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Seduction Reduction

insights Joan Winifred

The desperation of self-justification is/can be palpable. Many of us easily betray or hide our betrayals or rationalize/justify why we do or why we don’t do.

All of us–
every breathing thing–
is
being seduced…(and by ourselves/or by our spiritual dysfunction)
or
by snakes in tall grasses
or by
presidential circuitry of delusional
self-sovereignty

“Resist the dark force Luke”-lol:)
yeah, it’s war of the brightest stars

those shining brilliantly haven’t
sold out their pure light
their lights of integrity (aka awakened/shocking sobriety)
to fake freedom or real propaganda
pander–ing
sellers of war, hatred, non-compassion (death)

“IF”…(big if) i make it–
to the Other Side–
the SIDE OF WHITE PEBBLE(S) & REAL BREAD (Life/immortality/innocence/snow white clean)
it will be (because)
i haven’t lost
the LOVE
i had at first
the thirst
for
TRUTH, LOVE
COMPASSION (and for the God of Compassion)
and
Life-Eternal!!:)

{self-discipline..all of us need to learn it, however, IF total self-discipline was indeed possible alone…WHY would we need any teachers??..positive role-models/mentors of the good..would not exist. We will always need an outside compassionate force to refine our personal blind spots.}

Honey, You Good??
(me: “trying” to be…Good (aka TRUE to Biblical Wisdom, principles, etc.))

“Take hold on discipline; do not let go. Safeguard it, for it itself is your life.”—Proverbs 4:13.

All of us–every breathing thing–is being exploited (by external forces–some beyond our control)…our basic human needs…food, warmth, love, shelter, companionship, etc.  Each of us is battling demons and each of us are in need of angelic support.

Stuff studied last night:

“Love . . . does not look for its own interests.” The Revised Standard Version says here: “Love does not insist on its own way.” A loving person does not demand that everything be done his way, as if his opinions were always correct. He does not manipulate others, using his powers of persuasion to wear down those who have a different view. Such stubbornness would reveal a measure of pride, and the Bible says: “Pride is before a crash.” (Proverbs 16:18) If we really love our brothers, we will respect their views, and where possible, we will show a willingness to yield. A yielding spirit is in harmony with Paul’s words: “Let each one keep seeking, not his own advantage, but that of the other person.”—1 Corinthians 10:24.

Questions for Consideration:

am i seeking my own advantage?

am i yielding?

am i insisting on my own way?

am i demanding?

am i manipulating minds through my powers of persuasion? {(ummm, uh-huh:)… of course, i am…may be this blog is an abuse of my power…idk…though, i tell myself my motivation is (mostly) “agape”…to help any reader grow spiritually/compassionately, etc.}

am i a fire starter?…You know what…stop reading me (or read at your own risk).

(PEACE..to the Pebble seekers.)

“Love . . . does not behave indecently.” A person who behaves indecently acts in an unseemly or offensive manner. Such a course is unloving, for it shows an utter disregard for the feelings and welfare of others. In contrast, there is a graciousness in love that moves us to show consideration for others.” (excerpts: Go On Walking In Love)

When we love our fellow-fragile-life, we give the benefit of the doubt, focus on positives in Others & want the ultimate best for Others…that’s the beauty of real love..:)

Appreciating the Purpose of Discipline W03

WHAT comes to mind when you hear the word “discipline”? One dictionary defines discipline as “the practice of making people obey rules or standards of behaviour, and punishing them when they do not.” Although this is by no means the only accepted definition, many people today ascribe a similarly negative connotation to anything that has to do with discipline.

The Bible, however, presents discipline in a different light. “The discipline of Jehovah, O my son, do not reject,” wrote wise King Solomon. (Proverbs 3:11) These words refer, not to discipline in general, but to “the discipline of Jehovah,” that is, discipline based on God’s lofty principles. Only such discipline is spiritually productive and beneficial—even desirable. In contrast, discipline that is based on human thinking that is in conflict with Jehovah’s lofty principles is often abusive and hurtful. That explains why many have a negative attitude toward discipline.

All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work. (2Timothy 3:16, 17)

Importance of discipline: Insight Vol. 1 “Discipline”

“The discipline of the foolish ones is foolishness.” (Pr 16:22) They may bring upon themselves poverty, disgrace, sickness, and even untimely death.

By contrast, acceptance of discipline, coupled with a wholesome fear of Jehovah, makes one wise, able to use knowledge aright, and thus helps one to avoid much pain and suffering. When acted upon, discipline received appreciatively can contribute to a lengthening of one’s present life and holds promise of an abiding future. Rightly, then, discipline should be highly esteemed.—Pr 8:10, 33-35; 10:17.

What do i highly esteem? (wisdom?)

Because he had wisdom and insight, Solomon undoubtedly did “feel sorry for the lowly one.” Besides, his life was marked by sad and traumatic events. His brother Amnon raped his sister Tamar, and Solomon’s brother Absalom had Amnon killed for the crime. (2 Sam. 13:1, 14, 28, 29) Absalom usurped David’s throne, but his coup failed, and he was killed by Joab. (2 Sam. 15:10, 14; 18:9, 14) Later, Solomon’s brother Adonijah attempted to seize the kingship. If he had been successful, this would undoubtedly have meant death for Solomon. (1 Ki. 1:5) That Solomon understood human suffering seems evident because of what he said in prayer at the inauguration of the temple of Jehovah. With regard to his subjects, the king prayed: “They know each one his own plague and his own pain . . . You [Jehovah] must forgive and give to each one according to all his ways.—2 Chron. 6:29, 30. (excerpt: “Who Can Deliver Those Crying For Help?” W 10)

Who isn’t crying for help? for food? for love? for compassion? for understanding? for forgiveness? for relief? for deliverance from something or someone?

Who LISTENS?! (and who delivers??)

(published 9/18/15 @ 10:24 a.m.)

 

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