Financial Freedom Means -

Realizing That Prosperity Proceeds From
Harmony In Marriage And Family Life

Part 2

The cause and cure of public rejection -

Rejection is a common feeling sensed by divorced people. Whether this rejection is real or imagined is subjective, and what is more important is to comprehend its cause and purpose.

Y┴OHU UL has put in the hearts of people a special respect for marriage. Marriage is the basic foundation of any civilized society, and if marriage is allowed to become morally corrupted, then the whole society becomes utterly rottened, too.

To ensure firm, durable marriages, Y┴OHU UL has put a special stigma on anyone who violates the marriage vow. This stigma is referred to in Proverbs 6:03-33: 'Men do not despise a thief, if he steals to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; but if he be found, he shall return sevenfold; he shall give all the assets in his house. But whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks comprehension: he who does it ruins his own soul. A wound and dishonor shall he get; and his shame shall not be wiped away.'

This public disgrace will be greatly reduced as one becomes an effective marriage reconciler.

Of course, for every scriptural rule there also is an exception, like in the case of one who became divorced because his marriage partner left due to intolerance to his new-found faith in Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA. In such cases, Y┴OHU UL releases His child from further marriage obligations, making him to live in peace, serving Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA wholeheartedly. The Yaoh˙shuahÚe (believer) can always take comfort in the scriptural fact that he or she is always acceptable to Y┴OHU UlhÝm, in such exceptional cases.

As a general scriptural rule, however, marriage is the ideal while divorce is frowned upon, for Y┴OHU UL hates divorce.

In order to prevent the onset of a bitter marriage relationships, both the husband and wife must always make sure that their sexual focus and emphasis is toward the marriage spouse and not anyone else.

The moment movie or television actors or actresses, matinee idols and popular celebs, male or female prostitutes, or other attractive personalities become the focus of the spouse's sexual focus, orientation and craving, that is the point where the marriage begins to crumble. Why? Because adultery is already being committed in the heart of the spouse. And where adultery is, deterioration, decay and moral rot also begin to corrode the soul.

Y┴OHU UL's warnings and admonitions in His Word are your best guideposts in ensuring an enduring, blessed, happy and productive marriage:

'Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman, from the flattery of the adulterous woman. She has abandoned her husband and ignores the covenant she made before Y┴OHU UL. Entering her house leads to death; it is the road to hell. The man who visits her is doomed. He will never reach the paths of life.

On the contrary, follow the steps of upright men, and remain on the paths of the pure. For only the upright will live in the land, and those who have integrity will remain in it. But the wicked will be removed from the land, and the unfaithful (treacherous) will be ruined.' - Proverbs 2:16-22

'Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.' - Proverbs 4:23

'My son, take heed to my wisdom; hearken carefully to my wise counsel. Then you will learn to be discreet and will treasure up knowledge. The lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil. But the result is as bitter as poison, sharp as a double-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps lead directly to the grave. For she does not care about the path to life. She staggers down a crooked trail and doesn't even realize where it leads.

So now, my sons, hearken to me. Never deviate from what I am about to say: Run from her! Don't go near the door of her house! If you do, you will lose your honor and hand over to merciless people everything you have achieved in life. Unknown persons will obtain your wealth, and someone else will benefit from the fruit of your labor.

Afterward you will groan in anguish when disease consumes your body, and you will say, 'How I hated discipline! If only I had not demanded my own way! Oh, why didn't I hearken to my teachers? Why didn't I pay heed to those who gave me directives? I have come to the brink of utter ruin, and now I must face public disgrace.'

Drink water from your own well Ś share your love only with your wife. Why spill the water of your springs in public, having sex with just whoever comes along? You should reserve it for yourselves. Don't share it with unknown individuals.

Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Be happy in the wife of your youth. She is a loving doe, a graceful deer. Let her breasts satisfy you always. May you always be captivated by her love.

Why be captivated, my son, with an immoral woman, or embrace the breasts of an adulterous woman? For Y┴OHU UL sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes. An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him. He will die for lack of self-control; he will be lost because of his incredible folly.' - Proverbs 5:1-23

'These commands and this teaching will keep you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of an adulterous woman. Don't lust for her beauty. Don't let her coyness seduce you.

For a prostitute will bring you to poverty, and sleeping with another man's wife may cost you your very life. Can a man scoop fire into his lap and not be burned? Can he walk on hot coals and not burn his feet? So it is with the man who sleeps with another man's wife. He who embraces her will not go unpunished.

Excuses might be found for a thief who steals because he is dying of hunger. But if he is caught, he will be fined seven times as much as he stole, even if it means selling everything in his house to pay it back.

But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool, for he ruins his own soul. Wounds and continual disgrace are his lot. His shame will never be erased.' - Proverbs 6:24-33

'I was looking out the window of my house one day and saw a simpleminded young man who lacked common sense. He was going through the road near the house of an immoral woman.

He was leisurely walking down the path by her house at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night covers. The woman approached him, dressed seductively and sly of heart. She was the brash, rebellious type who never remains at home. She is often seen along the roads and markets, inviting customers at every corner.

She threw her arms around him and kissed him, and with a brazen look she said, 'I've offered my sacrifices and just finished my vows. It's you I was looking for! I came out to find you, and here you are! My bed is spread with colored sheets of finest linen imported from Egypt. I've perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let's drink our fill of love until morning. Let's take pleasure in each other's caresses, for my husband is not home. He's away on a long trip. He has taken a wallet full of money with him, and he won't return until later in the month.'

So she seduced him with her pretty speech. With her flattery she enticed him. He followed her at once, like an ox going to the slaughter or like a trapped stag, awaiting the arrow that would pierce its heart.

He was like a bird flying into a snare, little knowing it would cost him his life. Hearken to me, my sons, and hearken carefully to my words. Don't let your hearts deviate away toward her. Don't wander down her wayward path. For she has been the ruin of many; numerous men have been her victims.

Her house is the road to the grave. Her bedroom is the den of death.' - Proverbs 7:6-27

'The woman named Folly is loud and brash. She is ignorant and doesn't even know it. She sits in her doorway on the heights overlooking the city. She calls out to men going by who are minding their own business. 'Come home with me,' she urges the ignorant.

To those without sound judgment, she says, 'Stolen water is refreshing; food eaten in secret tastes the best!' But the men don't realize that her former guests are now in the grave.' - Proverbs 9:13-18

'When the wicked arrive, contempt, shame, and disgrace are sure to follow.' - Proverbs 18:3

'Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.' - Luke 16:18

'Heaven and earth will disappear, but My words will remain forever true.' - ManY┴OHU 24:35

Husband, lovingly care for your own wife; and you wife must be under the authority of your own husband, respecting him, serving and obeying him.

Till death do you part....

'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture-Engrafting Passages for Today -

'You have heard that the law of Mehush˙a says, 'Do not commit adultery.' But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust in his eye has already committed adultery with her in his heart.' - ManY┴OHU (Matthew) 5:27-28

'For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all other sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.' - ManY┴OHU 15:19

'So while her husband is alive, she would be committing adultery if she married another man. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law and does not commit adultery when she remarries.' - Romans 7:3

'We should be decent and true in everything we do, in order that everyone can approve of our behavior. Don't participate in wild parties and getting drunk, or in adultery and immoral living, or in fighting and jealousy.' - Romans 13:13

'Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. Y┴OHU UL will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.' - Hebrews 13:4

'For the same Y┴OHU UL Who said, 'Do not commit adultery,' also said, 'Do not murder.' So if you murder someone, you have broken the entire law, even if you do not commit adultery.' - Y┴OHU-caf (James) 2:11

'They commit adultery with their eyes, and their lust is never satisfied. They make a game of luring unstable people into sin. They train themselves to be greedy; they are doomed and cursed.' - 2 Kßfos (Peter) 2:14

'Therefore, I will throw her upon a sickbed, and she will suffer greatly with all who commit adultery with her, unless they turn away from all their evil deeds.' - Revelation 2:22

Your Character Trait for Today -

Faithfulness which is the opposite of Treachery

Definition:

Keeping my admiration, as well as my emotional focus and sexual desires fixed upon my marriage partner alone, and avoiding adultery in my heart, in order to preserve the sanctity of our marriage.

Your Nugget of Wisdom for Today -

Overcoming temptations, pressures and the daily challenges in your life is the proof you have not yet been conquered.

Anecdote for Today: Why Rome Fell

In The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, completed in 1787, Edward Gibbon lists the following reasons for that fall:

1. The rapid increase of divorce; the undermining of dignity and sanctity of the family, which is the basis of human society.

2. Higher and higher taxes and the spending of public money for free bread and circuses for the general public.

3. The mad craze for pleasure; sports becoming every year more thrilling and more brutal.

4. The building of gigantic armaments when the real enemy was inside: the decadence and moral decay of the people.

5. The decay of religion Ś faith fading into mere form Ś losing touch with life and becoming impotent to guide the people.

Do these five reasons for the fall of Rome tell us anything about our present society? Think....


Why divorces break people, not marriages -

A legal divorce will end the physical relationship in the marriage, but the 'cleaving' aspect of a marriage pictures a much deeper union than just the physical. Y┴OHU UL states that the two shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24.)

The 'one flesh' concept can be exemplified by joining two pieces of plywood with a durable binding glue. If you try to separate the plywood, you splinter both pieces of wood rather then dividing the glue. In that sense divorce breaks people, not marriages.

Dßoud committed adultery with Bathsheba and arranged for her husband to be killed. Then Dßoud married Bathsheba; yet Y┴OHU UL continued to call Bathsheba the wife of Uriah. (2 Samu-Ul 12:15.)

The divorce may separate a couple physically, but the witness of their being one flesh will live on in the physical characteristic of their children.

The man in Malachi 2:13-16 divorced the wife of his youth, yet Y┴OHU UL continued to hold him responsible for his treachery to his wife. As a result, his prayers and weeping were not heard.

Why only DEATH ends a marriage -

One of Y┴OHU UL's basic truths of redemption is explained on the basis that marriage can only end by death. To change the marriage moral norm is to change the truth of Y┴OHU UL into heresy.

The truth is contained in Romans 7. We are bound to the law until our death; but once we die in YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, we are free to be united to YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y. If we could divorce our old boss and marry YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y without death, there were would have been no need for YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y to die AND for us to enter into His death. (Rom. 7:1-2.)

Y┴OHU UL adds emphasis to this Scriptural truth by referring to the sinfulness of a woman's remarrying while her husband is still living. 'So then if, while her husband lives, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man' (Romans 7:3).

'Don't you comprehend yet, dear YAOH┌-dim (Jewish) brethren in hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y (the Messiah), that when a person dies, the law no longer holds him in its power?

Let me exemplify: when a woman marries, the law binds her to her husband as long as he is alive. But when he dies, she is no longer bound to him; the laws of marriage no longer apply to her.

Then she can marry someone else if she wants to. That would be wrong while he was still alive, but it would perfectly be all right after he dies.

Your 'husband,' your boss, used to be the YAOH┌-dim (Jewish) law; but you 'died,' as it were, with hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y (the Messiah) on the stake, and since you are 'dead,' you are no longer 'married to the law,' and it has no more control over you.

Then you came back to life again when hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y did, and you now are a new person. And furthermore, now you are 'married,' so to speak, to the One Who rose from the dead, so now you can produce fine fruit, that is, kind deeds for Y┴OHU UL.

When your old nature was still active, sinful desires were at work within you, making you want to do whatever Y┴OHU UL said not to, and producing sinful deeds, the rotting fruit of death.

But now you need no longer worry about the YAOH┌-dim laws and customs because you 'died' while in their captivity, and now you can really serve Y┴OHU UL; not in the old way, mechanically obeying a set of rules, but in the new way, with all of your hearts and minds.

Well then, am I saying that these laws of Y┴OHU UL are evil? Absolutely not! No, the law is not sinful but it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known the sin in my heart - the evil desires that are hidden there - if the law had not said, 'You must not have wicked cravings in your heart.'

But sin used this law against evil desires by reminding me that such desires are wrong and arousing all kinds of forbidden desires within me! Only if there were no laws to break would there be no sinning.

That is why I felt all right so long as I did not comprehend what the law really demanded. But when I learned the truth, I realized that I had broken the law and was a sinner, doomed to die.

So as far as I was concerned, the noble law which was supposed to show me the way to life led to, on the contrary, in my being given the death penalty.

Sin fooled me by taking the upright laws of Y┴OHU UL and using them to make me guilty of death. But still and all, you see, the law itself was wholly correct and noble.

But how can that be? Didn't the law cause my doom? How then can it be noble?

No, it was sin, satanic stuff that it is, that used what was noble to bring about my condemnation. So you can see how cunning and deadly and damnable it is. For it uses Y┴OHU UL's noble laws for its own evil purposes.

The law is fine, then, and the trouble is not there but with me, because I am sold into slavery with Sin as my owner.

I don't comprehend myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I can't. I do what I don't want to - what I hate. I know perfectly well that what I am doing is wrong, and my bad conscience proves that I agree with these laws I am breaking.

But I can't help myself, because I'm no longer doing it. It is sin inside me that is more powerful than I am that makes me do these wicked deeds.

I know I am rotten through and through so far as my old sinful nature is concerned. No matter which way I turn I can't make myself do right. I want to but I can't.

When I want to do what is right, I don't; and when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway.

Now if I am doing what I don't want to, it is plain where the trouble is: sin still has me in its evil grasp.

It seems to be a fact of life that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love to do Y┴OHU UL's will so far as my new nature is concerned, but there is something else deep within me, in my lower nature, that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still in me.

In my mind I want to be Y┴OHU UL's willing servant, but, on the contrary, I find myself still enslaved to sin.

So you see how it is: my new life tells me to do right, but the old nature that is still inside me lusts to sin.

Oh what a terrible predicament I'm in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature?

'Hodayßo' (thanks) to Y┴OHU UL!

It has been done by YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y our Molkhi˙l!

He has set me free!

Romans 7, Holy Scriptures
(Yaoh˙shua Version)

'Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.' - Luke 16:18

'Heaven and earth will disappear, but My words will remain forever true.' - ManY┴OHU 24:35

Husband, lovingly care for your own wife; and you wife must be under the authority of your own husband, respecting him, serving and obeying him.

Till death do you part....

'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture-Engrafting Passages for Today -

'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.' - Gen. 2:24

'Therefore what Y┴OHU UL has united together, let man not separate.' - Mark 10:9

Only death of one of the spouses really terminates a marriage.

Your Character Trait for Today -

Contentment which is the opposite of Self-Indulgent Flirtation

Definition:

Being satisfied and contented being with my own original married spouse, fully aware that my spouse is sufficient for my present happiness, and only death can truly separate our being one flesh in the sight of Y┴OHU UL.

Your Nugget of Wisdom for Today -

Only death of one of the spouses really terminates a marriage.

Anecdote for Today: Epigram On Husband & Wife

An ideal wife is one who remains faithful to you but tries to be just as charming as if she weren't.

Try praising your wife, even if it frightens her at first.

On the dedication pages of a witty book are these words: 'This book is dedicated to my wife, without whose help in proofreading it... (next page) ... it would have come out much earlier!'

Sign in wallpaper and paint shop: 'Husbands selecting colors must have authorized note from wives.'

'I'm sure my wife is an angel,' said the prominent layman, 'she's always up in the air; she's usually harping on something; and she never has anything to wear.' Ś Paul E. Holdcraft

When a wife sins, the husband is never innocent. - Italian Proverb Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious: both are disappointed. Ś Oscar Wilde


How to provide a 'father image' with no father -

Y┴OHU UL gives an object lesson in the Scriptures for single mothers who want to provide sort of a 'father image' for the children to emulate in order that they will somehow grow up to become emotionally-stable and well-balanced, responsible adults.

Y┴OHU-tam (Timothy) was one of the most effective early Oholyßo leaders, yet he did not have the influence of a father or grandfather when he was growing up. His Hebrew mother had married a Greek man. We know that this man had little regard for Y┴OHU UL's ways, since he did not follow the sacred Scriptural command to have Y┴OHU-tam circumcised. (Acts 16:3)

Y┴OHU-tam's mother followed some very wise steps.

She cooperated with her mother in raising up Y┴OHU-tam. (2 Y┴OHU-tam - Timothy 1:5)

She taught Y┴OHU-tam the Holy Scriptures in order that he would comprehend that Y┴OHU UL was his real Father. (2 Y┴OHU-tam 3:15)

She invigorated her faith in what Y┴OHU UL could do for her and for Y┴OHU-tam. (2 Y┴OHU-tam 1:5)

She caused Y┴OHU-tam to emulate the upright leaders in the early Oholyßo. Based upon this, it was quite natural for Sha˙l to spiritually adopt Y┴OHU-tam as his son in the faith. (1 Y┴OHU-tam 1:2)

'My child, hearken to me and treasure my teachings. Tune your ears to wisdom, and give importance to comprehension. Cry out for insight as well as comprehension. Search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure. Then you will really comprehend what it means to reverentially fear Y┴OHU UL, and you will gain knowledge of Y┴OHU UL.

For Y┴OHU UL grants wisdom! From His mouth come knowledge and comprehension. He grants a treasure of fine sense to the upright. He is their shield, protecting those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of justice and protects those who are faithful to Him. Then you will comprehend what is right and just, as well as fair, and you will know how to find the right course of action every time.

For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with gladness. Wise planning will watch over you. Comprehension will keep you safe. Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose speech is corrupt. These people turn from right ways to walk down dark and evil paths. They are glad in doing wrong, and they indulge in evil as it turns things upside down. What they do is crooked, and their ways are wrong.

Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman, from the flattery of the adulterous woman. She has abandoned her husband and ignores the covenant she made before Y┴OHU UL. Entering her house leads to death; it is the road to hell. The man who visits her is doomed. He will never reach the paths of life. On the contrary, follow the steps of upright men, and keep on the paths of the upright. For only the upright will live in the land, and those who have integrity will remain in it. But the wicked will be removed from the land, and the treacherous will be ruined.

My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Treasure my commands in your heart, for they will give you a long and satisfying life. Never let loyalty and kindness get away from you! Wear them like a necklace; write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both Y┴OHU UL and people, and you will gain a fine reputation.

Trust upon Y┴OHU UL with all your heart; do not depend on your own comprehension. Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths. Don't be impressed with your own wisdom. On the contrary, reverentially fear Y┴OHU UL and turn your back on evil. Then you will gain renewed health and vitality.

Honor Y┴OHU UL with your wealth and with the best part of all your increase. Then He will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with the finest wine. My child, don't ignore it when Y┴OHU UL disciplines you, and don't be discouraged when He corrects you. For Y┴OHU UL corrects those He loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.

Happy is the person who finds wisdom and gains comprehension. For the profit of wisdom is better than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more valuable than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying.

Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly. By wisdom Y┴OHU UL founded the earth; by comprehension He established the heavens. By His knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth, and the clouds poured down rain. My child, don't lose sight of correct planning and insight.

Hang on to them, for they fill you with life and bring you honor and respect. They keep you safe on your way and keep your feet from stumbling. You can lie down without fear and delight in pleasant dreams. You need not be afraid of calamity or the ruin that comes upon the wicked, for Y┴OHU UL is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.

Do not withhold kindness from those who deserve it when it's in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbor now, don't say, 'Come back tomorrow, and then I'll help you.' Do not plot against your neighbors, for they trust you. Don't make accusations against someone who hasn't wronged you. Do not envy violent people; don't copy their ways. Such wicked people are an abomination to Y┴OHU UL, but He offers His friendship to the upright.

The curse of Y┴OHU UL is on the house of the wicked, but His blessing is upon the home of the upright. Y┴OHU UL mocks at mockers, but He shows favor to the humble.

The wise inherit honor, but fools are put to shame!' - Pr. 2:1-3:35

'My child, hearken and be wise. Keep your heart on the right course.' - Proverbs 23:19

'To discipline and reprimand a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child.' - Proverbs 29:15

'Teach your children to select the right path, and when they are older, they will remain upon it.' - Proverbs 22:6

'I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. As you make your requests, plead for Y┴OHU UL's mercy upon them, and give grateful expressions. Pray this way for kings and all others who are in authority, in order that we can live in peace and quietness, in holiness and dignity. This is correct and pleases Y┴OHU UL our Savior, for He wants everyone to be saved and to comprehend the truth.

For there is only one Y┴OHU UL and one Mediator Who can reconcile Y┴OHU UL and people. He is the Man: ha-MEHUSHKH┴Y YAOH┌SHUA! He gave His life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message that Y┴OHU UL gave to the world at the proper time. And I have been selected Ś this is the absolute truth Ś as a proclaimer and emissary to teach the Gentiles about faith and truth.

So wherever you assemble, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to Y┴OHU UL, free from anger and controversy. And I want women to be modest by their appearance. They should wear decent, appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes.

For women who claim to be devoted to Y┴OHU UL should make themselves attractive by the kind deeds they do. Women should hearken and learn quietly and submissively. I do not permit women teach men or have authority over them. Let them hearken quietly.

For Y┴OHU UL made Adam first, and afterward he made Khavyßo. And it was the woman, not Adam, who was deceived by ha-satßn, and sin was the result. But women will be saved through childbearing and by continuing to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty.' - 1 Y┴OHU-tam 2:1-15

'But you, Y┴OHU-tam, belong to Y┴OHU UL; so run from all these evil things, and follow what is right and pure. Pursue a holy life, along with faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.

Fight the noble fight for what we believe. Hold tightly to the eternal life that Y┴OHU UL has given you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses. And I command you before Y┴OHU UL, Who gives life to all, and before ha-MEHUSHKH┴Y YAOH┌SHUA, Who gave a noble testimony before Pontius Pilate, that you obey His commands with all purity.

Then no one can find fault with you from now until our Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y returns. For at the right time hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y will be revealed from heaven by the blessed as well as only almighty Y┴OHU UL, the King of kings and Ruler of rulers. He alone can never die, and He lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach Him. No one has ever seen Him, nor ever will. To Him be honor and power forever. Amnßo.' - 1 Y┴OHU-tam 6:11-16

'Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.' - Luke 16:18

'Heaven and earth will disappear, but My words will remain forever true.' - ManY┴OHU 24:35

Husband, lovingly care for your own wife; and you wife must be under the authority of your own husband, respecting him, serving and obeying him.

Till death do you part....

'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture-Engrafting Passages for Today -

'To discipline and reprimand a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child.' - Proverbs 29:15

'Teach your children to select the right path, and when they are older, they will remain upon it.' - Proverbs 22:6

Your Character Trait for Today -

Determination which is the opposite of Defeatism

Definition:

Training my children in the knowledge and reverential fear of Y┴OHU UlhÝm regardless of imperfect home environments, and using these imperfections as challenges to develop exemplary character traits in me and in those within my circle of influence and authority.

Your Nugget of Wisdom for Today -

Your significance is not in your similarity to another, but in your point of difference from another.

Anecdote for Today: 750,000 Half-Orphans Yearly!

One-sixth of America's school-age youth live with a single parent. Because of their parents' split-ups, over 750,000 children become half-orphans yearly. The number of unmarried couples living together has also doubled since the early 1970s, and for those under age 45, the increase is fourfold!


The hidden rottenness, bitterness and ruin of a 'happy' remarriage following a divorce -

Most people are unaware of the tremendous tensions and difficulties of a second marriage. Those who judge marital happiness by outward appearance rarely know the real facts. However, let us assume that a divorced and remarried couple works through unforeseen conflicts and achieves, at least for the present, a happy marriage.

Without knowing it, they have become a weakening force to many marriages. When they tell their friends how happy they are and how blessed their new marriage is, they encourage those with weak or unstable marriages to think, 'Why should we continue in this unhappy marriage? If Y┴OHU UL has blessed their new marriage, He could also bless us if we divorce and remarry like them.' Fallacy or wrong reasoning, actually.

They don't realize that after the temporary and fleeting passage of the pleasure of sin and disobedience, curses and penalties do come.

Whatever they claim and assert to the contrary, still and all, the Words of Y┴OHU UL remain forever true....

The upright perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout people are taken away, and no one comprehends that the upright are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.

But you - come here, you sons of a sorceress,
      you children of adulterers and prostitutes! Whom are you mocking? At whom do you sneer and stick out your tongue?
Are you not a brood of rebels, the offspring of liars?
You burn with lust among the oaks and under every spreading tree;
you sacrifice your children in the ravines
      and under the overhanging crags.
The idols among the smooth rocks of the ravines are your portion;
      they, they are your lot.
Yes, to them you have poured out drink offerings
      and offered grain offerings.
      In the light of these wickedness, should I relent?
You have made your bed on a high and lofty hill;
      there you went up to offer your sacrifices.
Behind your doors and your doorposts
      you have put your pagan symbols.
Forsaking Me, you uncovered your bed,
      you climbed into it and opened it wide;
you made a pact with those whose beds you love,
      and you looked on their nakedness.
You went to Molech with olive oil
      and increased your perfumes.
You sent your representatives far away;
      you descended to the grave itself!
You were wearied by all your ways,
      but you would not say, 'It is hopeless.'
You found renewal of your vigor,
      and so you did not relent.

Whom have you so dreaded and feared
      that you have been false to Me,
and have neither remembered Me
      nor pondered this in your hearts?
Is it not because I have long been silent
      that you do not fear Me?
I will expose your uprightness and your works,
      and they will not benefit you.
When you cry out for help,
      let your collection of idols save you!
The wind will carry all of them off,
      a mere breath will blow them away.
But the man who makes Me his refuge
      will inherit the land
      and possess My holy mountain.'

And it will be said:
Build up, build up, prepare the road!
      Remove the obstacles out of the way of My people.
For this is what the high and lofty One says -
      He who lives forever, Whose 'Sh˙am' (Name) is holy:
'I live in a high and holy place,
      but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly
      and to revive the heart of the contrite.
I will not accuse forever,
      nor will I always be angry,
for then the spirit of man would grow faint before Me -
      the breath of man that I have created.
I was enraged by his sinful greed;
      I punished him, and hid My face in anger,
      yet he kept on in his willful ways.
I have seen his ways, but I will heal him;
      I will guide him and revive comfort to him,
      creating praise on the lips of the mourners in Yaoshor˙l.
Peace, peace, to those far and near,'
      says Y┴OHU UL. 'And I will heal them.'
But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest,
      whose waves cast up mire and mud.
'There is no peace,' says my Y┴OHU UL, 'for the wicked.' - Yaosh˙a-Y┴OHU (Isaiah) 57:1-21

'Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of Y┴OHU UL? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of Y┴OHU UL.

And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y and by the 'R┌KHA-Y┴OHU' (Holy Spirit of Y┴OHU UL).

'Everything is permissible for me' - but not everything is helpful. 'Everything is permissible for me' - but I will not be controlled by anything!

'Food for the stomach and the stomach for food' - but Y┴OHU UL will ruin them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for Y┴OHU UL, and Y┴OHU UL for the body. By his power Y┴OHU UL raised ha-Molkhi˙l (the King, Ruler) from the dead, and He will raise us also.

Do you not know that your bodies are members of ha-MEHUSHKH┴Y Himself? Shall I then take the members of ha-MEHUSHKH┴Y and unite them with a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body?

For it is said, 'The two will become one flesh.' But he who unites himself with Y┴OHU UL is one with Him in 'R┌KHA' (Spirit). Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.

Do you not know that your body is a Temple of the 'R┌KHA hol-HODSH┌A' (Holy Spirit of YAOH┌SHUA), Who is in you, Whom you have received from Y┴OHU UL?

You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor Y┴OHU UL with your body.' - 1 Corinthians 6:9-20

'Because of Your wrath there is no health in my body; my bones have no soundness because of my sin.' - TehillÝm 38:3

'I confess my iniquity;
I am troubled by my sin.' - TehillÝm 38:18

'When the wicked thrive, so does sin,
but the upright will see their downfall.' - Proverbs 29:16

'The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought ruin upon themselves.' - Yaosh˙a-Y┴OHU (Isaiah) 3:9

'Woe to the obstinate children,' declares Y┴OHU UL, 'to those who carry out plans that are not Mine, forming an alliance, but not by My 'R┌KHA' (Spirit), heaping sin upon sin.' - Yaosh˙a-Y┴OHU (Isaiah) 30:1

'Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such must come, but woe to the man through whom they come! If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire.

And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.' - ManY┴OHU (Matthew) 18:7-9

'Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, to be tools of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to Y┴OHU UL, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to Him for tools of uprightness. For sin shall not be your boss, because you are not under law, but under grace.

What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not! Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey - whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to uprightness?

But 'hodayßo' (thanks) be to Y┴OHU UL that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to uprightness.' - Romans 6:13-18

'But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the 'DAM' (blood) of YAOH┌SHUA, His Son, purifies us from all sin.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam (John) 1:7-8

'My dear children, I write this to you so you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have One Who speaks to Y┴OHU AB┌ (the Father) in our defense - YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, the Upright One.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam 2:1

'Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that He appeared in order that He might take away our sins. And in Him is no sin. No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam 3:4-6

'No one who is born of Y┴OHU UL will continue to sin, because Y┴OHU UL's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of Y┴OHU UL.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam 3:9

'We know that anyone born of Y┴OHU UL does not continue to sin; the one who was born of Y┴OHU UL keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam 5:18

'By faith Mehush˙a, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He preferred to be maltreated along with the people of Y┴OHU UL rather than to indulge in the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of ha-MEHUSHKH┴Y as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.' - Hebrews 11:24-26

'Dear children, do not let anyone lead you into error. He who does what is right is upright, just as He is upright. He who does what is sinful is of ha-satßn, because ha-satßn has been sinning from the beginning.

The reason the Son of Y┴OHU UL appeared was to expunge the work of ha-satßn. No one who is born of Y┴OHU UL will continue to sin, because Y┴OHU UL's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of Y┴OHU UL.

This is how we know who the children of Y┴OHU UL are and who the children of ha-satßn are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of Y┴OHU UL; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam (John) 3:7-10

'Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.' - Luke 16:18

'Heaven and earth will disappear, but My words will remain forever true.' - ManY┴OHU 24:35

Husband, lovingly care for your own wife; and you wife must be under the authority of your own husband, respecting him, serving and obeying him.

Till death do you part....

'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture-Engrafting Passages for Today -

'This is love for Y┴OHU UL: to obey His commands. And His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of Y┴OHU UL overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that YAOH┌SHUA is the Son of Y┴OHU UL!' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam 5:3-5

'We know that anyone born of Y┴OHU UL does not continue to sin; the one who was born of Y┴OHU UL keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.

We know that we are children of Y┴OHU UL, and that the whole world is under the control of ha-satßn. We know also that the Son of Y┴OHU UL has come and has given us comprehension, in order that we may know Him Who is genuine. And we are in Him Who is genuine - even in His Son YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y. He is the true Most High and eternal life!

Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam 5:18-21

Your Character Trait for Today -

Moral Purity which is the opposite of Moral Decay

Definition:

Avoiding sin and all its fleeting pleasures in order to maintain and keep my body as the Temple of the 'R┌KHA-YAOH┌SHUA' fully realizing that whoever joins his or her body to a prostitute becomes united thereto, and whoever ruins the Temple of the 'R┌KHA- YAOH┌SHUA' shall likewise be ruined.

Your Nugget of Wisdom for Today -

Anger is the birthplace of the right solution!

Anecdote for Today: No Answer To This One

Chicago, (AP) Ś Syndicated columnist Ann Landers, who offers advice on personal problems to millions of newspaper readers all over the nation, says that she and her husband of 36 years will be divorced.

Ann Landers, 57, the pen name for Mrs. Jules Lederer, acknowledged that 'the lady with all the answers does not know the answer to this one.'

She wrote: 'The sorrowful, incredible fact is that after 36 years of marriage Jules and I write these words, it is as if I am referring to a letter from a reader. It seems unreal that I am writing about my own marriage.'

The columnist for Field Newspapers Syndicate of Chicago, married Lederer on July 2, 1939. They had one daughter. Her column began 40 years ago and recent statistics reported that it appeared in 731 newspapers with an estimated readership of 54 million persons.


How YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y established Y┴OHU UL's highest marriage moral norms -

When the Pharisees asked Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA, 'Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?' (ManY┴OHU - Matthew 19:3).

Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA answered their query by going back to the foundation doctrines of Y┴OHU UL in the seedbed book of BereshÝt (Genesis), by affirming the sanctity and one-flesh concept of marriage:

'And He answered and said unto them: Have you not read, that He Who made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they two shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore Y┴OHU UL has united together, let no man divorce separately.' - ManY┴OHU 19:4-6)

And Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA furthermore forbade anyone from divorcing married couples, including the spouses themselves by flatly declaring: 'let no man separate.'

Why the 'exception clause' does not refer to marital unfaithfulness -

'Some Pharisees came to Him (Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA) to test Him. They asked, 'Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?'

'Haven't you read,' He replied, 'that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'?

So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what Y┴OHU UL has united together, let man not separate.'

'Why then,' they asked, 'did Mehush˙a command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?'

YAOH┌SHUA replied, 'Mehush˙a permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.'

The disciples said to him, 'If this is the case between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.'

YAOH┌SHUA replied, 'Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven.

The one who can accept this should accept it.' - ManY┴OHU 19:3-12

The main argument of those who justify divorce and remarriage is the exception clause in ManY┴OHU 19:7-8 (also in ManY┴OHU 5:32). These verses were not in YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y's original answer to the deceptive query of the Pharisees.

Had the Pharisees been really wanting to do Y┴OHU UL's will, they would have accepted YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y's initial answer which reemphasized Y┴OHU UL's order in creation. Y┴OHU UL made no provision for divorce when He instituted marriage.

There are certain illegal marriages which are to be terminated according to Scriptural command, such as incestuous marriages (that is, marriages between close relatives) and sodomite or homosexual (that is, same sex) marriages.

The man in the Corinthian Congregation who married his father's wife was condemned by Sha˙l for his incestuous relationship. His sin is named as 'porneia' (fornication) in 1 Corinthians 5:1. Incestuous marriages are condemned in Leviticus 18.

A marriage between two men or two women was also condemned as an illegal marriage in Leviticus 18:22. The word 'ekporneuo' (fornication) is used for sodomy in Jude 7.

The law of Mehush˙a (Moses) also allowed a man to put away his bride if he found that she was unfaithful between the time of their engagement and marriage (which was also called fornication).

In the time of YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, an engaged couple was reckoned to be legally married. To break the engagement would, therefore, require a legal divorce. While Y┴OHU-saf (Joseph) and Maoro-Úm (Merriam) were still engaged, but before they had physically sexually consummated their marriage, Maoro-Úm was with Child by the 'R┌KHA hol-HODSH┌A' (Holy Spirit). Because Y┴OHU-saf loved Maoro-Úm and did not want to make her a public example, he made plans of quietly divorcing her - ManY┴OHU 1:18-20.

YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y's exception clause in ManY┴OHU 5 and 19 surely referred to the three cases listed above.

If we enlarge the definition of 'fornication' beyond these three, we would justify divorce for everyone; for who has not been guilty of some form of mental or physical immorality?

And besides, even if the divorce between a legally married couple were justified, it still never authorized remarriage of either of the spouses!

If we say that the word fornication means adultery in the marriage, we face a whole new set of queries, including:

Who is the 'innocent party?'
What about our calling to suffer for uprightness?
What about the prohibitions on going to the law?
What about the 'exceptions' to the exception clause,'
such as Deuteronomy 22:28-29.

Therefore, the word 'fornication' in the exception clause refers only to marriages between close relatives, between couples of same sex and to engaged couples wherein one of the parties has been found to be guilty of sexual immorality and unfaithfulness.

But still and all, the main guiding principle is....

'Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.' - Luke 16:18

'Y┴OHU UL said to Mehush˙a, 'Speak to the YaoshorulÝtes and say to them:

'I am Y┴OHU your UL. You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not imitate their practices.

You must obey My laws and be careful to follow My decrees. I am Y┴OHU your UL. Keep My decrees and laws, for the man who obeys them will live by them. I am Y┴OHU UL.

No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am Y┴OHU UL.

Do not dishonor your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; do not have relations with her.

Do not have sexual relations with your father's wife; that would dishonor your father.

Do not have sexual relations with your female sibling, either your father's daughter or your mother's daughter, whether she was born in the same home or elsewhere.

Do not have sexual relations with your son's daughter or your daughter's daughter; that would dishonor you.

Do not have sexual relations with the daughter of your father's wife, born to your father; she is your female sibling.

Do not have sexual relations with your father's female sibling; she is your father's close relative.

Do not have sexual relations with your mother's female sibling, because she is your mother's close relative.

Do not dishonor your father's brother by approaching his wife to have sexual relations; she is your aunt.

Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law.

She is your son's wife; do not have relations with her.

Do not have sexual relations with your brother's wife; that would dishonor your brother.

Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter.

Do not have sexual relations with either her son's daughter or her daughter's daughter; they are her close relatives. That is wickedness.

Do not take your wife's female sibling as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living.

Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleanness of her monthly period.

Do not have sexual relations with your neighbor's wife and defile yourself with her.

Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the 'Sh˙am' (Name) of your UL.

I am Y┴OHU UL.

Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.

Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.

Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled.

Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. But you must keep my decrees and my laws.

The native-born and the aliens living among you must not do any of these detestable things, for all these wicked deeds were done by the people who lived in the land before you, and the land became defiled.

And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you.

Everyone who does any of these detestable acts - such persons must be cut off from their people.

Keep My requirements and do not follow any of the detestable customs that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am Y┴OHU your UL.' - Leviticus 18:1-30

'Heaven and earth will disappear, but My words will remain forever true.' - ManY┴OHU 24:35

Husband, lovingly care for your own wife; and you wife must be under the authority of your own husband, respecting him, serving and obeying him.

Till death do you part....

'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture-Engrafting Passages for Today -

'If a man commits adultery with another man's wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death.' - Leviticus 20:10

'But the man who commits adultery is a fool, for he ruins his own soul.' - Proverbs 6:32

'How can I pardon you? For even your children have turned from Me. They have sworn by idols that are not real Eternal Creators at all! I fed My people until they were fully satisfied. But they thanked Me by committing adultery and lining up at the city's brothels.' - YarmiY┴OHU (Jeremiah) 5:7

'But now I see that the prophets of Yaoh˙shua-olÚym are even worse! They commit adultery, and they love dishonesty. They encourage those who are doing evil in place of turning them away from their sins. These prophets are as wicked as the people of Sodom and Gomorrah once were.' - YarmiY┴OHU (Jeremiah) 23:14

'And I will not love her children as I would My own because they are not My children! They were conceived in adultery.' - Hosh˙a 2:4

'You have heard that the law of Mehush˙a says, 'Do not commit adultery.' But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust in his eye has already committed adultery with her in his heart.' - ManY┴OHU 5:27-28

'But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.' - ManY┴OHU 5:32

'For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all other sexual immorality, theft, lying and slander.' - ManY┴OHU 15:19

'He told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

'They commit adultery with their eyes, and their lust is never satisfied. They make a game of luring unstable people into sin. They train themselves to be greedy; they are doomed and cursed.' - 2 Kßfos (Peter) 2:14

'Therefore, I will throw her upon a sickbed, and she will suffer terribly with all who commit adultery with her, unless they turn away from all their evil deeds.' - Revelation 2:22

'See, I am coming soon, and My reward is with Me, to repay all according to their deeds. I am the Alef and the Tav, the First as well as the Last, the Beginning and the End.

Blessed be those who wash their robes so they can enter through the gates of the City and eat the fruit from the Tree of Life.

Outside the City are the dogs Ś the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idol worshipers, and all who love to live a lie.' - Revelation 22:12-15

Your Character Trait for Today -

Decency which is the opposite of Obscenity

Definition:

Keeping and maintaining my sexual focus on my marriage spouse alone and avoiding all kinds of illicit and immoral sexual relationships which only lead to public shame and ill repute, ruining the soul.

Your Nugget of Wisdom for Today -

The only reason people fail is broken focus.

Anecdote for Today: One Year To Live

The Baltimore Sun conducted a contest, and the following poem received a prize for the exemplary answer to the query, 'What would you do if you had one more year to live?'

'If I had but one year to live;
One year to help; one year to give;
One year to love; one year to bless;
One year of better things to emphasize;
One year to sing; one year to smile;
To brighten earth a little while;
One year to sing my Maker's praise;
One year to fill with work my days;
One year to endeavor for a reward
When I should arise before my King.

I think that I would spend each day,
In just the very self-same way
That I do now. For from afar
The call may come from the bar
At any time, and I must be
Prepared to meet eternity.

So if I have a year to live,
Or just a single day in which to give
A pleasant smile, a helping hand,
A mind that tries to comprehend
A fellow-creature when in need;
'Tis one with me Ś I take no heed.
But try to live each day He sends
To serve my loving Maker's ends.'


What the phrase 'not under bondage' really means -

1 Corinthians 7:13-15 deals with a Yaoh˙shuahÚe whose unbelieving spouse left because he or she did not want to live with a believer. 'But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a female sibling is not under bondage in such cases: but Y┴OHU UL has called us to peace' - 1 Corinthians 7:15.

This is not a phrase to establish remarriage. That would be contrary to the whole teaching of the chapter. It is a challenge for the believing spouse.

1 Corinthians 7:16 clearly explains this: 'For how do you know wife, whether you can have your husband saved? Or how do you know man, whether you can have your wife saved?' when a believer has an unbelieving partner who leaves, the believer reveals a lack of faith by marrying someone else. The believer also cuts off the possibility of Y┴OHU UL's saving the partner and re-establishing the marriage.

If an unbelieving husband divorces his wife, she is no longer bound by civil law to her husband, but she is still under Y┴OHU UL's law (1 Corinthians 7:39; Romans 7:2).

Thus a divorced woman is not required to obey her former husband. However, she must continue to obey the commands of Y┴OHU UL, which include honoring the Scriptural picture which marriage portrays.

The phrase 'a brother or female sibling is not under bondage in such cases' is widely used to support remarriage after divorce or desertion. Yet the further teachings of 1 Corinthians 7 clearly encourage singleness, not remarriage!

'Now about those queries you asked in your last letter: my answer is that if you do not marry, it is fine. But usually it is best to be married, each man having his own wife, and each woman having her own husband, because otherwise you might fall back into sin.

The man should give his wife all that is her right as a married woman, and the wife should do the same for her husband: for a lady who marries no longer has full right to her own body, for her husband then has his rights to it, too; and in the same way the husband no longer has full right to his own body, for it belongs also to his wife.

