Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word cheers it up.—Prov. 12:25.
Paul showed that even one who has the responsibility of encouraging others needs to be built up himself. To Christians living in Rome, he wrote: “I am longing to see you, that I may impart some spiritual gift to you for you to be made firm; or, rather, that we may have an interchange of encouragement by one another’s faith, both yours and mine.” (Rom. 1:11, 12) Yes, Paul, who gave outstanding encouragement to others, at times needed to be built up himself. (Rom. 15:30-32) Those who live a life of self-sacrifice should be commended. Brothers and sisters who remain single because they want to obey the admonition to marry “only in the Lord” make up another group that merits encouragement. (1 Cor. 7:39) Also, Christians who remain faithful through persecution or illness need to hear encouragement.—2 Thess. 1:3-5. w18.04 21 ¶3-5
Song 3 and Prayer
Opening Comments (1 min.)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“I Will Be With You as You Speak”: (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?