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Study information for the book: Draw Close to Jehovah

cl chap. 22 ¶9-17 (30 min.)

***cl pp. 221-226 Is “the Wisdom From Above” at Work in Your Life?***


“Chaste, Then Peaceable”

9. What does it mean to be chaste, and why is it fitting that chasteness is the first quality of wisdom listed?

9 “First of all chaste.” To be chaste means to be pure and undefiled not just outwardly but inwardly. The Bible associates wisdom with the heart, but heavenly wisdom cannot enter into a heart that is defiled by wicked thoughts, desires, and motives. (Proverbs 2:10; Matthew 15:19, 20) However, if our heart is chaste—that is, as far as is possible for imperfect humans—we will “turn away from what is bad and do what is good.” (Psalm 37:27; Proverbs 3:7) Is it not fitting that chasteness is the first quality of wisdom listed? After all, if we are not morally and spiritually clean, how can we truly reflect the other qualities of the wisdom from above?
par. 9 (Prov. 2:10) When wisdom enters your heart And knowledge becomes pleasant to your soul,
par. 9 (Matt. 15:19, 20) For example, out of the heart come wicked reasonings, murders, adulteries, sexual immorality, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies. 20 These are the things that defile a man; but to take a meal with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”
par. 9 (Ps. 37:27) Turn away from bad and do what is good, And you will remain forever.
par. 9 (Prov. 3:7) Do not become wise in your own eyes. Fear Jehovah and turn away from bad.

10, 11. (a) Why is it important that we be peaceable? (b) If you sense that you have offended a fellow worshiper, how can you prove yourself to be a peacemaker? (See also footnote.)

10 “Then peaceable.” Heavenly wisdom moves us to pursue peace, which is a fruit of God’s spirit. (Galatians 5:22) We strive to avoid disrupting the “bond of peace” that unites Jehovah’s people. (Ephesians 4:3) We also do our best to restore peace when it is disturbed. Why is this important? The Bible says: “Continue . . . to live peaceably; and the God of love and of peace will be with you.” (2 Corinthians 13:11) So as long as we continue to live peaceably, the God of peace will be with us. The way we treat fellow worshipers has a direct bearing on our relationship with Jehovah. How can we prove ourselves to be peacemakers? Consider an example.
par. 10 (Gal. 5:22) On the other hand, the fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith,
par. 10 (Eph. 4:3) earnestly endeavoring to maintain the oneness of the spirit in the uniting bond of peace.
par. 10 (2 Cor. 13:11) Finally, brothers, continue to rejoice, to be readjusted, to be comforted, to think in agreement, to live peaceably; and the God of love and of peace will be with you.

11 What should you do if you sense that you have offended a fellow worshiper? Jesus said: “If, then, you are bringing your gift to the altar and you there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar, and go away; first make your peace with your brother, and then, when you have come back, offer up your gift.” (Matthew 5:23, 24) You can apply that counsel by taking the initiative to go to your brother. With what objective? To “make your peace” with him.* To that end, you may need to acknowledge, not deny, his hurt feelings. If you approach him with the goal of restoring peace and maintain that attitude, likely any misunderstanding can be cleared up, appropriate apologies made, and forgiveness extended. When you go out of your way to make peace, you show that you are guided by godly wisdom.
par. 11 The Greek expression rendered “make your peace” comes from a verb that means “‘to effect an alteration, to exchange,’ and hence, ‘to reconcile.’” So your goal is to effect a change, to remove, if possible, ill will from the offended one’s heart.—Romans 12:18.
(Rom. 12:18) If possible, as far as it depends on you, be peaceable with all men.

par. 11 (Matt. 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.

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