So never refuse these conjugal rights to each other. The only exception to this rule would be the agreement of both husband and wife to refrain from the rights of marriage for a limited time, in order that they can give themselves more completely to prayer.

Afterwards, they should come together again in order that ha-satßn (the adversary) won't be able to tempt them because of their lack of self-control.

I'm not saying you must marry; but you surely may if you wish. I wish everyone could get along without marrying, just as I do. But we are not all the same.

Y┴OHU UL gives some the gifts of a husband or wife, and others He gives the gift of being able to remain happily unmarried. So I say to those who aren't married, and to widows - better to remain unmarried if you can, just as I am.

But if you can't control yourselves, go ahead and marry. It is better to marry than to burn with lust.

Now, for those who are married I have a command, not just a recommendation. And it is not a command from me, for this is what ha-Molkhi˙l (the King) Himself has said: A wife must not leave her husband. But if she is separated from him, let her remain single or else go back to him. And the husband must not divorce his wife.

Here I want to add some pieces of advice of my own. These are not direct commands from Y┴OHU UL, but they seem right to me: If a Yaoh˙shuahÚe (believer in the Messiah YAOH┌SHUA) has a wife who is not a Yaohush˙ayao, but she wants to remain with him anyway, he must not leave her nor divorce her.

And if a Yaohush˙ayao woman has a husband who isn't a Yaoh˙shuahÚe, and he wants her to remain with him, she must not leave him. For perhaps the husband who isn't a Yaoh˙shuahÚe may become a Yaoh˙shuahÚe with the help of his Yaohush˙ayao wife.

And the wife who isn't a Yaohush˙ayao may become a Yaohush˙ayao (faithful believer) with the help of her Yaoh˙shuahÚe husband. Otherwise, if the family separates, the children might never come to know ha-Molkhi˙l (the Ruler); whereas a united family may, in Y┴OHU UL's plan, lead to the children's salvation.

But if the husband or wife who isn't a Yaoh˙shuahÚe is eager to leave, it is permitted. In such cases the Yaoh˙shuahÚe husband or wife should never insist that the other remain, for Y┴OHU UL wants His children to live in peace and harmony.

For, after all, there is no assurance to you wives that your husbands will be converted if they remain; and the same may be said to you husbands, in regard to your wives.

But be sure in making conclusions about these matters that you are living as Y┴OHU UL intended, marrying or not marrying in agreement with Y┴OHU UL's direction and help, and accepting whatever predicament Y┴OHU UL has put you into. This is my rule for all the congregations.

For example, a man who already has gone through the YAOH┌-di (Jewish) ceremony of circumcision before he became a Yaoh˙shuahÚe should never worry about it; and if he hasn't been circumcised, he should not do it now.

For it doesn't make any difference at all whether a Yaoh˙shuahÚe has gone through this ceremony or not. But it makes a lot of difference whether he is pleasing Y┴OHU UL and keeping Y┴OHU UL's commands. That is the most important thing.

Usually a person should keep on with the work he was doing when Y┴OHU UL called him. Are you a slave? Don't let that worry you - but of course, if you get a chance to be free, take it.

If ha-Molkhi˙l (the King) calls you, and you are a slave, remember that ha-MEHUSHKH┴Y (the Messiah) has set you free from the awful power of sin; and if he has called you and you are free, remember that you are now a slave of ha-MEHUSHKH┴Y.

You have been bought and paid for by ha-MEHUSHKH┴Y, so you are now His property - be free now from all these earthly prides and fears!

Therefore dear brethren, whatever case a person is in when he becomes a Yaoh˙shuahÚe, let him remain there, for now ha-Molkhi˙l (the King) is ever-present to help him.

Now I will try to answer your other query. What about ladies who are not yet married? Should they be permitted to do so?

In answer to this query, I have no special command for them from ha-Molkhi˙l. But ha-Molkhi˙l in His kindness has given me wisdom that can be relied upon, and I will be glad to tell you what I think.

Here is the problem: We Yaoh˙shuahÝm (faithful believers) are facing grave dangers to our lives at present. In times like these, I believe it is best for a person to remain unmarried.

Of course, if you already are married, don't separate because of this. But if you aren't, don't rush into it at this time. But if you men decide to go ahead anyway and get married now, it is all right; and if a lady gets married now in times like these, it is no sin. However marriage will bring additional problems that I wish you didn't have to face right now.

The important thing to remember is that our remaining time is very short, and so are our opportunities for doing ha-Molkhi˙l's work. For that reason those who have wives should remain as free as possible for ha-Molkhi˙l; happiness or sadness or wealth should not keep anyone from doing Y┴OHU UL's work.

Those in frequent contact with the amusing things the world offers should make productive use of their opportunities without stopping to indulge in them; for the world in its present form will soon be gone.

In all you do, I want you to be free from worry. And an unmarried man can spend his time doing ha-Molkhi˙l's work and thinking how to please Him. But a married man can't do that so well; he has to think about his earthly responsibilities and how to please his wife.

His interests are divided. It is the same with a lady who marries. She faces the same problem. A lady who is not married is eager to please ha-Molkhi˙l in all she is and does.

But a married woman must take into account other things such as housekeeping and the likes and dislikes of her husband.

I am saying this to help, not to try to keep you from marrying. I want you to do whatever will help you serve ha-Molkhi˙l best, with as few other things as possible to take your attention away from Him.

But if anyone feels he should marry because he has trouble controlling his passions, it is all right, it is not a sin; let him marry. But if a man has the willpower not to marry and decides that he doesn't need to and won't, he has made a wise judgment.

So the person who marries does well, and the person who doesn't marry does even better.

The wife is part of her husband as long as he lives; if her husband dies, then she may marry again, but only if she marries a Yaoh˙shuahÚe.

But in my opinion she will be happier if she doesn't marry again; and I think I am giving you advice from the 'R┌KHA-Y┴OHU' (Spirit of Y┴OHU UL) when I say this.'

1 Corinthians 7, Holy Scriptures

'Heaven and earth will disappear, but My words will remain forever true.' - ManY┴OHU 24:35

'But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.' - ManY┴OHU 5:32

'For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all other sexual immorality, theft, lying and slander.' - ManY┴OHU 15:19

'He told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Husband, lovingly care for your own wife; and you wife must be under the authority of your own husband, respecting him, serving and obeying him.

Till death do you part....

'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture-Engrafting Passages for Today -

'But be sure in making conclusions about these matters that you are living as Y┴OHU UL intended, marrying or not marrying in agreement with Y┴OHU UL's direction and help, and accepting whatever predicament Y┴OHU UL has put you into. This is my rule for all the congregations.' - 1 Corinthians 7:17

Your Character Trait for Today -

Decency which is the opposite of Obscenity

Definition:

Keeping and maintaining my sexual focus on my marriage spouse alone and avoiding all kinds of illicit and immoral sexual relationships which only lead to public shame and ill repute, ruining the soul.

Your Nugget of Wisdom for Today -

Intolerance of your present creates your future.

Anecdote for Today: Re-Marriage Survey Results -

Insurance statistics point out these current trends:

Most divorced persons who remarry do so within a few years after the dissolution of their last marriage. According to the experience in New York Sate, about three-tenths remarry the year the divorce is granted, about one-half within the space of two years, and three-fourths before the lapse of five years.

However, remarriages do occur even after 20 years, but these account for only 1 or 2 percent of the total divorced who remarry.

The shocking truth however is the fact that about 40% of those who divorce and remarry may have their second marriage again end in divorce!


The difficulty of an innocent party -

It is usually the case in marriage conflicts that each of the marriage spouse tries to convince others that he or she is the innocent party while the other is the guilty one, and with this they try hard to involve others in their own conflicts.

However, when we view their predicament in the light of Y┴OHU UL's Word, and apply the relevant passages justly to both parties to a marriage conflict, then we will begin to discern the failures and shortcomings of both of them.

One of the spouses may appear to be the guilty party initially but a deeper examination of surrounding events will often reveal the failures of the other also.

Can a husband claim to be the innocent party when Y┴OHU UL holds him responsible to cleanse his wife from all impurity by the Word? (Ephesians 5:25-28)

Can a wife claim to be following Scripture when she rejects the calling and rewards of suffering for the sake of uprightness, which Y┴OHU UL calls every believer to accept? (1 Kßfos 2:18-3:10)

The reason behind why others try to find an innocent party is usually for the purpose of justifying divorce and remarriage. Y┴OHU UL gives no Scriptural freedom for remarriage. This is clearly taught in ManY┴OHU 5:32. Though, for most, it is always easy to excuse sin.

Y┴OHU UL says that a husband who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery. If adultery were Scriptural grounds for remarriage, the woman whose husband divorced her and became an adulterer would surely have grounds for remarriage. Yet, Y┴OHU UL warns that anyone who marries her will also commit adultery - ManY┴OHU 5:32.

'In that day you will call your brothers AmmÝ Ś 'My people.' And you will call your female siblings - 'Rukhamßh' - 'The ones I love.'

But now, call Yaoshor˙l to account, for she is no longer my wife, and I am no longer her Husband. Tell her to take off her garish makeup and suggestive clothing and to stop playing the prostitute.

If she doesn't, I will disrobe her as naked as she was on the day she was born. I will leave her to die of thirst, as in a desert or a dry and barren wilderness.

And I will not love her children as I would my own because they are not my children! They were conceived in adultery.

For their mother is a shameless prostitute and became pregnant in a shameful way. She said, 'I'll run after other lovers and sell myself to them for food and drink, for clothing of wool and linen, and for olive oil.'

But I will fence her in with thornbushes. I will block the road to make her lose her way. When she runs after her lovers, she won't be able to catch up with them. She will search for them but not find them. Then she will think, 'I might as well return to my Husband because I was better off with him than I am now.'

She doesn't realize that it was I who gave her everything she has - the grain, the wine, the olive oil. Even the gold and silver she used in worshiping 'Baal' (the lord) were gifts from Me!

But now I will take back the wine and ripened grain I generously provided each harvest time. I will take away the linen and wool clothing I gave her to cover her nakedness. I will disrobe her naked in public, while all her lovers look on. No one will be able to rescue her from My hands.

I will put an end to her annual festivals, her new moon celebrations, and her Shßbbos days Ś all her appointed festivals. I will ruin her vineyards and orchards, things she claims her lovers gave her.

I will let them grow into tangled thickets, where only wild animals will eat the fruit. I will punish her for all the times she deserted me, when she burned incense to her images of Baal (the lord), put on her earrings and jewels, and went out looking for her lovers,' says Y┴OHU UL.

But then I will win her back once again. I will lead her out into the desert and speak tenderly to her there. I will return her vineyards to her and transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope.

She will give herself to me there, as she did long ago when she was young, when I freed her from her captivity in Egypt.

In that coming day, says Y┴OHU UL, you will call Me 'my Husband' and no longer 'my Ruler.'

O Yaoshor˙l, I will cause you to forget your images of the lord (Baal); even their names will no longer be mentioned. At that time I will make a covenant with all the wild animals and the birds and the animals that scurry along the ground so they will not harm you.

I will remove all weapons of war from the land, all swords and bows, so you can live unafraid in peace and safety.

I will make you my wife forever, showing you uprightness and justice, unfailing love and compassion. I will be faithful to you and make you mine, and you will finally know Me as Y┴OHU UL.

In that day, says Y┴OHU UL, I will answer the pleading of the sky for clouds, which will pour down water on the earth in answer to its cries for rain.

Then the earth will answer the thirsty cries of the grain, the grapes, and the olive trees for humidity. And the whole grand chorus will sing together, 'Yaozoro-Ul' Ś 'Y┴OHU UL plants!'

At that time I will plant a crop of YaoshorulÝtes and raise them for Myself! I will show love to those I called 'Not loved.'

And to those I called 'Not My people,' I will say, 'Now you are My people.' Then they will reply, 'You are our Y┴OHU UL!'

- Hosh˙a 2

'Heaven and earth will disappear, but My words will remain forever true.' - ManY┴OHU 24:35

'But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.' - ManY┴OHU 5:32

'For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all other sexual immorality, theft, lying and slander.' - ManY┴OHU 15:19

'He told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Husband, lovingly care for your own wife; and you wife must be under the authority of your own husband, respecting him, serving and obeying him.

Till death do you part....

'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture-Engrafting Passages for Today -

'The priests must not marry women defiled by prostitution or women who have been divorced, for the priests must be set apart to Y┴OHU UL as holy.' - Leviticus 21:7

'He must not marry a widow, a divorced woman, or a woman defiled by prostitution. She must be a virgin from his own clan.' Leviticus 21:14

'For the commandments against adultery and murder and stealing and coveting Ś and any other commandment Ś are all summed up in this one command: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' - Romans 13:9

'We should be decent as well as true in everything we do, so everyone can approve of our behavior. Don't participate in wild parties and getting drunk, or in adultery and immoral living, or in fighting and jealousy.' - Romans 13:13

'Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. Y┴OHU UL will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.' - Hebrews 13:4

Your Character Trait for Today -

Fairness which is the opposite of Favoritism

Definition:

Knowing that both sides to a conflict have their own points of view and only the just application of Y┴OHU UL's Words will prevent prejudice, injustice and favoritism.

Your Nugget of Wisdom for Today -

Nothing is ever as bad as it first appears.

Anecdote for Today: Never Again at Age 81

A man appealed to the Detroit police to help him find his wife. His wife had left him. But why? The reason came out in his promise to the wife which he asked police to relay.

'Tell her I won't do it again,' he promised. 'I'll admit I was making eyes at the lady next door. But I promise I won't do it again. I won't even glance at that lady next door!'

One more detail: husband and wife were of the same age Ś age 81.


The misleading idea that Y┴OHU UL divorced Yaoshor˙l (Israel) -

Many are using this Scriptural metaphor to reason that, if Y┴OHU UL divorced Yaoshor˙l (Israel), there are just grounds for a husband or wife to give their partner a divorce today. This analogy breaks down in several points.

In order to justify the divorcing of their marriage spouses, many are using the excuse that since Y┴OHU UL divorced Yaoshor˙l (Israel) in the Scriptures, it therefore also is justifiable to to divorce their unruly and adulterous wives.

Not everything that Y┴OHU UL can do are we authorized to do also. For example, Y┴OHU UL can bring about vengeance, but He warns us against it. 'Vengeance is Mine; I will repay,' says Y┴OHU UL - (Romans 12:19).

Taking into account the real motive of Y┴OHU UL in His dealings with His people Yaoshor˙l, one can easily discern that Y┴OHU UL's purpose in His just dealings was to bring His people to the point of repentance, and not to totally abandon them. And Y┴OHU UL will Himself bring His own people back to Himself as He likewise promised.

To justify divorce because Y┴OHU UL gave Yaoshor˙l a bill of divorcement would make it possible for us to excuse bigamy also, because Y┴OHU UL used the analogy of being married to both Yaoshor˙l and YAOH┌-dah (Judah).

We can be sure that the Scriptures in YarmiY┴OHU (Jeremiah) is not teaching the kind of divorce being practiced today.

In YarmiY┴OHU (Jeremiah) 3:8, Y┴OHU UL metes judgment to backsliding Yaoshor˙l by 'putting her away and giving her a bill of divorcement.'

However, there is no mention of Y┴OHU UL giving a divorce to treacherous YAOH┌-dah (Judah). In verse 14, Y┴OHU UL concludes that He is still married to them.

'Turn, O backsliding children, says Y┴OHU UL; for I am married unto you....'

Scriptural Support -

'If a man divorces a woman and she marries someone else, he is not to take her back again, for that would surely corrupt the land.

But you have prostituted yourself with many lovers, says Y┴OHU UL. Yet I am still calling you to come back to Me.

Look all around you. Is there anywhere in the entire land where you have not been defiled by your adulteries? You sit like a prostitute beside the road waiting for a client. You sit alone like a nomad in the desert.

You have polluted the land with your prostitution and wickedness. That is why even the spring rains have failed. For you are a prostitute and are completely unashamed.

Yet you say to Me, 'AB┌ (Father), you have been My guide since the days of my youth. Surely you won't be angry about such a little thing! Surely you can forget it!'

So you talk, and keep right on doing all the evil you can.'

During the reign of King Yaosa-Y┴OHU, Y┴OHU UL said to me, 'Have you seen what fickle Yaoshor˙l does? Like a wife who commits adultery, Yaoshor˙l has worshiped idols on every hill and under every green tree.

I thought that after she had done all this she would return to Me. But she did not come back. And though her faithless female sibling YAOH┌-dah (Judah) saw this, she paid no attention. She saw that I had divorced faithless Yaoshor˙l and sent her away.

But now YAOH┌-dah, too, has left Me and given herself to prostitution. Yaoshor˙l treated it all so lightly Ś she thought nothing of committing adultery by worshiping idols made of wood and 'Úban' (s-one).

So now the land has been terribly defiled. But in spite of all this, her faithless female sibling YAOH┌-dah has never truly returned to Me. She has only pretended to be sorry,' says Y┴OHU UL.

Then Y┴OHU UL said to me, 'Even faithless Yaoshor˙l is less guilty than treacherous YAOH┌-dah! Therefore, go and say these words to Yaoshor˙l, 'This is what Y┴OHU UL says: O Yaoshor˙l, My faithless people, come home to Me again, for I am merciful. I will not be angry with you forever. Only acknowledge your guilt. Admit that you rebelled against Y┴OHU your UL and committed adultery against Him by worshiping idols under every green tree.

Confess that you refused to follow Me. I, Y┴OHU UL, have spoken!' 'Return home, you wayward children,' says Y┴OHU UL, 'for I am your Husband. I will bring you again to the land of Yaoshor˙l Ś one from here and two from there, from wherever you are scattered.

And I will give you leaders after My own heart, who will guide you with knowledge and comprehension.

And when your land is once more filled with people,' says Y┴OHU UL, 'you will no longer wish for 'the fine old days' when you possessed the Ark of Y┴OHU UL's covenant. Those days will not be missed or even thought about, and there will be no need to rebuild the Ark!

In that day Yaoh˙shua-olÚym (Jerusalem) will be known as The Throne of Y┴OHU UL. All nations will go there to honor Y┴OHU UL. They will no longer stubbornly follow their own evil desires.

In those days the people of YAOH┌-dah and Yaoshor˙l will return together from exile in the north. They will return to the land I gave their forefathers as an inheritance forever.

'I thought to myself, 'I would love to treat you as my own children!' I wanted nothing more than to give you this beautiful land Ś the finest inheritance in the world!

I looked forward to your calling me 'AB┌,' and I thought you would never turn away from Me again. But you have betrayed Me, you people of Yaoshor˙l!

You have been like a faithless wife who leaves her husband,' says Y┴OHU UL.

Voices are heard high on the windswept mountains, the weeping and pleading of Yaoshor˙l's people. For they have neglected Y┴OHU UL their Y┴OHU UL and wandered far from His ways.

'My wayward children,' says Y┴OHU UL, 'come back to Me, and I will heal your wayward hearts.'

'Yes, we will come,' the people reply, 'for you are Y┴OHU our UL. Our worship of idols and our religious orgies on the hills and mountains are completely false. Only in Y┴OHU our UL will Yaoshor˙l ever find salvation.

From childhood we have watched as everything our forefathers worked for Ś their flocks and herds, their sons and daughters Ś was squandered on a delusion.

Let us now lie down in shame and dishonor, for we and our forefathers have always sinned against Y┴OHU our UL. We have never truly obeyed Him.' - YarmiY┴OHU (Jeremiah) 3

'Heaven and earth will disappear, but My words will remain forever true.' - ManY┴OHU 24:35

'But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.' - ManY┴OHU 5:32

'For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all other sexual immorality, theft, lying and slander.' - ManY┴OHU 15:19

'He told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Husband, lovingly care for your own wife; and you wife must be under the authority of your own husband, respecting him, serving and obeying him.

Till death do you part....

'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture-Engrafting Passages for Today -

'In that day Yaoh˙shua-olÚym (Jerusalem) will be known as the Throne of Y┴OHU UL. All nations will go there to honor Y┴OHU UL. They will no longer stubbornly follow their own evil desires.

In those days the people of YAOH┌-dah and Yaoshor˙l will return together from exile in the north. They will return to the land I gave their forefathers as an inheritance forever.

'I thought to myself, 'I would love to treat you as my own children!' I wanted nothing more than to give you this beautiful land Ś the finest inheritance in the world!' - YarmiY┴OHU 3:17-19a

Your Character Trait for Today -

Faithfulness which is the opposite of Treachery

Definition:

Realizing that my faithfulness, loyalty and devotion to my marriage spouse is proven and tried during times of adversity, temptation and suffering, through all of which I must vigorously endure and remain faithful, till death do us really part.

Your Nugget of Wisdom for Today -

Currents of favor and blessings begin to flow unto you the moment you help someone solve his or her problem.

Anecdote for Today: Five Words Defined

Surrender isn't giving up something you don't want... It's giving up what you really want.

Victory isn't walking through the goal line... It's toughly going through opponents toward the goal.

Trust isn't going just where the lights are... It's following through the dark valleys.

Love isn't giving when others are giving... It's giving when others are not giving.

Faith isn't overflowing to others... It's emptying itself to others.


Final Conclusions on the 'Exception Clause' -

1. 

Scripturally speaking, there are no valid grounds for divorce and remarriage using adultery as the excuse;

 
2.

 
That the 'exception clause' does not refer to marital unfaithfulness.

 
3.

 
That the 'exception clause' does refer to illegal marriages like marriages between close relatives and homosexual marriages. It may also refer to sexual immorality during the Jewish betrothal period.

 
4.

 
That the location of the 'exception clause' syntactically does not allow remarriage under any condition while the other partner is still alive.

 
5.

 
That this view was accepted almost unanimously by the early founders and believers of the Congregation, who were much closer to the time and teachings of Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y than we are today.

 
6.

 
That the view that divorce and remarriage are permissible for unfaithfulness in the marriage is attributable to the 15th century humanist and compromised doctrine of Erasmus.

In summary therefore: divorce and remarriage are unscriptural!

Query: 'Are you divorced?'
 
Reply:

 
'Yes, I was, but I am now in the process of rebuilding our marriage with the help of my Ëdmorul YAOH┌SHUA. I am now a marriage rebuilder!'

'But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.' - ManY┴OHU 5:32

'For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all other sexual immorality, theft, lying and slander.' - ManY┴OHU 15:19

'He told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Husband, lovingly care for your own wife; and you wife must be under the authority of your own husband, respecting him, serving and obeying him.

Till death do you part....

'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture-Engrafting Passages for Today -

Then he told me, 'Do not seal up what you have written, for the time of fulfillment is fast approaching. And when that time comes, all doing wrong will do it more and more, the vile will become more vile; upright people will become better; those who are sanctified will continue on in greater holiness.'

'See, I am coming soon, and My reward is with Me, to repay everyone according to the deeds he has carried out. I am the Alef and the Tav, the Beginning and the End, the First, as well as the Last.

Blessed forever are all who are washing their robes, to have the right to enter in through the gates of the City, and to eat the fruit from the Tree of Life.

Outside the City are those who have deviated away from Y┴OHU UL, and the sorcerers and the immoral and murderers and idolaters, and all who love to lie, and do so.

I, YAOH┌SHUA, have sent My angel to you to tell the congregations all these matters. I am both Dßoud's Root and his Offspring. I am the bright Morning Cocßv (s-ar).

The 'R┌KHA' (Spirit) and the bride say, 'Bo!' (Come).

Let each one who hears them say the same, 'Bo!'

Whoever thirsts, let him come - anyone who wants to; let him come and drink the Water of Life freely.

He who has said all these matters declares:

'Yes, I am coming soon!'

Amnßo! Come, Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA!

The favors of our Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y be with you all, am-nßm!

Your Character Trait for Today -

Deeply Committed which is the opposite of Uncommitted

Definition:

Remaining true to my word and sacred vow to love and cherish my marriage spouse, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, through thick and thin, till death do us part.

Your Nugget of Wisdom for Today -

Your rewards in life are determined by the problems you solve for others.

Anecdote for Today: Where Is Happiness?

Not in Unbelief -

Voltaire was an infidel of the most pronounced type. He wrote: 'I wish I had never been born.'

Not in Pleasure -

L. Byron lived a life of pleasure if anyone did. He wrote: 'The worm, the canker, and grief are mine alone.'

Not in Money -

Jay Gould, the American millionaire, had plenty of that. When dying, he said: 'I suppose I am the most miserable man on earth.'

Not in Rank
and Fame
-

L. Beaconsfield indulged in more than his share of both. He wrote: 'Youth is a mistake; manhood an endeavor; old age a regret.'

Not in Military
Glory
-

Alexander the Great conquered the known world in his day. Having done so, he wept in his own tent, because he said, 'There are no more worlds to conquer!'

Where then is
happiness found?
-

the answer is simple:
      in YAOH┌SHUA alone!


My Individual Commitment and Responsibility

In recognizing, honoring and following Y┴OHU UL's moral norms and purposes for marriage, I now hereby commit myself to the following scriptural truths:

 1.

I truly believe that marriage is a life-long relationship.

This means that I will never approve of any excuse for anyone to get out of any valid marriage, except in cases where incestuous, immoral or homosexual marriages are concerned or where fornication was committed during the Jewish betrothal period.

 
 2.

 
Y┴OHU UL designed marriage to be lived by the unbreakable vow of 'till death do us part.'

This means that I truly accept the fact that only death of one of us marriage partners will dissolve our marriage vow, and in case my marriage fails or we are separated, I will try my best to be reconciled to my spouse or, if not possible, I am to remain single as long as my spouse is alive.

 
 3.

 
I now realize that marriage is an object lesson given by Y┴OHU UL to exemplify several scriptural and holy relationships.

This means that my marriage should affirm and promote the vital scriptural truths which Y┴OHU UL wants to teach people in regard to His ways and dealings with them.

 
 4.

 
Y┴OHU UL wants marriage to become a firm foundation for vigorous congregations and nations.

This means that I am to make it my duty to edify and promote family unity and harmony in every way I can in my serving Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA.

 
 5.

 
Y┴OHU UL designed marriage to be the refining arena wherein character traits are developed and perfected.

This means that if my ways are pleasing to Y┴OHU UL, He will make my marriage spouse and children to be at peace with me.

 
 6.

 
Marriage is the initial basis for raising up holy and upright generations.

This means that my personal desires, happiness and ambitions are secondary only to the spiritual needs of my spouse and children.

 
 7.

 
It is only through marriage that I can have a legitimate and acceptable sexual relationship with anyone.

This means that I will not look lustfully at any other person, or excite others by my behavior or by what I wear, or imagine others as my sexual focus or for my fantasy.

 
 8.

 
I know realize that marriage is an exchange of personal rights.

This means that I do not think merely in terms of money, time, schedules, chores and bodies.

 
 9.

 
Y┴OHU UL designed marriage to be an example of the love of Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA for the His Oholyßo (Congregation).

This means that I must continue to love my wife and remain faithful to her, even sacrificing myself for her, in cases where she may reject me or sin against me.

 
10.

 
Marriage was also designed to exemplify how the Oholyßo submits to and obeys Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y.

This means that the wife must submit to her husband in regard to any matter, except when it is in violation of Y┴OHU UL's Word. I know that in cases where there are conflicts of loyalty, I am to remain loyal to whoever is the higher and Highest Authority (Y┴OHU UL) in my life always.

 
11.

 
Y┴OHU UL's moral norms for marriage and the family does not rely on passings trends, fads and fancy of modernists.

This means that the principles of marriage and the family do not change even if conditions change in society.

 
12. 

 
Y┴OHU UL also designed marriage as a safeguard against harmful temptations and against making wrong decisions in life.

This means that counsel, advice and admonitions from the spouse and family are wisely to be heeded, insofar as they do not run counter to Y┴OHU UL's written Word.

'Ol Sh˙am' YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

So help me please, Y┴OHU UL, am-nßm!

Signed: ___________________       Date: _______________, 5759

Witness: __________________       Witness: __________________

Your Scripture-Engrafting Passages for Today -

Then he told me, 'Do not seal up what you have written, for the time of fulfillment is fast approaching. And when that time comes, all doing wrong will do it more and more, the vile will become more vile; upright people will become better; those who are sanctified will continue on in greater holiness.'

'See, I am coming soon, and My reward is with Me, to repay everyone according to the deeds he has carried out. I am the Alef and the Tav, the Beginning and the End, the First, as well as the Last.

Blessed forever are all who are washing their robes, to have the right to enter in through the gates of the City, and to eat the fruit from the Tree of Life.

Outside the City are those who have deviated away from Y┴OHU UL, and the sorcerers and the immoral and murderers and idolaters, and all who love to lie, and do so.

I, YAOH┌SHUA, have sent My angel to you to tell the congregations all these matters. I am both Dßoud's Root and his Offspring. I am the bright Morning Cocßv (s-ar).

The 'R┌KHA' (Spirit) and the bride say, 'Bo!' (Come).

Let each one who hears them say the same, 'Bo!'

Whoever thirsts, let him come - anyone who wants to; let him come and drink the Water of Life freely.

He who has said all these matters declares:

'Yes, I am coming soon!'

Amnßo! Come, Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA!

The favors of our Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y be with you all, am-nßm!

Your Character Trait for Today -

Enduring Love which is the opposite of Fleeting Desire

Definition:

Realizing that the best evidence of genuine love is enduring till death do us part.

Your Nugget of Wisdom for Today -

One hour in the presence of Y┴OHU UL will reveal any flaw in your most-carefully laid plan.

Anecdote for Today: What is Success?

Success is speaking words of praise
In cheering other people's ways,
In doing just the best you can
With every task and every plan.

It's silence when your speech would hurt,
Politeness when your neighbor's curt.
It's deafness when the scandal flows,
And sympathy with others' woes.

It's loyalty when duty calls;
It's courage when calamity falls,
It's patience when the hours are long;
It's found in laughter and in song.

It's in the silent time of prayer,
In happiness and in despair.
In all of life and nothing less,
We find the thing we call success.


Y┴OHU UL Designed Marriage to Exemplify His Relationship with Yaoshor˙l (Israel) -

Y┴OHU UL's Dealings With Yaoshor˙l Relationship to Marriage

1) Y┴OHU UL selected Abruhßm and made an unbreakable covenant with him - Genesis 17:2

Marriage begins with an unbreakable covenant between husband and wife - Rom. 7:2

2) Yaoshor˙l committed many mistakes but Y┴OHU UL was very forgiving and patient with her - TehillÝm 118:2

A husband and wife must be very forgiving and patient with one another, through many mistakes - Col. 3:19

3) Y┴OHU UL reaffirmed His covenant with Yaoshor˙l on many occasions.

A husband and wife should reaffirm their love and commitment to one another on many occasions - Pr. 5:19

4) Yaoshor˙l became prosperous and complacent and soon lost her love for Y┴OHU UL - Deuteronomy 6:12

A husband and wife shall not lose their sense of needing each other or they will lose their love for each other - Proverbs 31:11

5) Yaoshor˙l committed adultery against Y┴OHU UL after comparing Y┴OHU UL's leadership with the idols of other nations - Exodus 20:3; TehillÝm 78:56-61

No matter how exemplary your marriage spouse is, there is always the risk of becoming dissatisfied and discontented when you compare your spouse with others - Pr. 2:16

6) Y┴OHU UL is patiently waiting for Yaoshor˙l to return to Him. Meanwhile, He is focusing on the engagement of His Son to the Oholyßo (Congregation) - Romans 11:11

If a marriage partner should leave, the other partner should remain single and focus on the spiritual growth of the children - 1 Cor. 7:11; MolaokhÝ 2:13-16

Your Scripture-Engrafting Passages for Today -

'In that day,' declares Y┴OHU UL, 'you will call Me 'my Husband';
      you will no longer call Me 'my Ruler.'

I will remove the names of 'baalÝm' (lords) from her lips;
      no longer will their names be mentioned.

In that day I will make a covenant for them
      with the beasts of the field
      and the birds of the air and the creatures
      that move along the ground.

Bow and sword and battle I will abolish from the land,
      in order that all may lie down in safety.

I will betroth you to Me forever;
      I will betroth you in uprightness and justice,
      in love and compassion.

I will betroth you in faithfulness,
      and you will acknowledge Y┴OHU UL.

'In that day I will respond,' declares Y┴OHU UL -
'I will respond to the skies, and they will respond to the earth;
      and the earth will respond to the grain, the new wine and oil,
      and they will respond to Yaozoro-┌l (Jezreel).

I will plant her for Myself in the land;
      I will show My love to the one I called 'Not My loved one.'
I will say to those called 'Not My people,' 'You are My people';
      and they will say, 'You are my Y┴OHU UL.'

Y┴OHU UL said to me, 'Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as Y┴OHU UL loves the YaoshorulÝtes, though they turn to idols and love the sacred raisin cakes.'

So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley. Then I told her, 'You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will live with you.'

For the YaoshorulÝtes will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred 'ebanÝm' (s-ones) - without ephod or idol. Afterward the YaoshorulÝtes will return and seek Y┴OHU UL their Eternal Creator and Dßoud their king.

They will come trembling to Y┴OHU UL and to His blessings, in the last days.' - Hosh˙a (Hosea) 2:16-3:5

Your Character Trait for Today -

Genuine Love which is the opposite of Fickle Affection

Definition:

Loving my own marriage spouse in spite of the offenses, mistakes, shortcomings and hurts which my spouse commits against me, realizing that love involves exposing myself to be emotionally hurt and offended by the ones I genuinely love. And I will not compare them with anyone else.

Your Nugget of Wisdom for Today -

Y┴OHU UL never consults your past to determine your future, when acting on His favorable mercies and compassion.

Anecdote for Today: 'I Would Be True'

From Fordham University there graduated in 1905 a young man by the name of Howard Walter. Because of his sunny smile he was wanted where there was fun; because of his keen mind he was sought for when counsel was needed; because of his consecration to faith, he was a blessing to all.

Through college he went and then selected the foreign field as his life service. He went to India and entered into work among the students of the famous educational institute of Punjab.

One holiday, out of his own heart and life he wrote his mother a poem. And she, recognizing the beauty of the message, sent it to Harper's Magazine. It was his greeting to her. In 1919, when the influenza was raging in India, he was one of the victims; but he still lives in this beautiful poem dedicated to his mother:

'I would be true, for there are those who trust me;
I would be pure, for there are those who care,
I would be tough, for there is much to suffer;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare.

I would be friend to all the foe, the friendless;
I would be giving, and forget the gift;
I would be humble, for I know my weakness;
I would look up, and laugh, and love and lift.'


Y┴OHU UL Designed Marriage to Exemplify Redemption of Humanity -

The YAOH┌-di (Jewish) Wedding Relationship to Salvation

1. The prospective bridegroom took the initiative and traveled from his father's house to the home of the prospective bride.

Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA left His Father's abode and came to earth to gain a bride for Himself - Ephesians 5:25-28

2. The father of the woman then negotiated with the prospective bridegroom the amount of dowry to be paid in order to acquire the bride.

Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA had to pay the price of His bride with His own blood - 1 Cor. 6:19-20

3. When the bridegroom gave the dowry, the marriage covenant was finalized. At this point, the man and woman were regarded to be husband and wife, even though no physical union had taken place.

The believer has been declared to be holy, sanctified and set apart exclusively for Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA - Ephesians 5:25-27

4. The moment the covenant was finalized, the bride was declared to be set apart (sanctified) exclusively for the bridegroom. The groom and the bride then drank from a cup over which the betrothal benediction had been pronounced. This symbolized that the covenant relationship had been formally established.

Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA symbolized this marriage covenant through the celebration of the holy communion at the last supper - 1 Corinthians 11:25

5. After the marriage covenant was in effect, the groom left the home of the bride and returned to his father's house. He remained there for a period of twelve months separated from his bride.

Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA returned to His Father's house following the payment of His purchase price for His bride, which is the Oholyßo (Congregation) - - Y┴OHU-khßnam (Jn.) 6:62

6. During this period of separation, the bride gathered her wardrobe and prepared for married life. The groom prepared living accommodations in his father's house for his bride.

Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA is preparing a place for His bride and is also relaying undershepherds and teachers to perfect the bride for the coming wedding - Y┴OHU-khßnam 14:2; Eph. 4:11-13

7. After this period of temporary separation, the groom, the best man and other male escorts left the house of the groom's father, usually at night, and led a torchlit entourage to the house of the bride.

Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA will soon come from His Father's house in heaven accompanied by an angelic host - Y┴OHU-khßnam (Jn.) 14:3

8. The bride was expecting her groom to come for her, however, she did not know the exact time. Thus, the groom's surprise coming was preceded by a shout.

The surprise return of Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA will also be preceded by a shout. We are awaiting His arrival but we do not know the exact day or the hour - 1 Thessalonians 4:16

9. The groom received the bride with her female attendants and returned to his father's house together with his bride.

The bride will be caught up in the air to be with Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA forever - 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17

10. The bride and groom then entered the bridal chamber and, in privacy of that place, entered into physical union for the first time, thereby consummating the marriage.

The union of Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA with His Oholyßo (Congregation) will take place in heaven for all eternity - 1 Thess. 4:17

When we fully realize the scriptural truth that the whole plan of redemption is so precisely exemplified by the YAOH┌-di (Jewish) wedding, we will clearly see that there is absolutely no place for divorce after marriage. Divorce would be like Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA hurling the believer out of heaven once we get there.

Your Scripture-Engrafting Passages for Today -

'Don't be troubled. You trust Y┴OHU UL, now trust also in Me. There are many rooms in My Y┴OHU AB┌'s home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. If this were not so, I would tell you plainly. When everything is ready, I will come and get you, in order that you will always be with Me where I am.' - Y┴OHU-khßnam (John) 14:1-3

'And even we, Yaoh˙shuahÝm (believers), although we have the 'R┌KHA hol-HODSH┌A' (Holy Spirit of YAOH┌SHUA) within us as a foretaste of future glory, also groan to be released from pain and suffering. We, too, wait eagerly for that day when Y┴OHU UL will give us our full rights as His children, including the new bodies He has promised us!' - Romans 8:23

'Another reason for right living is that you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for the coming of our salvation is much closer now than when we first believed.' - Romans 13:11

'And now, brethren, let us tell you about the coming again of our Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y and how we will be gathered together to meet Him.' - 2 Thessalonians 2:1

'What I am saying, dear brethren, is that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of Y┴OHU UL. These perishable bodies of ours are not able to live forever. But let me tell you a wonderful secret Y┴OHU UL has revealed to us. Not all of us will die, but we will all be transformed. It will happen in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown.

For when the trumpet sounds, the Yaoh˙shuahÝm who have died will be raised with transformed bodies. And then we who are living will be transformed in order that we will never die.

For our perishable earthly bodies must be transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die. When this happens Ś when our perishable earthly bodies have been transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die Ś then at last the Scriptures will come true:

'Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?'

For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. How we are grateful to Y┴OHU UL, Who gives us the victory over sin and death through YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y our Molkhi˙l! - 1 Corinthians 15:50-57

'We are citizens of heaven, where ha-Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y lives. And we are eagerly waiting for Him to return as our Savior. He will take these weak mortal bodies of ours and change them into glorious bodies like His own, using the same mighty power that He will use to conquer everything, everywhere.' - Philippians 3:20-21

'And they speak of how you are looking forward to the coming of Y┴OHU UL's Son from heaven Ś YAOH┌SHUA, Whom Y┴OHU UL raised from the dead. He is the One Who has rescued us from the terrors of the coming judgment.' - 1 Thessalonians 1:10

'And now, brethren, I want you to know what will happen to the Yaoh˙shuahÝm who have died so you will not be full of sorrow like people who have no hope. For since we believe that YAOH┌SHUA died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when YAOH┌SHUA comes, Y┴OHU UL will bring back with YAOH┌SHUA all the Yaoh˙shuahÝm who have died.

I can tell you this directly from ha-Molkhi˙l (the King, Ruler): We who are still living when ha-Molkhi˙l returns will not rise to meet Him ahead of those who are in their graves.

For ha-Molkhi˙l himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the call of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of Y┴OHU UL. First, all the Yaoh˙shuahÝm who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet ha-Molkhi˙l in the air and remain with Him forever.

So comfort and encourage each other with these words.' - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

'I really don't need to write to you about how and when all this will happen, for you know quite well that the day of ha-Molkhi˙l will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. When people are saying, 'All is well; everything is peaceful and secure,' then calamity will fall upon them as quickly as a woman's birth pains begin when her child is about to be born. And there will be no escape.

But you aren't in the dark about these matters, dear brethren, and you won't be surprised when the day of ha-Molkhi˙l comes like a thief. For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don't belong to darkness and night.

So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Remain alert and be sober. Night is the time for sleep and the time when people get drunk.

But let us who live in the light think clearly, protected by the body armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation. For Y┴OHU UL determined to save us through our Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, not to pour out His anger on us.' - 1 Thessalonians 5:1-9

'Because you have obeyed My command to persevere, I will protect you from the terrible time of proving that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world.' - Rev. 3:10

Your Character Trait for Today -

Integrity which is the opposite of Duplicity

Definition:

Being true to my vows, promises and commitments whatever the price or difficulties might be.

Your Nugget of Wisdom for Today -

You will only be remembered for two things: the problems you solve or the ones you create.

Anecdote for Today: Giving Up On World

A California newspaper carried a report about a lion that escaped from his cage during a carnival. Men showed their heels. Women screamed and protected their children.

Now you'd expect an escaped lion to bolt for the tall grass. But this king of beasts had been in captivity so long, he took a quick look at the world and then turned and walked back into his cage!


The Relationship of Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA With the Oholyßo -

YAOH┌SHUA and the Oholyßo Husband and Wife

1. Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA had made an enduring covenant with His Oholyßo (Congregation).

The husband and wife are to make an enduring covenant with each other - Ephesians 5:31-32

2. Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA is the Head of the Oholyßo.

