Lesson 13 -- third quarter 2010
August 29, 2010
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What is my spirit toward authority and those who wield it?
Do I place the correct value on gentleness and meekness?
When I need washing, do I know it...and ask God to do it?
How careful am I "to maintain good works" (and how do I do that)?
Will I avoid subjects and discussions that are empty and without profitability?
What shall I do about the heretic who has some "good teaching" to offer?
Who have I helped recently?
"To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men" (Titus 3:2).
No evil speech of anyone.
I wonder if my Spanish Bible will soften that somehow, maybe give me a bigger loophole for saying uncomplimentary-though-not-evil things of others.
"That they defame nobody."
Gulp! That doesn't make the loophole bigger -- it outright closes it!
So I guess I'll have to opt for gentleness and meekness in my speech about others.
That's going to be tough.
For some reason, that reminds me of this:
"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me" (Psalm 52:10).
This concludes my comments based on the alternate lesson developed by Christian Light Publications. To read my comments on the passage for the International Bible Study, click here: Keeping Commitments.
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