Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.—Luke 23:34.
Jesus prayed that his Father forgive his executioners. What an outstanding example of mildness and patience under painful and stressful circumstances! (1 Pet. 2:21-23) How can we show mildness and patience? Paul mentioned one way when he wrote to fellow believers: “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 also do the same.” (Col. 3:13) Indeed, it takes mildness and patience on our part to obey this command. But by being forgiving, we promote and preserve the unity in the congregation. Being clothed with mildness and patience is not optional for a Christian. It is an essential requirement for our salvation. (Matt. 5:5; Jas. 1:21) More important, by means of these qualities, we honor Jehovah and help others to heed the Bible’s counsel.—Gal. 6:1; 2 Tim. 2:24, 25. w17.08 25-26 ¶15-17
Song 119 and Prayer
Opening Comments (3 min. or less)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“The Importance of Faith”: (10 min.)
Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.)
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
First Return Visit Video: (5 min.) Play and discuss the video.
First Return Visit: (5 min. or less) Begin with the sample conversation. Give the householder a meeting invitation and introduce (but do not play) the video What Happens at a Kingdom Hall? (th study 11)