The husband is to be the head of the marriage - 1 Cor. 11:13

3. The duty of Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA is to care for and protect the Oholyßo.

The function of the husband is to provide for and protect the wife - Ephesians 5:28-30

4. Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA has a special work of purifying His Oholyßo (Congregation) by His Word - Ephesians 5:25-27

The husband has a special responsibility to purify his wife by the Words of Y┴OHU UL - Ephesians 5:28-29

5. Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA will never divorce the Oholyßo, even though there is adultery within the Congregation - Y┴OHU-caf (James) 4:4

The husband and the wife must never divorce each other, even though there is unfaithfulness in the marriage - MolaokhÝ 2:13-16; Hosh˙a 2:14-20; Col. 3:12-13; Mk. 11:25-26

The Relationship of the Yaoh˙shuahÚe to the Law of Mehush˙a -

Your Relationship to the Law Relationship to Marriage

1. You are required to keep the whole law as long as you live - Romans 7:1;Y┴OHU-caf 2:10

A wife is required to obey her husband as long as he lives - Romans 7:2-3

2. When you die, you are no longer under the power and jurisdiction of the laws of Mehush˙a (Moses) - Rom. 7:6

If the husband dies, wife is no longer under his authority - Rom. 7:3

3. When Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA lived, He fulfilled the Law; and when He died, He overcame the power and penalty of the law - Rom. 8:3; ManY┴OHU 5:17

The husband is required to find his energy in Y┴OHU UL, not in himself - Proverbs 3:5-6

4. When we became Yaoh˙shuahÝm, we became a part of the spiritual body of Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA. As such, we retroactively participated (were one with Him) in His death, burial and resurrection - Ro. 10:4; Colossians 2:20

In order to experience all that Y┴OHU UL planned for a marriage, a husband and wife must become believers and then enter into the resurrection power of Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA in order to bring forth fruit unto Y┴OHU UL - Romans 7:4

Your Scripture-Engrafting Passages for Today -

'Submit to one another out of reverence for hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y.

Wives, submit to your husbands as unto ha-Molkhi˙l (the King).

For the husband is the head of the wife same way hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y is the Head of the Oholyßo (the Congregation), His body, of which He is the Savior.

Now same way the Oholyßo submits to ha-MEHUSHKH┴Y, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives, just like hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y loved the Oholyßo and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word, and to present her to Himself as a glittering Oholyßo, without spot or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just like hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y does the Oholyßo - for we are members of His body.

'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.'

This is a profound enigma - but I am talking about ha-MEHUSHKH┴Y and the Oholyßo. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.' - Ephesians 5:21-33

Your Character Trait for Today -

Faithfulness which is the opposite of Wild Abandon

Definition:

Being true to the pictorial exemplification of Y┴OHU UL for my marriage, revealing its deeper meanings and significance in His Word and in His Kingdom, as I live by the resurrection power of Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA. So please always help me, Y┴OHU UL.

Your Nugget of Wisdom for Today -

Losers focus on what they are going through; while champions focus on what they are going to!

Anecdote for Today: A Fable Of Three Animals

There is an old fable of a hen, a mouse, and a rabbit who lived together in a little house. They were happy and contented because they shared all the work. The rabbit cooked the meals. The chicken carried in the firewood. The mouse brought the water from the nearby brook. Each did his work faithfully and contentedly.

But one day while the hen was going to the forest for wood a busybody crow asked her what she was doing. When told, the crow complained that the hen was doing the hardest part of the work and that the rabbit and mouse were making an easy-mark of her.

Try as she would, the thought kept rankling in the hen's mind, and when she returned home with her load of wood and her still heavier load of discontent, she cackled: 'I do the hardest work ever! We ought to change our jobs!'

Discontent spreads like a virus, as you know, and immediately the rabbit and mouse also thought they had been doing the hardest work. They agreed to change jobs: the mouse would cook, the rabbit would gather the firewood, the hen would bring the water.

As the rabbit hopped into the woods, a big fox trailed him, caught him, and ate him. The chicken put the pail into the creek, but the water current pulled the pail down under, the chicken with it. The mouse wondered why they did not come back, but not for long. While he was sitting on the edge of the big pot of soup, he lost his balance and fell in.

Through discontent all three not only lost their happiness but their very lives as well! Beware of the virus of discontent....

And never take up offenses. Be really wise.


True or False

1.

Is the approval of both sets of parents vital for a successful marriage?

2.

Will conflict with parents before marriage automatically result in conflicts with your partner after marriage?

3.

Does looking at sensual magazines, books or films damage the marriage relationship?

4.

If a man's wife were unfaithful to him, did the law in Deuteronomy 24:1-4 permit him to divorce her?

5.

Do premarital relationships increase compatibility after marriage?

6.

In the Scriptures, did Y┴OHU UL bring swifter punishment to sexual immorality than to pride?

7.

Does a divorce always bring permanent damage to the children?

8.

Does Y┴OHU UL ever give scriptural justification to go to a divorce court?

9.

Can books which justify divorce and remarriage really remove guilt?

10.

Does a second marriage usually have more harmony than the first marriage?

11.

Should secret unfaithfulness be confessed to the marriage partner?

12.

Does asking forgiveness reinvigorate the marriage relationship?

13.

Does a bitter person usually know that he or she is bitter?

14.

Does continual bitterness reveal that I am really partially guilty, too?

15.

When a person hates his or her marriage partner, does that also confirm that he or she hates Y┴OHU UL?

16.

Can you purpose not to become like the one you are bitter toward?

17.

Can you listen to an evil report without becoming defiled and spiritually ruined by it?

18.

Does Y┴OHU UL ever prompt your marriage partner to negatively react to your different behavior, moods and temperaments?

19.

Is it possible to be free from temptations and from the ruinous virus of discontentment?

20.

Does Y┴OHU UL expect marriage to be a difficult endeavor?

21.

Can you develop a loving spirit toward your offender by fully forgiving him?

22.

Is it possible to hide bitterness?

23.

Is it ever scripturally right to be bitter toward anyone?

24.

Slanderous backbiting is telling the truth about someone with the hidden motive of ruining his name and reputation.

25.

You can be very sure that whatever you sow you will also eventually reap.

26.

Does forgiving a person also free that person from the evil consequences of his or her wicked behavior?

27.

A woman who claims to have been 'sexually abused' but did not scream, shout, yell and resist with all her might, in reality was also a willing party to the sexual infidelity, according to the Scriptures.

Please keep your answers to yourself and compare them with the correct answers to be given in our forthcoming lessons.

Anecdote for Today: Humility Is

Humility is perfect quietness of heart.

It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is carried out to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at ease when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised.

It is to have a blessed home in Y┴OHU UL, where I can go in and close the door, and kneel to my Y┴OHU AB┌ in secret, and am at peace as in a deep sea of calmness, even when all around and above is confusion and trouble.


The Guilt of Divorce and Remarriage -

One day, a newly remarried young lady came to one of her religious congregation's elders to inquire about the propriety of her recently-concluded divorce and remarriage.

'Try as I might, after reading so many religious and scholarly books and magazines which unanimously justify my divorce and remarriage, still I have this unpleasant feeling inside, prodding me to really seek for the truth of my predicament. Are what I did really scripturally supported and justified?'

By her seeking counsel in this regard, it proves that she feels the guilt and moral rottenness of what she had done deep inside her soul, spirit and conscience.

Y┴OHU UL had established His moral law for all as revealed in His Word, and sin is any actual violation of Y┴OHU UL's laws.

Anyone who violates Y┴OHU UL's moral law will definitely be guilty in His sight.

'Guilty' means one is deserving to be punished for having violated Y┴OHU UL's moral laws as revealed in His written Word.

Guilt involves the feeling of remorse, burden, onus and weight of sin pressing down on the individual who has committed any transgression or violation.

A person who is guilty can inwardly sense the oncoming penalties and punishments accruing to that sin which he has committed.

A married person may file for a divorce and then subsequently remarry, and through all this appear happy on the outside, yet the guilt of living in adultery remains embedded in his soul and spirit, and the conscience will usually convict the sinner's mind in regard to the wrong done.

Conscience is that moral part of one's mental awareness and knowing. Undefiled consciences have the ability to accuse and or excuse one's behavior based upon Y┴OHU UL's moral parameters.

The only available remedy in removing the guilt from anyone is abandoning sin in repentance, turning to Y┴OHU UL and pleading for the 'DAM' (blood) of Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y to wash and cleanse all those sins committed, towards a new, clean and fresh beginning, in purity and holiness.

'Keep far away from falsely charging anyone with evil. Never put an innocent or honest person to death. I will not allow anyone guilty of this to go free.' - Exodus 23:7

'If the entire YaoshorulÝte community does something forbidden by Y┴OHU UL and the matter escapes the community's notice, all the people will be guilty.' - Leviticus 4:13

'If one of Yaoshor˙l's leaders does something forbidden by Y┴OHU his UL, he will be guilty even if he sinned unintentionally.' - Leviticus 4:22

'If any of the citizens of Yaoshor˙l do something forbidden by Y┴OHU UL, they will be guilty even if they sinned unintentionally (or without realizing it).' - Leviticus 4:27

'Do not nurse hatred in your heart for any of your relatives. Confront and rebuke your neighbors directly so you will not be held guilty for their crimes.' - Leviticus 19:17

'All who curse their father or mother must be put to death. They are guilty of a capital offense.' - Leviticus 20:9

'Give these directives to the people of Yaoshor˙l: If any of the people Ś men or women Ś betray Y┴OHU UL by doing wrong to another person, they are guilty.' - Numbers 5:6

'You will not be reckoned as guilty for accepting Y┴OHU UL's tithes if you give the best portion to the priests.

But be very careful not to treat the holy gifts of the people of Yaoshor˙l as though they were common. If you do, you will die.' - Numbers 18:32

'Also, you must never accept a ransom payment for the life of someone sentenced guilty of murder and subject to execution; murderers must always be put to death.' - Numbers 35:31

'May Y┴OHU UL judge which of us is right and punish the guilty one. He is my Advocate (Attorney), and He will rescue me from your power!' - 1 Samu-Ul 24:15

'Hear from heaven and judge between your servants Ś the accuser and the accused. Punish the guilty party and acquit the one who is innocent.' - 1 Kings 8:32

'Whenever a case comes to you from fellow citizens in an outlying town, whether a murder case or some other violation of Y┴OHU UL's rules, commands, laws, or regulations, you must warn them not to sin against Y┴OHU UL, so His anger will not come against you and them. Do this and you will not be guilty.' - 2 Chronicles 19:10

'Y┴OHU UL despises those who acquit the guilty and condemn the innocent.' - Proverbs 17:15

'It is wrong for a judge to favor the guilty or condemn the innocent.' - Proverbs 18:5

'But blessings are showered on those who convict the guilty.' - Proverbs 24:25

'If you were blind, you wouldn't be guilty,' YAOH┌SHUA replied. 'But you remain guilty because you claim you can see.' - Y┴OHU-khßnam 9:41

'If I hadn't done such miraculous signs among them that no one else could do, they would not be counted guilty. But as it is, they saw all that I did and yet hated both of Us Ś Me and My Y┴OHU AB┌ (Father).' - Y┴OHU-khßnam 15:24

'He declared us not guilty because of His great kindness. And now we know that we will inherit eternal life.' - Titus 3:7

'And the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as the person who has broken all of Y┴OHU UL's laws!' - Y┴OHU-caf 2:10

YAOH┌SHUA answered, 'You would have no power over Me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed Me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.' - Y┴OHU-khßnam 19:11

'Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, in order that the others may take warning.' - 1 Y┴OHU-tam 5:20

'In your fight against sin, you have not yet really resisted to the point of shedding your blood.' - Hebrews 12:4

'Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.' - Y┴OHU-caf 1:15

'Therefore, since ha-MEHUSHKH┴Y suffered in His body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is really done with sin.' - 1 Kßfos (Peter) 4:1

'But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the 'DAM' (the blood) of YAOH┌SHUA, His Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam 1:7-8

'Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that He appeared in order that He might take away our sins.

And in Him is no sin. No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam (John) 3:4-6

'No one who is born of Y┴OHU UL will continue to sin, because Y┴OHU UL's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of Y┴OHU UL.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam (John) 3:9

'We know that anyone born of Y┴OHU UL does not continue to sin; the One Who was born of Y┴OHU UL keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam (John) 5:18

'If you see your neighbor's ox or sheep wandering away, don't pretend not to see it. Take it back to its owner. If it does not belong to someone nearby or you don't know who the owner is, keep it until the owner comes looking for it; then return it. Do the same if you find your neighbor's donkey, clothing, or anything else your neighbor loses. Don't pretend you did not see it.

If you see your neighbor's ox or donkey lying on the road, do not look the other way. Go and help your neighbor get it to its feet!

A woman must not wear men's clothing, and a man must not wear women's clothing. Y┴OHU your UL detests people who do this.

If you find a bird's nest on the ground or in a tree and there are young ones or eggs in it with the mother perched upon the nest, do not take the mother with the young.

You may take the young, but let the mother go, so you may prosper and have a long life.

Every new house you build must have a barrier around the edge of its flat rooftop. That way you will not bring the guilt of bloodshed on your household if someone falls from the roof.

Do not plant any other crop between the rows of your vineyard. If you do, you are forbidden to use either the grapes from the vineyard or the produce of the other crop.

Do not plow with an ox and a donkey harnessed together.

Do not wear clothing made of wool and linen woven together.

You must put tassels on the four corners of your cloaks.

Suppose a man marries a woman and, after sleeping with her, changes his mind about her and falsely accuses her of having slept with another man. He might say, 'I discovered she was not a virgin anymore when I married her.'

If the man does this, the woman's father and mother must bring the proof of her virginity to the leaders of the town. Her father must tell them, 'I gave my daughter to this man to be his wife, and now he has turned against her. He has accused her of shameful deeds, claiming that she was not a virgin when he married her. But here is the proof of my daughter's virginity!'

Then they must spread the cloth before the judges. The judges must then punish the man. They will fine him one hundred pieces of silver, for he falsely accused a virgin of Yaoshor˙l. The payment will be made to the woman's father. The woman will then remain the man's wife, and he may never divorce her.

But suppose the man's allegations are true, and her virginity could not be proved. In such cases, the judges must take the girl to the door of her father's home, and the men of the town will 'Úban' (s-one) her to death. She has committed a disgraceful crime in Yaoshor˙l by being promiscuous while living in her parents' home. Such evil must be cleansed from among you.

If a man is discovered committing adultery, both he and the other man's wife must be killed.

In this way, the evil will be cleansed from Yaoshor˙l.

Suppose a man meets a young woman, a virgin who is engaged to be married, and he has sexual intercourse with her. If this happens within a town, you must take both of them to the gates of the town and 'Úban' (s-one) them to death.

The woman is guilty because she did not scream for help. The man must die because he violated another man's wife.

In this way, you will cleanse the land of evil.

But if the man meets the engaged woman out in the country, and he rapes her, then only the man should die. Do nothing to the young woman; she has committed no crime worthy of death.

This case is similar to that of someone who attacks and murders a neighbor. Since the man raped her out in the country, it must be assumed that she screamed, but there was no one to rescue her.

If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.

A man must not have intercourse with his father's wife, for this would violate his father.' - Deuteronomy 22

'But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.' - ManY┴OHU 5:32

'For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all other sexual immorality, theft, lying and slander.' - ManY┴OHU 15:19

'He told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture-Engrafting Passages for Today -

'Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that He appeared in order that He might take away our sins.

And in Him is no sin. No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam (John) 3:4-6

'But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the 'DAM' (the blood) of YAOH┌SHUA, His Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam 1:7-8

'No one who is born of Y┴OHU UL will continue to sin, because Y┴OHU UL's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of Y┴OHU UL.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam (John) 3:9

'We know that anyone born of Y┴OHU UL does not continue to sin; the One Who was born of Y┴OHU UL keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam (John) 5:18

Your Character Trait for Today -

Innocence which is the opposite of Guilt

Definition:

That inner condition of all who align their thoughts, attitudes, words and behavior to Y┴OHU UL's moral laws as revealed in His Word, living pure and clean lives, free from the pressures of sin and its ensuing penalties.

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

Gossip kills three: the rumormonger, the person slandered and the listener.

There are four motives in marriage: physical pleasure, material advantage, social prestige and rearing a family. Only those prompted by the last, the heavenly motive, find satisfaction: they will have worthy and blessed children.

Whoever marries for money will have unworthy children.

A man is forbidden to dwell with his wife one hour without the benefit of a valid marriage.

Woe to him who disqualifies his offsprings and tarnishes his family's reputation by marrying an unworthy woman.

Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the the right marriage partner, but one being the right partner!

Anecdote for Today: Painting Innocence and Guilt

A painter once wanted a picture of innocence. He found and painted a little child kneeling beside his mother at prayer. The palms of his hands were reverently held, mild blue eyes upturned with an expression of devotion and peace.

The painter prized this portrait of young Rupert above all else and hung it prominently in his room, calling it Innocence.

Years later when the artist was old, the portrait was still there. He had often thought of painting a counterpart Ś the picture of guilt.

One day he purposely went to visit the neighboring prison. On the damp floor of the cell lay a wretched man, named Rupert, the same model but now grown up, heavily iron chained.

His body was horribly emaciated, his eyes hollow, vice sprouted all over his face, worn out by alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs.

The old painter succeeded painting him admirably, and the portraits hung side by side Ś Innocence and Guilt.


Evidences of Guilt -

1.  Defensiveness

Guilt prompts a person to learn and rehearse as many arguments and excuses as possible, because he expects negative reactions to his bad behavior and so he must be quick to justify what he has committed - Proverbs 21:2

2.   Rejection

One who is violating Y┴OHU UL's moral norms on marriage will quickly sense rejection from others and so he projects same rejection unto those who disapprove of his adulterous condition - Proverbs 15:12

3.  Judging & Condemning

One who is guilty will usually try to hide and counteract his or her own guilt by pointing an accusing finger on others with similar weaknesses, quickly condemning them - Rom. 2:1-3

4.   Compensation

To earn and maintain the respect of others, a guilty person will often increase his public and devotional services to Y┴OHU UL - 1 Sam. 15:22

5.  Compromise

A choice to commit evil in one area will usually affect other areas as well. Moral norms which were formerly held high are soon rejected as being too rigorous and outdated - Pr. 14:14

6.    Depression

Guilt drains the individual of spiritual and emotional energy. This leads to mental and emotional depression - TehillÝm 32:1-4

7.  Breakdowns

Mental and emotional breakdowns are the results of the guilt of violating Y┴OHU UL's moral laws. Rejecting Y┴OHU UL's truth leads to instability in all aspects in life - Y┴OHU-caf (James) 1:8

8.   Anger

Guilt often produces short temperament and impatience with others. Frustration with one's own failures is taken out on others who are innocently weak - Proverbs 12:16

9.  Fear

Guilt produces different kinds of fears, such as fear of being found out, fear Y┴OHU UL's penalties and judgments, fear of public humiliation, fear of police authorities and so on - Proverbs 10:24

As we have mentioned, the only remedy against guilt, the only real effective way of removing it is to repent and turn away from all known sin, vocally confess your transgressions to Y┴OHU UL, and plead for Y┴OHU UL's mercy and forgiveness and have the 'DAM' (blood) of MÝhush˙ayao (Savior) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y cleanse and purify you from all sins which you have committed.

Denying won't help, hiding your guilt won't either, and all other defense mechanisms which the flesh will help you improvise are of no benefit whatsoever in eliminating guilt and its bitter, onerous, heavy burden.

After you have turned away from known sin, confessed it to Y┴OHU UL and have asked for His forgiveness and cleansing, then your guilt is removed and you must act on the Word which declares you forgiven and washed, by virtue of the cleansing power of the 'DAM' (blood) of MÝhush˙ayao YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y. Never allow feelings to the contrary deceive you out of this basic scriptural truth.

The Holy Scriptures also mention two kinds of sorrow for sin, the worldly kind of sorrow which leads to exasperation, despair and self-ruin (like that seen in Judas Ish-Kerioth), and the other kind which moves the sinner to forsake sin and draw closer to Y┴OHU UL in deep contrition, humility and reverential fear. Make sure the sorrowful repentance you act upon is the heavenly type and not the deceitful worldly one.

'Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it - I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while - yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance.

For you became sorrowful as Y┴OHU UL intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. Holy sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this holy sorrow has produced among you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice rendered.

At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter. So even though I wrote to you, it was not on account of the one who did the wrong or of the injured party, but rather that before Y┴OHU UL you could see for yourselves how devoted to us you are.' - 2 Corinthians 7:8-12

'In repentance and rest is your salvation; in quietness and trust is your vigor.' - Yaosh˙a-Y┴OHU 30:15a

'But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.' - ManY┴OHU 5:32

'For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all other sexual immorality, theft, lying and slander.' - ManY┴OHU 15:19

'He told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture-Engrafting Passages for Today -

'People who cover up their sins will not prosper, but if they CONFESS and FORSAKE them, they will receive mercy.' - Proverbs 28:13

'But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the upright, but sinners to REPENT.' - ManY┴OHU 9:13

'On hearing this, YAOH┌SHUA said to them, 'It is not the healthy who need a healer, but the sick. I have not come to call the upright, but sinners.' - Mark 2:17

'Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abruhßm as our father.' For I tell you that out of these 'ebanÝm' (s-ones) Y┴OHU UL can raise up children for Abruhßm.' - Luke 3:8

'I have not come to call the upright, but sinners to repentance.' - Luke 5:32

'I tell you that in the same way there will be more gladness in heaven over one sinner who REPENTS than over ninety-nine upright persons who do not need to repent.' - Luke 15:7

'And repentance and forgiveness of sins will be proclaimed in His 'Sh˙am' (Name) to all nations, beginning at Yaoh˙shua-olÚym.' - Luke 24:47

'Y┴OHU UL exalted Him to His own right hand as Prince and Savior that He might give REPENTANCE and forgiveness of sins to Yaoshor˙l.' - Acts 5:31

'When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised Y┴OHU UL, saying, 'So, Y┴OHU UL has granted even the Gentiles REPENTANCE unto life.' - Acts 11:18

'Before the coming of YAOH┌SHUA, Y┴OHU-khßnam proclaimed repentance and baptism to all the people of Yaoshor˙l.' - Acts 13:24

'I have declared to both YAOH┌-dim and Greeks that they must return to Y┴OHU UL in repentance and have faith in our Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA.' - Acts 20:21

'Or do you show contempt for the riches of His kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that Y┴OHU UL's kindness leads you toward REPENTANCE?' - Romans 2:4

'Y┴OHU UL is not slow in keeping His promise, as some comprehend slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to REPENTANCE.' - 2 Kßfos (Peter) 3:9

'Should Y┴OHU UL then reward you on your terms,
      when you refuse to repent? - Yaohßv (Job) 34:33a

'He makes them hearken to correction
      and commands them to REPENT of their evil.' - Yaohßv 36:10

'The Redeemer will come to Tzayßn, to those in Y┴OHU-caf who REPENT of their sins,' declares the Y┴OHU UL.' - YaoshuaY┴OHU 59:20

Therefore this is what the Y┴OHU UL says:

'If you REPENT, I will revive you that you may serve Me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be My spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you shall not turn to them.' - YarmiY┴OHU (Jeremiah) 15:19

'Therefore say to the house of Yaoshor˙l, 'This is what the Sovereign Y┴OHU UL says: REPENT! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices!' - Kozoqi˙l (Ezekiel) 14:6

'Therefore, O house of Yaoshor˙l, I will judge you, each one according to his ways, declares the Sovereign Y┴OHU UL.

REPENT! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall.' - Kozoqi˙l (Ezekiel) 18:30

'For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Y┴OHU UL. REPENT and live!' - Kozoqi˙l 18:32

'REPENT, for the kingdom of heaven is approaching.' - ManY┴OHU 3:2

'From that time on YAOH┌SHUA began to proclaim, 'REPENT, for the kingdom of heaven is approaching.' - ManY┴OHU 4:17

'The time has come,' he said. 'The kingdom of Y┴OHU UL is close by. REPENT and believe the Glorious Message!' - Mark 1:15

'REPENT, then, and turn to Y┴OHU UL, in order that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from Y┴OHU UL!' - Acts 3:19

'In the past Y┴OHU UL overlooked such ignorance, but now He commands all people everywhere to REPENT!' - Acts 17:30

'I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. So I will consign her to a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.' - Revelation 2:21-22

'People who cover up their sins will not prosper, but if they CONFESS and FORSAKE them, they will receive mercy.' - Proverbs 28:13

'Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and REPENT!' - Revelation 3:19

'They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the 'Sh˙am' (Name) of Y┴OHU UL, Who had control over these plagues, but they refused to REPENT and glorify Him.' - Revelation 16:9

Your Character Trait for Today -

Contrition which is the opposite of Stubborn Arrogance

Definition:

Humbly and submissively surrendering myself to Y┴OHU UL, in deep remorse and repentance, realizing that His forgiveness, mercy and cleansing are freely available to all those who confess, renounce and forsake their sins.

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

Let the wicked forsake his way and return unto Y┴OHU UL.

'Return to Me, and I will return to you,' says Y┴OHU UL.

He who confesses his sin and does not turn away from it is like one who takes a bath while holding on to a live snake in his hands.

Each penitent thought is a voice of Y┴OHU UL.

Prayer does half, repentance does all. Great is repentance!

The test of repentance is refraining from sin on two occasions, when the same temptation returns.

Repentance means that the sinner forsake his sins, cast them out of his mind, and resolve in his heart to sin no more!

If one says, 'I'll sin and repent again,' he'll have no more opportunity to repent.

Refer not to a penitent's evil deed, not even as a joke.

Love your rebuker, hate your flatterer!

But first find out and investigate, then rebuke!

Open rebuke is better than hidden love.

Anecdote for Today: The Devil Told Him To Pray

There is an Middle East tale of a Caliph who overslept himself, so as not to awaken at the hour of prayer. So the devil came and waked him up, and told him to get up and pray.

'Who are you?' said the Caliph.

'Oh, no matter,' replied the other. 'My action is right, isn't it? No matter who does the right action, so long as it is right.'

'Yes,' replied the Caliph, 'but I think you are ha-satßn. I know your face; you always have some bad motive.

'But,' says the other, 'I am not so bad as I am painted. You see I have left off my horns and tail. I am a pretty nice fellow, after all, I was an angel once, and still keep some of my original virtue.'

'That's all very well,' replied the wise and prudent caliph, 'but you are the Tempter; that's your business; and I want to know why you want me to get up and pray!'

'Well,' said the devil with a flirt of impatience, 'if you must know, I will tell you. If you had slept and neglected your prayers, you would have been sorry for it afterward, and penitent; but if you go on as now, and do not neglect a single prayer for ten years, you will be so satisfied with yourself that it will be worse for you than if you had missed a single one sometimes and repented of it.

Y┴OHU UL prefers your penitence when faults are committed much more than your virtue buoyed up with pride!'


Causes of Guilt in Marriage -

1. Sins of your youth -

It would seem that marriage brings out many problems in and between the marriage partners but the truth of the matter is the fact that marriage only exposes and highlights the defects in each of the partners that were left uncorrected.

One who grew up being stubborn and self-willed toward his parents will surely exhibit the undesirable traits of pride, independence and self-willfulness even in marriage. As a result, the other partner will then continually resist him because Y┴OHU UL resists the proud but gives favor to the humble - Y┴OHU-caf (James) 4:6.

As we have learned, Y┴OHU UL uses those around you in molding right attitudes and character traits in you in His refining process.

One who is used to indulging in immoral thoughts and behavior will have a wrong view of marriage and sex and will cause the other marriage partner to resent his lewd and prurient bedtime behavior acted out of animal lust rather than genuine scriptural love.

The marriage bed should be reverenced and respected by all, including the marriage partners themselves, and as such, sexual activities should be kept within the bounds of human decency and borne of heartfelt love towards the spouse.

One who treats his wife as a prostitute in bed would surely elicit her ire and contempt, for his lack of respect and decency. The wife would feel used, abused, rather than loved and cherished.

Please always keep in mind that you married a handmaiden to cherish and to lovingly care for, in the sight of Y┴OHU UL, and so it would be wrong for you to treat her like an x-rated porno queen, even in the privacy of your own matrimonial room.

One who grew up in home environments where domestic violence is rampant will also tend to rule his own wife and children in violence and abuse, permanently damaging them.

Personal longings and ambitions to become filthy rich and to maintain fixed focus on material things and assets in life will ruin your ability to establish right scriptural priorities in your marriage.

You will tend to sacrifice your family's interest for monetary gains. Your wife and children will grow up with wrong sense of values and will put more importance to money than to exemplary character traits, moral purity and honesty.

What then should your response to Y┴OHU UL be in the light of this revelation?

'Remember not the sins of my youth
      and my rebellious ways;
according to Your love remember me,
      for You are kind, O Y┴OHU UL.' - TehillÝm (Ps.) 25:7

You will turn from and renounce all kinds of stubbornness, sexual immoralities, violence and material greed which have been ruining you and your close relationships with others, and then vocally confess your sins to Y┴OHU UL, asking Him to forgive and cleanse you from those sins, and help you not to do those wicked activities again.

And what now should be your response to your marriage partner, in the light of Y┴OHU UL's Word revealed to you?

'Y┴OHU UL is now pointing out to me how my failures, defects and wrong traits in my youth have damaged my ability to make our marriage what Y┴OHU UL intended it to be.

Y┴OHU UL has convicted me of the following sins which I now admit I have committed against you: _____________________.

Please now forgive me. Do you forgive me?'

Y┴OHU UL truly forgives and cleanses those who confess their sins in genuine repentance and contrition, and the 'DAM' (blood) of His Son, YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, cleanses us from all sin.

'For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all other sexual immorality, theft, lying and slander.' - ManY┴OHU 15:19

'He told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture-Engrafting Passages for Today -

'People who cover up their sins will not prosper, but if they CONFESS and FORSAKE them, they will receive mercy.' - Proverbs 28:13

'I have not come to call the upright, but sinners to REPENTANCE.' - Luke 5:32

'I have declared to both YAOH┌-dim and Greeks that they must return to Y┴OHU UL in REPENTANCE and have faith in our Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA.' - Acts 20:21

'If you REPENT, I will revive you that you may serve Me; if you utter worthy, not worthless words, you will be My spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you shall not turn to them.' - YarmiY┴OHU (Jeremiah) 15:19

'REPENT, then, and turn to Y┴OHU UL, in order that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Y┴OHU UL!' - Acts 3:19

'In the past Y┴OHU UL overlooked such ignorance, but now He commands all people everywhere to REPENT!' - Acts 17:30

'Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and REPENT!' - Revelation 3:19

'They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the 'Sh˙am' (Name) of Y┴OHU UL, Who had control over these plagues, but they refused to REPENT and glorify Him.' - Revelation 16:9

Your Character Trait for Today -

Lowliness which is the opposite of Stubborn Pride

Definition:

Humbly admitting my faults and mistakes unto Y┴OHU UL and to those whom I have offended, asking their forgiveness and renewing my resolve to walk uprightly in the sight of Y┴OHU UL and everyone, knowing that mouth confession leads to salvation.

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

One unnoticed evil urge is to forget that you are a loved child of the pure and upright Holy One, Y┴OHU UL.

The person who is always watching for his or her own self gain is a traitor at heart.

There is no room for Y┴OHU UL in him who is full of himself.

Every man gets the wife he rightfully deserves.

Honor your wives that you may be enriched!

A wife should not quarrel with her husband to satisfy her parents.

Who is rich? He who has a wife so beautiful in deeds!

The wicked do not repent, even right at the gates of hell.

If you do not yield to wickedness, it will not follow you!

Anecdote for Today: Omitting 'Obey'

The Liberated Woman's Appointment Calendar and Field Manual, compiled by two New York women journalists, is a compendium of feminist tales, humor, sayings and survival lore.

For the week of Leap Year day, the calendar has tips on feminists wedding ceremonies - omit the word 'obey' from the traditional vows, write your own marriage ritual:

'We promise to love, cherish, and groove on each other and all living things. We promise to smash the alienated family unit... We promise all these matters but only until choice do us part.'


Causes of Guilt in Marriage -

2. Premarital Sexual Relations

Whether you instigated or allowed premarital sexual relations between you and your spouse or between you and some other casual lovers you might have had before your marriage, all this violations of Y┴OHU UL's moral laws surely do exert heavy pressures in marriage.

All those acts of sexual immorality are bad seeds which will bear bitter fruit of guilt, fear, mistrust, jealousy, depression, disillusionment and self-rejection, thereby causing conflicts and maladjustments during marriage.

You have to confess to Y┴OHU UL and then to your marriage partner the premarital sexual relations which you have had before marriage in order that the bad seeds will be uprooted from your life and bitter harvests avoided, thereby achieving emotional and spiritual healing through forgiveness.

All premarital and extra-marital sexual relations are violations of Y┴OHU UL's moral norms and are offenses against your marriage partner.

Bad seeds carry bitter harvests which only by renouncing, confession, forgiveness and cleansing by the 'DAM' (blood) of MÝhush˙ayao (Savior) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y are they eliminated and avoided.

One's bad seed sown may not only yield bitter harvests in his own life but subsequently in his children's lives as well, up to the third and fourth generation.

Example, one who causes many women to engage in premarital sexual relations will in the future have daughters who will also be victimized into committing such immoralities. What you sow you will surely reap, unless renounced and cut off, forgiven and cleansed.

What you allowed in moderation, you will harvest excessively.

What then should your response to Y┴OHU UL be in the light of this revelation?

'Create in me a clean heart, O Y┴OHU UL, and renew a right 'r˙kha' (spirit) within me.' - TehillÝm 51:10

And what now should be your response to your marriage partner, in the light of Y┴OHU UL's Word revealed to you?

'I now realize that I have had a wrong focus in our marital relationship, and that I have also committed premarital (and extra-marital, as the case may be) sexual relations with so and so before or during our marriage. Would you forgive me of all this and work with me to change my focus from getting selfish pleasure to giving genuine scriptural love?'

Y┴OHU UL truly forgives and cleanses those who confess their sins in genuine repentance and contrition, and the 'DAM' (blood) of His Son, YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, cleanses us from all sin.

'He told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture-Engrafting Passages for Today -

'People who cover up their sins will not prosper, but if they CONFESS and FORSAKE them, they will receive mercy.' - Proverbs 28:13

'I have not come to call the upright, but sinners to REPENTANCE.' - Luke 5:32

'I have declared to both YAOH┌-dim and Greeks that they must return to Y┴OHU UL in REPENTANCE and have faith in our Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA.' - Acts 20:21

'If you REPENT, I will revive you that you may serve Me; if you utter worthy, not worthless words, you will be My spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you shall not turn to them.' - YarmiY┴OHU (Jeremiah) 15:19

'REPENT, then, and turn to Y┴OHU UL, in order that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Y┴OHU UL!' - Acts 3:19

'In the past Y┴OHU UL overlooked such ignorance, but now He commands all people everywhere to REPENT!' - Acts 17:30

'Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and REPENT!' - Revelation 3:19

'They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the 'Sh˙am' (Name) of Y┴OHU UL, Who had control over these plagues, but they refused to REPENT and glorify Him.' - Revelation 16:9

Your Character Trait for Today -

Lowliness which is the opposite of Stubborn Pride

Definition:

Humbly admitting my faults and mistakes unto Y┴OHU UL and to those whom I have offended, asking their forgiveness and renewing my resolve to walk uprightly in the sight of Y┴OHU UL and everyone, knowing that mouth confession leads to salvation.

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

The wicked do not repent, even right at the very gates of hell.

If you do not yield to wickedness, it will not follow you!

A genuine, faithful marriage partner is not known in prosperity.

If you are waiting for a perfect marriage partner, you will have none.

Marriage - one heart, one mind, one flesh, one purse and one family.

The man who wants a girl who is kind, wise and beautiful doesn't want one; he really wants three.

A faithless husband makes a faithless wife.

The idolater worships one object, but there is no limit to the number of people the hypocrite worships.

Idleness leads to boredom, then to lewdness, then to sin.

Those who are unstable as water shall never succeed nor excel.

Marry not a woman for her money or beauty, for these vanish easily and the damage remains.

Anecdote for Today: No Way To Describe Hell

There is no way to describe hell. Nothing on earth can compare with it. No living person has any real idea of it. No madman in wildest flights of insanity ever beheld its horror.

No man in delirium ever pictured a place so grossly horrible as hell. No nightmare racing throughout a fevered mind ever produced a terror to match that of the mildest hell.

No murder scene with splashed blood and oozing wound ever deserved a revulsion that could touch the border lands of hell. Let the most gifted writer exhaust his skill in describing this roaring cavern of unending flame, and he would not have even touched the nearest edge of hell, even in his imagination.

Hell was originally 'prepared for ha-satßn and his angels' Ś not for humans!

Little wonder that there is gladness in heaven over one sinner who repents. He is saved, redeemed, rescued. It makes the hearts in heaven exult!


Causes of Guilt in Marriage -

3. Marriage against the wishes of your parents -

The approval of both sets of parents, on your side and your marriage partner's side, is important if you want to ensure peace, longevity and blessings in your married life.

Those who marry against his or her parents' wishes, or those of your parents-in-law, or if you marry against their wishes for the timing of your marriage, then your marriage will not go well and will not endure long.

Many wrongfully claim that the opinions of parents in regard to your marriage do not matter since they are not the ones to live your married lives. This may seem logical but unscriptural.

'Honor your father and mother....' is Y┴OHU UL's the first commandment that includes a promise of a long, blessed life.

Those who do not honor their parents, especially in regard to marriage, will therefore not have a long, blessed married life. You cannot violate Y┴OHU UL's word and not suffer in the end.

On the other hand, those who marry within the voluntary wish and approval of their parents will have an enduring blissful, quiet and blessed marriage, family and children.

In cases where one or more among the parents are against the marriage or its timing, the deep, unspoken anger of your father or father-in-law will come out in the husband against the wife during their married life, and the anger of your mother or mother-in-law will come out through the wife against the husband in marriage.

Does your wife show some negative attitudes towards you which kind of reflect your parents' or in-laws' disappointment with your marriage?

Does your husband reflect some coarse and rude attitudes towards you which reflect your parents' or in-laws' non-acceptance of your marriage?

If so, you know what the root cause is, and you must take remedial steps to remove it quickly.

Marriage was designed to be lived in perfect harmony, peace and prosperity, if made within the bounds of parental approval.

So if you want a long, blessed and happy married life, make sure you marry within the voluntary approval and perfect will and right timing of your parents and parents-in-law.

'Honor your father and mother, so you may live long and that it may go well with you....' - Deuteronomy 5:16

Disregard and ignore your parents so you may not live long and everything will go bad against you.

When you marry against the perfect wish and will of one or both sets of parents, be prepared for a married life with more time spent in hospitals, mental asylums, judicial courts, jails, bankruptcy courts, or funeral parlors, whichever.

When you marry within the perfect will and complete approval of both sets of parents, your marriage may be the foundation of many upright, holy and blessed generations!

'If a man's ways pleases Y┴OHU UL, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.' - Proverbs 16:7

'My people are ruined for lack of knowledge.' - Hosh˙a 4:6

What then should your response to Y┴OHU UL be in the light of this revelation?

'Please forgive me, Y┴OHU UL, for I have not hearkened to the directives of my father, and I have neglected the rules of my mother.' - (Proverbs 1:8, personalized)

And what should be your response now to your parents and/or parents-in-law who were against your marriage or its timing?

'I admit that I was wrong for marrying against your perfect, voluntary will, and by this I know that I brought much sorrow and disappointment to you because of what I have done. I now ask for your forgiveness. Do you forgive me?'

Your Scriptural Guidelines -

'Hearken, my child, to what your father teaches you. Don't neglect your mother's teaching. What you learn from them will crown you with favor and clothe you with honor.' - Proverbs 1:8-9

'My child, never forget the matters I have taught you. Treasure my commands in your heart, for they will give you a long and satisfying life. Never let loyalty and kindness get away from you!

Wear them like a necklace; write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both Y┴OHU UL and people, and you will gain a fine reputation.

Trust fully in Y┴OHU UL with all your heart; do not depend on your own comprehension. Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths. Don't be impressed with your own wisdom.

On the contrary, reverentially fear Y┴OHU UL and turn your back on evil. Then you will gain renewed health and vitality.

Honor Y┴OHU UL with your wealth and with the best part of everything you gain. Then He will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with the finest wine.

My child, don't ignore it when Y┴OHU UL disciplines you, and don't be discouraged when He corrects you. For Y┴OHU UL corrects those He loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.

Happy is the person who finds wisdom and gains comprehension. For the profit of wisdom is better than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more valuable than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left.

She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.

By wisdom Y┴OHU UL founded the earth; by comprehension He established the heavens. By His knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth, and the clouds poured down rain.

My child, don't lose sight of wise planning and insight. Cling to them, for they fill you with life and bring you honor and respect. They keep you safe on your way and keep your feet from stumbling. You can lie down without fear and delight in pleasant dreams. You need not be afraid of calamity or the ruin that comes upon the wicked, for Y┴OHU UL is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.' - Proverbs 3:1-26

'My child, hearken to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, blessed life. I will teach you wisdom's ways and lead you in direct paths. If you live a life guided by wisdom, you won't limp or stumble as you run. Carry out my directives; don't forsake them.

Guard them, for they will lead you to a fulfilled life. Do not do as the wicked do or follow the path of evildoers. Avoid their haunts. Turn away and go somewhere else, for evil people cannot sleep until they have done their evil deed for the day. They cannot rest without first having caused someone to stumble. They eat wickedness and drink violence!

The way of the upright is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like complete darkness. Those who follow it have no idea what they are stumbling over.

Take heed, my child, to what I say. Hearken carefully.

Don't lose sight of my words. Let them penetrate deep within your heart, for they bring life and radiant health to anyone who discovers their meaning.

Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do. Avoid all perverse talk; keep far from corrupt speech. Look directly ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.

Mark out a direct path for your feet; then stick to the path and remain safe. Don't deviate from the right paths; keep your feet from following evil.

My son, take heed to my wisdom; hearken carefully to my wise counsel. Then you will learn to be discreet and will treasure up knowledge. The lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil. But the result is as bitter as poison, sharp as a double-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps lead directly to the grave. For she does not care about the path to life. She staggers down a crooked trail and doesn't even realize where it leads.

So now, my sons, hearken to me. Never depart from what I am about to say: Run from her! Don't go near the door of her house!

If you do, you will lose your honor and hand over to merciless people everything you have achieved in life. People you hardly know will obtain your wealth, and someone else will take pleasure in the fruit of your labor.

Afterward you will groan in anguish when disease consumes your body, and you will say, 'How I hated discipline! If only I had not demanded my own way! Oh, why didn't I hearken to my teachers? Why didn't I pay heed to those who gave me directives? I have come to the brink of utter ruin, and now I must face public shame.'

