Walk worthily of the calling with which you were called, with all humility.—Eph. 4:1, 2.
A remarkable example of showing self-control when we are provoked can be found at 2 Samuel 16:5-13. David and his servants endured reproach and physical assault by Shimei, a relative of King Saul’s. David did so despite having the power to put an end to it. How did David muster up the strength to control his spirit? The superscription of Psalm 3 indicates that it was composed when David “was fleeing from his son Absalom.” Verses 1 and 2 fit events described in chapter 16 of Second Samuel. Then Psalm 3:4 highlights David’s confidence: “I will call aloud to Jehovah, and he will answer me.” We too can pray when under attack. In response, Jehovah provides his holy spirit, which can help us to endure. Can you think of a situation in which you need to exercise self-restraint or freely forgive unwarranted animosity? Are you confident that Jehovah can see your affliction and bestow a blessing? w18.09 6-7 ¶16-17
Song 72 and Prayer
Opening Comments (1 min.)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“The Devastating Consequences of the First Lie”: (10 min.)
Digging for Spiritual Gems: (10 min.)
What spiritual gems from this week’s Bible reading would you like to share regarding Jehovah God, the field ministry, or something else?
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
Initial Call Video: (4 min.) Discussion. Play the video, and then ask the audience the following questions: What did you like about the introduction? What can we learn from when the publishers scheduled the return visit?