(with potential to help many? families/friends)…You:) Decide…
J: L., Would You agree that All families big and small have their own set of unique challenges??
L: Absolutely. We are all coping with one challenge or another.
J: Yes, and chronic challenges threaten the peace and unity of families! Do You know where and how to find the best solutions to problems Your family may be facing?
L: As an avid reader, I probably should spend more time on research into evidence-based solutions to common struggles.
J: I Love to read too and do research. Did You know? Millions of families have experienced immeasurable, positive-results, and multi-faceted-benefits from applying practical advice and wisdom found in God’s Word, the Bible. Personally speaking–the Bible has helped my family alot! Also, the Bible-based website: JW.ORG covers complex topics such as: when a friendship gets too close or when a spouse has special needs or how to educate children or talk to teenagers.
L: Effective communication can help us solve problems. It’s not always easy talking to teens.
J: Definitely, effective and compassionate communication is crucial for family happiness and success! This brochure, “Your Family Can Be Happy” section 3 “How to Solve Problems”…You’ll love reading this!!…No.1. Discuss the Problem. 2. Listen and Understand 3. Follow Through. Next time I come back, we can discuss the various points and scriptures under heading 1.
J: Let’s read together “now” Matthew 5:23, 24.
L: Read Matthew 5:23, 24- “If, then, you are bringing your gift to the altar and there you remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar, and go away. First make your peace with your brother, and then come back and offer your gift.”
J: This scripture teaches us not to avoid reality, but to face any problem. Go to the person, the family member and seek peace and resolution.
Also, 1 Peter 4:8 is a beautiful scripture. Would You please read that.
L: Reads 1 Peter 4:8…”Above all things, have intense love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.”
J: Thank You for reading these relevant verses. Intense Love is the super bonding agent keeping families working together despite any challenges and it helps them practice forgiveness!
Here’s a dumb question for Ya: Does Your family like having Fun??
L: Of Course.
J: I invite You to try a social experiment in Your family (for fun)…You can pick a Bible principle to apply for a week…say for example, Romans 12:10…”In showing honor to one another take the lead.” and see and test what happens! You will gather Your own evidence and You will find the best solutions to any problem by applying Bible principles in Your personal and family life.
“The naive person believes every word, But the shrewd one ponders each step.”
“The wise one is cautious and turns away from evil, But the stupid one is reckless (or furious) and overconfident.”
“The one who is quick to anger acts foolishly, But the man who thinks things out (or the man of thinking abilities) is hated.”
“The naive (or inexperienced) will inherit foolishness, But the shrewd are crowned with knowledge.”
“The one wayward at heart will reap the results of his ways, But the good man reaps the reward of his dealings.” (excerpts Proverbs 14)
(i choose to deal with Others as Friends…and wish PEACE & Wisdom to YOU/Everyone!:) When we deal with everyone in a forgiving manner, it promotes peace/peaceful relationships/unity. Yeah, at times and under difficult circumstances–that can be a heart-mind-boggling-exhaustive challenge, but i’m continuously working/trying my best..always on the following:
“Continue putting up with one another and forgiving one another freely even if anyone has a cause for complaint against another. Just as Jehovah freely forgave you, you must do the same.”
“[…]Clothe yourselves with the tender affections of compassion, kindness, humility, mildness, and patience.” (Col. 3:13)
THANKS for patiently reading this FRIEND:)..When we are at peace, and view Others as Friends..(not enemies) what is there to fear?? (anywhere)
You got friends, right?? (A friend can be like a brother you break bread with, huh?)
You got enemies, too?? (A “potential” friend that could “eventually” be like a brother to break bread with, huh?)
(Personally, i’d rather have more (compassion) friends; of course!) Wouldn’t most of us prefer having friends over enemies?? Imagine a World where EVERYONE IS FRIENDS!:) (Can’t we all learn to get along? aka Practice Peace!)
What do You appreciate in a person or a friend? Any specific qualities attract You to someone?
Do your friends exert any influence over You? Subtle? or Powerful? Negative? or Positive?
What would your friends say about You IF they had to describe You to someone who didn’t know You (or know You well)?
Hmmmmmmm: What would Your enemies (Hope–You don’t have any), but If so…how do You think they would describe You?? What word (or other) picture would they paint?! Would it be similar or unfamiliar to the portrait painted, of You, by close friends?! Even among friends portraits would differ? Each of us have our own way of expressing, describing, wording, editing, spelling & painting (or numerous artistic talents…of one sort or another).
Word choices can be like color choices in artwork…(of language/communication). All kinds of artists use all kinds of media and color, etc. If You appreciate a work of art, and study it, do You learn about the Artist? (If You read my words, do You learn about me?)