Drink water from your own well Ś share your love only with your wife. Why spill the water of your springs in public, having sex with merely anyone? You should reserve it for yourselves. Don't share it with others. Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Delight in the wife of your youth. She is a loving doe, a graceful deer. Let her breasts satisfy you always. May you always be captivated by her love. Why be captivated, my son, with an immoral woman, or embrace the breasts of an adulterous woman?

For Y┴OHU UL sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes. An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him.

He will die for lack of self-control; he will be lost because of his incredible folly.' - Proverbs 4:10-5:23

'Hearken, my child, to what your father teaches you. Don't neglect your mother's teaching.' - Proverbs 1:8

'For Y┴OHU UL corrects those He loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.' - Proverbs 3:12

'My father told me, 'Take my words to heart. Follow my directives and you will live.' - Proverbs 4:4

'A wise child brings happiness to a father; a foolish child brings grief to a mother.' - Proverbs 10:1

'Sensible children bring gladness to their father; stupid children despise their mother.' - Proverbs 15:20

'It is painful to be the parent of a fool; there is no happiness for the father of a rebel.' - Proverbs 17:21

'A foolish child brings grief to a father and bitterness to a mother.' - Proverbs 17:25

'A foolish child is a calamity to a father; a nagging wife annoys like a continual dripping.' - Proverbs 19:13

'Children who maltreat their father or drive away their mother are a public shame and an embarrassment.' - Proverbs 19:26

'If you curse your father or mother, the lamp of your life will be snuffed out.' - Proverbs 20:20

'Hearken to your father, who gave you life, and don't despise your mother's experience when she is old.' - Proverbs 23:22

'The father of upright children has cause for happiness. What a pleasure it is to have wise children.' - Proverbs 23:24

'The man who loves wisdom brings happiness to his father, but if he hangs around with prostitutes, his wealth goes to waste.' - Pr. 29:3

'Some people curse their father and do not thank their mother.' - Proverbs 30:11

'The eye that mocks a father and despises a mother will be plucked out by ravens of the valley and eaten by vultures.' - Proverbs 30:17

'A son honors his father, and a servant respects his ruler. I am your father and ruler, but where are the honor and respect I deserve? You have despised My 'Sh˙am' (Name)!'

But you ask, 'How have we ever despised Your 'Sh˙am'?' - Malachi 1:6

'But you are to be perfect, even as your Y┴OHU AB┌ in heaven is perfect.' - ManY┴OHU (Matthew) 5:48

'Give your gifts in secret, and your Y┴OHU AB┌, Who knows all secrets, will reward you.' - ManY┴OHU 6:4

'But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Y┴OHU AB┌ secretly. Then your Y┴OHU AB┌, who knows all secrets, will reward you.' - ManY┴OHU 6:6

'If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Y┴OHU AB┌ will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Y┴OHU AB┌ will not forgive your sins.' - ManY┴OHU 6:14-15

'If you sinful people know how to give fine gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Y┴OHU AB┌ give fine gifts to those who ask Him.' - ManY┴OHU 7:11

'If anyone acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will openly acknowledge that person before my Y┴OHU AB┌ in heaven. But if anyone denies me here on earth, I will deny that person before my Y┴OHU AB┌ in heaven.' - ManY┴OHU 10:32-33

'If you love your father or mother more than you love Me, you are not worthy of being Mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than Me, you are not worthy of being Mine.' - ManY┴OHU 10:37

'Anyone who welcomes you is welcoming Me, and anyone who welcomes Me is welcoming Y┴OHU AB┌ who sent Me.' - ManY┴OHU 10:40

'Beware that you don't despise a single one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of My heavenly Y┴OHU AB┌.' - ManY┴OHU 18:10

'Honor your father and mother. Love your neighbor as yourself.' - ManY┴OHU 19:19

'And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or female siblings or father or mother or children or property, for My sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will have eternal life.' - ManY┴OHU 19:29

'Anyone who speaks evil of his father or mother must be put to death.' - Mark 7:10

'When you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so your Y┴OHU AB┌ in heaven will forgive your sins, too.' - Mark 11:25

'You must be compassionate, just as your Y┴OHU AB┌ is compassionate.' - Luke 6:36

'He told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture-Engrafting Passages for Today -

'Children, obey your parents; this is the right thing to do because Y┴OHU UL has placed them in authority over you.

Honor your father and mother.

This is the first of Y┴OHU UL's Ten Commandments that ends with a promise. And this is the promise: that if you honor your father and mother, yours will be a long and fully-enriched life.

And now a word to you parents. Don't exasperate your children by continual scolding and discouraging remarks thus making them resentful. Rather, bring them up with the teachings and loving discipline Y┴OHU UL Himself approves.

Workers, obey your employers; be eager to give them your very best. Serve them as you would hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y (the Messiah) Himself. Don't work hard only when your boss is observing and then shirk when he isn't looking.

Work hard and with gladness all the time, as though working for ha-MEHUSHKH┴Y, doing the will of Y┴OHU UL with all your hearts. Remember, Y┴OHU UL will pay you for each fine job you do, whether you are slave or free.

And you employers should treat your workers right, just as I have told them to treat you. Don't keep threatening them; remember, you yourselves are serving hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y; you have the same Manager they do, and He has no favorites.

Last of all I want to remind you that your vigor must come from Y┴OHU UL's mighty power within you. Put on all of Y┴OHU UL's armor so you will be able to endure against all schemes and tricks of ha-satßn.

For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against persons without bodies - the evil rulers of the unseen world, those mighty satanic beings and horrible evil princes of darkness who rule this world; and against huge numbers of wicked spirits in the unseen world.

So use every piece of Y┴OHU UL's armor to resist the enemy whenever he attacks, and when it is all over, you will still be enduring.

But to do this, you will need the durable belt of truth and the breastplate of Y┴OHU UL's rectitude. Wear shoes that are able to speed you on as you proclaim the Glorious Message of peace with Y┴OHU UL.

In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by ha-satßn. And you will need the helmet of salvation and the sword of the 'R┌KHA' - which is the Word of Y┴OHU UL.

And pray all the time. Ask Y┴OHU UL for anything in line with the will of the 'R┌KHA hol-HODSH┌A' (Holy Spirit of YAOH┌SHUA).

Plead with Him, reminding Him of your needs, and keep praying earnestly for all Yaoh˙shuahÝm (believers) everywhere.'

Ephesians 6:1-18, Holy Scriptures

Your Character Trait for Today -

Deference which is the opposite of Self-Willfulness

Definition:

Giving way to the wishes and perfect will of those whom Y┴OHU UL has placed over me for my own safety and well being, knowing that Y┴OHU UL is in control of their minds, and He richly rewards those who honor and obey those in authority.

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

There is one thing a person cannot change, his parents.

Some provide luxuries to their parents, others make their parents work, which between them will inherit paradise?

If you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword.

Wine and women make the heart lustful.

When the serpent came to Khavyßo (Eve), he infected her with the virus of lasciviousness and lust.

To be carnally minded is death.

Obedience is the foundation of morality.

Suffering should lead a person to self-inspection, to admission of mistakes and to prayer and forgiveness.

Anecdote for Today: Father's Horrible Will

A man by the name of Donohoe penned the following will July 1, 1935.

'Unto my two daughters, Frances Marie and Denise Victoria, by reason of their unfilial attitude toward a doting father....I leave the sum of $1 to each and a father's curse.

May their respective lives be fraught with misery, unhappiness and poignant sorrow. May their deaths be soon and of a lingering, malign and torturous nature. May their souls rest in hell and suffer the torments of the damned for eternity!'


Causes of Guilt in Marriage -

4. Wrong attitudes in marriage -

Rudeness, selfishness, laziness, jealousy, fits of rage, evil suspicions, pride, impatience, greed, ungratefulness and envy out of comparisons are common negative attitudes which corrode and eventually ruin the love and affection of your marriage partner much quicker than your negative actions do.

When often exposed to such negative attitudes, the suffering marriage partner will often resort to outside help and encouragement, acceptance and approval, thus withdrawing herself from the marriage relationship and then focuses on others who accept her regardless.

Y┴OHU UL uses marriage as the suitable training ground for character and personality development if both partners will take such lessons seriously and effectively.

When one or both partners withdraw from the relationship due to pressures and irritations, or if one reacts negatively when corrected, valuable lessons in character building are missed.

Y┴OHU UL always uses people around you, whoever they may be, in molding character traits in you, that you may be conformed to the image, character and personality of Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA.

And as always, when your ways are pleasing to Y┴OHU UL, Y┴OHU UL even makes your enemies to be at peace with you.

What then should your response to Y┴OHU UL now be in the light of this revelation?

'Y┴OHU UL, please produce the fruit of Your 'R┌KHA-Y┴OHU' in my life: love, ecstasy, peace, patience, gentleness, uprightness, faith, meekness and self-control.' - (Galatians 5:22-23, personalized)

And what should be your response to your marriage partner now that Y┴OHU UL, by His 'R┌KHA-YAOH┌SHUA' (Holy Spirit of YAOH┌SHUA), is convicting your heart in regard to sin, uprightness and judgment?

'Y┴OHU UL has convicted me of my failure to reflect His character traits to you and for not giving you the love that I owe you. I now ask for your forgiveness for my negative attitudes and behavior, do you forgive me?'

Your Scriptural Guidelines -

'You, my brethren, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.

The entire law is summed up in a single command: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'

If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be ruined by each other. So I say, live by the 'R┌KHA' (Spirit) and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the 'R┌KHA' and the 'R┌KHA' what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict against each other, so you do not do what you want.

But if you are led by the 'R┌KHA' (Spirit of YAOH┌SHUA), you are not under the law.

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and sensuality; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.

I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of Y┴OHU UL.

But the fruit of the 'R┌KHA' is love, ecstasy, peace, patience, kindness, uprightness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Against such there is no law. Those who belong to hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y YAOH┌SHUA have impaled the sinful nature with its passions and cravings. Since we live by the 'R┌KHA' let us keep in step with the 'R┌KHA.'

Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.' - Galatians 5:13-26

'Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y is revealed.

Being obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: 'Be holy, because I am holy.' - 1 Kßfos 1:13-16

'Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so you have genuine love for your brethren, love one another deeply, from the heart.

For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of Y┴OHU UL.

For,

'All men are like grass,
      and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of Y┴OHU UL endures forever.'

And this is the word that was proclaimed to you. Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander of every kind.' - 1 Kßfos 1:22-2:1

'You are a select people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to Y┴OHU UL, that you may declare the praises of Him Who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of Y┴OHU UL; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and outlanders in the world, to reject sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such pure lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your noble deeds and glorify Y┴OHU UL on the day He visits us.

Submit yourselves, for Y┴OHU UL's sake, to every authority established among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.

For it is Y┴OHU UL's will that by doing right you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of Y┴OHU UL.

Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, reverentially fear Y┴OHU UL, honor the king. Employees, submit yourselves to your employers with all respect, not only to those who are kind and compassionate, but also to those who are harsh.

For it is commendable if a person bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is aware of Y┴OHU UL.

But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing right and you endure it, this is commendable before Y┴OHU UL.

To this you were called, because hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.

'He committed no sin,
      and no deceit was found in His mouth.'

When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats.

On the contrary, He consigned Himself to Him Who judges justly. He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, in order that we might die to sins and live for what is right; by His wounds you have been healed.

For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands in order that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. On the contrary, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in Y┴OHU UL's sight.

For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in Y┴OHU UL used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abruhßm and called him head of the household.

You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. Husbands, in the same way be compassionate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the free gift of life, in order that nothing will hinder your prayers.

Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brethren, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called, that you may inherit a blessing.

For,

'Whoever would love life and see blessed days
      must keep his tongue from evil
      and his lips from deceitful speech.

He must turn from evil and do what is right;
      he must seek peace and pursue it.

For the eyes of Y┴OHU UL are on the upright
      and His ears are attentive to their prayer,
      but the face of Y┴OHU UL is against those who do evil.'

Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do what is right? But even if you should suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed.

'Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.' But in your hearts set apart hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y as Molkhi˙l. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, in order that those who speak wickedly against your correct behavior in hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y may be ashamed of their slander.

It is better, if it is Y┴OHU UL's will, to suffer for doing what is right than for doing evil. For hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y died for sins once for all, the Upright for the bad, to bring you to Y┴OHU UL.

He was put to death in the body but made alive by the 'R┌KHA.' - 1 Kßfos 2:9-3:18

'Therefore, since ha-MEHUSHKH┴Y suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human passions, but rather for the will of Y┴OHU UL.

For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans prefer to do - living in sensuality, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They think it weird that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you.

But they will have to give account to Him Who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is the reason the Glorious Message was proclaimed even to those who are now dead, in order that they might be judged according to men in regard to the body, but live according to Y┴OHU UL in regard to the spirit.

The end of everything is approaching. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled in order that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.' - 1 Kßfos 4:1-9

'He told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture-Engrafting Passages for Today -

The entire law is summed up in a single command: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'

If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be ruined by each other. So I say, live by the 'R┌KHA' (Spirit) and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the 'R┌KHA' and the 'R┌KHA' what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict against each other, so you do not do what you want.

But if you are led by the 'R┌KHA' (Spirit of YAOH┌SHUA), you are not under the law.

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and sensuality; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.

I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of Y┴OHU UL.

But the fruit of the 'R┌KHA' is love, ecstasy, peace, patience, kindness, uprightness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Galatians 5:13-23a, Holy Scriptures

Your Character Trait for Today -

Perseverance which is the opposite of Discouragement

Definition:

Enduring till the end knowing that everything that happens in my life is for the molding of noble character traits in me, that I may be conformed to the express image, character and personality of Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA.

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

Like a clock that is still, when you hold your peace and don't react negatively to offenses and irritations, you will be right at least twice every twenty-four hours.

The commandments were not given for physical pleasure and enjoyment.

The wolf grabs the sheep that departs from the flock.

Do not compete with evildoers and rebels.

Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to Y┴OHU UL.

Pride goes before ruin, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Haughtiness toward men is rebellion against Y┴OHU UL.

When selfish pride multiplies, discord and conflicts increase.

To confess one's sins is to honor Y┴OHU UL.

Even a hundred spouses cannot make you happy, if you don't know how to be satisfied and contented even with one.

Anecdote for Today: Epigram On Kindness

'To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own.'

A child's prayer: 'Dear UlhÝm, make all the bad people upright, and make all the upright people nice.'

'A debt of money may be repaid; a debt of kindness is a debt through life.'

'Be kind to people until you make your first million. After that people will be nice to you.'

'The greatest pleasure in life is to do a noble turn in secret and have it discovered by accident.'

'When you are kind to others, you are best to yourself.'

'UlhÝm, when I am wrong, please make me easy to change, and when I am right, please make me easy to live with!'

'The only ones you should try to get even with are the ones WHO HAVE HELPED YOU!'

'The real gentleman is the fellow who is courteous and affable without trying to sell you something.'

'You cannot do a kindness too soon, because you never know how soon it will be too late!'

'The teacher asked the pupils to tell the meaning of lovingkindness. A little boy jumped up and said, 'Well, if I was hungry and someone gave me a piece of bread that would be kindness. But if they put a little jam on it, that would be lovingkindness!'


Causes of Guilt in Marriage -

5. Inadequate preparation before marriage -

In the eyes of Y┴OHU UL, marriage is solemnly sacred and a serious responsibility first to Him, and secondly to one's marriage partner.

If one really honors and loves Y┴OHU UL and deeply loves and respects his future spouse, he (or she) must make full and excellent preparation for their married life with its concomitant responsibilities, duties and obligations.

Many who find themselves in divorce courts usually lack sufficient preparation for marriage, and have hastily entered into it without even the basic knowledge of proper housekeeping, family and child rearing and/or responsible parenthood.

Others who enter marriage with the misconception that it would be a life of freeloads, pleasures and roses end up in deep sorrow and disappointment especially when financial and family, job or parental pressures mount.

Still others excuse their early, hasty marriages with such justifications as: 'If we have to wait until we are perfect, we would never get married at all!' or 'There are many lessons in marriage that you can only learn by being actually married.'

Marriages wherein both spouses have taken their best time and efforts in seriously preparing for their marriage responsibilities are the ones which endure and last. Such couples are prepared to face up the challenges of married life with resolve and tenacity because of adequate preparation.

What then is your response to Y┴OHU UL now in the light of this scriptural revelation?

'Please forgive me, O Y┴OHU UL, for dishonoring You by my treating lightly those marriage responsibilities which to You are matters vital, serious and sacred.'

What then should your response be to your marriage partner?

'I realize that I have neglected my responsibilities to you and the family by my lack of preparation and my treating lightly my duties and obligations. I now resolve to begin focusing on my responsibilities unto Y┴OHU UL and doing the tasks expected of me. Please forgive me for putting unnecessary pressures on you because of my inadequacies. Do you now forgive me?'

Scriptural Guidelines -

'Wisdom shouts along the roads. She cries out in the public square. She calls out to the crowds along the main thoroughfare, and to those in front of the city hall.

'You simpletons!' she cries. 'How long will you go on being simpleminded? How long will you mockers relish your mocking? How long will you fools fight the facts? Come here and hearken to me! I'll pour out the spirit of wisdom upon you and make you wise.

I called you so often, but you didn't come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention. You ignored my advice and rejected the correction I offered. So I will laugh when you are in trouble!

I will mock you when calamity overtakes you Ś when ruin overcomes you like a whirlwind, when you are engulfed by trouble, and when anguish and agonies overwhelm you.

I will not answer when they cry for help. Even though they eagerly search for me, they will not find me. For they hated knowledge and preferred not to reverentially fear Y┴OHU UL.

They rejected my advice and paid no attention when I corrected them. That is why they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way. They must experience the full terror of the path they have selected.

For they are simpletons who turn away from me Ś to death. They are fools, and their own complacency will ruin them. But all who hearken to me will live in peace and safety, unafraid of harm.' - Proverbs 1:20-33

'Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman, from the flattery of the adulterous woman. She has abandoned her husband and ignores the covenant she made before Y┴OHU UL. Entering her house leads to death; it is the road to hell. The man who visits her is doomed. He will never reach the paths of life. On the contrary, follow the steps of upright people, and keep on the paths of the upright.

For only the upright will live in the land, and those who have integrity will remain in it. But the wicked will be removed from the land, and the treacherous will be ruined.' - Proverbs 2:16-22

'Trust fully in Y┴OHU UL with all your heart; do not depend on your own comprehension. Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths. Don't be impressed with your own wisdom.

On the contrary, reverentially fear Y┴OHU UL and turn your back on evil. Then you will gain renewed health and vitality.

Honor Y┴OHU UL with your wealth and with the best part of all your increase. Then He will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with the finest wine.' - Proverbs 3:5-10

'Happy is the person who finds wisdom and gains comprehension. For the profit of wisdom is better than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more valuable than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.

She offers you life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. Wisdom is like a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.

By wisdom Y┴OHU UL founded the earth; by comprehension He established the heavens. By His knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth, and the clouds poured down rain.

My child, don't lose sight of wise planning and insight. Cling on to them, for they fill you with life and bring you honor and respect. They keep you safe on your way and keep your feet from stumbling.

You can lie down without fear and delight in pleasant dreams. You need not be afraid of ruin or the calamity that comes upon the wicked, for Y┴OHU UL is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.' - Proverbs 3:13-26

'Upright people find life; evil people find death. Y┴OHU UL hates people with perverse hearts, but He delights in those who have integrity. You can be sure that evil people will be punished, but the children of the upright will go free.' - Proverbs 11:19-21

'Those who bring trouble on their families inherit only the wind. The fool will be a servant to the wise.' - Proverbs 11:29

'To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.' - Proverbs 12:1

'A worthy wife is her husband's happiness and crown; a shameful wife saps his vigor.' - Proverbs 12:4

'The wicked perish and are gone, but the children of the upright remain firm.' - Proverbs 12:7

'Y┴OHU UL hates those who don't keep their word, but he delights in those who do.' - Proverbs 12:22

'Wise people think before they act; fools don't and even brag about it!' - Proverbs 13:16

'The wise look ahead to see what is coming, but fools deceive themselves.' - Proverbs 14:8

'There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.' - Proverbs 14:12

'Zeal without knowledge is not right; a person who moves too quickly may go the wrong way. People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at Y┴OHU UL.' - Proverbs 19:2-3

'If the relatives of the poor despise them, how much more will their friends avoid them. The poor call after them, but they are gone.' - Proverbs 19:7

'It is dangerous to make a rash promise to Y┴OHU UL before counting the cost.' - Proverbs 20:25

'Develop your business first before building your house.' - Proverbs 24:27

'But don't begin until you count the cost. For who would begin erecting of a building without first getting estimates and then checking to see if there is enough money to pay the bills?

Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of funds. And then how everyone would laugh at you!

They would say, 'There's the person who began that building and ran out of money before it was finished!'

Or what king would ever dream of going to war without first holding a meeting with his counselors and discussing whether his army of ten thousand is tough enough to defeat the twenty thousand soldiers who are marching against him?

If he is not able, then while the enemy is still far away, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace.

Therefore, no one can become My disciple without giving up everything for Me.' - Luke 14:28-33

YAOH┌SHUA told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture Engrafting Passages for Today -

'Who can find a morally excellent and capable wife?

She is worth more than valuable rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She will not hinder him but help him all her life.

She finds wool and flax and busily spins it. She is like a merchant's ship; she brings her food from afar. She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day's work for her servant girls.

She goes out to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard. She is energetic and vigorous, a real hard worker.

She watches for bargains; her lights burn late into the night. Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twining fiber. She gives a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.

She has no fear of winter for her household because all of them have warm clothes. She quilts her own bedspreads. She dresses like royalty in gowns of finest cloth.

Her husband is well known, for he sits in the council meeting with the other civic leaders. She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants.

She is clothed with vigor and dignity, and she laughs with no fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the rule when she gives directives.

She carefully watches all that goes on in her household and does not have to bear the consequences of laziness.

Her children remain and bless her. Her husband praises her:

'There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!'

Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who reverentially fears Y┴OHU UL will be greatly praised.

Reward her for all she has completed.

Let her deeds publicly declare her praise!' - Proverbs 31:10-31

Your Character Trait for Today -

Discretion which is the opposite of Recklessness

Definition:

To foresee possible difficulties and obstacles and making adequate preparations or taking steps necessary now to avoid or overcome them.

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

Only the diligent are inwardly happy and peaceful.

When a divorced man marries a divorced woman, there are actually four people copulating in the bed.

Duty must be accepted as the dominant conception of life.

Who does no more than his duty is not doing his duty.

Obedience to duty means denying the cravings of the flesh.

The highest task of education is training for duty.

For the sake of Y┴OHU UL, endure every difficulty.

You will not attain what you love if you do not endure that you hate, and you wil not be freed form what you hate if you will not endure much from what you love.

Envious wives will ruin their husbands.

To renounce delicacies habitually is a better rule against gluttony than going on fasts occasionally.

The prevaricator (liar) is like an idolater.

A liar's punishment is that he is not believed even when he tells the truth.

There are three kinds of companions: some are like food, indispensable; some are like medicine, fine occasionally; and some like poison, unnecessary at any time.

Anecdote for Today: Serving Two Husbands

Someone has exemplified 'Love as the fulfilling of the Law' in this clear-cut object lesson:

A woman was married to a man whom she did not love. He made her get up every morning at five o'clock, cook his breakfast, prepare his coffee and serve it at six o'clock sharp.

He made her wait on him, and was exacting in his demands on her time. Her life was made miserable trying to satisfy the requests of her husband. Finally he died.

After a few years she married again. This time she married a man whom she really loved. One day while clearing out some old papers, she came over a rigorous set of rules her former husband had written out for her to meticulously obey.

Carefully she read them over. 'Get up at five. Serve breakfast with hot coffee at six sharp.' On and on she read.

Then she stopped and thought, and realized that she was fulfilling every single one of his demands, but she had not realized it because this time she was really doing it for love's sake.

So it is not difficult to serve Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA when we really love Him!


Causes of Guilt in Marriage -

6. Words you spoke which ruin, defile, offend and insult -

Sins of your mouth committed against Y┴OHU UL and others, especially against your marriage partner, cause defilement and breeds deep guilt in your spirit and conscience.

Words you speak which cruelly wound and cut through the feelings and emotions of your spouse are long remembered and hard to forgive.

Much worse are those comments and remarks which you make in front of others which are ruinous and detrimental to the name and reputation of your marriage partner.

And in case you are now separated or divorced from your marriage spouse, be very careful what you say about him or her for you can expect that all negative comments which you say to defend yourself at his or her expense will be exaggerated and even twisted by rumormongers, gossips and evil reporters.

If you cannot say something positive about your marriage partner in front of others, better never speak at all!

Commons sins of the tongue against Y┴OHU UL and others are backbiting, slander, bearing false witness, exaggerations, gossip, rumor mongering, receiving or spreading evil reports, insults, curses, rude and lewd remarks, flatteries and the like.

Do recall the ten spies who merely told Mehush˙a the truth yet were quickly punished for spreading evil reports (Numbers 13-14).

Frequent checks should be made on one another in this important yet subtle subject matter. Regularly ask one another, 'Have I said anything which may have offended you during these past few days?' Then quickly get the matter over with by confession and forgiveness.

What now should your response be to Y┴OHU UL in the light of this revelation knowledge from the 'R┌KHA hol-HODSH┌A'?

'May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Your sight, O Y┴OHU UL, my Vigor and my Redeemer.' - TehillÝm 19:14

What now should your response be to your marriage partner as the 'R┌KHA hol-HODSH┌A' (Holy Spirit of YAOH┌SHUA) convicts your heart in regard to sin, uprightness and judgment?

'I now realize and recall the unkind and unpleasant words which I have spoken at you and about you, and I now feel deeply convicted by my sins against Y┴OHU UL and you. I am truly repentant and am now asking your forgiveness. Do you forgive me?'

Scriptural Guidelines -

'The 'R┌KHA-Y┴OHU' (Spirit of Y┴OHU UL) speaks through me; His words are upon my tongue.' - 2 Samu-Ul 23:2

'My lips will speak no evil, and my tongue will speak no lies.' - Yaohßv 27:4

'My enemies cannot speak one truthful word.
      Their deepest desire is to ruin others.
Their talk is foul, like the malodor from an open grave.
      Their speech is filled with flattery.' - TehillÝm 5:9

'Their mouths are full of cursing, lies, and threats.
      Trouble and evil are on the tips of their tongues.' - TehillÝm 10:7

'May Y┴OHU UL bring their flattery to an end
      and silence their proud tongues.' - TehillÝm 12:3

'May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart
      be pleasing to You, O Y┴OHU UL, my Rock and my Redeemer.' - TehillÝm 19:14

'The upright person gives wise advice, but the tongue that deceives will be cut off.' - Proverbs 10:31

'Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.' - Proverbs 12:18

'Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.' - Proverbs 15:4

'A perverse person ignites up conflicts, and a gossip separates close friends.' - Proverbs 16:28

'He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.' - Proverbs 17:9

'Wrongdoers hearken to wicked talk; liars pay attention to ruinous words.' - Proverbs 17:4

'The crooked heart will not prosper; the crooked tongue tumbles into trouble.' - Proverbs 17:20

'Those who love to talk will suffer the consequences, for the tongue can kill or nourish life.' - Proverbs 18:21

'If you keep your mouth shut, you will remain out of trouble.' - Proverbs 21:23

'Patience can persuade a prince, and soft speech can crush tough opponents.' - Proverbs 25:15

'As surely as a wind from the north brings rain, so a gossiping tongue breeds anger!' - Proverbs 25:23

'A lying tongue hates its victims, and flattery causes ruin.' - Proverbs 26:28

'Dear friends, be quick to hearken, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Your anger can never make things right in Y┴OHU UL's sight. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the message Y┴OHU UL has planted in your hearts, for it is powerful enough to save your souls.

And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to hearken to. If you don't obey, you are only fooling yourself. For if you merely hear and don't obey, it is like looking at your face in a mirror but doing nothing to improve your appearance.

You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you keep looking fixedly into Y┴OHU UL's perfect law Ś the law that sets you free Ś and if you do what it says and don't forget what you heard, then Y┴OHU UL will bless you for doing it.

If you claim to be religious but don't control your tongue, you are just fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless!

Pure and enduring religion in the sight of Y┴OHU UL our AB┌ means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us.' - Y┴OHU-caf (James) 1:19-27

'We all make many mistakes, but those who control their tongues can also control themselves in every other way. We can make a large horse turn around and go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth.

And a tiny rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot wants it to go, even though the winds are forceful. So also, the tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do.

A tiny spark can set a huge forest on fire. And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is full of wickedness that can ruin your whole life. It can turn the entire course of your life into a blazing flame of ruin, for it is ignited on fire by hell itself.

People can tame all kinds of animals and birds and reptiles and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is an uncontrollable evil, full of deadly poison.

Sometimes it praises our Y┴OHU UL and AB┌, and sometimes it breaks out into curses against those who have been made in the image of Y┴OHU UL.

And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brethren, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? Can you pick olives from a fig tree or figs from a grapevine? No, and you can't draw fresh water from a salty pool.

If you are wise and comprehend Y┴OHU UL's ways, live a life of continual virtue in order that only noble deeds will pour forth.

And if you don't brag about the kindness you do, then you will be truly wise! But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your hearts, don't brag about being wise. That is the worst kind of lie!

For jealousy and selfishness are not Y┴OHU UL's kind of wisdom. Such matters are earthly, unspiritual and motivated by ha-satßn. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find confusion and every kind of evil.

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and noble deeds.

It shows no favoritism and is always genuine. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of uprightness.' - Y┴OHU-caf (James) 3:2-18

YAOH┌SHUA told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture Engrafting Passages for Today -

'Who may worship in Your Temple, Y┴OHU UL?
      Who may enter Your presence on Your holy hill?

Those who lead blameless lives
      and do what is right,
      speaking the truth from truthful hearts.

Those who refuse to slander others
      or harm their neighbors
      or speak evil of their friends.

Those who despise relentless sinners,
      and honor the faithful followers of Y┴OHU UL
      and keep their promises even when it hurts.

Those who do not charge interest on the money they lend,
      and who refuse to accept bribes to testify against the innocent.

Such people will remain firm forever.' - TehillÝm (Psalms) 15:1-5

'I will praise Y┴OHU UL at all times.
      I will continually speak His praises.
I will boast solely in Y┴OHU UL;
      let all who are discouraged take heart.
Come, let us tell of Y┴OHU UL's greatness;
      let us exalt His Sh˙am (Name) together.

I prayed to Y┴OHU UL, and He answered me,
      freeing me from all my fears.
Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with gladness;
      no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
I cried out to Y┴OHU UL in my suffering, and He heard me.
      He delivered me free from all my fears.
For the angel of Y┴OHU UL guards all who reverentially fear Him,
      and He rescues them.

Taste for yourself and see that Y┴OHU UL is kind.
      Oh, the gladness of those who trust fully in Him!
Let Y┴OHU UL's people show Him reverence,
      for those who honor Him will have all they need.
Even tough young lions sometimes go hungry,
      but those who trust upon Y┴OHU UL will never lack any fine thing.

Come, my children, and hearken to me,
      and I will teach you to reverentially fear Y┴OHU UL.
Do any of you want to live
      a life that is long and blessed?
Then watch your tongue!
      Keep your lips from telling lies!
Turn away from evil and do what is right.
      Work hard at living in peace with others.

The eyes of Y┴OHU UL watch over those who do right;
      His ears are open to their cries for help.
But Y┴OHU UL turns His face against those who do evil;
      He will erase their memory from the earth.

Y┴OHU UL hears His people when they call to Him for help.
      He rescues them from ALL their troubles.
Y┴OHU UL is close to the brokenhearted;
      He rescues those who are crushed deeply in spirit.

The upright face many troubles,
      but Y┴OHU UL rescues them from each and every one.
For Y┴OHU UL protects them from harm Ś
      not one of their bones will be broken!

Calamity will surely overtake the wicked,
      and those who hate the upright will be punished.
But Y┴OHU UL will redeem those who serve Him.
      Everyone who trusts in Him will be freely pardoned.' - TehillÝm 34:1-22

Your Character Trait for Today -

Integrity which is the opposite of Backbiting Mouth

Definition:

Speaking truly and dealing truly with everyone I relate with, speaking heartfelt kind words in their presence as well as behind their backs.

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

A fool's mouth is his own ruin.

Your own mouth condemns you.

The heart of the stupid is in their mouth, but the mouth of the wise is in their heart.

As you enclose your vineyard with hedges of thorns, so likewise you must put bolts and padlocks to your own mouth.

Blessed is he whose mouth is full of mercy and gentleness.

The mouth is a door, and therefore should be kept closed.

From a person's speech, we can tell what he really is.

'No' is an oath, and 'Yes' is an oath.

Let another praise you, not your own mouth.

If you want to praise, praise Y┴OHU UL; if you want to blame, blame only yourself!

You may offer some praise to others in their presence, but all the more so when behind their backs.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

Anecdote for Today: Prayer Of An Anonymous Man

Y┴OHU UL, Thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing old and some day will be old.

Keep me from getting talkative, and particularly from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.

Release me from craving to try to correct out everyone's affairs.

Keep my mind free from the litany of endless details Ś please give me wings to get to the point.

I ask for enablement enough to hear the tales of others' pains. Help me to endure them with patience.

But seal my lips to my own aches and pains Ś they are increasing and my love of rehearsing them is becoming more pleasurable as the years go by.

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally it is possible that I may be mistaken.

Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a saint Ś some of them are hard to live with Ś but a sour old woman is one of the crowning works of ha-satßn.

Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy.

With my treasure of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all Ś but Thou knowest, Y┴OHU UL, that I want a few friends at the end!


How to Be Free From Guilt -

1. Humble yourself in real, true repentance -

What Repentance Is Not.... What Real Repentance Is....
1. Being sorry that you failed in your marriage.

Admitting and confessing that your are proud and stubborn; then grieving over this faulty condition of your own heart.

'Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who really take advice.' - Proverbs 13:10

2. Being sorry that others have rejected you.

Admitting and confessing that you have failed to act on the desire and enablement which Y┴OHU UL has given you to fully obey His perfect will in your life.

'For it is the will of Y┴OHU UL that is working in you both to will and to do His fine pleasure.' - Philippians 2:13

3. Being sorry that your reputation has been damaged.

Admitting and confessing that your behavior have caused the 'Sh˙am' (Name) of Y┴OHU UL to be blasphemed among the pagans.

'You have given the enemies of Y┴OHU UL much opportunity to despise and blaspheme Him, so your child will die.' - 2 Samu-Ul 12:14

'Teach younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to take care of their homes, to do what is right, and to be submissive to their husbands.

Then they will not bring shame on the Word of Y┴OHU UL.' - Titus 2:4-5

4. Being sorry that you lost your credit, your money, funds and assets.

Admitting and confessing that you have been trying hard to take full charge of your life and that you have been indulging in your carnal lusts, passions and cravings for pleasures.

'What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Isn't it the whole army of evil desires at war within you?' - Y┴OHU-caf (James) 4:1

5. Being sorry that you hurt the feelings of your spouse and children.

Admitting and confessing you have caused your spouse and children, whom Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA died for, to stumble because of your bad example and neglect.

'Stop condemning each other anymore. On the contrary, decide to live in such a way that you will not put an obstacle in another believer's path.' - Romans 14:13

6. Being sorry that your own personal plans and ambitions are ruined.

Admitting and confessing that you had the wrong goals, values and priorities in life.

'Seek you first the Kingdom of Y┴OHU UL and His character traits and all them other things shall be added unto you.' - ManY┴OHU 6:33

Scriptural Guidelines -

'This is the Message He has given us to announce to you:

Y┴OHU UL is light and there is no darkness in Him at all.

So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with Y┴OHU UL but go on living in spiritual darkness. We are not living in the truth.

But if we are living in the light of Y┴OHU UL's presence, just like hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y is, then we have fellowship with each other, and the 'DAM' (blood) of YAOH┌SHUA, His Son, cleanses us from every sin.

If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.

If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling Y┴OHU UL a liar and showing that His Word has no real place in our hearts.

My dear children, I am writing this to you in order that you will not sin. But if you do sin, there is Someone to plead for you before Y┴OHU AB┌ (the Father).

He is YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, the One Who pleases Y┴OHU UL completely. He is the sacrifice for our sins. He takes away not only our sins but the sins of all the world!

And how can we be sure that we belong to Him? By obeying His commands. If someone claims, 'I belong to Y┴OHU UL,' but doesn't obey Y┴OHU UL's commands, that person is a liar and does not live in the truth.

But those who obey Y┴OHU UL's Word really do love Him.

That is the way to know whether or not we live in Him.

Those who say they live in Y┴OHU UL should live their lives like hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y did.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam (John) 1:5-2:6

YAOH┌SHUA told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture Engrafting Passages for Today -

'Now I am glad I sent it (the letter), not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to have remorse and change your ways.

It was the kind of sorrow Y┴OHU UL wants His people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way.

For Y┴OHU UL can use sorrow in our lives to help us turn away from sin and seek salvation. We will never regret that kind of sorrow.

But sorrow without repentance is the kind that results in death.' - 2 Corinthians 7:9-10

'Y┴OHU UL is close to the brokenhearted;
He rescues those who are of a crushed spirit.' - TehillÝm 34:18

'The sacrifice You want is a broken spirit.
A broken and repentant heart, O Y┴OHU UL,
You will not despise.' - TehillÝm 51:17

'The high and lofty One Who inhabits eternity, the Holy One, says this:

'I live in that high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts.' - Yaosh˙a-Y┴OHU (Isaiah) 57:15

'My hands have made both heaven and earth, and they are Mine. I, Y┴OHU UL, have spoken! I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at My word.' - Yaosh˙a-Y┴OHU 66:2

Your Character Trait for Today -

Contrition which is the opposite of Hardheartedness

Definition:

Humbling myself under the mighty hand of Y┴OHU UL, admitting my faults and failures, confessing my sins, seeking His forgiveness and cleansing, that my relationships may be healed and thus glorify Y┴OHU UL in my life.

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

Sin is not sinful because Y┴OHU UL forbade it, but Y┴OHU UL forbade it because it is morally rotten.

Three sins that many find hard to escape every day: sinful thoughts, the presumption that Y┴OHU UL must always answer our prayers the way we want Him to, and accepting and passing along evil reports.

Your iniquities separate you from Y┴OHU UL.

A sin's beginning is sweet, but the end is bitter.

Let the wicked forsake his way and return to Y┴OHU UL.

'Return to Me and I will return to you,' says Y┴OHU UL.

Great is repentance for it prolongs life.

Whoever loves worldly pleasures shall be a poor person.

Humility expunges envy and jealousy.

To find real truth, bend down very humbly.

Repentance begins with humility.

Y┴OHU UL revealed Himself in a bush, to teach us that the Loftiest may be found in the lowliest.

Learn from Y┴OHU UL: He revealed Himself in Sinai, not on high mountains, in a bush, not in majestic trees.

Only the humble will rise at the resurrection.

The absolute height of real intelligence is humility.

The real test of true humility is in your attitude and treatment of your subordinates.

Humility is the seed of contentment.

Y┴OHU UL resists the proud but gives favors to the humble.

Anecdote for Today: Don't Wake Him Up!

At an open-air evangelistic meeting the preacher asked for testimonies. While this was going on a skeptic was passing by just when the testimony of a saved drunkard was being given.

He stopped and heard. The former drunkard was telling how he was delivered from alcoholism and his life renewed!

The skeptic scoffingly made a few remarks to those around him. He said, 'It was nothing more than a dream, religion saving a man in this manner; just a mere dream, and nothing more.'

No one answered him; but Y┴OHU UL had His way of dealing with him. Among the crowd was a little girl about ten years old. She had known the misery of a drunkard's home.

She heard the remark of the skeptic and, going up to him, she said:

'Please, sir, if it's only a dream, don't wake him up Ś for that is my daddy!'


How to Be Free From Guilt -

2. Identify your basic offenses -

Your basic offenses include your wrong attitudes, words, behavior and treatment of Y┴OHU UL, your marriage partner, family and in-laws.

Please put a checkmark where applicable to you:

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Having a stubborn, selfish will against your parents while you were growing up.

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Becoming involved with sensual and pornographic magazines, books, films and television programs. Engaging in immoral thoughts and fornication (sexual filthiness) as you were growing up.

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Pursuing wrong priorities in life. Leaving your loved ones out of your daily schedule.

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Engaging in premarital and extra-marital sexual relationships.

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Getting married against the wishes of your parents or parents-in-law

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Expressing prideful, selfish attitudes in your marriage.

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Being ungrateful and taking loves ones for granted.

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Entering into marriage without proper preparation.

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Speaking rude, harsh and angry words. Not showing gentleness and compassion.

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Demanding your own way, doing entirely as you please, in complete disregard of others and their needs.

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Criticizing, belittling and insulting others. Never expressing appreciation.

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Being deceptive, dishonest; also for lying.

Scriptural Guidelines -

'This is the Message He has given us to announce to you:

Y┴OHU UL is light and there is no darkness in Him at all.

So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with Y┴OHU UL but go on living in spiritual darkness. We are not living in the truth.

But if we are living in the light of Y┴OHU UL's presence, just like hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y is, then we have fellowship with each other, and the 'DAM' (blood) of YAOH┌SHUA, His Son, cleanses us from every sin.

If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.

If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling Y┴OHU UL a liar and showing that His Word has no real place in our hearts.

My dear children, I am writing this to you in order that you will not sin. But if you do sin, there is Someone to plead for you before Y┴OHU AB┌ (the Father).

He is YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, the One Who pleases Y┴OHU UL completely. He is the sacrifice for our sins. He takes away not only our sins but the sins of all the world!

And how can we be sure that we belong to Him? By obeying His commands. If someone claims, 'I belong to Y┴OHU UL,' but doesn't obey Y┴OHU UL's commands, that person is a liar and does not live in the truth.

But those who obey Y┴OHU UL's Word really do love Him.

That is the way to know whether or not we live in Him.

Those who say they live in Y┴OHU UL should live their lives like hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y did.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam (John) 1:5-2:6

YAOH┌SHUA told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture Engrafting Passages for Today -

'Now I am glad I sent it (the letter), not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to have remorse and change your ways.

It was the kind of sorrow Y┴OHU UL wants His people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way.

For Y┴OHU UL can use sorrow in our lives to help us turn away from sin and seek salvation. We will never regret that kind of sorrow.

