[God] reconsidered the calamity that he said he would bring on them, and he did not bring it.—Jonah 3:10.
God does not determine his course of action based on a momentary flare-up of anger, the type of emotional outburst that many humans display. Yet, after observing the Ninevites’ repentant, changed attitude, Jehovah adjusted his decision. In doing so, he manifested reasonableness, humility, and compassion. Similarly, there may be occasions when it would be good for us to reconsider a choice or decision. It could be when the prevailing circumstances change. Jehovah altered his decision at times when circumstances changed. (1 Ki. 21:20, 21, 27-29; 2 Ki. 20:1-5) Or new information may provide us with a valid reason to adjust a decision. King David was given faulty information about Saul’s grandson Mephibosheth. When David later received accurate information, he amended his decision.—2 Sam. 16:3, 4; 19:24-29. w17.03 2:14, 15
Song 124 and Prayer
Opening Comments (3 min. or less)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“The New Christian Congregation Is Tested”: (10 min.)
Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.)
What has this week’s Bible reading taught you about Jehovah?
What other spiritual gems have you discovered in this week’s Bible reading?
Bible Reading: (4 min. or less) Ac 6:1-15
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
LIVING AS CHRISTIANS
“A Gift in Hand for Jehovah”: (15 min.) Discussion by an elder. Begin by playing the video ‘A Gift in Hand to Jehovah.’ Read the letter from the branch expressing appreciation for the donations received during the past service year. Consider how we benefit from making donations. Outline the local congregation’s monthly expenses. Discuss how we can donate and how these donations are used. Commend the congregation for its generous support.
Congregation Bible Study: (30 min.) jy chap. 43 ¶19-29
Review Followed by Preview of Next Week (3 min.)
Song 67 and Prayer