Enjoy(ed) these excerpts/points: (my highlights)
You have probably heard of the Italian painter and sculptor Michelangelo. Though you may never have seen the original of any of his masterpieces, you most likely agree with the art historian who called the Italian genius a “marvellous and incomparable artist.” Michelangelo’s talents cannot be denied. Who would try to separate appreciation for Michelangelo’s art from acknowledgment of him as an outstanding artist?
Consider this: Knowing that Leonardo da Vinci painted the “Mona Lisa” has not stopped art historians from investigating his technique and the materials he used.
Jesus could be described as a living-breathing-work-of-compassion-art-of-awe…for us to appreciate and admire and respect!…to worship?…OR would it be more appropriate to acknowledge the genius/outstanding artist behind Jesus (?)–a living-breathing-work-of-compassion art (pure compassion embodied as a living-breathing-working-teaching sculpture, a perfect man Jesus, who walked this earth).
Please consider the following excerpts:
Now think of the mind-boggling complexity and diversity of life that thrives around us on earth. Appropriately, The New York Times quoted one professor of biological sciences as stating: “The physical marks of design are visible in aspects of biology.” He added: “Life overwhelms us with the appearance of design.” Is it intellectually honest to admire the design without acknowledging the designer?
Affected by pervasive evolutionary ideas, some refuse or fail to recognize that design certainly points to a designer. But does the theory of evolution represent true science at its best? Note the conclusion that Christoph Schönborn, Catholic archbishop of Vienna, presented in The New York Times: “Any system of thought that denies or seeks to explain away the overwhelming evidence for design in biology is ideology, not science.” (joanie talking: i think a Catholic archbishop would know a little something about “ideology”, eh?-lol)
There are, however, those who feel that accepting the position that there is evidence of a Creator would “stifle research.” An article in the magazine New Scientist expressed such fears, asserting that “science as an open-ended pursuit would come to an end, halted by an impenetrable barrier labelled ‘the designer did it.’” Is that fear well-founded? Not at all. In fact, the opposite is true. Why?
To accept blind chance and subsequent evolution as the cause of our universe and life on earth would actually be to abandon any attempt to get a meaningful explanation. On the other hand, accepting that an intelligent Creator is behind what we see around us can lead us to investigate the nature and application of his intelligence manifested in the physical universe.
Similarly, accepting that there is a Designer should not discourage us from inquiring into the details and complexity of his designs and creations. Rather than stifling further research, the Bible encourages the search for answers to both scientific and spiritual questions.
Acceptance of the existence of a Creator does not hinder scientific progress.The quest for more comprehensive knowledge in both physical and spiritual matters is indeed open-ended and eternal. An ancient king noted for his broad knowledge humbly wrote: “He has put thoughts of the forever in man’s mind, yet man cannot understand the work God has done from the beginning to the end.”—Ecclesiastes 3:11, Holy Bible—New Life Version. (Above-mentioned excerpts: Admire the Design; Learn About the Designer W07)
The following post (Part 3) is my “attempt” at artistry…(NOT calling myself an artist). This is how i will “try” to color with crayons, pastels, paint/depict a word-picture/portrait-of-Jesus…and using various pieces of readings…(a mosaic of sorts).
Hope You will like it and find it refreshing when it’s finished! and hope You will come to appreciate “Why” i can’t help loving the “Greatest Man Who Ever Lived!” 🙂
Stuff i’ve studied about compassion (& have learned through my (limited) life experience thus far of 45 years) brings me to this way of thinking/speaking/writing:…when a person is truly into (genuinely) helping somebody else, no matter who they are, no matter their status (or lack thereof)..no matter their gender/background/education/reputation, etc…when a person is willing to push aside their own well-being, etc. for somebody else’s good…that’s pure compassion at work.. when you ultimately take the risk and throw yourself under the bus, or knowingly run into the burning building to save somebody–knowing ahead of time you will suffer for it or be burned (say when you give away or share your last morsel of food/bread)…yeah, that’s a true/loyal friend!!...somebody who loves You more than they love their own name, position, status, reputation, etc. When someone is more concerned about the best interests of the other and not only/just looking out for themselves/preserving self…when a person willingly goes there to the difficult place/the non-comfort zone of self-sacrifice/pain/suffering for somebody else…and knowing (partially or completely) they will be hurt, abused or ridiculed/killed by helping, speaking out, taking action, etc. to me: that’s the ultimate description of what pure compassion means.
Does my compassion/love pass this test?
“Noonehaslovegreaterthanthis, that someone should surrenderhissoul in behalf of his friends.” (John 15:13)
What am i/You willing to surrender for my/Your friends?
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts* (or drives) fear out, because fear restrains us. Indeed, the one who is fearful has not been made perfect in love. (1John 4:18)