But sorrow without repentance is the kind that results in death.' - 2 Corinthians 7:9-10

'Y┴OHU UL is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those who are of a crushed spirit.' - TehillÝm 34:18

'The sacrifice You want is a broken spirit. A broken and repentant heart, O Y┴OHU UL, You will not despise.' - TehillÝm 51:17

'The high and lofty One Who inhabits eternity, the Holy One, says this:

'I live in that high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts.' - Yaosh˙a-Y┴OHU (Isaiah) 57:15

'My hands have made both heaven and earth, and they are Mine. I, Y┴OHU UL, have spoken! I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at My word.' - Yaosh˙a-Y┴OHU 66:2

Your Character Trait for Today -

Introspection which is the opposite of Self-Delusion

Definition:

Examining myself truthfully in the light of Y┴OHU UL's Words and admitting, confessing and renouncing anything in my life which is wicked in the eyes of Y┴OHU UL, that I may be forgiven, cleansed, healed and delivered.

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

Y┴OHU UL says:

'These people come near to Me with their mouths
      and honor Me with their lips,
      but their hearts are far from Me.
Their worship of Me
      is made up only of rules taught by men.' - Yaosh˙a-Y┴OHU 29:13

Many people do not reverentially fear Y┴OHU UL, yet attend religious celebrations regularly, to be admired by others.

Some people speak what is right but commit what is evil; they cover the wolf of their behavior by the sheep's clothing of beautiful phrases and scripture passages.

Y┴OHU UL detests him who speaks one thing with his mouth and another in his heart.

Anecdote for Today: Preacher Midst Empty Pews

Once a famous bishop was preaching to a large audience, he used for his text the tale of Ananias and Sapphira, who told a lie and were slain dead.

The old bishop roared: 'The Creator doesn't slay people dead for lying like He used to. If He did, where would I be?'

When his audience snickered a bit, he roared back, 'I tell you where I would be. I would be right here preaching to an empty house!'


How to Be Free From Guilt -

3. Relive your offenses through the feelings of those whom you have hurt -

When Y┴OHU UL gives us the opportunity to repent by revealing to us how we have wronged others, we must begin to 'feel' our offenses by supposing and reliving ourselves in the place of those whom we have offended.

Upon doing this, we begin to realize how deep the hurts and wounds which we have cut in others, without previously realizing it.

With this comes our desire to really ask for the forgiveness of those whom we have hurt.

If we truly want forgiveness from others, we must heartily express through our spirits that we now fully realize how deeply we have hurt them.

Serious hurts and offenses need more proofs of genuine remorse and contrition from you and at times would require much sacrifices on your part to earn the forgiveness of those whom you have seriously wounded.

It is common for those whom you have offended to want to see evidences that you have really changed, both in attitudes and behavior.

Scriptural Guidelines -

'When Y┴OHUtz-kaq was old and almost blind, he called for Esau, his older son, and said, 'My son?' 'Yes, AbÝ?' Esau replied. 'I am an old man now,' Y┴OHUtz-kaq said, 'and I expect every day to be my last. Take your bow and a quiver full of arrows out into the open country, and hunt some wild game for me.

Prepare it just the way I like it so it's savory and fine, and bring it here for me to eat. Then I will pronounce the blessing that belongs to you, my firstborn son, before I die.'

But Ro-Úvka overheard the discourse. So when Esau left to hunt for the wild game, she said to her son Y┴OHU-caf, 'I overheard your AbÝ asking Esau to prepare him a delectable meal of wild game.

He wants to bless Esau in Y┴OHU UL's presence before he dies. Now, my son, do exactly as I tell you. Go out to the flocks and bring me two fine young goats. I'll prepare your AbÝ's favorite dish from them. Take the food to your AbÝ; then he can eat it and bless you in place of Esau before he dies.'

'But mother!' Y┴OHU-caf replied. 'He won't be fooled that easily. Think how hairy Esau is and how smooth my skin is! What if my AbÝ touches me? He'll see that I'm trying to trick him, and then he'll curse me in place of blessing me.'

'Let the curse fall on me, dear son,' said Ro-Úvka. 'Just do what I tell you. Go out and get the goats.' So Y┴OHU-caf followed his mother's directives, bringing her the two goats. She took them and cooked a delectable meat dish, just the way Y┴OHUtz-kaq liked it.

Then she took Esau's best clothes, which were there in the house, and clothed Y┴OHU-caf with them. She made him a pair of gloves from the hairy skin of the young goats, and she placed a swath of the goat's skin around his neck.

Then she gave him the meat dish, with its rich aroma, and some freshly baked bread. Y┴OHU-caf carried the platter of food to his AbÝ and said, 'AbÝ?' 'Yes, my son,' he answered. 'Who is it Ś Esau or Y┴OHU-caf?'

Y┴OHU-caf replied, 'It's Esau, your older son. I've done as you told me. Here is the wild game, cooked the way you like it. Sit up and eat it so you can give me your blessing.'

Y┴OHUtz-kaq asked, 'How were you able to find it so quickly, my son?'

'Because Y┴OHU your UL put it in my path!' Y┴OHU-caf replied.

Then Y┴OHUtz-kaq said to Y┴OHU-caf, 'Come over here. I want to touch you to make sure you really are Esau.' So Y┴OHU-caf went over to his AbÝ, and Y┴OHUtz-kaq touched him.

'The voice is Y┴OHU-caf's, but the hands are Esau's,' Y┴OHUtz-kaq said to himself. But he did not recognize Y┴OHU-caf because Y┴OHU-caf's hands felt hairy just like Esau's. So Y┴OHUtz-kaq pronounced his blessing on Y┴OHU-caf. 'Are you really my son Esau?' he asked.'

Yes, of course,' Y┴OHU-caf replied. Then Y┴OHUtz-kaq said, 'Now, my son, bring me the meat. I will eat it, and then I will give you my blessing.'

So Y┴OHU-caf took the food over to his AbÝ, and Y┴OHUtz-kaq ate it. He too drank the wine that Y┴OHU-caf served him. Then Y┴OHUtz-kaq said, 'Come here and kiss me, my son.' So Y┴OHU-caf went over and kissed him. And when Y┴OHUtz-kaq caught the smell of his clothes, he was finally convinced, and he blessed his son.

He said, 'The smell of my son is the pleasant smell of the open fields that Y┴OHU UL has blessed. May Y┴OHU UL always give you plenty of dew for healthy crops and huge harvests of grain and wine. May many nations become your servants. May you be the ruler of your brothers. May all your mother's sons bow low before you. All who curse you are cursed, while all who bless you are blessed!'

As soon as Y┴OHUtz-kaq had blessed Y┴OHU-caf, and almost before Y┴OHU-caf had left his AbÝ, Esau returned from his hunting trip. Esau prepared his AbÝ's favorite meat dish and brought it to him.

Then he said, 'I'm back, AbÝ, and I have the wild game. Sit up and eat it so you can give me your blessing.'

But Y┴OHUtz-kaq asked him, 'Who are you?'

'Why, it's me, of course!' he replied. 'It's Esau, your older son.'

Y┴OHUtz-kaq began to tremble uncontrollably and said, 'Then who was it that just served me wild game? I have already eaten it, and I blessed him with an irrevocable blessing before you came.'

When Esau found out, he let out a loud and bitter cry. 'O my AbÝ, bless me, too!' he begged.

But Y┴OHUtz-kaq said, 'Your brother was here, and he tricked me. He has carried away your blessing.'

Esau said bitterly, 'No wonder his name is Y┴OHU-caf, for he has deceived me twice, first taking my birthright and now robbing me of my blessing. Oh, haven't you saved even one blessing for me?'

Y┴OHUtz-kaq said to Esau, 'I have made Y┴OHU-caf your ruler and have declared that all his brothers will be his servants. I have guaranteed him an abundance of grain and wine Ś what is there left to give?'

Esau pleaded, 'Not one blessing left for me? O my AbÝ, bless me, too!' Then Esau broke down and wept. His AbÝ, Y┴OHUtz-kaq, said to him, 'You will live off the land and what it yields, and you will live by your sword. You will serve your brother for a time, but then you will shake loose from him and be free.'

Esau hated Y┴OHU-caf because he had robbed him of his blessing, and he said to himself, 'My AbÝ will soon be dead and gone. Then I will kill Y┴OHU-caf.'

But someone came to know what Esau was planning and reported it to Ro-Úvka. She sent for Y┴OHU-caf and told him, 'Esau is really threatening to kill you. This is what you should do. Flee to your uncle Lavßn in Haran. Remain there with him until your brother's fury is spent. When he forgets what you have done, I will send for you. Why should I lose both of you in one day?'

Then Ro-Úvka said to Y┴OHUtz-kaq, 'I'm sick and tired of these local Hittite women. I'd rather die than see Y┴OHU-caf marry one of them!' - BereshÝt (Genesis) 27

After having been in exile for many years in his uncle Lavßn's place, Y┴OHU-caf now decides to go back and meet his offended brother again.

'As Y┴OHU-caf and his household journeyed on their way again, angels of Y┴OHU UL came to meet him. When Y┴OHU-caf saw them, he exclaimed, 'This is Y┴OHU UL's camp!' So he named the place Mahanaim.

Y┴OHU-caf now sent orderlies to his brother, Esau, in Edom, the land of Seir. He told them, 'Give this message to my boss Esau: 'Humble greetings from your servant Y┴OHU-caf! I have been living with uncle Lavßn until recently, and now I own oxen, donkeys, sheep, goats and many servants, both men and women. I have sent these orderlies to inform you of my coming, hoping that you will be friendly to us.'

The orderlies returned with the news that Esau was on his way to meet Y┴OHU-cafŚwith an army of four hundred men! Y┴OHU-caf was frightened at the report. He divided his household, along with the flocks and herds and camels, into two camps. He thought, 'If Esau attacks one group, perhaps the other can escape.'

Then Y┴OHU-caf prayed, 'O Y┴OHU UL of my 'sßba' (grandpa) Abruhßm and my AbÝ, Y┴OHUtz-kaq Ś O Y┴OHU UL, You told me to return to my land and to my relatives, and You promised to treat me kindly. I am not worthy of all the faithfulness and unfailing love You have shown to me, Your servant. When I left home, I owned nothing except a walking stick, and now my household fills two camps! O Y┴OHU UL, please rescue me from my brother, Esau. I am afraid that he is coming to kill me, along with my wives and children.

But You promised to treat me kindly and to multiply my offsprings until they become as numerous as the sands along the shore Ś too many to count.'

Y┴OHU-caf remained where he was for the night and prepared a present for Esau: two hundred female goats, twenty male goats, two hundred ewes, twenty rams, thirty female camels with their young, forty cows, ten bulls, twenty female donkeys, and ten male donkeys.

He told his servants to lead them on ahead, each group of animals by itself, separated by some space in between. He gave these directives to the men leading the first group: 'When you meet Esau, he will ask, 'Where are you going? Whose servants are you? Whose animals are these?' You should reply, 'These belong to your servant Y┴OHU-caf. They are a present for his boss Esau! He is coming right behind us.''

Y┴OHU-caf gave the same directives to each of the herdsmen and told them, 'You are all to say the same thing to Esau when you see him. And be sure to say, 'Your servant Y┴OHU-caf is right behind us.''

Y┴OHU-caf's plan was to appease Esau with the presents before meeting him face to face. 'Perhaps,' Y┴OHU-caf hoped, 'he will be friendly to us.' So the presents were sent ahead, and Y┴OHU-caf spent that night in the camp.

But during the night Y┴OHU-caf rose up and sent his two wives, two concubines, and eleven sons over the Yabbok River. After they were on the other side, he sent over all his properties.

This left Y┴OHU-caf all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until dawn. When the man saw that he couldn't win the match, he hit Y┴OHU-caf's hip and knocked it out of joint at the socket.

Then the man said, 'Let me go, for it is already daybreak.'

But Y┴OHU-caf panted, 'I will not let you go unless you bless me.'

'What is your name?' the man asked.

He replied, 'Y┴OHU-caf.'

'Your name will no longer be Y┴OHU-caf,' the man told him. 'It is now Yaoshor˙l, because you have endeavored with both Y┴OHU UL and men and have won.'

'What is your name?' Y┴OHU-caf asked him.

'Why do you ask?' the man replied. Then he blessed Y┴OHU-caf there. Y┴OHU-caf named the place Peni-Ul - 'face of Y┴OHU UL' Ś for he said, 'I have seen Y┴OHU UL face to face, yet my life has been spared.'

The sun rose as he left Peni-Ul, and he was limping because of his hip. That is why even today the people of Yaoshor˙l don't eat meat from near the hip, in memory of what happened that night.

Then, afar off, Y┴OHU-caf saw Esau coming with his four hundred men. Y┴OHU-caf now arranged his family into a column, with his two concubines and their children at the front, Leßh and her children next, and Rocha-┌l and Y┴OHU-saf last. Y┴OHU-caf then went on ahead.

As he approached his brother, he bowed low seven times before him. Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him affectionately and kissed him. Both of them were in tears. Then Esau looked at the women and children and asked, 'Who are these people with you?'

'These are the children Y┴OHU UL has favorably given to me,' Y┴OHU-caf replied. Then the concubines came forward with their children and bowed low before him. Next Leßh came with her children, and they bowed down. Finally, Rocha-┌l and Y┴OHU-saf came and made their bows.

'And what were all the flocks and herds I met as I came?' Esau asked. Y┴OHU-caf replied, 'They are gifts, sir, to ensure your kindness.'

'Brother, I have plenty,' Esau answered. 'Keep what you have.'

'No, please accept them,' Y┴OHU-caf said, 'for what a relief it is to see your friendly smile. It is like seeing the smile of Y┴OHU UL! Please take my gifts, for Y┴OHU UL has been very generous to me. I have more than enough.'

Y┴OHU-caf continued to plead, so Esau finally accepted them.

'Well, let's be going,' Esau said. 'I will remain with you and lead the way.'

But Y┴OHU-caf replied, 'You can see, sir, that some of the children are very young, and the flocks and herds have their young, too. If they are driven too hard, they may die. So go on ahead of us. We will follow at our own pace and meet you at Seir.'

'Well,' Esau said, 'at least let me leave some of my men to guide and protect you.'

'There is no reason for you to be so kind to me,' Y┴OHU-caf pleaded. So Esau journeyed back to Seir that same day.

Meanwhile, Y┴OHU-caf and his household traveled on to Succˇs. There he built himself a house and made booths for his flocks and herds. That is why the place was named Succˇs. Then they arrived safely at Shechem, in Canaan, and they set up camp just outside the town.

Y┴OHU-caf bought the land he camped on from the family of Hamor, Shechem's AbÝ, for a hundred pieces of silver. And there he built an altar and called it - Ul-Ulhßy-Yaoshor˙l.'

- BereshÝt (Genesis) 32-33

'A gift opens the way for the giver....' - Proverbs 18:16a

'A gift given in secret soothes anger....' - Proverbs 21:14a

YAOH┌SHUA told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture Engrafting Passages for Today -

'Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there recall that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.' - ManY┴OHU (Matthew) 5:23-24

'If My people, who are called by My Sh˙am (Name), will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, so I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.' - 2 Chronicles 7:14

'In those days, at that time,' declares Y┴OHU UL, 'search will be made for Yaoshor˙l's guilt, but there will be none, and for the sins of YAOH┌-dah, but none will be found, for I will forgive the remnant I spare.' - Yarmi-Y┴OHU 50:20

'O Y┴OHU UL, hearken! O Y┴OHU UL, forgive! O Y┴OHU UL, hear and act! For Your sake, O my Y┴OHU UL, do not delay, because Your City and Your people bear Your 'Sh˙am' (Name).' - Dayan-┌l 9:19

'Forgive us our debts,
      as we also have forgiven our debtors.' - ManY┴OHU (Matthew) 6:12

'For if you forgive people when they sin against you, your heavenly Y┴OHU AB┌ will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive people their sins, your Y┴OHU AB┌ will not forgive your sins, too.' - ManY┴OHU (Matthew) 6:14-15

'And when you arise praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, in order that your Y┴OHU AB┌ in heaven may forgive you your sins.' - Mark 11:25

'Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.' - Luke 6:37

'Forgive us our sins,
      for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.' - Luke 11:4

'So watch yourselves. If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, 'I repent,' forgive him.' - Luke 17:3-4

'If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.' - Y┴OHU-khßnam 20:23

'Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as Y┴OHU UL forgave you.' - Colossians 3:13

'For I will forgive their wickedness
      and will remember their sins no more.' - Hebrews 8:12

'If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all uncleanness.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam 1:9

Your Character Trait for Today -

Sensitivity which is the opposite of Abrasiveness

Definition:

Feeling and emoting what others have suffered because of my offensive words, behavior and attitudes, and seeking scriptural ways to gain their forgiveness and renew right relations with them by my showing fruit worthy of true repentance.

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

He who doesn't care to prevent the waste of another's property is like a thief.

The secret of success is continuality of purpose.

It is commendable for a person to keep away from quarrels.

Quarrelsome people soon come to deep grief.

The common, ordinary person always pushes himself to the front.

The wise will remain serene even in the midst of trouble.

Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.

Anecdote for Today: Soft Answer Diffuses Wrath

The Speech Research Unit of Kenyon College proved through tests that when a person is hollered at, he simply cannot help but yell back.

You can use this scientific knowledge to keep another person from becoming angry: control the other person's manner of speech by the tone of your own voice.

Psychology has proved that if you keep your voice soft you will not become angry! Psychology has accepted as scientific the old scriptural injunction, 'A soft answer turns away wrath.'


How to Be Free From Guilt -

4. In repentance, you must use the right wording when seeking forgiveness -

When your heart, motives and attitudes are right, right wording will also proceed forth from your lips, for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Right wording means that by your statements, no reference whatsoever will be made to your partner's mistakes, shortcomings and faults, but your words should focus only on what wrong and offenses you have actually done against him or her, or have failed to do.

You never say: 'I'm sorry for my mistakes, but your were full of bad behavior, too. We both were at fault.'

You must also never expect nor demand forgiveness, but, on the contrary, you must maintain a spirit of pleading for mercy and compassion.

You never say: 'I have confessed to my faults and asked for your forgiveness, so you now must forgive me!'

You must always keep in mind that your offenses are always serious and huge in the eyes of the one you hurt. An offense which you have committed may seem a splinter in your sight but in your partner's eyes, it is as huge as a plank of timber plunged right into his or her eyes!

You never say: 'I know I have made many mistakes but, come to think of it, they were all insignificant!'

Your words should be brief, precise and deeply heartfelt. Don't use superficial, meaningless words which beat around the bush but directly express your contrition in the most humble, gentle and meek manner.

Example: 'Y┴OHU UL has convicted me of how wrong I have been in ____________________ (precisely identify your offense or failure). I know that I do not deserve your forgiveness, but in mercy, would you be able to forgive me for what I have done against you?'

Scriptural Guidelines -

Dishonest tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to hear the lectures of YAOH┌SHUA; but this caused complaints from the YAOH┌-dim (Jewish) religious leaders and the experts on YAOH┌-di law because He was mingling with such despicable people - even eating with them!

So YAOH┌SHUA used this object lesson: 'If you had a hundred sheep and one of them deviated away and was missing in the wilderness, wouldn't you leave the ninety-nine others to go and search for the lost sheep until you found it?

And then you would happily carry it home on your shoulders. When you arrived, you would call together your friends and neighbors to exult with you because your lost sheep was found.

Well, in the same way heaven will be happier over one lost sinner who returns to Y┴OHU UL than over ninety-nine others who haven't deviated away!

Or take another example: A woman had ten valuable silver coins and loses one. Won't she light a lamp and look in every corner of the house and sweep every nook and cranny until she finds it?

And then won't she call in her friends and neighbors to exult with her? In the same way there is gladness in the presence of the angels of Y┴OHU UL when one sinner repents.'

To further clarify the point, He told them this parable: 'A man had two sons. When the younger told his father, 'I want my share of your estate now, I won't wait until you die!' his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.

A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and took a trip to a far-off land, and there squandered all his money on parties and prostitutes. About the time his money was gone, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to go hungry.

He convinced a local farmer to hire him to feed his pigs. The boy became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the swine looked delectable to him. And no one gave him anything.

When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, 'At home even the hired men have food enough and to spare, and here I am, dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, 'AbÝ, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired man.'

So he returned home to his father. And while he was still afar off, his father saw him coming, and was filled with loving pity and ran and embraced him and kissed him.

His son said to him, 'AbÝ, I have sinned against heaven and you, and am not worthy of being called your son - '

But his father said to the slaves, 'Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. And a jeweled ring for his finger; and sandals!

And kill the calf we have in the fattening pen. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has come back to life. He was lost but now is found.' So the party began.

Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working; when he returned home, he heard dance music coming from the house, and he asked one of the servants what was going on.

'Your brother is back,' he was told, 'and your father has killed the calf we were fattening and has prepared a great feast to celebrate his coming home again unharmed.'

The older brother was furious and wouldn't go in. His father came out and begged him, but he replied, 'All these years I've worked hard for you and never once refused to do a single task you told me to; and in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends.

Yet when this son of yours comes back after spending your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the finest calf we have on the place!'

'Look, dear son,' his father said to him, 'you and I are very close, and everything I have is yours. But it is right to celebrate. For he is your brother; and he was dead and has come back to life! He was lost but now is found!'

Luke 15, Holy Scriptures
(Yaoh˙shua Version)

YAOH┌SHUA told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture Engrafting Passages for Today -

'Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there recall that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.' - ManY┴OHU (Matthew) 5:23-24

'If My people, who are called by My Sh˙am (Name), will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, so I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.' - 2 Chronicles 7:14

'O Y┴OHU UL, hearken! O Y┴OHU UL, forgive! O Y┴OHU UL, hear and act! For Your sake, O my Y┴OHU UL, do not delay, because Your City and Your people bear Your 'Sh˙am' (Name).' - Dayan-┌l 9:19

'Forgive us our debts,
      as we also have forgiven our debtors.' - ManY┴OHU (Matthew) 6:12

'For if you forgive people when they sin against you, your heavenly Y┴OHU AB┌ will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive people their sins, your Y┴OHU AB┌ will not forgive your sins, too.' - ManY┴OHU (Matthew) 6:14-15

'And when you arise praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, in order that your Y┴OHU AB┌ in heaven may forgive you your sins.' - Mark 11:25

'Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.' - Luke 6:37

'Forgive us our sins,
      for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.' - Luke 11:4

'So watch yourselves. If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, 'I repent,' forgive him.' - Luke 17:3-4

'If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.' - Y┴OHU-khßnam 20:23

'Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as Y┴OHU UL forgave you.' - Colossians 3:13

'For I will forgive their wickedness
      and will remember their sins no more.' - Hebrews 8:12

'If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all uncleanness.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam 1:9

Your Character Trait for Today -

Tactfulness which is the opposite of Coarseness

Definition:

Using the right words and phrases which will reflect my contrite and humble attitudes and thereby elicit the compassion and forgiveness of those whom I have hurt and offended.

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and health to the bones.

Who spares his words has knowledge.

'Let your words be few.' - Ecclesiastes 5:1

A fool multiplies words.

There are delightsome words which are better than actual gifts.

Respect yourself in your purest emanation: your words.

The more words, the more foolishness.

'By your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.' - ManY┴OHU 12:37

Anecdote for Today: Daily 25,000 Words

Aslronaut Michael Collins, speaking at a banquet, quoted the estimate that the average man speaks 25,000 words a day and the average woman 30,000. Then he added: 'Unfortunately, when I come home each day I've spoken my 25,000 Ś and my wife hasn't begun her 30,000!'

- Some Most Important Words

THE SIX MOST IMPORTANT WORDS:
'I admit I made a mistake.'
THE FIVE MOST IMPORTANT WORDS:
'You did a fine job.'
THE FOUR MOST IMPORTANT WORDS:
'What is your opinion?'
THE THREE MOST IMPORTANT WORDS:
'If you please.'
THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT WORDS:
'Thank you.'
THE MOST IMPORTANT WORD:
'We.'
THE LEAST IMPORTANT WORD:
'I.'


How to Be Free From Guilt -

5. You must ask forgiveness from everyone whom you have hurt or offended and from those whom you failed to do what you were supposed to -

The primary reason why you are to ask forgiveness from all those whom you have offended is not merely to revive your marriage but to obey Y┴OHU UL and to please Him at all times. You must have the proper motive in seeking forgiveness and eliminating guilt.

Asking forgiveness and receiving it does not automatically revive previous relationships, but it simply removes the hindrances of the past in order that a new relationship can be developed.

The coverage of asking forgiveness should be as large as the coverage of offense. Each individual who had been offended should be verbally asked for his or her forgiveness.

Forgiveness must not only be asked of those whom you have directly offended or hurt but also from all whom you have failed to do, give or render what you were supposed to.

The importance of verbal request (as much as possible) is that it allows you to be sure you are forgiven, and it allows the offender to become free of bitterness or blame toward you.

Ask Y┴OHU UL to Forgive You -

Have mercy on me, O Y┴OHU UL,
      because of Your unfailing love.

Because of Your great compassion,
      blot out the blemish of my sins.

Wash me clean from my guilt.
      Purify me from my sin.

For I recognize my shameful deedsŚ
      they haunt me day and night.

Against You, and You alone, have I sinned;
      I have done what is evil in Your sight.

You will be proved right in what You say,
      and Your judgment against me is just.

For I was born a sinner Ś
      yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.

But You desire honesty from the heart,
      so You can teach me to be wise in my inmost being.

Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean;
      wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Oh, give me back my gladness again;
      You have broken me Ś now let me exult.

Don't keep looking at my sins.
      Remove the blemish of my guilt.
Create in me a clean heart, O Y┴OHU UL.
      Renew a right spirit within me.

Do not banish me from Your presence,
      and don't take your 'R┌KHA hol-HODSH┌A' from me.

Renew in me again the happiness of your salvation,
      and make me willing to obey You.

Then I will teach Your ways to sinners,
      and they will return to You.

Forgive me for spilling blood, O Y┴OHU UL Who saves;
      then I will gleefully sing of Your forgiveness.

Unseal my lips, O Y┴OHU UL,
      that I may praise You.

You would not be pleased with sacrifices,
      or I would bring them.
If I brought You a burnt offering,
      You would not accept it.

The sacrifice You want is a broken spirit.
      A broken and repentant heart, O Y┴OHU UL,
      You will not despise.

Look with favor on Tziyˇn and help her;
      rebuild the walls of Yaoh˙shua-olÚym (Jerusalem).

Then You will be pleased with worthy sacrifices
      and with our whole burnt offerings;
      and bulls will again be sacrificed on Your altar.

TehillÝm (Psalms) 51, Holy Scriptures

Ask Forgiveness From Your Partner -

You must emphasize to your marriage partner that you are not asking forgiveness in order to revive the marriage (though you would like it renewed), but to obey Y┴OHU UL and to be the person that Y┴OHU UL wants you to be, regardless of what happens in the marriage. In other words, your main goal is to walk in reverential fear of Y┴OHU UL at all times and to be pleasing to Him.

When actually asking forgiveness, you must show deep humility and sensitivity. Do not justify yourself, and avoid any hint of blaming your partner. Explain how deeply your offenses must have caused him sorrow, hurt and pains. This will relay to him or her that you fully realize the seriousness of your offenses and failures.

Ask Forgiveness From Your Parents-in-Law -

Most of the major hurts, offenses and failures for which you are responsible in your married life were also deeply felt by your parents-in-law, and because of their taking up offenses in favor of their child, their anger and bitterness towards you do hinder any possible reconciliation or rejuvenation of your marriage.

Ask Forgiveness From Your Children -

The hurts, wounds and scars in your children run very deep when you commit offenses and wrongs in your marriage and among your children.

You must admit and acknowledge pride, wrong priorities, impatience, lack of spiritual leadership, failure to discipline and train them, failure to set the right scriptural examples in daily life, your selfishness and your other injustices.

'When people's ways please Y┴OHU UL, He makes even their enemies to be at peace with them.' - Proverbs 16:7

YAOH┌SHUA told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture Engrafting Passages for Today -

'What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Isn't it the whole army of evil desires at war within you? You want what you don't have, so you scheme and kill to get it.

You are jealous for what others have, and you can't possess it, so you fight and quarrel to take it away from them.

And yet the reason you don't have what you want is that you don't ask Y┴OHU UL for it.

And even when you do ask, you don't get it because your whole motive is wrong Ś you want only what will give you pleasure. You adulterers!

Don't you realize that friendship with this world makes you an enemy of Y┴OHU UL? I say it again, that if your aim is to indulge in the pleasures of this world, you can't be a friend of Y┴OHU UL!

What do you think the Scriptures mean when they say that the 'R┌KHA hol-HODSH┌A' - Whom Y┴OHU UL has placed within us - jealously longs for us to be faithful?

He gives us more and more vigor to resist against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say,

'Y┴OHU UL sets himself against the proud,
but He gives favor to the humble.'

So humble yourselves before Y┴OHU UL. Resist ha-satßn, and he will flee from you.

Draw close to Y┴OHU UL, and Y┴OHU UL will draw close to you!

Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, you hypocrites. Let there be tears for the wrong activities you have done.

Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sorrow in place of laughter, and gloom in place of gladness.

When you bow down before Y┴OHU UL and admit your dependence on Him, He will lift you up and give you honor.

Don't speak evil against each other, my dear brethren. If you criticize each other and condemn each other, then you are criticizing and condemning Y┴OHU UL's law.

But you are not a judge who can decide whether the law is right or wrong. Your duty is to obey it.

Y┴OHU UL alone, Who made the law, can rightly judge among us. He alone has the power to save or to ruin.

So what right do you have to condemn your neighbor?'

- Y┴OHU-caf (James) 4:1-12

'Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as Y┴OHU UL forgave you.' - Colossians 3:13

'If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all uncleanness.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam 1:9

Your Character Trait for Today - Purity of Conscience which is the opposite of Reprobation Definition: Cleansing my heart and conscience from all known sin by renouncing and confessing them followed by seeking the forgiveness of those whom I have wronged, hurt and offended, and of those to whom I failed to do what were expected of me.

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

Add not sin to sin, counting on forgiveness.

The sweetest revenge is to forgive.

He who forgives will himself be forgiven.

Beware to what leads to forgetting the commands: too much eating, too much drinking, too much acquiring of money and property, too much ambition, worry and fear.

Let Y┴OHU UL avenge the wrong; you show forgiveness!

If your neighbor wronged you, forgive him at once, 'for you must love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.' Would you vengefully punish your one hand for having hurt the other?

Anecdote for Today: Epigram On Forgiving

The Scriptures tell us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.

Speak well of your enemies; remember you made them.

You may have noticed that every enemy you made has ten friends, And every friend you made has ten more friends!

The greatest conqueror is he who overcomes the enemy without a blow.

A believer is not perfect; he is FORGIVEN.


How to Be Free From Guilt -

6. Express gratitude for forgiveness received -

After you have received forgiveness, you must afterward express your gratefulness by words and actions. You must show that you really have changed your behavior and attitudes.

Ingratitude reflects a proud, selfish and a hard heart.

He who, after being forgiven, repeats the same offenses over and over again, will find it hard to ask for forgiveness in the long run, for his repentance and honesty would then be held in doubt.

It takes the healing power of Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA over time to heal the deep wounds and hurts which you have caused.

Continue praying for his or her spiritual wellness daily.

In the meantime, continue fulfilling your responsibilities toward that person who forgave you, quietly relying upon Y┴OHU UL to eventually soften and change his or her attitudes towards you.

You must bear in mind that major offenses require more sacrifices on your part to prove to him or her of the truthfulness of your desire to rectify and reconcile your broken relationship.

By your changed behavior and attitudes, you bring forth fruit worthy of genuine repentance, thus receiving forgiveness and for which you now must express gratefulness.

Scriptural Guidelines -

YAOH┌SHUA said to His disciples....

'Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but 'oy!' (woe!) to that person through whom they come.

It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millrock tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. So watch yourselves.

If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, 'I repent,' forgive him.'

The emissaries said to Y┴OHU UL, 'Increase our faith!'

He replied, 'If you have faith as small as a 'kardßl' seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you.

Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, 'Come along now, take your seat to eat'? Would he not rather say, 'Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink'?

Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants! We have only done our duty.''

Now on his way to Yaoh˙shua-olÚym (Jerusalem), YAOH┌SHUA traveled along the border between Shuamˇr-Y┴OHU and Galilee. As He was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him.

They arose afar-off and called out in a loud voice, 'YAOH┌SHUA, Ëdmorul, have pity on us!'

When He saw them, He said, 'Go, show yourselves to the priests.'

And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising Y┴OHU UL in a loud voice.

He threw himself by the feet of YAOH┌SHUA and thanked Him! And he was a ShomronÝ.

YAOH┌SHUA asked, 'Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to Y┴OHU UL except this foreigner?'

Then He said to him, 'Rise and go; your faith has made you well.'

Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of Y┴OHU UL would come, YAOH┌SHUA replied, 'The kingdom of Y┴OHU UL does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of Y┴OHU UL is within you.'

Then He said to his disciples, 'The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. People will tell you, 'There he is!' or 'Here he is!' Do not go running off after them.

For the Son of Man in His day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.

Just as it was in the days of Nˇkha, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Nˇkha entered the ark. Then the flood came and ruined them all.

It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and ruined them all.

It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day no one who is on the roof of his house, with his belongings inside, should go down to get them.

Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything.

Remember Lot's wife!

Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.

I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left.

Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.'

'Where, Molkhi˙l?' they asked.

He replied, 'Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.' - Luke 17, Holy Scriptures

YAOH┌SHUA told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture Engrafting Passages for Today -

'When you sacrifice a hodayßo (thank) offering to Y┴OHU UL, sacrifice it in such a way that it will be accepted on your behalf.' - Leviticus 22:29

'They were also to arise every morning give hodayßo and praise Y┴OHU UL. They were to do the same in the evening.' - 1 Chronicles 23:30

'He who sacrifices hodayßo (thank) offerings honors Me,
      and he prepares the way in order that
      I may show him the salvation of Y┴OHU UL.' - TehillÝm 50:23

'I will sacrifice a hodayßo offering to You
      and call on the Sh˙am (Name) of Y┴OHU UL.' - TehillÝm 116:17

'Sounds of happiness and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring hodayßo offerings to the house of Y┴OHU UL, saying,

'Give hodayßo to Y┴OHU UL Tzavulyßo,
for Y┴OHU UL is kind;
His love endures forever.'

For I will bring back the riches of the land as they were before,' says Y┴OHU UL.' - Yarmi-Y┴OHU 33:11

'Y┴OHU AB┌, hodayßo that You have heard me!' - Y┴OHU-khßnam 11:41b

'I always give hodayßo to Y┴OHU UL for you because of His favor given you in hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y YAOH┌SHUA.' - 1 Corinthians 1:4

'I give hodayßo to my Y┴OHU UL every time I remember you.' - Philippians 1:3

'We always give hodayßo to Y┴OHU UL, ha-AB┌ (the Father) of our Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, when we pray for you.' - Colossians 1:3

'We always give hodayßo to Y┴OHU UL for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers.' - 1 Thessalonians 1:2

'We ought always to give hodayßo to Y┴OHU UL for you, brethren, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for one another is increasing.' - 2 Thessalonians 1:3

'I always give hodayßo to my Y┴OHU UL as I remember you in my prayers.' - Philemon 1:4

Your Character Trait for Today -

Gratefulness which is the opposite of Ingratitude

Definition:

Making known to Y┴OHU UL and others how they have blessed my life much more than what I actually deserve.

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

There was a little city and there came a great king against it. Now there was found in it a poor man and wise, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that poor man.

Some people when you give them your nuts, they throw back the shells at you.

Ingratitude to your fellowmen is likewise ingratitude to Y┴OHU UL.

Teach your child an honest occupation, and pray to the Giver of All Wealth and Prosperity for him to have a blessed future.

Render unto Y┴OHU UL what are His and bear in mind that you and all that is yours are His.

Only the best to Y┴OHU UL, and when you give to others, make sure you take from your finest.

The ungrateful will never have genuine success and prosperity.

Anecdote for Today: Lesson From A Beggar

There was once a noble king in Spain called Alfonso XII. Now it came to the ears of this king that the pages at his court neglected to ask blessing on their daily meals, and he determined to rebuke them.

He invited them to a banquet which they all attended. The table was spread with every kind of delectable food and drinks, and the boys ate with evident relish; but none of them remembered to ask blessing on the food.

During the feast a beggar entered, dirty and ill-clad. He seated himself at the royal table and ate and drank to his heart's content.

At first the pages were amazed, and they expected that the king would order him away. But Alfonso said never a word. When the beggar had finished, he rose and left without a word of thanks.

Then the boys could keep silence no longer. 'What a despicably rude and mean fellow!' they cried.

But the king silenced them, and in clear, calm tones he said, 'Boys, bolder and more brazen than this beggar have you all been. Everyday you sit to a table supplied by the bounty of your Heavenly Father, yet you ask not His blessing nor express to Him your gratitude!'


In our periodic summary at this point therefore:

1.

Is the approval of both sets of parents necessary for a successful marriage?

Yes.

Y┴OHU UL promises that things will go well for us if we honor father and mother (Ephesians 6:1).

2.

Will conflict with parents before marriage surely lead to conflicts with your partner after marriage?

Yes.

Rejection of parents produces spiritual darkness that will affect every other relationship. 'Whoever curses his father or mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.' - Pr. 20:20

3.

Does looking at sensual and pornographic magazines, books or films damage the marriage relationship?

Yes.

Looking lustfully at others is mental adultery. It will carry the same ruin into the marriage relationship - ManY┴OHU 5:28.

4.

If a man's wife were unfaithful to him, did the law in Deuteronomy 24:1-14 permit him to divorce her?

No.

These passages are not a permission for divorce as much as they are regulatory ordinances in view of the current immoral practices which existed then. They were also superseded by Deuteronomy 22:29.

5.

Do premarital relationships increase compatibility after marriage?

No.

They damage compatibility and communication because they create guilt, lack of trust, wrong priorities and self-condemnation.

6.

In the Holy Scriptures, did Y┴OHU UL bring quicker punishment to immorality than to pride?

No.

Y┴OHU UL judges pride quicker than sexual immorality like in the case of quick death to Herod and mental insanity to king Nebuchadnezzar - Acts 12:23 and Dayan-Ul 4:30.

7.

Does a divorce always bring enduring damages to the children?

Yes.

Whenever Y┴OHU UL's law and order is damaged, others are seriously affected too. One major reason Y┴OHU UL hates divorce is its damaging effect on children - MolaokhÝ 2:14.

8.

Does Y┴OHU UL ever give scriptural justification to go to a divorce court?

No.

In fact, Y┴OHU UL clearly teaches that going to the divorce court proves a lack of genuine love. It would be better to suffer defrauding - Romans 2:15

9.

Can books which justify divorce and remarriage remove guilt?

No.

Because guilt is a function of the spirit. Books may give rationalizations and justifications to the mind but the spirit still condemns - Romans 2:15.

10.

Does a second marriage usually have more harmony than the first marriage?

No.

Any appearances of temporary harmony are usually overcome by hidden or unexpected conflicts such as rejection by others, rivalry among children, comparison and the continuing need for justification - Prov. 13:15

11.

Should secret unfaithfulness be confessed to your marriage partner?

Yes.

But it must be done wisely and prayerfully. 'He who covers his sins shall not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them shall receive mercy.' - Pr. 28:13 and Y┴OHU-caf 5:16.

12.

Does asking forgiveness revive the marriage relationship?

No.

It only begins the process. Usually time, changed attitudes and loving actions are required to bring healing - Proverbs 18:19.

13.

Does a bitter person usually know that he or she is bitter?

No. A bitter person's focus is not on his attitude but on the faults of others. He calls bitterness 'hurts' or 'disappointments,' but his neighbor can detect hidden bitterness - Proverbs 18:17.
14.

Does continual bitterness means that I am partially guilty?

Yes.

Bitterness involves judging and condemning. When we do that, we are just as guilty of doing the same thing - Romans 2:1-3.

15.

What a person hates his partner, does that prove he or she also hates Y┴OHU UL?

Yes.

Y┴OHU UL clearly teaches this in 1 Y┴OHU-khanam 4:20 - 'He who does not love his brother whom he can see, how can he love Y┴OHU UL Whom He has not seen?'

16.

Can you purpose not to become like the one you are bitter toward?

No.

A bitter focus causes us to make that person a norm of comparison and establishes an emotional bondage that produces similar attitudes if not similar actions - ManY┴OHU 7:1

17.

Can you give ear to an evil report without becoming defiled by it?

No.

The words of the talebearer separate close friends. They cause wounds and defilement - Pr. 26:22 and Y┴OHU-caf 3:6.

18.

Does Y┴OHU UL ever prompt your marriage partner to react negatively to you?

Yes.

But in a permissive sense, when Y┴OHU UL partially removes His hedge of protection around you, as His means of chastising and purifying you, like when Y┴OHU UL allowed Shimei to curse Dßoud - 2 Sam. 16:11

19.

Is it possible to be free from the temptation of discontentment?

No.

Even the perfect marriage and environment of Adam and Khavyßo were ruined because of discontentment.

Ha-satßn finally convinced them that they were unhappy and must be missing something - Genesis 3:1-7.

20.

Does Y┴OHU UL expect marriage to be a tough endeavor?

Yes.

Y┴OHU UL even described the types of endeavors: the wife desiring to manipulate and control her husband, the husband being domineering and tyrannical, pressures in making a living and pain in childbearing - Genesis 3:16-17.

21.

Can you develop a loving spirit toward your offender by fully forgiving him?

No.

Love covers by going beyond forgiveness and giving something of value that will bless your enemy - ManY┴OHU 6:21;5:40.

22.

Is it possible to hide bitterness?

No.

Bitterness will reveal its ugly head through telltale signs in your physical, emotional and spiritual functioning.

23.

Is it ever scripturally right to be bitter?

No.

A person may experience anger and deal with it (Eph. 4:6), but bitterness is a continuation and deepening of anger.

24.

Does forgiving a person also free that person from the consequences of his or her actions?

No.

Forgiveness is not the same as pardon. Even Y┴OHU UL does not free the believer from the consequences of sin. He forgave Dßoud, but the consequences of his sin continued - 2 Samu-Ul 12:11.

