About the fourth attribute, though, something more profound is said: “God is love.” * (1 John 4:8) What does that mean?

16 “God is love” is not a simple equation, as if to say, “God equals love.” We cannot rightly reverse the statement and say that “love is God.” Jehovah is much more than an abstract quality. He is a person with a wide array of feelings and characteristics in addition to love. Yet, love runs very deep in Jehovah. One reference work thus says regarding this verse: “God’s essence or nature is love.” Generally, we might think of it this way: Jehovah’s power enables him to act. His justice and his wisdom guide the way he acts. But Jehovah’s love motivates him to act. And his love is always present in the way he uses his other attributes.

17 It is often said that Jehovah is the very personification of love. Hence, if we want to learn about principled love, we must learn about Jehovah. Of course, we may see this beautiful quality in humans as well. But why is it there? At the time of creation, Jehovah spoke these words, evidently to his Son: “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness.” (Genesis 1:26) Of all the creatures on this earth, only men and women can choose to love and thus imitate their heavenly Father. Recall that Jehovah used various creatures to symbolize his cardinal attributes. Yet, Jehovah chose his highest earthly creation, man, as the symbol of His dominant quality, love.—Ezekiel 1:10.

18 When we love in an unselfish, principled way, we are reflecting Jehovah’s dominant quality. It is just as the apostle John wrote: “As for us, we love, because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19) But in what ways has Jehovah loved us first?

Jehovah Took the Initiative

19 Love is not new. After all, what moved Jehovah to begin creating? It was not that he was lonely and needed companionship. Jehovah is complete and self-contained, lacking nothing that someone else might supply. But his love, an active quality, naturally moved him to want to share the joys of life with intelligent creatures who could appreciate such a gift. “The beginning of the creation by God” was his only-begotten Son. (Revelation 3:14) Then Jehovah used this Master Worker to bring all other things into existence, starting with the angels. (Job 38:4, 7; Colossians 1:16) Blessed with freedom, intelligence, and feelings, these mighty spirits had the opportunity to form loving attachments of their own—with one another and, above all, with Jehovah God. (2 Corinthians 3:17) Thus, they loved because they were loved first.

20 So it was with mankind as well. From the start, Adam and Eve were virtually bathed in love. Everywhere they looked in their Paradise home in Eden, they could see evidence of the Father’s love for them. Note what the Bible says: “Jehovah God planted a garden in Eden, toward the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed.” (Genesis 2:8) Have you ever been in a truly beautiful garden or park? What pleased you most? The light filtering through the leaves in a shady alcove? The stunning array of colors in a bed of flowers? The background music of a gurgling brook, singing birds, and humming insects? What about the scents of trees, fruits, and blossoms? In any case, no park today could compare with the one in Eden. Why?

21 That garden was planted by Jehovah himself! It must have been indescribably lovely. Every tree delightful for beauty or for delicious fruit was there. The garden was well watered, spacious, and alive with a fascinating variety of animals. Adam and Eve had everything to make their lives happy and full, including rewarding work and perfect companionship. Jehovah first loved them, and they had every reason to respond in kind. Yet, they failed to do so. Instead of lovingly obeying their heavenly Father, they selfishly rebelled against him.—Genesis, chapter 2.

22 How painful that must have been for Jehovah! But did this rebellion embitter his loving heart? No! “His loving-kindness [or, “loyal love,” footnote] is to time indefinite.” (Psalm 136:1) Thus, he immediately purposed to make loving provisions to redeem any rightly disposed offspring of Adam and Eve. As we have seen, those provisions included the ransom sacrifice of his beloved Son, which cost the Father so dearly.—1 John 4:10

23 Yes, from the beginning Jehovah has taken the initiative in showing love to mankind. In countless ways, “he first loved us.” Love promotes harmony and joy, so it is no wonder that Jehovah is described as “the happy God.” (1 Timothy 1:11) However, an important question arises. Does Jehovah really love us as individuals? The next chapter will answer that. [excerpted: Draw Close to God, Chapter 23, He First Loved Us.]

Thoughts & Intentions of Love…

Personally, a worthwhile daily intention/goal of mine…agapeo…

Also, who of us would not want to draw close to or be drawn to a person whose essence is “LOVE” ?? or to a person who is described as “HAPPY”??

Perhaps, when we see a lack of harmony, happiness, and joy…(wherever/whenever/among whomever) the root issue (aside from illnesses mental, etc and other)… a lack of agape love.

In my POV, to love, be loving…expressing **agape/agapeo…under/any all trying circumstances… is the wisest course of action.

For me, daily Bible study… is more than a shallow intellectual exercise… it’s deeply-truly- transformative… transformation of my essence…. when/IF i diligently “make” application.

Many of us operate/function to just (selfishly) survive…agapeo…is (unselfishly) thriving.:)… with enough agapeo…any challenge can be positively met… in matters of the mind/heart/body…and spirituality.

Many balk at domination… in whatever form… (i want agape love as my dominant quality!🙂

 

12/13/17 @ 1:43 p.m.

P.s. Agape:

12 A·gaʹpe refers to love that is guided by principle. So it is more than just an emotional response to another person. It is broader in scope, more thoughtful and deliberate in its basis. Above all, a·gaʹpe is utterly unselfish. [excerpted: Draw Close to God, Chapter 23, He First Loved Us.]

**{aka extending goodness to all despite any great cost to self.} 12/13/17 @ 2:02 p.m.

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