A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 0-9

En la congregación cristiana, los ancianos y los superintendentes viajantes llevan la delantera en lo que respecta a apreciar a cada miembro individual del rebaño de Dios. La suya es una posición difícil, pues también tienen la grave responsabilidad de disciplinar en justicia, reajustar con espíritu de apacibilidad a los que yerran y ofrecer consejo firme a los que lo necesitan. ¿Cómo equilibran estas diferentes responsabilidades? (Gálatas 6:1; 2 Timoteo 3:16.)

 

El ejemplo de Pablo es de gran ayuda. Él fue un maestro, un anciano y un pastor sobresaliente. Tuvo que tratar con congregaciones que tenían problemas graves, y no se retrajo por temor de dar el consejo firme que se requería. (2 Corintios 7:8-11.) Un repaso del ministerio de Pablo indica que utilizó la reprensión moderadamente, solo cuando la situación lo requería o aconsejaba. De este modo demostró sabiduría piadosa.

 

Si se compara el ministerio del anciano ante la congregación con una pieza musical, la reprensión y la reprimenda serían como una sola nota que armoniza en el conjunto. Esta nota está bien en su debido lugar. (Lucas 17:3; 2 Timoteo 4:2.) Pero imagínese una canción que solo contuviera esa nota, repetida una y otra vez. Pronto nos molestaría al oído. De modo similar, los ancianos cristianos intentan dar una enseñanza completa y variada. No la limitan a corregir problemas, sino que su tono general es positivo. Al igual que Jesucristo, los ancianos amorosos buscan primero lo bueno para dar encomio, no las faltas para criticar. Aprecian el trabajo arduo que hacen sus compañeros cristianos. Tienen la confianza de que, en general, cada uno está haciendo todo lo que puede para servir a Jehová. Y los ancianos siempre están dispuestos a expresar este sentimiento con palabras. (Compárese con 2 Tesalonicenses 3:4.) 

Cuando gritamos y clamamos encolerizados, con frecuencia no se realiza lo que buscamos, porque tendemos a provocar a la otra persona a responder del mismo modo. Por ejemplo, suponga que usted va conduciendo su automóvil y otro conductor hace algo que le molesta. En respuesta, usted le grita y le toca bocina. Muy fácilmente esto pudiera impulsar a la otra persona a desquitarse. A veces, situaciones como esta han terminado en una tragedia. Por ejemplo: En Brooklyn, Nueva York, un hombre perdió la vida al implicarse en una riña por un espacio de estacionamiento. La Biblia subraya el problema cuando dice: “El hombre dado a la cólera suscita contiendas, y cualquiera dispuesto a la furia tiene muchas transgresiones”. (Proverbios 29:22.) ¡Cuán prudente es seguir este consejo: “No devuelvan mal por mal a nadie. [...] Si es posible, en cuanto dependa de ustedes, sean pacíficos con todos los hombres”! (Romanos 12:17, 18.) 

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what do you see?" "Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied. She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they got soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What's the point, mother?" Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity-boiling water-but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water. "Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?" Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level? How do you handle Adversity?

Don't tell JEHOVAH how big your storm is. Tell the storm how big your JEHOVAH is!

Once upon a time, there was a village where the townspeople wanted to take care of those who were less fortunate than they. Each agreed to contribute a sack of grain for those in the neighbourhood who were elderly, ill or poor.

A large vat was put in the village square where the sacks were to be emptied. The day appointed for the opening of the vat arrived. The villagers assembled, a trumpet blew, the cover was lifted with great ceremony, and . . . the vat was empty.

Each villager, thinking, "My little bit of grain will not be missed," had failed to respond.

Like the villagers we have a commitment to Jehovah, as evidenced by our baptism, to assist others by preaching and teaching them. Are we doing our share? How about work in the congregation? Are we leaving this work up to others, or do we have an active share, always looking to progress.

Excuses, excuses 

I've got one or two 

And if I think hard enough 

Maybe a few 

 

It's cold out, I'm tired 

My hair is a sight 

The dishes are still in the sink 

From last night 

 

My book bag is messy 

My shoes just won't shine 

I think it might flurry 

The car's out of time 

 

Excuses, excuses 

There must be some more 

Hundreds, no thousands 

I can't leave my door 

 

The people are busy 

And interest they lack 

If I climb those driveways 

I might hurt my back 

 

Nobody answers 

There's no one in sight 

There could be a dog 

And it's ME he might bite 

 

The gas gauge reads empty 

And I'm low on cash 

The wipers don't work 

If it rains I might crash 

 

I might get a phone call 

From someone in need 

Or maybe I'd better go 

Outside and weed 

 

Then after the dishes 

To fill in the gap 

I'll get nice and cozy 

And take a long nap 

 

And Oh, I'm so hungry 

I do feel quite weak 

If I go out now, why 

I just couldn't speak 

 

So I'd better stay home 

But then again wait 

Why, look at the clock 

It must be too late 

 

 

The car groups are full now 

They're gone one and all 

And since I am dressed 

I could go to the mall 

 

Excuses, excuses 

Yes, I know them all 

Examine them closely 

You'll find they're quite small 

 

And now that I've gotten them 

Out of the way 

I'm leaving for service 

I'll have a great day 

 

Jehovah will bless me 

Of this I am sure 

Excuses behind me 

Instead I'll endure 

 

For what excuse is there 

That I'd ever give 

Worth trading for truth 

To help people to live.

Exercise daily. Walk with Jehovah!

 

We can have confidence in Bible Prophecy:

If you were going to invest in the stock market and asked an expert to advise you … You don't follow his advice, but he is in fact correct. If he is right 99 times, will you doubt him on the 100th time?