HOW A HUSBAND REMOVED GUILT AND REBUILT A 'HOPELESS' MARRIAGE

If anyone could have rebuilt a marriage, he should have been the one. He was so well-liked at college that students wildly cheered for him whenever he would walk out on the platform. But whatever he tried only caused his wife to resent him deeper. Then he followed these six steps.

For some background...

'I was always involved in outside activities to the neglect of my family. It seemed every sport that came around I was active and participating in it.

My wife said that I was the most critical, insensitive, demanding, prideful person there could be; but now she says I am one of the most sensitive and loving men she has ever met.

Y┴OHU UL had to take me trough six difficult lessons to bring me to this point.

It all came to a head one fourth of July when we were both at home watching a ball game. I was feeling a little guilty about not being the husband I should be, so I tried to gain some points by saying to my wife, 'You sure are my dear wife!'

She immediately answered, 'No, I'm not. In fact, I think we should separate. We are no longer a couple.'

As my wife talked, there was no sign of hatred or bitterness; we had passed trough that stage. Now there was just a sense of not caring.

I decided to apply what I had learned in college, which only finalized the total separation of our marriage.

Then, without hope I began learning the following lessons:

1. I finally humbled myself....

Being embarrassed and deeply depressed over my failure, I remained in the apartment and contemplated suicide. I would hear reports of what she was doing about the other fellows she was dating and for a whole month I was unable to complete an entire meal without getting sick.

I lost twenty-eight pounds. The emotional shock was so much I also broke out in boils and shingles. Not knowing what to do, I began asking advice from my friends. Their advice was to find someone else. Then one day, someone forwarded to me my first copy of the YAOH┌SHUA Warm Daily Bread, and I began to follow the advice given.

The lesson explained to me about the spirit of a woman and how men can deeply wound this spirit. With painful humiliation, I realized that I had done everything that series had said. I felt totally responsible for my wife's actions. This broke my pride and deeply humbled me that I was willing to do anything to rebuild my marriage.

The first change that Y┴OHU UL wanted to bring to my life He accomplished by allowing a change in ownership of the apartment I was renting. I was evicted from the apartment, and I found myself at home with my parents - right where Y┴OHU UL wanted me.

2. I thanked Y┴OHU UL for allowing my wife to leave me....

Admitting to Y┴OHU UL how wrong I was and gratefully accepting His forgiveness, I then sought the forgiveness of my parents, wife and children. Having a clear conscience, I began asking, 'What does Y┴OHU UL want to teach me through this? Why didn't I learn this important lesson earlier in life?'

Y┴OHU UL had to do all this to teach me genuine love. I thanked Him for allowing her to leave me and for giving me this opportunity to learn and show genuine love.

3. I purposed to learn what genuine love was....

How could I show genuine love to the wife I had so deeply hurt? First, I attempted calling her, but she adamantly refused even to talk to me. Then I began to send flowers to her. From time to time I tried to check with her to see if there was anything she needed, occasionally asking her and our children out for dinner.

To my surprise, one day she accepted but quickly wanted to know my real motives. I told her, 'I want to do these for you, and I don't ever expect anything in return. What I did to you was so wrong I don't blame you for not asking me back.'

Under my breath I would add, 'All I can hope for is Y┴OHU UL's mercy because I caused, directly or indirectly, one of His little ones to wander away.

As I was learning the way of showing genuine love, an idea came that was to be one of the hardest tests, yet it was a necessary step. Braced for ridicule, I nervously called my wife.

'Would you allow me to baby-sit while you go out Friday night on your date?' She agreed. Several days after her date, the hardest part was to come.

I had purposed to ask her the following query: 'What are the character qualities that you see and appreciate in this fellow you are dating, but you never saw in my life? I would like to begin working on them, not to get you back, but to be the man Y┴OHU UL intended for me to be all along.'

4. I rebuilt communication with her parents....

Through all my efforts to express genuine love, my wife continued thinking about the possibility of divorce. She was fully supported by her mother, who warned her to always beware of my new behavior.

Unaware of my mother-in-law's animosity toward me, Y┴OHU UL convicted me of how I had wronged her. I called, asking forgiveness for being such a poor example of a son-in-law and for the hurt I had brought to her daughter and to her.

Shocked by my call, she did forgive me, and from that day on she began encouraging her daughter to see me.

5. I began learning how to bridle my tongue....

My words were focused on my gain and rarely did I think of my wife's feelings. What could I do to break this lifelong habit? It was a bit later that I found myself about to embark on a 'foolproof' project.

My challenge was to count to fifty before answering any query. When my wife asked a query, I acknowledged that I heard her and waited for a count of fifty, asking myself, 'Will what I'm about to say benefit her or me?'

Occasionally during this period my wife was able to answer her own queries. 'Even a fool is counted wise when he keeps his mouth shut.'

In learning to give genuine love, the desire to totally rebuild my marriage grew more powerful and powerful. I found myself endeavoring and examining my motives.

One day I finally fell on my face before Y┴OHU UL and cried to Him saying, 'Y┴OHU UL, all I want is Your mercy. Again, I give You my right to have her back. I look forward to serving You, even if it means remaining single the rest of my life.'

6. I learned how to apply self-discipline in marriage....

Soon after I made this deeper commitment to Y┴OHU UL, my wife called me. She asked if I would move back with her solely for economic reasons; however, she made one specific stipulation.

I agreed to that stipulation and moved back in with her. I was not given the right to touch her in any way. The forced discipline during this time carried over to having a continual and rich time of prayer and reading His Word.

It took many months before my wife believed the change in me was real, even though she now says I am one of the most sensitive men she knows, I still say and do things that hurt her.

The key is that I am now aware when that wall goes up and I can ask her forgiveness and we take care of it right away.'

I now always praise and glorify Y┴OHU UL for all this!

YAOH┌SHUA told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!


How to Detect Any Bitterness in You -

Bitterness is the result of one's trying to balance his guilt with the blame he puts on others who have offended or failed him.

What is significant is the fact that most people do harbor bitterness in their hearts but are not aware of it, till it finally ruins them.

Bitterness often goes undetected because it is usually excused, hidden or disguised behind the deceptive labels of 'hurts' or 'disappointments.'

What are the evidences of bitterness?

1. Depression -

Harboring guilt and bitterness burns up emotional energy. When this energy is depleted, emotional depression results - Proverbs 14:10

2. Cannot trust -

A bitter person will be very careful of putting his reliance or trust upon others because of being hurt by people in the past - Hebrews 12:15

3. Insensitivity -

Bitterness causes a person to be hypersensitive to his or her own emotions, but insensitive to the feelings of others.

A bitter person normally hurts others by the same way he accuses others of hurting him - ManY┴OHU (Matthew) 7:2

4. Ingratitude -

A bitter person expects to be redressed for the hurts that he has suffered. He really feels that life and others always owe him something - 2 Y┴OHU-tam (Timothy) 3:2

5. Tension -

Bitterness causes muscles to become tense. The muscle tone in the face becomes hard. The jaws close up tighter and put damaging pressure on the teeth - Acts 7:51

6. Flattery -

Bitterness or resentment toward a person may be covered over by flattering lips - Proverbs 28:23.

7. Sickness -

Bitterness produces chemical imbalance. Resentment calls for excessive hormones from the pituitary, adrenal, thyroid and other glands. Diseases in various parts of the body results.

8. Bone problems -

Bitterness has a direct and ruinous effect upon our bones. The marrow of our bones produces blood. Therefore the health of our body is determined by the health of our bones, since the life of our flesh is in the blood - Proverbs 14:30;17:22

9. Self-Rejection -

When a bitter person vows that he will never be like the one he deeply resents, laws which which produce the very opposite result will go into effect.

Eventually the same rejection he has toward another will he also have toward himself, because he does the same things - Rom. 2:1-3

Scriptural Guidelines -

'As surely as a wind from the north brings rain, so a gossiping tongue causes anger!' - Proverbs 25:23

'Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.' - Romans 3:14

'A hot-tempered person begins fights and gets into all kinds of sin.' - Proverbs 29:22

'But I say, if you are angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you say to your friend, 'You wicked you!' you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.' - ManY┴OHU (Matthew) 5:22

'And 'don't sin by letting anger gain control over you.' Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry.' - Ephesians 4:26

'Don't sin by letting anger gain control over you. Think about it overnight and remain silent.' - TehillÝm 4:4

'Stop your anger! Turn from your rage!
Do not envy others Ś it only leads to harm.' - TehillÝm 37:8

'Those who control their anger have deep comprehension; those with a hasty temper will surely make mistakes.' - Proverbs 14:29

'A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words instigate anger.' - Proverbs 15:1

'The anger of the leader is a deadly threat; the wise do what they can to appease it.' - Proverbs 16:14

'People with fine sense control their anger; they earn esteem by overlooking wrongs. The leader's anger is like a lion's roar, but his favor is like dew on the grass.' - Proverbs 19:11-12

'The leader's fury is like a lion's roar; to rouse his anger is to risk your life.' - Proverbs 20:2

'A secret gift calms anger; a secret bribe pacifies fury.' - Proverbs 21:14

'Do not gloat when your enemy falls;
      when he stumbles, do not let your heart exult,
or Y┴OHU UL will see and disapprove
      and turn His wrath away from him.' - Proverbs 24:17-18

'Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood, but who can survive the ruinous effects of jealousy?' - Proverbs 27:4

'Mockers can get a whole town agitated, but those who are wise will calm anger.' - Proverbs 29:8

'A fool gives full vent to anger, but a wise person quietly holds it back.' - Proverbs 29:11

'As the beating of cream yields butter, and a blow to the nose causes bleeding, so anger causes quarrels.' - Proverbs 30:33

'Don't be quick-tempered, for anger is the friend of fools.' - Ecclesiastes 7:9

'The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and sensuality; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies and the like.

I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will never inherit the kingdom of Y┴OHU UL.

But the fruit of the 'R┌KHA' (Spirit) is love, ecstacy, peace, patience, kindness, uprightness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such matters there is no law.

Those who belong to hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y YAOH┌SHUA have impaled the sinful nature with its passions and desires.

Since we live by the 'R┌KHA' (Spirit), let us keep in step with the 'R┌KHA' (Spirit).

Let us not become proud and self-confident, neither provoking nor envying each other.' - Galatians 5:19-26

'And 'don't sin by letting anger gain control over you.'

Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to ha-satßn.' - Ephesians 4:26-27

'Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words and slander including all types of wicked behavior.' - Ephesians 4:31

'Now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, wicked behavior, slander and dirty language.' - Colossians 3:8

YAOH┌SHUA told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture Engrafting Passages for Today -

'Dear friends, be quick to hearken, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.

Your anger can never make things right in Y┴OHU UL's sight.

So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the message Y┴OHU UL has planted in your hearts, for it is powerful enough to save your souls.' - Y┴OHU-caf (James) 1:19-21

'Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its gladness.' - Proverbs 14:10

'Look after each other so that none of you will miss out on the special favor of Y┴OHU UL. Watch out that no bitter root of unbelief rises up among you, for whenever it springs up, many are corrupted by its venom.' - Hebrews 12:15

Your Character Trait for Today -

Tranquility which is the opposite of Irritability

Definition:

Remaining calm especially in the midst of troubling and irritating predicaments, realizing that maintaining a quiet 'r˙kha' that is fully dependent upon Y┴OHU UL is most pleasing in His sight.

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

Anger eventually kills the stupid one.

Anger never goes to bed with me!

Anger begins with madness, and ends with regret.

Anger in a house is like a worm in a plant.

Loss of temper leads to hell.

Anger and Temper are Death's executioners.

Loss of temper is disrespect unto the Holy One.

There are four kinds of temper: easy to provoke and easy to pacify - the gain cancels the loss; hard to provoke and hard to pacify - the loss cancels the gain; hard to provoke and easy to pacify - the temper of an upright person; easy to provoke and hard to pacify - the temper of the wicked.

Anecdote for Today: Slow Suicide

Bullets, guns, gas, electric chair, drowning, hanging are quicker; but for slow suicide there is nothing like cigarettes, cigars and pipes.

Cigarette smoke contains 19 poisons, including carbon monoxide, nicotine, carbolic acid and furfural. One cigarette contains as much furfural as 20 ounces of whiskey.

Furfural is 50 times as poisonous as alcohol. It causes tumors, convulsions, muscle twitching, paralysis of respiratory muscles.

Hudson Maxin said, 'With every breath, smokers inhale imbecility and exhale manhood.'

Famous epitaph on the graveyard of a smoker Ś

'I'm different Ś I can take it. It never killed me yet.'

HOW A WIFE REMOVED GUILT AND RENEWED HAPPINESS
TO A DAMAGED MARRIAGE

Everyone thought we were the perfect couple, but on the inside, no one knew that we really both had deep problems. My main problem was that I never respected my husband.

My husband was an awesome servant of the Word of Y┴OHU UL. He has great ability to teach and exhort others. He was a powerful spiritual leader - but not at home. As a result, I was pulled and tugged and fretted, trying to keep our home life on a even keel.

Because of this, I deeply admired other men who had the ability to really lead their families well. I found myself wanting to be around them.

Occasionally, I would mention to my husband how they did things - hoping he would get the message. He noticed but reacted negatively. He claimed 'he was who he was!' and didn't want to change.

I was not happy, but I thought that this was my lot in life. I determined to suffer it out. Meanwhile, I began living in a fantasy world - wondering what it would be like to live with a real man.

When we began a new evangelism outreach project, it became necessary for both my husband and me to get outside work. I began teaching fulltime but had to go back to school to pick up more courses in order to continue teaching. That's where the real trouble began.

I met a man, my teacher. I really respected him. He was forceful, yet gentle. I just could not be around him enough. I went to classes early, remained later - until the inevitable happened - we fell in love.

It turned out that he also had trouble in his marriage. We found refuge in each other. We both knew it was wrong and we tried several times to break it off. We would go sometimes a month without seeing each other, but we needed someone to talk to.

After about a year, he kissed me one night. Up until that time, it was all talk. Thank Y┴OHU UL it never went beyond that, but my guilt was so heavy, I thought many times of killing myself to rid my husband of the heartache that he might have to face. I felt that I was completely beyond hope.

I didn't expect Y┴OHU UL to let me live. I thought I'd have a car accident or some incurable disease. I knew Y┴OHU UL loved my husband too much to let him endure this heartache.

All this time, everything was going along as usual at home - I thought. Later I found out that my husband had detected my aloofness and had been praying every morning at 5:00 for Y┴OHU UL to heal our marriage.

Then someone began telling my husband about YAOH┌SHUA the Messiah and His teachings and began forwarding the Warm Daily Bread releases to us.

That day the topic was about sexual lust. I saw hope for my life. I also saw that if my husband really believed the Word of Y┴OHU UL, he would accept my mistakes and look at them as Y┴OHU UL's way of teaching both of us.

I came home that night and confessed everything to my husband. I told him how wrong I was and I asked him to forgive me.

He accepted me and said that he loved me even more, but I could tell that he was really deeply hurt. Then I wished that I had never told him. But the next day brought new light.

The next day we learned about the principle of Y┴OHU UL's 'umbrella of protection.' When my husband saw Y┴OHU UL's great plan of responsibility for the husband, he saw himself as a possible cause for our past misery.

His hurt disappeared and he asked me to forgive him for not being the man he should have been.

It was as if we had just married! We were beginning over and every day was gladness. We were not perfect overnight and we are still learning every day. But we are happier and our children are happier then ever before.

We have made mistakes and I guess we always will, but we have a brand new hope - we see life as a stepping ladder to new heights, and we know that with each mistake, Y┴OHU UL will use this to make us better people.


How to Detect Any Bitterness in You -

Bitterness is the result of one's trying to balance his guilt with the blame he puts on others who have offended or failed him.

What is significant is the fact that most people do harbor bitterness in their hearts but are not aware of it, till it finally ruins them.

Bitterness often goes undetected because it is usually excused, hidden or disguised behind the deceptive labels of 'hurts' or 'disappointments.'

Bitterness means deeply-rooted, continually and intensely boiling anger and hatred toward those who have offended, hurt or failed us.

What Are the Common Causes of Bitterness?

1.

Mixing guilt with blame - This is the most common source of bitterness when you, while under the heavy pressures and load of your own sin and guilt, begin to accuse and blame others for deeds you yourself were guilty of in the first place.

'I know that I have neglected by wife and children because of my failure to perform my spiritual duties to Y┴OHU UL and to them, but what I hated about them was why they left me for another man whom they now take as her 'husband' and their head of the family. That treachery is what I cannot forgive every time I recall what they did to me!'

As long as this husband mixes his own guilt with blame, he will never conquer bitterness.

'I know that I have yet a lot to learn as far as being a housewife is concerned but what I can't forgive was when my husband went on a week's holiday with his secretary and not with us. That was the final blow that made me divorce him. He deserves it.'

The bitterness which took root in this woman's heart will gradually yet eventually poison her whole system until she becomes finally ruined by unforgiveness, hatred and anger.

Scripture Guidelines -

'You may be saying, 'What terrible people you have been talking about!' But you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you accuse them of being wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you do these very same things, too!

And we know that Y┴OHU UL, in His justice, will punish anyone who does such wickedness.

Do you think that Y┴OHU UL will judge and condemn others for doing them and not judge you when you do them, too? Don't you realize how kind, tolerant, and patient Y┴OHU UL is with you? Or don't you care?

Can't you see how kind He has been in giving you time to turn from your sin? But no, you won't take heed. So you are gathering up terrible punishment for yourself because of your stubbornness in refusing to turn from your sin!

For there is going to come a day of judgment when Y┴OHU UL, the just Judge of all the world, will judge all people according to what they have done.

He will give eternal life to those who endure in doing what is right, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that Y┴OHU UL offers.

But He will pour out His anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and practice evil deeds.

There will be trouble and calamity for everyone who keeps on sinning Ś for the YAOH┌-di first, afterward also for the Gentile.

But there will be glory and honor and peace from Y┴OHU UL for all who do what is right Ś for the YAOH┌-di first, also for the Gentile.

For Y┴OHU UL does not show favoritism.' - Romans 2:1-11

'Well then, if you teach others, why don't you teach yourself? You tell others not to steal, but do you steal? You say it is wrong to commit adultery, but do you do it?

You condemn idolatry, but do you steal from pagan temples? You are so proud of knowing the law, but you dishonor Y┴OHU UL by breaking it.

No wonder the Scriptures say, 'The world blasphemes the 'Sh˙am' of Y┴OHU UL because of you.' - Romans 2:21-24

2.

The carnal passion to take revenge - Revenge is the wicked desire to get even with whoever has offended or hurt us.

Revenge is often disguised and deceptively labeled as 'teaching others a lesson.'

'I will seek out and have some flings with my ex-lovers too, if that's what he's into nowadays, and who cares if my husband finds out, that would be nice, for that would teach him a lesson.'

You can see that the carnal passion to get even with those who offend or hurt you is what aggravates and exacerbates your bitterness to the point of serious damage that ends with regret.

'After we were married, that was when I found out that my wife have had several pre-marital relations which she did not tell me beforehand. That was not fair. I must even out what she did to me by going out and having affairs with others, too. She actually duped me into marriage. That I find hard to forgive and forget.'

The husband in this case is accusing his wife of something he too is guilty with. He was not a virgin when he went into marriage, too, yet attempts to hide his guilt with blame, which produces bitterness.

Taking revenge is the exclusive right and prerogative of Y┴OHU UL, which He does not share with us.

'Mine is the revenge,' says Y┴OHU UL. So it belongs only to Him, and we should never have the wicked passion 'to teach others a lesson' which is actually revenge in cheap disguise.

Scripture Guidelines -

'Never pay back evil for evil to anyone!

Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do your part to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible.

Dear friends, never avenge yourselves. Leave that to Y┴OHU UL.

For it is written,

'I will take vengeance; I will repay those who deserve it,' says Y┴OHU UL.

On the contrary, do what the Scriptures say:

'If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink, and they will be ashamed of what they have done to you.'

Don't let evil get the best of you, but conquer evil by doing what is right.' - Romans 12:17-21

YAOH┌SHUA told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture Engrafting Passages for Today -

'Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am Y┴OHU UL.' - Leviticus 19:18

'Look after each other in order that none of you will miss the special favor of Y┴OHU UL. Watch out that no bitter root of unbelief rises up among you, for whenever it springs up, many are corrupted by its poison.' - Hebrews 12:15

Your Character Trait for Today -

Meekness which is the opposite of Vengefulness

Definition:

Humbly and gently accepting what Y┴OHU UL allows in my life each day, knowing that each one gets what he deserves from Him, and we always reap what we sow.

Your Faith Assignment for Today -

You will prayerfully and with the help of the 'R┌KHA-YAOH┌SHUA' carefully examine your heart and dig out any root of bitterness which you discover, which are often hidden behind the disguises of 'hurts' and 'disappointments' and also of 'teaching others a lesson.'

You must do so now in order that you will rid yourself of toxic poisons, poverty, torments and diseases, if any.

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

'Vengeance is Mine, and recompense,' says Y┴OHU UL. - Deut. 32:35

Say not, 'I will do to him the same thing he did to me!' - Pr. 24:29

Leave all kinds of avenging to Y┴OHU UL.

Whoever takes vengeance ruins himself.

If you refuse help to a neighbor because he has been unkind to you in the past, you are guilty of taking revenge.

If you grant him his request for help and remind him of his unkindness, you are also guilty of bearing a grudge.

Whoever takes vengeance or bears a grudge behaves like one who, having cut one hand while handling a knife, avenges himself by stabbing the other hand!

Anecdote for Today: No Vengeance, No Grudges

'I have seen faithful believers in communist prisons with 50 pounds of chains on their feet, tortured with red-hot iron pokers, in whose throats spoonfuls of salt had been forced, being kept afterward without water, dying of hunger, whipped, suffering from cold, and praying with fervor for the communists....

Afterward, the communists came to prison, too. Now the tortured and the torturers were in the same cell!

And while the non-believers beat them (torturers), the faithful took their defense. I have seen faithful believers giving away their last slice of bread (we had at that time one slice a week) and the medicine which could save their lives to a sick communist torturer who was now a fellow-prisoner.'


How to Detect Any Bitterness in You -

Bitterness is the result of one's trying to balance his guilt with the blame he puts on others who have offended or failed him.

What is significant is the fact that most people do harbor bitterness in their hearts but are not aware of it, till it finally ruins them.

Bitterness often goes undetected because it is usually excused, hidden or disguised behind the deceptive labels of 'hurts' or 'disappointments.'

Bitterness means deeply-rooted, continually and intensely boiling anger and hatred toward those who have offended, hurt or failed us.

What Are the Common Causes of Bitterness?

3.

Having temporal values - Harboring deeply rooted anger and animosity toward others is clear evidence that our focus and attention are fixed upon things that pertain to this world, which are of course temporary, rather than on things that are heavenly above.

Come to honestly think of it, the root of bitterness usually involves the loss of something in our life that is temporal, like loss of anticipated profit or personal gain, loss of close relation- ships, loss of pride, reputation, respect, loss of opportunities and other temporal and earthly cares and entanglements.

If our focus is fixed upon matters heavenly, and on our Y┴OHU AB┌ and eternity in His Kingdom, then all temporal things become insignificant and of not much value in our estimation to ever cause us to become angry or bitter in any way.

If we have truly dedicated and surrendered everything and everyone and every relationship we have into the hands of our Y┴OHU AB┌, then He is free to do whatever He deems best to any of them and we would accept His conclusions with faith, gladness and gratefulness.

When our lives, values and priorities are focused upon Y┴OHU AB┌, the Eternal Creator, and His dealings with us on a day-to-day manner, then nothing else can incite us to be in rage against someone and never for whatever reason, too.

Scriptural Guidelines:

'Do not spread slanderous gossip among your people. Do not try to get ahead at the cost of your neighbor's life, for I am Y┴OHU UL.' - Leviticus 19:16

'A gossip goes around revealing secrets, but those who are dependable knows how to keep a confidence.' - Proverbs 11:13

'What dainty morsels rumors are - but they sink deep into one's heart.' - Proverbs 18:8

'A gossip tells secrets, so avoid hanging around with someone who talks too much!' - Proverbs 20:19

'Fire goes out for lack of fuel, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.' - Proverbs 26:20

4.

Taking up offenses - This involves reacting negatively towards someone against whom we have just heard and received an evil report or slander.

Even if unsupported by proofs and evidences, many readily believe the lies of rumormongers, gossips and talebearers.

Hurts and offenses are magnified and exaggerated by slanderers and gossips, which then lead to separations, divorces, break offs and bitter condemnation one of another.

It is difficult to get out of this trap because Y┴OHU UL does not give enablement and desire to anyone who was never an offender nor a victim in the first place, yet harbors bitterness as though he or she were one.

Slander may consist of true and valid comments and criticisms against someone but done with the wicked intention of ruining his or her name, occupation and reputation.

One who takes up offenses in matters which he or she is not directly involved with in the first place will simply be harboring grudges against someone who really has never offended him.

One who has not been offended does not have any scriptural right to forgive, for how can he forgive something which was never done to him in the first place? He simply was taking up offenses.

On the other hand, the actual offender will not be given the desire and enablement to seek forgiveness from someone whom he hasn't offended, in the first place, but was also only taking up offenses.

So it would be stupid to take up offenses which were never committed against you but against someone else.

Sadly, there are many who are in deep bitterness over matters which are none of their business, and that is the self-inflicted punishment meddlers receive.

Scripturally speaking, taking up offenses is foolish and unwise.

Scripture Guidelines:

'Like one who seizes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own.' - Pr. 26:17

'This should be your ambition: to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we commanded you before.

As a result, people who are not Yaoh˙shuahÝm will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others to meet your financial needs.' - 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

'Look after each other in order that none of you will miss the special favor of Y┴OHU UL. Watch out that no bitter root of unbelief rises up among you, for whenever it springs up, many are corrupted by its poison.' - Hebrews 12:15

YAOH┌SHUA told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture Engrafting Passages for Today -

'Since you have been raised to a new life with hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, set fixedly your sights on the realities of heaven, where hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y sits at Y┴OHU UL's right hand in the place of honor and power.

Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about matters here down on earth. For you died when hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y died, and your real life is now hidden with hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y in Y┴OHU UL.

And when hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, Who is your real life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all His glory.

So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual sin, impurity, lust with its shameful desires.

Don't be greedy for the finer things in this life, for that is idolatry. Y┴OHU UL's fierce anger will come upon those who do such deeds.

You used to do them when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, wicked behavior, slander and dirty language!

Don't lie to each other, for you have renounced your old evil nature and all its wicked deeds. In its place you have clothed yourselves with a brand-new nature that is continually being renewed as you learn more and more about hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, Who created this new nature within you.

In this new life, it doesn't matter if you are a YAOH┌-di or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free.

Hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y is all that matters, and He lives in all of us.

Since Y┴OHU UL selected you to be the holy people whom He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

You must make allowances for each other's faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, Y┴OHU UL forgave you, so you must forgive others.

And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y rule in your hearts.

For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be grateful.' - Colossians 3:1-15

Your Character Trait for Today -

Quietude which is the opposite of Rumormongering

Definition:

Doing my own work, minding my own business, living a quiet life, and never taking up offenses - always.

Your Faith Assignment for Today -

You will carefully and honestly examine your heart for any offenses which you have taken up against others which were none of your business in the first place. Are you mad at someone until now merely because of some talebearer's evil report?

Are you angry at someone who has never actually offended you? Find out and be set free now. Receive your total and complete physical and emotional healing by releasing and freely forgiving others now. Freely you were forgiven, likewise you must freely forgive them now, not later, but now.

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

'Vengeance is Mine, and recompense,' says Y┴OHU UL. - Deut. 32:35

'You meant evil against me, but Y┴OHU UL turned it for my benefit!' - Genesis 50:20

'Shall we receive only what is fine from Y┴OHU UL's hand and not evil? - Yaohßv 2:10

Most evil that befall mankind are due to lust; also from anger.

Do not look for evil and evil will not come to you.

Regard as enormous the little wrong you did to others, and as insignificant the terrible wrong done to you.

Yaoshor˙l complained: 'If a potter leaves a pebble in the clay, and the jar leaks, is not the potter responsible? You have left us with an evil urge. Please remove it and we shall begin to do Your will.' Y┴OHU UL replied: 'I have removed it when Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA died to save you!'

The Evil Will hankers only for that which is forbidden.

'Anger rests in the bosom of fools.' - Ecclesiastes 7:9

Anecdote for Today: Psalms 23 (NITV)

The TV is my shepherd;
I shall not want.

It makes me lie down on the sofa;
It leadeth me away from the Scriptures.

It ruins my soul:
It leads me in the paths of sex and violence,
For the sponsor's sake.

Yea, though I walk in the shadow
Of my spiritual responsibilities,
There will be no interruptions:
For the TV is with me.

It's cable and remote control, they comfort me.
It prepares commercials before me,
In the presence of my worldliness.

It anoints my head with humanism.
My lusts runneth over.

Surely laziness and ignorance shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in this house
Watching TV forever.

(Submitted)


What Are the Steps in Removing Bitterness?

1. Remove all your guilt first -

Guilt is that function of your spirit which renders you punishable for sins that you have committed. Guilt is that condition of your spirit which calls for punishment and attracts curses.

The first step you must take in removing guilt is to repent and renounce sin in all its forms and then turn to Y┴OHU UL.

Then begin confessing your sins, seeking and receiving forgiveness from Y┴OHU UL and from others whom you have offended, and pleading that the 'DAM' (blood) of Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y cleanse you from all of those sins.

It is imperative that you remove all your guilt first because as long as there remain some guilt in you, there would always be that tendency to balance it out with bitterness, thus making it difficult for you to remove both.

When all your guilt is removed, then you will be able to conquer and remove bitterness quite effectively.

Scriptural Guidelines -

'This the message Y┴OHU UL has given us to pass on to you: that Y┴OHU UL is Light and in Him is no darkness at all.

So if we say we are His friends, but go on living in spiritual darkness and sin, we are lying.

But if we are living in the light of Y┴OHU UL's presence, just as ha-MEHUSHKH┴Y does, then we have wonderful fellowship and joy with each other, and the 'DAM' (blood) of YAOH┌SHUA His Son cleanses us from every sin.

If we say that we have no sin, we are only deceiving ourselves, and refusing to accept the truth.

But if we confess our sins to Him, He can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.

And it is perfectly proper for Y┴OHU UL to do this for us because ha-MEHUSHKH┴Y died to wash away our sins.

If we claim we have not sinned, we are lying and calling Y┴OHU UL a liar, for He says we have sinned.

My little children, I am telling you this so you will always avoid sin.

But if you sin, there is Someone to plead for you before Y┴OHU AB┌ (the Father).

His 'Sh˙am' (Name) is YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, the One Who is all that is pure and Who always pleases Y┴OHU UL completely.

He is the One Who took Y┴OHU UL's wrath against our sins upon Himself, and brought us into fellowship with Y┴OHU UL.

And He is the forgiveness for our sins, and not only ours but all the world's too.

Someone may say, 'I am a Yaoh˙shuahÚe (believer in the Messiah YAOH┌SHUA), I am on my way to heaven; I belong to ha-MEHUSHKH┴Y (the Messiah).

But if he doesn't do what hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y tells him to, he is a liar!

But those who do what hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y tells them to will learn to love Y┴OHU UL more and more.

That is the way to know whether or not you are a true Yaoh˙shuahÚe (believer in the Messiah YAOH┌SHUA).

Anyone who says he is a Yaoh˙shuahÚe should live like hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y (the Messiah) did.

1 Y┴OHU-khßnam (John) 1:5-2:6, Holy Scriptures

YAOH┌SHUA told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture Engrafting Passages for Today -

'If My people, who are called by My 'Sh˙am' (Name), will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.' - 2 Chronicles 7:14

'Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.' - ManY┴OHU 11:29

'Humble yourselves, therefore, under Y┴OHU UL's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.' - 1 Kßfos (Peter) 5:6

Your Character Trait for Today -

Reverential Fear of Y┴OHU-UL which is the opposite of Arrogance

Definition:

Renouncing and turning away from all known sin and submitting myself under Y┴OHU UL's dominion and direction, humbly confessing my sins and seeking His forgiveness, freeing me from all guilt.

'For the fruit of the 'R┌KHA' is....Uprightness.' - Gal. 5:22

Your Faith Assignment for Today -

You will examine your heart and mind and remove, renounce, turn away from all known sin and begin living in Y┴OHU UL's perfect will daily, confessing your sins, receiving His forgiveness and cleansing.

Haolul-Y┴OHU UL Tzaodˇq, the Only Upright Creator Eternal!

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

You shall find Him if you really search after Him with all your heart and with all your soul.

It is time to seek Y┴OHU UL.

Seek Y┴OHU UL, all you humble of the earth.

Happy are they that seek Y┴OHU UL with the whole heart.

Those whose minds are fixed upon Y┴OHU UL will have peace.

Anecdote for Today: Jean Valjean Could Not Remain Silent

In Victor Hugoĺs famous Les Miserables Jean Valjean, the ex-convict, under a new name, had buried his past and became the prosperous mayor of a provincial town.

But one day he learned that in a neighboring village an old man apprehended for stealing apples had been identified as the notorious and long-sought ex-convict, Jean Valjean.

That report precipitated a crisis in the soul of the real Jean Valjean. Should he keep silent, or should he reveal his identity and be sent back to the gallows? Should he remain in paradise and become a demon, or go to hell and become an angel?

His first impulse was to say nothing and do nothing. Out of a secret closet in the wall he drew a blue linen blouse, an old pair of trousers, an old knapsack, and a huge cudgel shod with iron at both ends. These were the last ties which attached him to the old Jean Valjean.

He threw them into the fire, and then seized the candlesticks which the Bishop had given him and flung them into the flame. But a voice said, 'Jean Valjean, there will be many voices around you which will bless you, and only one which will curse you in the dark. All those benedictions will fall back before they ascend to the Most High.'

This made him take the candlesticks out of the fire and replace them on the mantel. All through the night he fought his awful battle, until, in the morning, his servant told him that the carriage he had ordered to take him to the town where the old man was on trial waited at the door.

The next day as the judge of the court was about to pronounce the verdict, the true convict rose up before the court and said, 'I am Jean Valjean!'

Some thought that he was mad, and others pitied him for the sacrifice he had made.

As he left the courtroom, he said: 'All of you think me worthy of pity, do you not? When I think what I was on the point of doing, I believe that I am to be envied. The Most High looks on what I am doing at this moment, and that's enough for me.'


What Are the Steps in Removing Bitterness?

2. You must see Y┴OHU UL indirectly molding you through your offenders -

Offenses, hurts and irritations committed by others against us are allowed by Y┴OHU UL to prompt us to draw closer to Him and depend solely upon Him and His protection. Y┴OHU UL also allows them for us to develop fine character traits.

If you incorrectly presume that hurts, offenses and irritations happen to us haphazardly, unknown and beyond the control of Y┴OHU UL, then you won't be able to conquer bitterness effectively.

Whatever happens to you daily is allowed by Y┴OHU UL and for a specific purpose, and this you will find out if only you would always seek His will in all those occurrences.

TehillÝm (Psalms) 76:10 declares: 'Surely the wrath of man shall praise You; the remainder of wrath shall You control.'

Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA declared in Luke 23:34, 'Y┴OHU AB┌ (Father), please forgive them for they know not what they do.' Which implies 'But You know what You are accomplishing through them.'

Scripture Guidelines: Can you discern?

The following spring, the time of year when kings go to war, Dßoud sent Yaoab and the YaoshorulÝte army to ruin the Ammonites. In the process they laid siege to the city of Rabbah. But Dßoud remained behind in Yaoh˙shua-olÚym.

Late one afternoon Dßoud rose up out of bed after taking a nap and went for a leisurely walk on the roof of the palace. As he looked out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath.

He sent someone to find out who she was, and he was told, 'She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Uliam and the wife of Uri-Y┴OHU the Hittite.'

Then Dßoud sent for her; and when she came to the palace, he slept with her. (She had just completed the purification rites after having her monthly period.) Then she returned home.

When Bathsheba discovered that she was pregnant, she sent a message to inform Dßoud. So Dßoud sent word to Yaoab: 'Send me Uri-Y┴OHU the Hittite.'

When Uri-Y┴OHU arrived, Dßoud asked him how Yaoab and the army were getting along and how the war was progressing. Then he told Uri-Y┴OHU, 'Go on home and relax.' Dßoud even sent a gift to Uri-Y┴OHU after he had left the palace.

But Uri-Y┴OHU wouldn't go home. He remained that night at the palace entrance with some of the king's other servants. When Dßoud heard what Uri-Y┴OHU had done, he summoned him and asked, 'What's the matter with you? Why didn't you go home last night after being away for so long?'

Uri-Y┴OHU replied, 'The Ark and the armies of Yaoshor˙l and YAOH┌-dah are living in tents, and Yaoab and his officers are camping in the open fields. How could I go home to wine and dine and sleep with my wife? I swear that I will never be guilty of acting like that.'

'Well, remain here tonight,' Dßoud told him, 'and tomorrow you may return to the army.' So Uri-Y┴OHU remained in Yaoh˙shua-olÚym that day and the next. Then Dßoud invited him to dinner and made him drunk. But even then he couldn't get Uri-Y┴OHU to go home to his wife. Again he slept at the palace entrance.

So the next morning Dßoud wrote a letter to Yaoab and gave it to Uri-Y┴OHU to deliver. The letter directed Yaoab, 'Assign Uri-Y┴OHU on the front lines where the battle is fiercest. Pull back afterward so he will be killed.'

So Yaoab assigned Uri-Y┴OHU to a spot close to the city wall where he knew the enemy's fiercest men were fighting. And Uri-Y┴OHU was killed along with several other YaoshorulÝte soldiers. Then Yaoab sent a battle report to Dßoud. He told his messenger, 'Report all the message of the battle to the king. But he might get angry and ask, 'Why did the troops go so close to the city? Didn't they know there would be attacks from the walls? Wasn't Gideon's son Abimelech killed at Thebez by a woman who threw a millrock down on him?' Then tell him, 'Uri-Y┴OHU the Hittite was killed, too.''

So the orderly went to Yaoh˙shua-olÚym and gave a complete report to Dßoud. 'The enemy came out against us,' he said. 'And as we chased them back to the city gates, the archers on the wall shot arrows at us. Some of our men were killed, including Uri-Y┴OHU the Hittite.'

'Well, tell Yaoab not to be discouraged,' Dßoud said. 'The sword kills one as well as another! Fight harder next time, and conquer the city!'

When Bathsheba heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him. When the period of mourning was over, Dßoud sent for her and brought her to the palace, and she became one of his wives. Then she gave birth to a son.

But Y┴OHU UL was very displeased with what Dßoud had done. So Y┴OHU UL sent Naokhßn the prophet to tell Dßoud this parable: 'There were two men in a sure town. One was rich, and one was poor. The rich man owned many sheep and cattle. The poor man owned nothing but a little lamb he had worked hard to buy. He raised that little lamb, and it grew up with his children. It ate from the man's own plate and drank from his cup. He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter.

One day a guest arrived at the home of the rich man. But in place of killing a lamb from his own flocks for food, he took the poor man's lamb and killed it and served it to his guest.'

Dßoud was furious. 'As surely as Y┴OHU UL lives,' he vowed, 'any man who would do such deserves to die! He must repay four lambs to the poor man for the one he took and for having no pity.'

Then Naokhßn said to Dßoud, 'You are that man! Y┴OHU UL of Yaoshor˙l says, 'I anointed you king of Yaoshor˙l and saved you from the power of Sha˙l. I gave you his house and his wives and the kingdoms of Yaoshor˙l and YAOH┌-dah. And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more. Why, then, have you despised the Word of Y┴OHU UL and done this horrible deed? For you have murdered Uri-Y┴OHU and stolen his wife. From this time on, the sword will be a continual threat to your family, because you have despised Me by taking Uri-Y┴OHU's wife to be your own!

Because of what you have done, I, Y┴OHU UL, will cause your own household to rebel against you. I will give your wives to another man, and he will go to bed with them in public view. You did it secretly, but I will do this to you openly in the sight of all Yaoshor˙l!'

Then Dßoud confessed to Naokhßn, 'I have sinned against Y┴OHU UL!'

Naokhßn replied, 'Yes, but Y┴OHU UL has forgiven you, and you won't die for this sin. But you have given the enemies of Y┴OHU UL much opportunity to despise and blaspheme Him, so your child will die.'

After Naokhßn returned to his home, Y┴OHU UL made Bathsheba's baby deathly ill. Dßoud begged Y┴OHU UL to spare the child. He went without food and lay all night on the bare ground. The leaders of the nation pleaded with him to get up and eat with them, but he refused.

Then on the seventh day the baby died. Dßoud's advisers were afraid to tell him. 'He was so broken up about the baby being sick,' they said. 'What will he do to himself when we tell him the child is dead?' But when Dßoud saw them whispering, he realized what had happened. 'Is the baby dead?' he asked. 'Yes,' they replied. Then Dßoud rose up from the ground, washed himself, put on lotions, and changed his clothes.

Then he went to the Tabernacle and worshiped Y┴OHU UL. After that, he returned to the palace and ate. His advisers were amazed. 'We don't comprehend you,' they told him. 'While the baby was still living, you wept and refused to eat. But now that the baby is dead, you have stopped your mourning and are eating again.'

Dßoud replied, 'I went on fasts and wept while the child was alive, for I said, 'Perhaps Y┴OHU UL will be favorable to me and let the child live.' But why should I fast when he is dead? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him one day, but he cannot return to me.'

Then Dßoud comforted Bathsheba, his wife, and slept with her. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son, and they named him Shua-ˇlmoh. Y┴OHU UL loved the child and sent word through Naokhßn the prophet that his name should be Yaodaod-Y┴OHU - 'beloved of Y┴OHU UL' - because Y┴OHU UL loved him.

Meanwhile, Yaoab and the YaoshorulÝte army were successfully ending their siege of Rabbah, the capital of Ammon. Yaoab sent orderlies to tell Dßoud, 'I have fought against Rabbah and captured its water supply. Now bring the rest of the army and finish the job, so you will get credit for the victory in place of me.'

Dßoud therefore led the rest of his army to Rabbah and captured it. Dßoud removed the crown from the king's head, and it was placed on Dßoud's own head. The crown was made of gold and set with gems, and it weighed about seventy-five pounds.

Dßoud took a vast amount of plunder from the city. He also made slaves of the people of Rabbah and forced them to labor with saws, picks, and axes, and to work in the brick kilns. That is how he dealt with the people of all the Ammonite cities. Then Dßoud and his army returned to Yaoh˙shua-olÚym.

Dßoud's son Abshalˇm had a beautiful female sibling named Tamar. And Amnon, her half brother, fell desperately in love with her. Amnon became so obsessed with Tamar that he became ill. She was a virgin, and it seemed impossible that he could ever fulfill his love for her. Now Amnon had a very crafty friend - his cousin Y┴OHU-naodßb. He was the son of Dßoud's brother Shimea.

One day Y┴OHU-naodßb said to Amnon, 'What's the trouble? Why should the son of a king look so dejected morning after morning?' So Amnon told him, 'I am in love with Tamar, Abshalˇm's sibling.'

'Well,' Y┴OHU-naodßb said, 'I'll tell you what to do. Go back to bed and pretend you are sick. When your father comes to see you, ask him to let Tamar come and prepare some food for you. Tell him you'll feel better if she feeds you.'

So Amnon pretended to be sick. And when the king came to see him, Amnon asked him, 'Please let Tamar come to take care of me and cook something for me to eat.' Dßoud then agreed and sent Tamar to Amnon's house to prepare some food for him. When Tamar arrived at Amnon's house, she went to the room where he was lying down so he could watch her mix some dough. Then she baked some special bread for him.

But when she set the serving tray before him, he refused to eat. 'Everyone get out of here,' Amnon told his servants. So they all left. Then he said to Tamar, 'Now bring the food into my bedroom and feed it to me here.'

So Tamar took it to him. But as she was feeding him, he grabbed her and demanded, 'Come to bed with me, my darling sibling.'

'No, my brother!' she cried. 'Don't be foolish! Don't do this to me! You know what a serious crime it is to do such a horrible thing in Yaoshor˙l. Where could I go in my shame? And you would be called one of the notorious fools in Yaoshor˙l. Please, just speak to the king about it, and he will let you marry me.'

But Amnon wouldn't hearken to her, and since he was tougher than she was, he raped her. Then surprisingly, Amnon's love turned to hate, and he hated her even more than he had loved her. 'Get out of here!' he snarled at her.

'No, no!' Tamar cried. 'To reject me now is a greater wrong than what you have already done to me.' But Amnon wouldn't hearken to her. He yelled for his servant and demanded, 'Throw this woman out, and lock the door behind her!'

So the servant put her out. She was wearing a long, beautiful robe, as was the custom in those days for the king's virgin daughters. But now Tamar tore her robe and put ashes on her head. And then, with her face in her hands, she went away crying. Her brother Abshalˇm saw her and asked, 'Is it really true that Amnon has been with you? Well, don't be so upset. Since he's your brother anyway, don't worry about it.'

So Tamar lived as a desolate woman in Abshalˇm's house. When King Dßoud heard what had happened, he was very angry. And though Abshalˇm never spoke to Amnon about it, he hated Amnon deeply because of what he had done to his female sibling.

Two years later, when Abshalˇm's sheep were being sheared at Baal- hazor near Ephraim, Abshalˇm invited all the king's sons to come to a feast. He went to the king and said, 'My sheep-shearers are now at work. Would the king and his servants please come to celebrate the occasion with me?' The king replied, 'No, my son. If we all came, we would be too much of a burden on you.'

Abshalˇm pressed him, but the king wouldn't come, though he sent his thanks. 'Well, then,' Abshalˇm said, 'if you can't come, how about sending my brother Amnon?'

'Why Amnon?' the king asked. But Abshalˇm kept on pressing the king until he finally agreed to let all his sons attend, including Amnon.

Abshalˇm told his men, 'Wait until Amnon gets drunk; then at my signal, kill him! Don't be afraid. I'm the one who has given the command. Take courage and do it!'

So at Abshalˇm's signal they murdered Amnon. Then the other sons of the king jumped on their mules and fled. As they were on the way back to Yaoh˙shua-olÚym, this report reached Dßoud: 'Abshalˇm has killed all your sons; not one is left alive!'

The king jumped up, tore his robe, and fell flat on the ground. His advisers also rent their clothes in horror and sorrow. But by then Y┴OHU-naodßb, the son of Dßoud's brother Shimea, arrived and said, 'No, not all your sons have been killed! It was only Amnon! Abshalˇm has been plotting this ever since Amnon raped his sibling Tamar. No, your sons aren't all dead! It was only Amnon!'

Meanwhile Abshalˇm escaped. Then the watchman on the Yaoh˙shua-olÚym wall saw a great crowd coming toward the city from the west. He ran to tell the king, 'I see a crowd of people coming from the Horonaim road along the side of the hill.'

'Look!' Y┴OHU-naodßb told the king. 'There they are now! Your sons are coming, just as I said.' They soon arrived, weeping and sobbing, and the king and his officials wept bitterly with them. And Dßoud mourned many days for his son Amnon. Abshalˇm fled to his grandfather, Talmai son of Ammihud, the king of Geshur. He remained there in Geshur for three years.

And Dßoud, now reconciled to Amnon's death, longed to be reunited with his son Abshalˇm. Yaoab realized how much the king longed to see Abshalˇm. So he sent for a woman from Tekoa who had a reputation for great wisdom. He said to her, 'Pretend you are in mourning; wear mourning clothes and don't bathe or wear any perfume. Act like a woman who has been in deep sorrow for a long time. Then go to the king and tell him the tale I am about to tell you.'

Then Yaoab told her what to say. When the woman approached the king, she fell down with her face to the floor in front of him and cried out, 'O king! Help me!'

'What's the trouble?' the king asked. 'I am a widow,' she replied. 'My two sons had a fight out in the field. And since no one was present to stop it, one of them was killed. Now the rest of the family is demanding, 'Let us have your son. We will execute him for murdering his brother. He doesn't deserve to inherit his family's property.' But if I do that, I will have no one left, and my husband's name and family will disappear from the face of the earth.'

'Leave it to me,' the king told her. 'Go home, and I'll see to it that no one touches him.'

'Oh, thank you, my king,' she replied. 'And I'll take the responsibility if you are criticized for helping me like this.'

'Don't worry about that!' the king said. 'If anyone objects, bring them to me. I can assure you they will never complain again!'

Then she said, 'Please swear to me by Y┴OHU your UL that you won't let anyone take vengeance against my son. I want no more bloodshed.'

'As surely as Y┴OHU UL lives,' he replied, 'not a hair on your son's head will be bothered!'

'Please let me ask one more thing of you!' she said.

'Go ahead,' he urged. 'Speak!'

She replied, 'Why don't you do as much for all the people of Y┴OHU UL as you have promised to do for me? You have convicted yourself in giving this verdict, because you have refused to bring home your own banished son. All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. That is why Y┴OHU UL tries to bring us back when we have been separated from Him. He does not sweep away the lives of those He cares about - and neither should you!

But I have come to plead with you for my son because my life and my son's life have been threatened. I said to myself, 'Perhaps the king will hearken to me and rescue us from those who would cut us off from Y┴OHU UL's people. Yes, the king will give us peace of mind again.'

I know that you are like an angel of Y┴OHU UL and can discern right from wrong. May Y┴OHU your UL be with you.'

'I want to know one thing,' the king replied.

'Yes, my king?' she asked.

'Did Yaoab send you here?'

And the woman replied, 'My king, how can I deny it? Nobody can hide anything from you. Yes, Yaoab sent me and told me what to say. He did it to place the matter before you in a different light. But you are as wise as an angel of Y┴OHU UL, and you comprehend everything that happens among us!'

So the king sent for Yaoab and told him, 'All right, go and bring back the young man Abshalˇm.' Yaoab fell to the ground before the king and blessed him and said, 'I know at last that I have gained your approval, for you have granted me this request!'

Then Yaoab went to Geshur and brought Abshalˇm back to Yaoh˙shua-olÚym. But the king gave this order: 'Abshalˇm may go to his own house, but he must never come into my presence.'

So Abshalˇm did not see the king. Now no one in Yaoshor˙l was as handsome as Abshalˇm. From head to foot, he was the perfect specimen of a man. He cut his hair only once a year, and then only because it was too heavy to carry around. When he weighed it out, it came to five pounds! He had three sons and one daughter. His daughter's name was Tamar, and she was very beautiful.

Abshalˇm lived in Yaoh˙shua-olÚym for two years without getting to see the king. Then Abshalˇm sent for Yaoab to ask him to intercede for him, but Yaoab refused to come. Abshalˇm sent for him a second time, but again Yaoab refused to come. So Abshalˇm said to his servants, 'Go and set fire to Yaoab's barley field, the field next to mine.' So they set his field on fire, as Abshalˇm had commanded.

Then Yaoab came to Abshalˇm and demanded, 'Why did your servants set my field on fire?' And Abshalˇm replied, 'Because I wanted you to ask the king why he brought me back from Geshur if he didn't intend to see me. I might as well have remained there. Let me see the king; if he finds me guilty of anything, then let him execute me.'

So Yaoab told the king what Abshalˇm had said. Then at last Dßoud summoned his separated son, and Abshalˇm came and bowed low before the king, and Dßoud kissed him.

After this, Abshalˇm bought a chariot and horses, and he hired fifty footmen to run ahead of him. He rose up early every morning and went out to the gate of the city. When people brought a case to the king for judgment, Abshalˇm would ask where they were from, and they would tell him their tribe. Then Abshalˇm would say, 'You really have a winning case here! It's too bad the king doesn't have anyone to hear it. I wish I were the judge. Then people could bring their problems to me, and I would give them justice!'

And when people tried to bow before him, Abshalˇm wouldn't let them. On the contrary, he took them by the hand and embraced them. So in this way, Abshalˇm stole the hearts of all the people of Yaoshor˙l.

After four years, Abshalˇm said to the king, 'Let me go to Hebron to offer a sacrifice to Y┴OHU UL in fulfillment of a vow I made to Him. For while I was at Geshur, I promised to sacrifice to Him in Hebron if He would bring me back to Yaoh˙shua-olÚym.'

'All right,' the king told him. 'Go and fulfill your vow.'

So Abshalˇm went to Hebron. But while there, he sent secret orderlies to every part of Yaoshor˙l to incite a rebellion against the king.

'As soon as you hear the trumpets,' his message read, 'you will know that Abshalˇm has been crowned king in Hebron.' He took two hundred men from Yaoh˙shua-olÚym with him as guests, but they knew nothing of his plans. While he was offering the sacrifices, he sent for Ahithophel, one of Dßoud's counselors who lived in Giloh.

Soon many others also went with Abshalˇm, and the conspiracy gained momentum. An orderly soon arrived in Yaoh˙shua-olÚym to tell King Dßoud, 'All Yaoshor˙l has gone with Abshalˇm in a conspiracy against you!'

'Then we must flee at once, or it will be too late!' Dßoud urged his men. 'Hurry! If we get out of the city before he arrives, both we and the city of Yaoh˙shua-olÚym will be spared from ruin.'

'We are with you,' his advisers replied. 'Do what you think is best.' So the king and his household set out quickly. He left no one behind except ten of his concubines to keep the palace in order. The king and his people went out on foot, and they paused at the edge of the city to let Dßoud's troops move past to lead the way. There were six hundred Gittites who had come with Dßoud from Gath, along with the king's bodyguard.

Then the king turned to Ittai, the captain of the Gittites, and asked, 'Why are you coming with us? Go on back with your men to King Abshalˇm, for you are a guest in Yaoshor˙l, a foreigner in exile. You arrived only yesterday, and now should I force you to wander with us? I don't even know where we will go. Go on back and take your troops with you, and may Y┴OHU UL show you His unfailing love and faithfulness.'

But Ittai said to the king, 'I vow by Y┴OHU UL and by your own life that I will go wherever you go, no matter what happens - whether it means life or death.'

Dßoud replied, 'All right, come with us.' So Ittai and his six hundred men and their families went along. There was deep sorrow throughout the land as the king and his followers passed by.

They went through the Kidron Valley and then went out toward the wilderness. Abiathar and Tzaodˇq and the Levites took the Ark of the Covenant of Y┴OHU UL and put it down beside the road. Then they offered sacrifices there until everyone had passed by.

Dßoud directed Tzaodˇq to take the Ark of Y┴OHU UL back into the city. 'If Y┴OHU UL sees fit,' Dßoud said, 'He will bring me back to see the Ark and the Tabernacle again. But if He is through with me, then let Him do what seems best to Him.'

Then the king told Tzaodˇq the priest, 'Look, here is my plan. You and Abiathar should return quietly to the city with your son Ahimaˇz and Abiathar's son Y┴OHU-naokhßn. I will stop at the shallows of the Yardayßn River and wait there for a message from you. Let me know what happens in Yaoh˙shua-olÚym before I disappear into the wilderness.'

Tzaodˇq and Abiathar therefore took the Ark of Y┴OHU UL back to the city and remained there. Dßoud walked up the road that led to the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went. His head was covered and his feet were bare as a sign of mourning. And the people who were with him covered their heads and wept as they climbed the mountain.

When someone told Dßoud that his adviser Ahithophel was now backing Abshalˇm, Dßoud prayed, 'Y┴OHU UL, let Ahithophel give Abshalˇm foolish advice!' As they reached the spot at the top of the Mount of Olives where people worshiped Y┴OHU UL, Dßoud found Hushai the Arkite waiting for him. Hushai had torn his clothing and put dirt on his head as a sign of mourning. But Dßoud told him, 'If you go with me, you will only be a burden. Return to Yaoh˙shua-olÚym and tell Abshalˇm, 'I will now be your adviser, just as I was your father's adviser in the past.' Then you can stop and counter Ahithophel's advice. Tzaodˇq and Abiathar, the priests, are there. Tell them the plans that are being made to capture me, and they will send their sons Ahimaˇz and Y┴OHU-naokhßn to find me and tell me what is going on.' So Dßoud's friend Hushai returned to Yaoh˙shua-olÚym, getting there just as Abshalˇm arrived.

Dßoud was just past the top of the hill when Ziba, the servant of Mephibosheth, caught up with him. He was leading two donkeys loaded with two hundred loaves of bread, one hundred bunches of raisins, another hundred bunches of summer fruit, and a skin of wine.

'What are these for?' the king asked Ziba. And Ziba replied, 'The donkeys are for your people to ride on, and the bread and summer fruit are for the young men to eat. The wine is to be taken with you into the wilderness for those who become faint.'

'And where is Mephibosheth?' the king asked him.' He remained in Yaoh˙shua-olÚym,' Ziba replied. 'He said, 'Today I will get back the kingdom of my grandfather Sha˙l.''

'In that case,' the king told Ziba, 'I give you everything Mephibosheth owns.'

'Thank you, sir,' Ziba replied. 'I will always do whatever you want me to do.'

As Dßoud and his party passed Bahurim, a man came out of the village cursing them. It was Shimei son of Gera, a member of Sha˙l's family. He threw rocks at the king and the king's officers and all the mighty warriors who surrounded them.

'Get out of here, you murderer, you scoundrel!' he shouted at Dßoud. 'Y┴OHU UL is paying you back for murdering Sha˙l and his family. You grabbed his seat of authority, and now Y┴OHU UL has given it to your son Abshalˇm. At last you will taste some of your own medicine, you murderer!'

'Why should this dead dog curse my king?' Abishai son of Zoro-Y┴OHU demanded. 'Let me go over and cut off his head!'

'No!' the king said. 'What am I going to do with you sons of Zoro-Y┴OHU! If Y┴OHU UL has told him to curse me, who am I to stop him?'

Then Dßoud said to Abishai and the other officers, 'My own son is trying to kill me. Should not this relative of Sha˙l have even more reason to do so? Leave him alone and let him curse, for Y┴OHU UL has told him to do it. And perhaps Y┴OHU UL will see that I am being wronged and will bless me because of these curses.'

So Dßoud and his men continued on, and Shimei kept pace with them on a nearby hillside, cursing as he went and throwing rocks at Dßoud and tossing dust to the air. The king and all who were with him grew weary along the way, so they took rest when they reached the Yardayßn River.

Meanwhile, Abshalˇm and his men arrived at Yaoh˙shua-olÚym, accompanied by Ahithophel. When Dßoud's friend Hushai the Arkite arrived, he went immediately to see Abshalˇm. 'Long live the king!' he exclaimed. 'Long live the king!'

'Is this the way you treat your friend Dßoud?' Abshalˇm asked him. 'Why aren't you with him?'

'I'm here because I work for the man who is preferred by Y┴OHU UL and by Yaoshor˙l,' Hushai replied. 'And anyway, why should not I serve you? I helped your father, and now I will help you!'

Then Abshalˇm turned to Ahithophel and asked him, 'What should I do next?'

Ahithophel told him, 'Go and sleep with your father's concubines, for he has left them here to keep the house. Then all Yaoshor˙l will know that you have insulted him beyond hope of reconciliation, and they will give you their support.'

So they set up a tent on the palace roof where everyone could see it, and Abshalˇm went into the tent to sleep with his father's concubines. Abshalˇm followed Ahithophel's advice, just as Dßoud had done. For every word Ahithophel spoke seemed as wise as though it had come directly from the mouth of Y┴OHU UL.

Now Ahithophel urged Abshalˇm, 'Let me select twelve thousand men to search out after Dßoud tonight. I will catch up to him while he is weary and discouraged. He and his troops will panic, and everyone will run away. Then I will kill only the king, and I will bring all the people back to you as a bride returns to her husband. After all, it is only this man's life that you seek. Then all the people will remain unharmed and peaceful.'

This plan seemed pleasant to Abshalˇm and to all the other leaders of Yaoshor˙l. But then Abshalˇm said, 'Bring in Hushai the Arkite. Let's see what he thinks about this.'

When Hushai arrived, Abshalˇm told him what Ahithophel had said. Then he asked, 'What is your opinion? Should we follow Ahithophel's advice? If not, speak up.'

'Well,' Hushai replied, 'this time I think Ahithophel has made a mistake. You know your father and his men; they are mighty warriors. Right now they are probably as enraged as a mother bear who has been robbed of her cubs. And remember that your father is an experienced warrior. He won't be spending the night among the troops. He has probably already hidden in some pit or cave. And when he comes out and attacks and a few of your men fall, there will be panic among your troops, and everyone will begin yelling that your men are being slaughtered. Then even the bravest of them, though they have the heart of a lion, will be paralyzed with fear.

For all Yaoshor˙l knows what a mighty man your father is and how brave his warriors are! I suggest that you mobilize the entire army of Yaoshor˙l, bringing them from as far away as Dayßn and Beersheba. That way you will have an army as numerous as the sand on the shore. And I think that you should personally lead the troops. When we find Dßoud, we can descend on him like the dew that falls to the ground, so not one of his men is left alive. And if Dßoud has escaped into some city, you will have the entire army of Yaoshor˙l there at your command. Then we can take ropes and drag the walls of the city into the nearest valley until every boulder is torn down.'

Then Abshalˇm and all the leaders of Yaoshor˙l said, 'Hushai's advice is better than Ahithophel's.' For Y┴OHU UL had arranged to defeat the counsel of Ahithophel, which really was the better plan, so He could bring ruin upon Abshalˇm!

Then Hushai reported to Tzaodˇq and Abiathar, the priests, what Ahithophel had said and what he himself had suggested to the contrary. 'Quick!' he told them. 'Find Dßoud and urge him not to remain at the shallows of the Yardayßn River tonight. He must go over it at once into the wilderness beyond. Otherwise he will die and his whole army with him.'

Y┴OHU-naokhßn and Ahimaˇz had been remaining at En-rogel so as not to be seen entering and leaving the city. Arrangements had been made for a servant girl to bring them the message they were to take to King Dßoud. But a boy saw them leaving En-rogel to go to Dßoud, and he told Abshalˇm about it. Meanwhile, they escaped to Bahurim, where a man hid them inside a well in his courtyard. The man's wife put a cloth over the top of the well with grain on it to dry in the sun; no one therefore thought they were there.

When Abshalˇm's men arrived, they asked her, 'Have you seen Ahimaˇz and Y┴OHU-naokhßn?'

She replied, 'They were here, but they went over the brook.' Abshalˇm's men looked for them without success and returned to Yaoh˙shua-olÚym. Then the two men crawled out of the well and hurried on to King Dßoud.

'Quick!' they told him, 'go over the Yardayßn tonight!' And they told him how Ahithophel had advised that he be captured and killed. So Dßoud and all the people with him went through the Yardayßn River during the night, and they were all on the other bank before dawn.

Meanwhile, Ahithophel was publicly disgraced when Abshalˇm refused his advice. So he saddled his donkey, went to his hometown, set his affairs in order, and hanged himself. He died there and was buried beside his father.

Dßoud soon arrived at Mahanaim. By now, Abshalˇm had mobilized the entire army of Yaoshor˙l and was leading his troops over the Yardayßn River. Abshalˇm had appointed Amasa as commander of his army, replacing Yaoab, who had been commander under Dßoud.

(Amasa was Yaoab's cousin. His father was Yaoter, an Ishmaulite. His mother, Abigail daughter of Nahash, was the sibling of Yaoab's mother, Zoro-Y┴OHU.) Abshalˇm and the YaoshorulÝte army set up camp in the land of Gilead.

When Dßoud arrived at Mahanaim, he was warmly greeted by Shobi son of Nahash of Rabbah, an Ammonite, and by Makir son of Ammiul of Lo-debar, and by Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim. They brought sleeping mats, cooking pots, serving bowls, wheat and barley flour, roasted grain, beans, lentils, honey, butter, sheep, and cheese for Dßoud and those who were with him. For they said, 'You must all be very tired and hungry and thirsty after your long march through the wilderness.'

Dßoud now appointed generals and captains to lead his troops. One-third were placed under Yaoab, one-third under Yaoab's brother Abishai son of Zoro-Y┴OHU, and one-third under Ittai the Gittite. The king told his troops, 'I am going out with you.' But his men objected vehemently.

'You must not go,' they urged. 'If we have to turn and run - and even if half of us die - it will make no difference to Abshalˇm's troops; they will be looking only for you. You are worth ten thousand of us, and it is better that you remain here in the city and send us help if we need it.'

'If you think that's the best plan, I'll do it,' the king finally agreed. So he arose by the gate of the city as all the divisions of troops passed by. And the king gave this command to Yaoab, Abishai, and Ittai: 'For my sake, deal gently with young Abshalˇm.' And all the troops heard the king give this order to his commanders.

So the battle began in the forest of Ephraim, and the YaoshorulÝte troops were beaten back by Dßoud's men. There was a vast slaughter, and twenty thousand men laid down their lives that day. The battle raged all throughout the countryside, and more men died because of the forest than were killed by the sword.

During the battle, Abshalˇm came unexpectedly upon some of Dßoud's men. He tried to escape on his mule, but as he rode beneath the thick branches of a great oak, his head was caught. His mule kept going and left him dangling in the air. One of Dßoud's men saw what had happened and told Yaoab, 'I saw Abshalˇm dangling in a tree.'

'What?' Yaoab demanded. 'You saw him there and didn't kill him? I would have rewarded you with ten pieces of silver and a hero's belt!' 'I wouldn't do it for a thousand pieces of silver,' the man replied. 'We all heard the king say to you and Abishai and Ittai, 'For my sake, please don't harm young Abshalˇm.' And if I had betrayed the king by killing his son-and the king would surely find out who did it-you yourself would be the first to abandon me.' 'Enough of this nonsense,' Yaoab said. Then he took three daggers and plunged them into Abshalˇm's heart as he dangled from the oak still alive. Ten of Yaoab's young armor bearers then surrounded Abshalˇm and killed him. Then Yaoab blew the trumpet, and his men returned from chasing the army of Yaoshor˙l. They threw Abshalˇm's body into a deep pit in the forest and piled a great heap of stones over it. And the army of Yaoshor˙l fled to their homes. During his lifetime, Abshalˇm had built a monument to himself in the King's Valley, for he had said, 'I have no son to carry on my name.' He named the monument after himself, and it is known as Abshalˇm's Monument to this day.

Then Tzaodˇq's son Ahimaˇz said, 'Let me run to the king with the pleasant message that Y┴OHU UL has saved him from his enemy Abshalˇm!'

'No,' Yaoab told him, 'it wouldn't be pleasant message to the king that his son is dead. You can be my messenger some other time, but not today.'

Then Yaoab said to a man from Cush, 'Go tell the king what you have seen.' The man bowed and ran off. But Ahimaˇz continued to plead with Yaoab, 'Whatever happens, please let me go, too.'

'Why should you go, my son?' Yaoab replied. 'There will be no reward for you.'

'Yes, but let me go anyway,' he begged.

Yaoab finally said, 'All right, go ahead.' Then Ahimaˇz took a shortcut through the plain of the Yardayßn and reached Mahanaim ahead of the man from Cush.

While Dßoud was on a seat by the city gate, the watchman climbed to the roof of the gateway by the wall. As he looked, he saw a lone man running toward them. He hollered the message down to Dßoud, and the king replied, 'If he is alone, he has message.'

As the runner came closer, the watchman saw another man running toward them. He hollered down, 'Here comes another one!'

The king replied, 'He also will have message.'

'The first man runs like Ahimaˇz son of Tzaodˇq,' the watchman said. 'He is a pleasant man and comes with pleasant message,' the king replied.

Then Ahimaˇz cried out to the king, 'All is well!' He bowed low with his face to the ground and said, 'Blessed be Y┴OHU your UL, Who has handed over the rebels who dared to resist against you.'

'What about young Abshalˇm?' the king demanded. 'Is he all right?'

Ahimaˇz replied, 'When Yaoab told me to come, there was a lot of commotion. But I didn't know what was happening.'

'Wait here,' the king told him. So Ahimaˇz stepped aside. Then the man from Cush arrived and said, 'I have pleasant message for my king. Today Y┴OHU UL has rescued you from all those who rebelled against you.'

'What about young Abshalˇm?' the king demanded. 'Is he all right?' And the Cushite replied, 'May all of your enemies, both now and in the future, be as that young man is!'

The king was overcome with emotion. He went up to his room over the gateway and burst openly into tears. And as he went, he cried, 'O my son Abshalˇm! My son, my son Abshalˇm! If only I could have died in your place! O Abshalˇm, my son, my son!'

- 2 Samu-┌l 11-18, Holy Scriptures

YAOH┌SHUA told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture Engrafting Passages for Today -

'How stupid can you be? He is the Potter, and He is surely greater than you. You are only the jars He makes! Should the thing that was created say to the one who made it, 'He didn't make us'? Does a jar ever say, 'The potter who made me is stupid'? ' - Yaosh˙a-Y┴OHU (Isaiah) 29:16

'And yet, Y┴OHU UL, You are our AB┌ (Father). We are the clay, and You are the Potter. We are all formed by Your hand.' - Yaosh˙a-Y┴OHU (Isaiah) 64:8

'O Yaoshor˙l, can I not do to you as this potter did to his clay? As the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand.' Yarmi-Y┴OHU (Jeremiah) 18:6

'When a potter makes jars out of clay, doesn't he have a right to use the same lump of clay to make one jar for decoration and another to throw garbage into?' - Romans 9:21

Your Character Trait for Today -

Discernment which is the opposite of Dullness

Definition:

Finding out Y┴OHU UL's dealing with me by means of the remarks and treatment I get from those around me, fully realizing that those who maintain purity of heart are blessed for they always see Y┴OHU UL.

'For the fruit of the 'R┌KHA' is....LONGSUFFERING.' - Gal. 5:22

Your Faith Assignment for Today -

Every harsh, cruel or offensive word or behavior done against you by anyone, anywhere at anytime, you will quickly seek what character trait Y┴OHU UL is molding and perfecting in you, immediately separating the person from the offense.

Seek Y┴OHU UL's purposes behind those occurrences quickly, and align yourself promptly with what you find out is His will in and by means of those. They may intend it for evil, but Y┴OHU UL always will turn it for your benefit.

Haolul-Y┴OHU UL Kaokßm, the Only Wise Creator Eternal!

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

What you make happen for others, Y┴OHU UL will make happen for you.

Anecdote for Today: 'All Things For Best!'

Bernard Gilpin, accused of heresy before Bishop Bonner, set for London for trial. His favorite maxim was, 'All things are for the best!'

On the journey, he broke his leg. 'Is all for the best now?' joked a scorner.

'I still believe so,' he replied.

And so it proved, for before he was able to resume the journey, queen Mary died. And in place of going to London to be burned, he returned home in triumph!


What Are the Steps in Removing Bitterness?

3. You Must Actually Be Grateful to Y┴OHU UL for Each Offense -

Now this may seem silly in the face of actual insults, hurts and serious offenses which those around you commit against you, but if done in faith, the benefits are immense.

You have to express your gratefulness to Y┴OHU UL vocally even though you don't as yet feel it, for you do it as an act of your will, in obedience to the Word of Y┴OHU UL. You do the act first, the genuine feelings will soon follow.

You have to be controlled by what Y┴OHU UL's Word says, and not by your feelings. If you wait till you really feel grateful before you actually give 'hodayßo' to Y┴OHU UL, most of the time it won't come. Better action first, feelings will then follow.

It would be much easier for you to express your genuine gratefulness to Y┴OHU UL now because you already fully realize that Y┴OHU UL allows them for a purpose - which is always the best for you, in your character formation.

Everything that happens to you and around you are allowed by Y┴OHU UL to test, to teach, refine and purify you as well, if you would only remember to respond to each of them properly and scripturally, carefully learning Y┴OHU UL's lessons.

You will only begin to see the benefits in character formation when you actually do express your gratefulness to Y┴OHU UL for every offense which He allows to come your way each day.

It is Y┴OHU UL's will that you bear much fruit...and one of the vital fruit of the 'R┌KHA hol-HODSH┌A' is LONGSUFFERING.

What the wicked may intend for evil, Y┴OHU UL will surely turn it for your benefit!

When you express your gratefulness to Y┴OHU UL for each offense, you cannot at the same time feel hatred towards your offender. Hatred cannot endure the presence of a grateful 'r˙kha' or spirit.

HaolulY┴OHU UL Kaokßm, the only wise Y┴OHU UL!

Scripture Guidelines -

People from all over YAOH┌-dah and from Yaoh˙shua-olÚym and from as far north as the seacoasts of Tyre and Sidon had come to hear Him (YAOH┌SHUA) or to be healed. And He expelled out many evil spirits.

Everyone was reaching out to touch Him, for when they did, healing power went out from Him and they were cured.

Then He turned to His disciples and said,

'What happiness there is for you who are poor, for the Kingdom of Y┴OHU UL is yours!

What happiness there is for you who are now hungry, for you are going to be satisfied!

What happiness there is for you who weep, for the time will come when you will exult with gladness!

What happiness it is when others hate you and exclude you and insult you and smear your name because you are Mine!

When that happens, exult! Yes, leap with gladness! For you will have a great reward awaiting you in heaven. And you will be in fine company - the ancient prophets were treated that way too!

But, oh, the sorrows that await the rich. For they have their only happiness down here.

They are fat and prosperous now, but a time of awful hunger is before them. Their careless laughter now means sorrow then.

And what tribulation is ahead for those praised by the crowds - for false prophets have always been praised.

Take heed, all of you. Love your enemies! Be kind to those who hate you. Pray for the happiness of those who curse you; implore Y┴OHU UL's blessing on those who hurt you.

If someone slaps you on one cheek, let him slap the other too!

If someone demands your coat, give him your shirt besides.

Give what you have to anyone who asks you for it; and when things are taken away from you, don't worry about getting them back.

Treat others as you want them to treat you.

Do you think you deserve commendation for merely loving those who love you? Even the wicked do that!

And if you are kind only to those who are kind to you - is that so commendable? Even sinners do that much!

And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, how meritorious is that? Even the most wicked will lend to their own kind for full return!

Love your enemies! Be kind to them! Lend to them! And don't be concerned about the fact that they won't repay.

Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of Y┴OHU UL Gavˇha (the Most High): for He is kind to the ungrateful and to those who are very wicked.

Try to show as much compassion as your Y┴OHU AB┌ (Father) does.

Never criticize or condemn - or it will all come back on you. Go easy on others; then they will do the same for you.

For if you give, you will receive! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed together, shaken over to make room for more, and running over.

Whatever measure you use to give - large or small - will be used to measure what is given back to you.'

Here are some of the object lessons YAOH┌SHUA included in His lectures: 'What use is it for one blind man to lead another? He will fall into a ditch and pull the other down with him.

How can a pupil know more than his mentor? But if he works hard, he may learn as much.

And why quibble about the speck in someone else's eye - his little fault - when a plank is in your own?

How can you think of saying to him, 'Brother, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,' when you can't see past the plank in yours?

Hypocrite! First get rid of the plank, and then perhaps you can see well enough to deal with his speck!

A tree from fine stock doesn't produce scrub fruit nor do trees from poor stock produce delectable fruit.

A tree is identified by the kind of fruit it produces. Figs never grow on thorns, or grapes on bramble bushes.

An upright man produces noble deeds from a pure heart. And an evil man produces evil deeds from his hidden wickedness.

Whatever is in the heart overflows into speech.

So why do you call me 'Molkhi˙l' when you won't obey Me?

But all those who come and hearken and obey Me are like a man who builds a house on a secure foundation laid upon the underlying rock.

When the floodwaters rise and break, against the house, it endures firmly, for it is securely built.

But those who hear but don't obey are like a man who builds a house without a foundation.

When the floods sweep down against that house, it crumbles into a heap of ruins.' - Luke 6:17-49, Holy Scriptures

YAOH┌SHUA told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture Engrafting Passages for Today -

'How stupid can you be? He is the Potter, and He is surely greater than you. You are only the jars He makes! Should the thing that was created say to the one who made it, 'He didn't make us'? Does a jar ever say, 'The potter who made me is stupid'? ' - Yaosh˙a-Y┴OHU (Isaiah) 29:16

'And yet, Y┴OHU UL, You are our AB┌ (Father). We are the clay, and You are the Potter. We are all formed by Your hand.' - Yaosh˙a-Y┴OHU (Isaiah) 64:8

'O Yaoshor˙l, can I not do to you as this potter did to his clay? As the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand.' Yarmi-Y┴OHU (Jeremiah) 18:6

'Yes, and everyone who wants to live a holy life in hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y YAOH┌SHUA will suffer persecution.' - 2 Y┴OHU-tam 3:12

'Always giving 'hodayßo' (thanks) to Y┴OHU AB┌ (the Father) for everything, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y.' - Ephesians 5:20

'Giving 'hodayßo' to Y┴OHU AB┌, Who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.' - Colossians 1:12

'And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA, giving 'hodayßo' to Y┴OHU AB┌ (Father) through Him.' - Colossians 3:17

'Give 'hodayßo' in ALL occurrences, for this is Y┴OHU UL's will for you in hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y YAOH┌SHUA.' - 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Your Character Trait for Today -

Gratefulness which is the opposite of Hostility

Definition:

Expressing my gratefulness to Y┴OHU UL in words of gratitude and praise for every insult, offense, hurt or loss which He may allow in my life, fully realizing that they all are for my benefit and best.

'For the fruit of the 'R┌KHA' is....LONGSUFFERING.' - Gal. 5:22

Your Faith Assignment for Today -

Every harsh, cruel or offensive word or behavior done against you by anyone, anywhere at anytime, you will quickly vocally express your gratefulness to Y┴OHU UL for allowing the offense to teach, mold and purify you, and to draw you closer to Him.

As you seek Y┴OHU UL's purposes behind the offenses, coupled with actually expressing words of gratefulness to Y┴OHU UL, you will comprehend and gain insight upon the wisdom of Y┴OHU UL's Word which says:

'Give 'hodayßo' in ALL occurrences, for this is Y┴OHU UL's will for you in hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y YAOH┌SHUA.' - 1 Thessalonians 5:18

'Yes, and everyone who wants to live a holy life in hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y YAOH┌SHUA will suffer persecution.' - 2 Y┴OHU-tam 3:12

And please always keep in mind the scriptural doctrine that whatever others may intend for evil, Y┴OHU UL always will turn it for your benefit!

Haolul-Y┴OHU UL Kaokßm, the Only Wise Creator Eternal!

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

'They set over them taskrulers to afflict them with their burdens, but the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad.' - Exodus 1:11

When I hear mockery and calumny, I boldly answer: My Redeemer lives!

Woe to the nations that fight against the YAOH┌-dim (Jews).

Despite all this, we praise Y┴OHU UL and diligently pray for the welfare of all men, especially of the nations among whom we dwell, for when they experience peace, we too have peace.

Brethren, be firm and of best courage and when persecution comes, let is not discomfort you. These events are but the test as well as proof of your faith and love.

When the toll of bricks is doubled, then comes Mehush˙a (Moses)!

Rather than to be a beast among beasts, I prefer to suffer with the lambs.

Anecdote for Today: What Have You Suffered?

We do not know who it was who had this dream, quoted in a magazine.

But the unknown dreamer could be any one of us, could it not?

I saw in a dream that I was in the Heavenly City - though when and how I arrived there I could not tell. There were saints all over.

Somehow I found that the saint who was next to me had been in heaven more than 1,860 years.

'Who are you?' I asked him.

'I,' said he, 'was a Roman believer; I lived in the days of the emissary Sha˙l, I was one of those who died in Roman persecutions. I was covered with pitch and tied to a stake and set ablaze to light up gardens.'

'How awful!' I exclaimed.

'No,' he said, 'I was glad to do something for YAOH┌SHUA. He died on the stake for me.'

The man on the other side spoke: 'I have been in heaven only a few hundred years. I came from an island in the South Seas. A missionary came and told me about YAOH┌SHUA, and I too learned to love Him.

My fellow-countrymen killed the missionary, and they caught and bound me. I was beaten until I fainted and they thought I was dead, but I revived. Then next day they knocked me on the head, cooked and ate me.'

'How terrible!' I said.

'No,' he answered, 'I was glad to die as a believer. You see the missionaries had told me that YAOH┌SHUA was scourged and crowned with thorns for me.'

Then they both turned to me and said, 'What did you suffer for Him? Or did you sell what you had for the money which sent people to proclaim to the pagans about YAOH┌SHUA?'

And I was speechless. And while they both were looking at me with sorrowful eyes, I awoke, and it was a dream!

But I lay on my soft bed awake for hours, thinking of the money I had spent on my own pleasures; or my additional clothing, and costly car, and many luxuries; and I realized that I did not know what the words of YAOH┌SHUA meant:

'If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his stake, and follow Me.' - Mark 8:34


What Are the Steps in Removing Bitterness?

4.

Pray to Y┴OHU UL and ask that you be forgiven for having temporal values and for lack of genuine, scriptural love toward those who offend you.

To harbor anger, bitterness and to bear a grudge against those who offend us reveals that there is something wrong with our sense of values and priorities, that they are focused upon things and events temporal, and not on those above.

We have learned that most of the time, it is temporal things that cause many to become angry and bitter towards another.

Allowing bitterness in our heart also shows that we still lack genuine scriptural love which we need to seek and depend upon Y┴OHU UL for.

Note the serious warnings of the emissary Sha˙l in regard to harms and hurts that may be committed by others against us:

'When you have something against another Yaoh˙shuahÚe (believer), why do you file a lawsuit and ask a secular court to decide the matter, in place of taking it to other believers to decide who is right?

Don't you know that someday we Yaoh˙shuahÝm are going to judge the world? And since you are going to judge the world, can't you decide these little matters among yourselves?

Don't you realize that we Yaoh˙shuahÝm will judge angels?

So you should surely be able to resolve ordinary disagreements here on earth.

If you have legal disputes about such matters, why don't you appoint as arbiters even those men of little importance in the Oholyßo (Congregation)?

I am saying this to shame you. Isn't there anyone in all the Oholyßo (Congregation) who is wise enough to decide these arguments?

But on the contrary, one believer sues another Ś right in front of unbelievers!

To have such lawsuits at all is a real defeat for you!

Why not just accept the injustice and leave it at that? Why not let yourselves be cheated?

On the contrary, you yourselves are the ones who do wrong and cheat even your own Yaoh˙shuahÝm brethren.' - 1 Corinthians 6:1-8

Scripture Guidelines -

'Dear friends, I am not writing a new command, for it is an old one you have always had, right from the beginning. This commandment - to love one another - is the same message you heard before. Yet it is also new. This command is really true in hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y and is really true among you, because the darkness is disappearing and the true light already shines.

Anyone who says, 'I am in the light' but rejects another Yaoh˙shuahÚe is still in darkness. But anyone who loves other Yaoh˙shuahÝm is walking in the light and does not cause anyone to stumble.

Those who reject other Yaoh˙shuahÝm are wandering in spiritual darkness and don't know where they are going, for the darkness has made them blind.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam 2:7-11

'If we love other Yaoh˙shuahÝm, it proves that we have passed from death to eternal life. But a person who doesn't love them is still dead. Anyone who hates another Yaoh˙shuahÚe is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don't have eternal life within them.

We know what real love is because hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y gave up His life for us. And so we also ought to give up our lives for our Yaoh˙shuahÝm friends.

But if one of you has enough money to live well, and sees a brother in need and refuses to help - how can Y┴OHU UL's love be in that person?

Dear children, let us stop just saying we love each other; let us really show it by our actions. It is by our actions that we know we are living in the truth, so we will be confident when we arise before ha-Molkhi˙l (the King), even if our hearts condemn us.

For Y┴OHU UL is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything. Dear friends, if our conscience is clear, we can come to Y┴OHU UL with bold confidence. And we will receive whatever we request because we obey Him and do those activities that please Him.

And this is His command: We must believe in the 'Sh˙am' (Name) of His Son, YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, and love one another, just as He commanded us.

Those who obey Y┴OHU UL's commandments live in fellowship with Him, and He with them. And we know He lives in us because the 'R┌KHA hol-HODSH┌A' (Holy Spirit of YAOH┌SHUA) lives in us.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam 3:14-24

'I command you to love each other in the same way that I love you. And here is how to measure it - the greatest love is shown when people lay down their lives for their friends.' - Y┴OHU-khßnam 15:12-13

'I command you to love each other.' - Y┴OHU-khßnam 15:17 'Don't just pretend that you love others. Really love them! Hate what is wrong. Remain on the side of what is right. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.' - Romans 12:9-10

'Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way.

Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged.' - 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

'Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every predicament.' - 1 Corinthians 13:7

'There are three things that will endure - faith, hope, and love - and the greatest of these is love.' - 1 Corinthians 13:13

'For when we place our faith in hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y YAOH┌SHUA, it makes no difference to Y┴OHU UL whether we are circumcised or not circumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself through love.' - Galatians 5:6

'For you, dear friends, have been called to live in freedom - not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love.

For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' But if in place of showing love among yourselves you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of ruining one another.' - Galatians 5:13-15

YAOH┌SHUA told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture Engrafting Passages for Today -

'So now we can tell who are children of Y┴OHU UL and who are children of ha-satßn. Anyone who does not obey Y┴OHU UL's commands and does not love other Yaoh˙shuahÝm does not belong to Y┴OHU UL.

This is the message we have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam 3:10-11

'If we love other Yaoh˙shuahÝm, it proves that we have passed from death to eternal life. But a person who doesn't love them is still dead.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam 3:14

'If someone says, 'I love Y┴OHU UL,' but hates another Yaoh˙shuahÚe, that person is a liar! For if we don't love people we can see, how can we love Y┴OHU UL, Whom we have not seen? And Y┴OHU UL Himself has commanded that we must love not only Him but our Yaoh˙shuahÝm brethren, too.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam 4:20-21

Your Character Trait for Today -

Love which is the opposite of Disgust

Definition:

Showing my love for Y┴OHU UL by the manner and ways that I express my love to His children and my fellowmen who were created in His image.

'For the fruit of the 'R┌KHA' (Spirit) is....LOVE.' - Gal. 5:22

Your Faith Assignment for Today -

Heartily pray to Y┴OHU UL and ask that you be forgiven for your having temporal values and for your lack of genuine, scriptural love towards those who offended you when you allowed bitterness to take root in your heart in the past; seek also His help in avoiding committing same mistake again in the coming days. Confess, renounce and be free from all kinds of bitterness now!

Haolul-Y┴OHU UL Solkhßn, our Forgiving Creator Eternal!

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

Whether someone really loves the Creator Y┴OHU UL can best be determined by the love he bears toward his fellowmen.

To be pious towards Y┴OHU UL is to be loving and kind towards our fellowmen.

Blessed be he who sows peace and love among mankind.

One moment of heartfelt prayerful worship, motivated by happiness and love, is much better than self-affliction.

Anecdote for Today: High Cost Of Anger

Anger weakens you. It puts you at a disadvantage in every undertaking in life. When sailors landed on one of the tropical islands, they saw high up in the trees coconuts which could quench their thirst as well as satisfy their hunger.

The coconuts were far above the reach of the sailors, but in the branches of the trees were the noisy apes. The men began to throw rocks and sticks up at the apes. This enraged the monkeys and they began to seize the coconuts and hurl them down at the men on the ground. That was just what the men wanted. They made the apes angry so the apes would gather their food for them.

This is a clear example of how, by giving in to anger, people unwittingly play right into the hands of their foes!


What Are the Steps in Removing Bitterness?

5. You must fully forgive all those who offended you.

Forgiveness involves fully releasing those who have offended you from all the hurts, pains, losses and sufferings which others have caused you.

Forgiveness also means you will have the same openness to them as before they committed the offense. Their sins will you not remember any more.

Forgiveness also includes freeing your offenders from any blame, vengeance and ill-will on your part toward them.

For you to be free from any root of bitterness, you now have to therefore release them from all their broken promises, all their failures to fulfill the expectations which you had and from all the consequences of the pains and losses which they have caused you.

What should be your legal basis for freely forgiving them?

The only scriptural and plausible basis upon which you can truly forgive your offenders is the actual forgiveness which Y┴OHU UL, in His kindness, has likewise freely given you.

'Forgiving one another, even as Y┴OHU UL, for the sake of ha-MEHUSHKH┴Y, has forgiven you.' - Ephesians 4:32

Scripture Guidelines -

'About that time the disciples came to YAOH┌SHUA and asked, 'Who among us is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?'

YAOH┌SHUA called a small child over to Him and put the child among them. Then He said, 'I assure you, unless you turn from your sins and become as little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Therefore, anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on My behalf is welcoming Me.

But if anyone causes one of these little ones who trusts in Me to lose faith, it would be better for that person to be thrown into the sea with a large millrock tied around the neck.

How terrible it will be for anyone who causes others to sin. Temptation to do wrong is inevitable, but how terrible it will be for the person who does the tempting.

So if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better to enter heaven crippled or lame than to be thrown into the unquenchable fire with both of your hands and feet.

And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better to enter heaven half blind than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell.

Beware that you don't despise a single one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of My heavenly Y┴OHU AB┌.

If a shepherd has one hundred sheep, and one wanders away and is lost, what will he do? Won't he leave the ninety-nine others and go out into the hills to search for the lost sheep?

And if he finds it, he will surely exult over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn't wander away! In the same way, it is not My heavenly Y┴OHU AB┌'s will that even one of these little ones should perish.

If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the fault. If the other person hearkens and confesses it, you have won that person back.

But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses.

If that person still refuses to hearken, take your case to the Oholyßo (Congregation). If the Oholyßo decides you are right, but the other person won't accept it, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.

I tell you this: Whatever you prohibit on earth is prohibited in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth is permitted in heaven.

I also tell you this: If two of you agree down here on earth about anything you ask, My Y┴OHU AB┌ in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three are gathered together in My Sh˙am (Name), I am there among them!'

Then Kßfos came to Him and asked, 'Y┴OHU UL, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?'

'No!' YAOH┌SHUA replied, 'seventy times seven!'

For this reason, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who wanted to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him.

In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of shekalim. He couldn't pay, so the king ordered that he, his wife, his children and everything he had be sold to pay the debt.

But the man fell down before the king and begged him, 'Oh, sir, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.'

Then the king was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt.

But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand shekalim. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded quick payment.

His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time.

'Be patient and I will pay it,' he pleaded. But his creditor wouldn't wait. He had the man apprehended and jailed until the debt could be paid in full.

When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him what had happened. Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, 'You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?'

Then the angry king sent the man to prison until he had paid every cent!

That's what My heavenly Y┴OHU AB┌ will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brethren in your heart.' - ManY┴OHU 18:1-35

YAOH┌SHUA told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture Engrafting Passages for Today -

'If My people who are called by My Sh˙am (Name) will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.' - 2 Chronicles 7:14

'For the honor of Your Sh˙am (Name), O Y┴OHU UL,
      forgive my many, many sins.' - TehillÝm 25:11

'Help us, O Y┴OHU UL of our salvation!
      Help us for the honor of Your Sh˙am (Name).
Oh, save us and forgive our sins
      for the sake of Your Sh˙am (Name). TehillÝm 79:9

'In those days,' says Y┴OHU UL, 'no sin will be found in Yaoshor˙l or in YAOH┌-dah, for I will forgive the remnant I preserve.' - Yarmi-Y┴OHU 50:20

'O Y┴OHU UL, hear. O Y┴OHU UL, forgive. O Y┴OHU UL, hear and act! For Your own sake, O My Y┴OHU UL, do not delay, for Your people and Your City bear Your Sh˙am (Name).' - Dayan-┌l (Daniel) 9:19

'Bring your prayer requests, and return to Y┴OHU UL. Say to Him, 'Forgive all our sins and favorable receive us, in order that we may offer you the sacrifice of praise.' - Hosh˙a (Hosea) 14:2

'And please forgive us our sins,
      just as we have forgiven
      those who have sinned against us.' - ManY┴OHU 6:12

'If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Y┴OHU AB┌ will likewise forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Y┴OHU AB┌ will not forgive your sins, too.' - ManY┴OHU 6:14-15

'When you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, in order that your Y┴OHU AB┌ in heaven will forgive your sins, too.' - Mark 11:25

'Stop judging others, and you will not be judged. Stop criticizing others, or it will all come back on you. If you forgive others, you will be forgiven.' - Luke 6:37

'And forgive us our sins-
      just as we forgive those who have sinned against us.
And don't let us yield to temptation.' - Luke 11:4

'I am warning you! If another believer sins, rebuke him; then if he repents, forgive him. Even if he wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, forgive him.' - Luke 17:3-4

'YAOH┌SHUA said, 'Y┴OHU AB┌, forgive these people, because they don't know what they are doing.' And the soldiers gambled for His clothes by throwing dice.' - Luke 23:34

'If you forgive anyone's sins, they are forgiven. If you refuse to forgive them, they are unforgiven.' - Y┴OHU-khßnam (John) 20:23

'You must make allowance for each other's faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, Y┴OHU UL forgave you, so you must forgive others.' - Colossians 3:13

'And I will forgive their wrongdoings,
      and I will never again remember their sins.' - Hebrews 8:12

'If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam 1:9

Your Character Trait for Today -

Forgiveness which is the opposite of Rejection

Definition:

Clearing the record of those who have wronged me and allowing Y┴OHU UL to love them through me.

'For the fruit of the 'R┌KHA' (Spirit) is....LOVE.' - Gal. 5:22

Your Faith Assignment for Today -

You will now pray this humble plea to Y┴OHU UL right from your heart and really mean it:

'Y┴OHU AB┌, I now fully forgive and release from any blame or guilt all those who have hurt, offended or caused me damage and harm. My sole basis for freely forgiving them now is the free forgiveness which You have given me for the sake of my Savior YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, and for the honor of Your original Sh˙am (Name).

Y┴OHU AB┌, I now release them all and I pray that you likewise release me from all bitterness, now and always, and I humbly ask all this 'be hol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!'

Haolul-Y┴OHU UL Solkhßn, the Forgiving Eternal Creator!

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

Each night, before retiring, forgive whoever offended you.

The sweetest revenge is to freely forgive.

To learn and then to forget what you learned is like bearing children and then burying them.

Who is a noble man? He who turns his enemy into a friend!

Envy not at your enemy's prosperity; exult not at his adversity.

An enemy is not hidden during adversity.

Love your enemies.

For the sake of Y┴OHU UL, endure every hurt and insult.

A man's enemies are the people in his own house.

If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat.

Be very careful in your selecting your enemy.

Pride is like bad breath, you're always the last person to realize you have it.

Anecdote for Today: Trampled Fragrance

A little boy, being asked what forgiveness is, gave the beautiful reply: 'It is the sweet fragrance that flowers emit when they are trampled upon.'

The Best Gift - The best gift to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a noble example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her happy about you; to yourself, respect; to all men, genuine scriptural love.


What Are the Steps in Removing Bitterness?

6. You should reignite your love for your offender by giving something of value, a treasure, in his life.

It is easy to say you have forgiven your offender but seldom does it go beyond mere words of sorrow and regret.

But Y┴OHU UL, in His Word, expects something more than what is ordinary from His children, that your uprightness must exceed those of the Pharisees, that you go the second mile, and that you give your coat besides to him who demands your shirt.

Applying this, you therefore are expected by Y┴OHU UL to give or 'invest' something of value in the life of whoever offends you, after fully forgiving him or her, not only to actualize the release you gave but also to reinforce the love you have for them.

If your kindness is limited to those who are kind to you, how commendable is that? But if your kindness goes out even to those who have hurt, offended or harmed you, then truly you are behaving as a genuine child of Y┴OHU UL should, and your rewards from Y┴OHU UL are great.

The gift must be freewill and voluntary on your part, an act of your faith and will, to glorify Y┴OHU UL in the way you deal with others.

Why must you give a 'treasure' to your offenders?

Because where your 'treasure' is, there your heart will also be. And loving others must be right from your heart.

Types of 'Treasures' You May Invest -

- You may invest time in praying for them

- You may invest words to help and encourage them

- You may invest positive thoughts on how their offenses have benefited your own life

- You may invest efforts and acts of kindness to meet a need they have

- You may invest trust by correcting false and evil reports against them

- You may invest acceptance by showing genuine concern for their welfare

- You may invest a gift to meet their basic need

- You may humbly invest the Words of Y┴OHU UL to shed light in them and bear fruit in their lives

- You may invest cheer and gladness in their lives by several other means

Scripture Guidelines -

One day as the crowds were gathering, He (YAOH┌SHUA) went up the hillside with His disciples and sat to teach them there.

Blessed be those who are poor in spirit, for theirs is
      the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed be those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed be those who are the meek, for they will inherit
      the earth.

Blessed be those who hunger and thirst for uprightness,
      for they will be filled.

Blessed be those who are merciful,
      for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed be those who are pure in heart,
      for they will see Y┴OHU UL.

Blessed be those who are peacemakers,
      for they will be called children of Y┴OHU UL.

Blessed be those who are persecuted because of doing right,
      for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed will you be when people insult you, persecute you and
      falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.

Be happy about it and be very glad! For great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way the ancient prophets who came before you were persecuted too.

You are the world's salt, to make it tolerable. If you lose your flavor, what will happen to the world? And you yourselves will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.

You are the world's light - a city on a hill, glowing in the night for all to see. Don't hide your light! Let it shine for all to see; let your kind deeds glow for all to marvel at, and so they will praise your heavenly Y┴OHU AB┌ (Father)

Don't miscomprehend why I have come - it isn't to cancel the laws of Mehush˙a (Moses) and the warnings of the prophets. No, I came to fulfill them, and to make them all come true.

With all the integrity I have I tell you: Every law in the Book will continue until its purpose is achieved. And so if anyone breaks the least commandment, and goes on to teach others to, he shall be the least among those in the Kingdom of Heaven.

But those who teach Y┴OHU UL's laws and obey them shall be great in the Kingdom of Heaven.

But I warn you - unless your uprightness is greater than that of the Pharisees and other YAOH┌-dim (Jewish) leaders, you can't get into the Kingdom of Heaven at all!

Under the laws of Mehush˙a (Moses), the rule was, 'If you commit murder, you must die.'

But I have added to that rule, and tell you that if you are only angry, even in your own home, you are in danger of judgment!

If you say to your friend 'Rßca!' (you are wicked!), you will be in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse him, you are in danger of the fires of hell.

So if you are arisen before the altar in the Temple, offering a sacrifice to Y┴OHU UL and quickly remember that a friend has something against you, leave your sacrifice beside the altar and go, ask forgiveness and be reconciled with him, and then return to offer your sacrifice to Y┴OHU UL.

Come to terms quickly with your enemy before it is too late and he drags you into court and you are thrown into a debtor's cell, for you will remain there until you have paid the last cent.

The laws of Mehush˙a (Moses) said, 'You shall not commit adultery.'

But I say, 'Anyone who even looks at a woman with lustful gaze in his eye has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

So if your eye - even if it is your best eye! - causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. Better for part of you to be ruined than for all of you to be hurled into hell.

And if your hand - even your right hand! - causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. Better that than find yourself in hell.

The law of Mehush˙a says, 'If anyone wants to get rid of his wife, he can divorce her merely by giving her a letter of dismissal.'

But I say that a man who divorces his wife, except for fornication, causes her to commit adultery if she marries again. And he who marries her commits adultery.

Again, the law of Mehush˙a says, 'You shall not break your vows to Y┴OHU UL, but must fulfill them all.'

But I say: Don't make any vows! And even to say, 'By heavens!' is a sacred vow to Y┴OHU UL, for the heavens are the throne of Y┴OHU UL.

And if you say, 'By the earth!' it is a sacred vow, for the earth is His footrest.

And don't swear 'By Yaoh˙shua-olÚym (Jerusalem)!' for Yaoh˙shua-olÚym is the Capital City of the Great King.

Don't even swear 'By my head!' for you can't turn one hair white or black.

Say just a simple 'Yes,' or 'No.' Your word is enough. To reinforce your promise with a vow shows that something is evil!

The law of Mehush˙a says, 'If a man gouges out another's eye, he must pay with his own eye. If a tooth gets knocked out, knock out the tooth of the one who did it.'

But I say: Don't resist violence! If you are slapped on one cheek, turn the other too. If you are summoned to court, and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat too!

If the military demand that you carry their gear for a mile, carry it two.

Give to those who ask, and don't turn away from those who want to borrow.

There is a saying, 'Love your friends and hate your enemies.'

But I say: Love your enemies!

Pray for those who persecute you!

In that way you will be behaving as real children of your heavenly Y┴OHU AB┌. For He gives sunlight to both the evil and the upright and sends rain on the just as well as on the unjust.

If you love only those who love you, what virtue is that? Even scoundrels do that much.

If you are friendly only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even the pagans do that.

But you are to be perfect, even as your heavenly Y┴OHU AB┌ is perfect!

ManY┴OHU (Matthew) 5, Holy Scriptures
(Yaoh˙shua Version)

YAOH┌SHUA told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture Engrafting Passages for Today -

'When a servant comes in from plowing or taking care of sheep, he doesn't just sit by to eat. He must first prepare his boss's meal and serve him his supper before eating his own.

And the servant is not even thanked, because he is merely doing what he is supposed to do. In the same way, when you obey Me, you should say, 'We are not worthy of praise. We are servants who have simply done our duty.'' - Luke 17:7-10

'And I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!' - ManY┴OHU 5:44

'If you are willing to hearken, I say, love your enemies! Do kindness to those who hate you.' - Luke 6:27

'Love your enemies! Do kindness to them! Lend to them! And don't be concerned that they might not repay.

Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for He is kind to the ungrateful and to those who are very wicked.' - Luke 6:35

'Do what the Scriptures say:

'If your enemies are hungry, feed them.
If they are thirsty, give them something to drink,
      and they will be ashamed of what they have done to you.' - Romans 12:20

Your Character Trait for Today -

Kindliness which is the opposite of Harshness

Definition:

Giving what is necessary to heal the pains and wounds of others in my actualizing the love of Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA to them.

'For the fruit of the 'R┌KHA' is....KINDNESS.' - Gal. 5:22

Your Faith Assignment for Today -

1. List those who have offended you -

Offenders How They Offended Me
a. Ricky
b.
c.
d.
e.

Humiliated me in public (for example).

2. Identify Y┴OHU UL's Purposes for Each Offense -

Offenses How Y┴OHU UL Wants to Use This Offense to Cleanse My Life and Build Character
a. Public humiliation

To remove feelings of self-importance in me and to make me stop seeking my own reputation but to promote only the praise and renown of Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y (for example).

b.
c.
d.
e.
3. Recall the failures for which Y┴OHU UL should judge you

___ Ungratefulness
___ Stubbornness
___ Criticizing others
___ Disobedience
___ ___________________
___ Outbursts of rage and violence
___ Words that hurt and insult
___ Lying and deceiving
___ Sexual immoralities
___ ____________________

4. Fully forgive your offenders -

Offenders Date Forgiven Treasures I Can Voluntarily Give
a. Ricky April 25 Will give him Holy Scriptures.
b.
c.
d.
e.

5. Ask forgiveness for your offenses -

My Offenses Date I Asked
Forgiveness
Their Responses and Reactions
a. Defrauding April 26 Anne fully forgave me (for example).
b.
c.
d.
e.

'Defrauding' means sexually arousing another person by means of the five F's - flirting, frivolous asking of favors, finding out as much about him or her, focusing on his or her physical features, and flatteries - and by other sensually seductive means, but you know that sexual relations with him or her is not morally nor scripturally right much less permitted.

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

Anything that benefits another is your seed while anything that benefits you is your harvest. You can be sure of this: You will surely harvest whatever it is you actually sow, upright or bad.

Anecdote for Today: Create Him!

When Y┴OHU UL was about to create man, says a YAOH┌-di legend, He took into His counsel the angels that are around His seat of authority in heaven.

'Create him not,' said the angel of Justice, 'for if You do, he will commit all kinds of wickedness against his fellowmen; he will be hard and cruel and dishonest, completely wicked.'

'Create him not,' said the angel of Truth, 'for he will be false and deceitful to his brother - man, and even to You.'

'Create him not,' said the angel of Holiness, 'he will follow that which is impure in Your eyes, and dishonor You to Your face.'

Then stepped forward the angel of Mercy (Y┴OHU ULĺs best loved) and said: 'Create him, our Heavenly Creator for when he sins and turns from the path of right and truth and holiness I will take him tenderly by the hand, and speak loving words to him, and then lead him back to You.'


Final Examination - True or False:

1.

Once parents give their sons and daughters away in marriage their influence should be minimal in the marriage.

2.

Everyone who has a broken marriage should try to rebuild it.

3.

The major cause of marital failure is incompatibility between partners.

4.

If a wife discovers that her husband is being unfaithful to her, she should confront him with the evidence as soon as possible.

5.

When a partner leaves and begins living immorally with someone else, there is little the other partner can do.

6.

Unless both partners work to put a marriage back together, it won't be put back together.

7.

If a believing couple marries, and later the husband wants a divorce, his wife should show her submission by giving in to what he decides on.

8.

A husband who was divorced and remarried could return to his first wife if the second wife died and the first wife had not remarried.

9.

If an adulterous partner refuses to repent, the other partner should just be patient and allow for more time.

10.

Looking at sensual magazines, books or films damage the marriage relationship.

11.

Premarital relationships increase compatibility after marriage.

12.

One can find a scriptural basis for going to a divorce court.

13.

Books which justify divorce and remarriage do remove guilt.

14.

Second marriage has more harmony than the first marriage.

15.

Secret unfaithfulness should be vocally confessed to the marriage partner.

16.

When you ask forgiveness, it revives the marriage relationship.

17.

A bitter person usually realizes that he or she is bitter.

18.

Continual deep seated anger shows one is actually bitter.

19.

You can actually purpose not to become like the one you are bitter toward.

20.

You cannot entertain evil reports and not be defiled by them.

21.

Y┴OHU UL sometimes allow your marriage partner to react negatively and rebel against you.

22.

It is impossible to be free from the temptation of discontentment.

23.

Y┴OHU UL expects that your marriage will be a difficult endeavor.

24.

You can develop a loving spirit toward your offender by merely forgiving them.

25.

Sometimes, it is scripturally justified to become bitter.

26.

When you forgive someone, you also release him from the consequences of his bad behavior.

27.

If your partner wants a divorce, you should not contest it.

28.

The scriptural right to divorce carries with it the scriptural right to remarry, too.

29.

As long as both partners agree, any type of physical lovemaking is proper in marriage.

30.

Desertion and unfaithfulness by one marriage partner are valid Scriptural grounds for divorce.


The Actual Process of Rebuilding Broken Marriages -

What must a husband do in case his wife unexpectedly packs her bags, moves out and begins living her own life independently or with another man, abandoning all her responsibilities?

What scriptural steps should the husband take in such a predicament?

1. Begin seeking Y┴OHU UL, which, in practical terms, involves -

a) Evaluating your true motives

b) Allotting daily time for reading Y┴OHU UL's Word

c) Learning and knowing Who Y┴OHU UL really is

d) Entering into the resurrection power of ha-MEHUSHKH┴Y

e) Being committed even when you do not feel like obeying

f) Honoring Y┴OHU UL's day

2. Be committed to a vow of no divorce and no remarriage -

Marriage is a lifelong commitment, not based merely on feelings but on your spiritual and physical obligations to your partner sealed by your sacred vows to each other.

When you were married, the two of you became one flesh, in the eyes of Y┴OHU UL, no longer two, but one.

The only scriptural grounds for dissolution of marriages are:

a)

Incestuous Marriages - marriages between close relatives, between relatives that do not go beyond the second-cousin degree of blood relations.

'You must never have sexual intercourse with a close relative, for I am Y┴OHU UL.' - Leviticus 18:6

b)

Homosexual or Bestial Marriages - marriages between persons of the same sex or between humans and animals.

'Do not practice homosexuality; it is a detestable sin. A man must never defile himself by having sexual intercourse with an animal, and a woman must never present herself to a male animal in order to have intercourse with it; this is a horrible perversion.' - Leviticus 18:22-23

c)

In Cases of Fornication - when a betrothed partner engage in premarital sexual relations with another person, then the aggrieved partner has the right to terminate the betrothal agreement and let go of the erring partner.

'A man who divorces his wife, unless she has committed fornication, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.' - ManY┴OHU 5:32

d)

When an unbelieving partner no longer wants to live with a believing spouse, because of faith in Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA, then the forsaken spouse is free to serve Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA and live in peace, no longer bound by his or her marriage responsibilities.

'If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her.

And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him.

For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband.

Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.

But if the unbeliever leaves, let him do so. A believing man or woman is not bound in such cases; Y┴OHU UL has called us to live in peace.

How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?' - 1 Corinthians 7:12-16

However, the scriptural grounds for divorce above-mentioned cannot be used by anyone as grounds to remarry.

Divorce and remarriage is a scriptural no-no.

3. Do not begin dating anyone else

It is important that you do not begin dating anyone else for this will only reinforce in your marriage partner that you really do not genuinely love her.

You must make it known to her that you do not intend to remarry no matter what, nor are you looking around for a quick, more beautiful and younger replacement.

Dating will only ruin the chance of a marriage reconciliation and would almost always make it impossible for both of you to ever put the marriage back together again.

When your marriage partner learns that you are dating someone else, that will only challenge and encourage her to also begin dating another quick, younger, perhaps richer replacement, too.

A divorced person who goes around dating others is really proclaiming: 'Look guys, I am really more on satisfying my own physical pleasures than in reviving and preserving my own marriage and family!'

When you begin dating someone else, it reflects lack of genuine scriptural love because genuine love never fades and it never gives up, and so it must also likewise never fail.

Keep recalling the sacred vow you made: 'Till death do us part.'

To be continued....

YAOH┌SHUA told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture Engrafting Passages for Today -

'If I could speak in any language in heaven or on earth but didn't love others, I would only be making meaningless noise like a loud gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I knew all the enigmas of the future and knew everything about everything, but didn't love others, how noble would I be?

And if I had the gift of faith that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, without love I would not be helpful to anybody.

If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn't love others, I would be of no value whatsoever.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged.

It is never glad about injustice but exults whenever the truth wins. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and it endures through every occurrence.

Love will last forever, but prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will all disappear. Now we know only a little, and even the gift of prophecy reveals little!

But when the end comes, these special gifts will all disappear.

It's like this: When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I grew up, I put away childish matters.

Now we see everything imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete.

But then I will know everything completely, just as Y┴OHU UL knows me now.

There are three things that will endure Ś faith, hope, and love Ś and the greatest among these is love.' - 1 Corinthians 13

To Release Her and Invest a Gift in Her Life....

For years, I have harbored deep resentment toward one of my classmates in college because of her predilection for using people (particularly males) and then, after getting what she needed, dumped them.

Through my misguided efforts, she passed two classes she would have failed otherwise, preventing her from graduating on time. I didn't learn my lesson but became increasingly bitter after doing more for her than I had done before, only to find out there was no real gratitude on her part.

Eventually, though, I realized I would continue to be bitter so long as I continued that pattern, because what I did was out of infatuation, not genuine love.

When I realized that, I came to grips with the frightening power of the spoken word. She had been held back for several years after graduation from obtaining meaningful employment, and I remembered what I had spoken against my classmate in a moment of isolation and deep anger.

Yet when I rescinded the curse and placed a blessing upon her in its place, the world unfolded for her. (This was before I became a real YAOH┌SHUA-hÚe.)

Others who knew us both expressed attitudes ranging from amazement to disgust that I forgave the matter completely, though it took far too long to do so. Despite my claims to the contrary, I did go to her wedding and even bought a nice gift, and I am glad I did.

Because when she looked around after exchanging vows, on her left hand in the hall were her husband's family and on her right her own family, that is, parents, brothers, and cousins. But only one true friend for HER.

Though I am having to wait for the time when she is ready, to tell her of YAOH┌SHUA, yet I know that by simply being there, that did more to help the credibility of my testimony to her than anything else I can think of, and it could not have happened had Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA not given me the ability to fully forgive her.

When she and her husband went on their way, I think he must have been the second happiest man in the world!

Contributed by Ahyao Michaul C.

Your Character Trait for Today -

Genuine Love which is the opposite of Sensual Affection

Definition:

Realizing that genuine scriptural love is my spiritual and practical commitment to my marriage partner, sealed by our sacred vows, and valid until death do us part.

'For the fruit of the 'R┌KHA' is....LOVE.' - Galatians 5:22

Your Faith Assignment for Today -

You will pray to Y┴OHU UL for the reinvigoration of your marriage and for Y┴OHU UL to use you as His representative in offering your help and advice to any married couple who may be experiencing difficulties in their married life, sharing with them the holy and scriptural principles of Y┴OHU UL in regard to genuine love and enduring marriage.

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

What military discipline is to other nations is the equivalent of spiritual discipline for the Yaoh˙shuahÚe (believer).

The happiness of Y┴OHU UL is your power and endurance.

In our very being there is rooted a mighty desire to know ourselves, and Y┴OHU UL, our Creator, to comprehend the primary basis of all real beings.

'Know thyself' means: devote time each day to examining yourself, correcting your weaknesses, working at self-improvement as well as purifying your immortal soul.

Whom have I in heaven but You and besides You, I desire nothing upon the earth.

The test of fine manners is to bear patiently with bad ones around.

Sexual immorality in a house is like a worm in a plant.

I don't want this world, nor the world to come, I want only You!

All who know well how to obey will know also how to rule well.

Obedience is the foundation of all morality.

Anecdote for Today: Shock Treatment for Lustful Husband

A lecherous husband reportedly has been cured of his infidelity by electric shock treatments. The treatment was given by two psychiatrists in a London hospital, who reported the experience in an issue of Pulse, an English medical journal.

The psychiatrists showed the adulterous man colored pictures of his wife and also of his concubine, alternately on a screen in a darkened room, for 30 minutes each day for six days.

When the picture of his concubine was flashed upon the screen, the unfaithful husband received a 70-volt electric shock on the wrist.

When his wife's pictures appeared, a tape recording told him of the harm he was committing against her and to their marriage by the illicit affair he was having with his neighborĺs wife.

The lustful husband had been married for ten years, and his adulterous relationship had gone on for two years before he sought psychiatric help.


The Actual Process of Rebuilding Broken Marriages -

What must a husband do in case his wife unexpectedly packs her bags, moves out and begins living her own life independently or with another man, abandoning all her responsibilities?

What scriptural steps should the husband take in such a predicament?

Continuation....

4. Clear your conscience -

You must vocally confess and renounce all known sins unto Y┴OHU UL Solkhßn (The UL of Forgiveness) and plead that all your sins be forgiven and cleansed by means of the 'DAM' (blood) of Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y.

You will have to include the sins of your foreparents plus all sins of omissions and all kinds of presumptuous sins, as well as secret sins.

You must also ask forgiveness from all whom you have offended in the past as well as from all those who suffered harm, loss or damage because of you and, if possible, making restitution whenever required.

5. Fully forgive your marriage partner -

You must completely release and free your marriage partner from all guilt, offenses and sins which your spouse has committed against you thereby clearing him or her from all blame.

Full forgiveness requires your having the same trust, confidence and openness toward your partner as if he or she has not committed any offense against you.

Forgiveness also involves your not recalling anymore, not remembering anymore, erasing your spouse's record clean and not talking about it anymore, whatever offenses he or she may have done against you.

When you fully forgive and release your marriage partner, then you, too, are freely forgiven and released by Y┴OHU UL from all guilt and blame, and from all torments and bitterness.

6. Reinvigorate fellowship with your parents and close relatives -

You must seek the help of your parents, family as well as those of your parents-in-law and your partner's close relatives in your efforts at rebuilding your marriage.

Seek their help in pointing out to you where you have missed it in the marriage and what were your shortcomings, so you can begin making amends.

You must show your in-laws that you really care for the well being of their child (i.e., your spouse) and are really determined to make your marriage and family succeed, and that they forgive you for all offenses which you have committed against them and their family.

This is important because most well-meaning in-laws are often reluctant to let the marriage continue due to internal pressures and conflicts.

Best if all the family members on both sides could devote special days for family prayers and going on fasts, each one committing himself to praying for the furtherance and success of your marriage.

7. Expect rebuilding to take some time -

It is written in Proverbs 18:19, 'A brother (former partner) offended is harder to be won than a walled city; and their disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.'

In ancient times, there were three ways of conquering a walled city. The first was by going over the steep walls, and this usually was very bloody and often failed.

The second was to lay siege around the city and wait till the dwellers inside surrender because of famine and thirst. Laying siege for a long duration of time conveys the message that the invaders are determined to succeed and win.

And the third was to wait for unexpected openings.

A patient partner will see a gate open unexpectedly if he or she is watching for such an opportunity. One man waited four years for such on opening and when it came, he quickly grabbed the chance to be reunited with his family.

During those years of waiting, he faithfully paid a visit to his children and he fulfilled his financial responsibilities as well. Then one day, one of the children was hospitalized and while they were together caring for the child, the couple were unexpectedly reunited.

When a husband does something for his offended wife and the children, she will usually try to discern what his real motives are, which may be among of the following:

- he feels guilty

- he feels obligated

- he just wants something from her in return

- he is merely trying to protect his reputation

- he was told by someone else to do it

- he just wants to brag to his friends later on

- he wants to prove to himself that he still is the same irresistible handsome guy that he was before

- he is just avoiding further embarrassment and humiliation

The offended wife will surely react negatively to any of the selfish motivations above-mentioned. What she is expecting are genuine, unselfish proofs of love and honesty, signs of deep contrition and repentance.

It is also vital to her to observe that you now are truly honest before Y┴OHU UL and that you realize what Y┴OHU UL is correcting and purifying in your heart.

To be continued....

YAOH┌SHUA told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture Engrafting Passages for Today -

'If I could speak in any language in heaven or on earth but didn't love others, I would only be making meaningless noise like a loud gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I knew all the enigmas of the future and knew everything about everything, but didn't love others, how noble would I be?

And if I had the gift of faith that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, without love I would not be helpful to anybody.

If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn't love others, I would be of no value whatsoever.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged.

It is never glad about injustice but exults whenever the truth wins. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and it endures through every occurrence.

Love will last forever, but prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will all disappear. Now we know only a little, and even the gift of prophecy reveals little!

But when the end comes, these special gifts will all disappear.

It's like this: When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I grew up, I put away childish matters.

Now we see everything imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete.

But then I will know everything completely, just as Y┴OHU UL knows me now.

There are three things that will endure Ś faith, hope, and love Ś and the greatest among these is love.' - 1 Corinthians 13

Your Character Trait for Today -

Genuine Love which is the opposite of Sensual Affection

Definition:

Realizing that genuine scriptural love is my spiritual and practical commitment to my marriage partner, sealed by our sacred vows, and valid until death do us part.

'For the fruit of the 'R┌KHA' is....LOVE.' - Galatians 5:22

Your Faith Assignment for Today -

You will pray to Y┴OHU UL for the reinvigoration of your marriage and for Y┴OHU UL to use you as His representative in offering your help and advice to any married couple who may be experiencing difficulties in their married life, sharing with them the holy and scriptural principles of Y┴OHU UL in regard to genuine love and enduring marriage.

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

Woe to him who increases on what is not his.

He reaps riches and knows not who shall gather them.

When he dies he shall carry nothing; his wealth shall not follow after him.

Whoever trusts in His riches shall fall unexpectedly.

So you must work hard to acquire riches honestly, that you may help many in this world.

Honest wealth from honest labor is a gift of Y┴OHU UL.

Anecdote for Today: Happy Families?

All happy families are alike, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own peculiar way.

Most homes nowadays seem to be on three shifts. Father is on the night shift; mother is on the day shift, and the children shift for themselves.

One percent of the typical childĺs time is spent under the influence of the religious school; 7 percent under the influence of the public school; 92 percent under the influence of the family home.

A 5-year-old to friend: 'My father can beat your father.'

Reply: 'So can my mother!'


The Actual Process of Rebuilding Broken Marriages -

What must a husband do in case his wife unexpectedly packs her bags, moves out and begins living her own life independently or with another man, abandoning all her responsibilities?

What scriptural steps should the husband take in such a predicament?

Continuation....

8. Fully comprehend how defeat occurred in your partner's life -

Samu-┌l replied, 'What is more pleasing to Y┴OHU UL: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to His commands?

Obedience is far better than sacrifice. Hearkening to Him is much better than offering the fat of rams.

Rebellion is as bad as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as bad as worshiping idols.

So because you have rejected the word of Y┴OHU UL, He also has rejected you from being king.' - 1 Samu-┌l 15:22-23

Y┴OHU UL has established hierarchies of authorities over each one of us in order to protect us from the satanic forces of evil and ruin in this world.

The government, one's spiritual leaders, parents, employers and older unmarried siblings, as well as one's husband, as the case may be, altogether serve as the umbrella of protection.

On the one hand, the sin nature, the sins of the foreparents and self-will tend to PUSH the individual out from under the umbrella of protection, while on the other hand, ha-satßn tries his best to LURE (like a magnet) the individual out of the umbrella of protection by working through the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and one's pride of life. These are the satanic temptations which anyone must continually contend with in this world.

The moment anyone rebels against Y┴OHU UL-ordained authorities, he automatically exposes himself to the onslaughts, attacks, weapons and witchcrafts of ha-satßn, because by rebelling, he gets away from the safekeeping of his umbrella of protection, and moves into the realm and oblivious world of the enemy.

Any weakness or defeat in the lives of our authorities are 'holes' in our umbrella of protection, which we must be wary of and increase our own defenses against.

Once you, with the help of Y┴OHU UL, discover what ha-satßn used as his leeway into your partner's life, then you can easily seal that opening or 'crack' in your partner's defenses by using Y┴OHU UL's powerful defensive as well as offensive weapons against the enemy. Ha-satßn is the enemy, not your marriage partner!

For a clearer comprehension and more in-depth coverage of this important topic, you may now download and digest the following YAOH┌SHUA guideline on dealing with authorities and subordinates:

http://www.YAOHUSHUA.org/author1.html

9. Find out how to free your partner from the power of sin -

The only real effective weapons against the enemy, who may be holding your marriage partner in bondage, are the written Words of Y┴OHU UL, the 'DAM' (blood) of our Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA, the angels of Y┴OHU UL and your shield of faith.

There are usually three basic hindrances why the Words of Y┴OHU UL cannot work in your partner's heart and mind, and these are: ha-satßn, his fortifications in your partner's mind, and false reasonings.

If you try to reason out with your partner before you remove the first two hindrances, you will only get a negative reaction and a firmer resolve to end the marriage.

It is important therefore that you first begin removing the hindrances sequentially one at a time.

'For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they are powerful through Y┴OHU UL to demolish fortifications.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of Y┴OHU UL, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y.' - 2 Cor. 10:3-5

Your first spiritual weapon to use is the prayer to bind ha-satßn and build a 'hedge of thorns' around your marriage partner.

After you have bound ha-satßn, and prayed for a 'hedge of thorns' in your partner's life, then you may proceed to demolishing wrong arguments, pretensions and false reasonings which has set themselves up against the knowledge of Y┴OHU UL, then continue onward to conquer every wrong thought that is against what is scripturally true in your partner's mind.

For more in-depth explanations on spiritual warfare and how to gain deliverance and achieve victory by the power of our Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA, you may download and digest the following guideline now, toward your acquiring enhanced spiritual power:

http://www.YAOHUSHUA.org/healer1.html

To be continued....

YAOH┌SHUA told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture Engrafting Passages for Today -

'If I could speak in any language in heaven or on earth but didn't love others, I would only be making meaningless noise like a loud gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I knew all the enigmas of the future and knew everything about everything, but didn't love others, how noble would I be?

And if I had the gift of faith that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, without love I would not be helpful to anybody.

If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn't love others, I would be of no value whatsoever.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged.

It is never glad about injustice but exults whenever the truth wins. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and it endures through every occurrence.

Love will last forever, but prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will all disappear. Now we know only a little, and even the gift of prophecy reveals little!

But when the end comes, these special gifts will all disappear.

It's like this: When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I grew up, I put away childish matters.

Now we see everything imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete.

But then I will know everything completely, just as Y┴OHU UL knows me now.

There are three things that will endure Ś faith, hope, and love Ś and the greatest among these is love.' - 1 Corinthians 13

Your Character Trait for Today -

Genuine Love which is the opposite of Sensual Affection

Definition:

Realizing that genuine scriptural love is my spiritual and practical commitment to my marriage partner, sealed by our sacred vows, and valid until death do us part.

'For the fruit of the 'R┌KHA' is....LOVE.' - Galatians 5:22

Your Faith Assignment for Today -

You will pray to Y┴OHU UL for the reinvigoration of your marriage and for Y┴OHU UL to use you as His representative in offering your help and advice to any married couple who may be experiencing difficulties in their married life, sharing with them the holy and scriptural principles of Y┴OHU UL in regard to genuine love and enduring marriage.

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

Many ignorant people make their bellies their idols, their fine clothes their law and their home beautification their ethics.

A YAOH┌-di shall not enter a building dedicated to idol worship even to protect himself from bad weather.

If gee-ZEUS is the Messiah, then uncontrolled lust, wild abandon and lewdness would be no sin, like what his devotees do in Brazil on his carnival days.

When asked why Y┴OHU UL did not expunge all idols, Gamaliul replied: 'You worship the sun, the moon, stars and planets....and you even idolize mere humans. Shall Y┴OHU UL ruin His creation just because some are stupid to worship creatures rather than the Creator?'

Let no one who has a soul worship anything without a soul.

Thou shalt have no other idols before Me.

The worship of the myriads of idols is the beginning, cause and end of every evil.

Laziness is the mother of famine and shortages.

Laziness leads to lewdness.

Whoever is really dedicated to Y┴OHU UL avoids all kinds of idleness.

Anecdote for Today: How Do Wars Begin?

A boy once asked, 'Dad, how do wars begin?'

'Well, take the First World War,' said his father. 'That began when Germany invaded Belgium.'

Immediately his wife interrupted him. 'Tell the boy the truth. It began because somebody was murdered.'

The husband drew himself up with an air of superiority and snapped back, 'Are you answering the query or am I?'

Turning her back upon him in a huff, the wife walked out of the room and slammed the door as hard as she could. When the dishes stopped rattling in the cupboard, an uneasy silence followed, broken at length by the son.

'Daddy, you donĺt have to tell me how wars begin; I know now!'


Requirements for Praying the 'Hedge of Thorns' -

1. You must be a regenerated believer in Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA -

The prayer for a 'hedge of thorns' is effective only for use by Yaoh˙shuahÝm (believers in Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA).

If you are not yet one, you may easily become one by believing and receiving Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA in your heart as your sole individual Life Governor and Savior now.

2. Freedom From Bondage to Sin -

Y┴OHU UL warns us that if we regard iniquity in our hearts, then He will hear us. Reverential fear of Y┴OHU UL involves our hatred for sin.

As a regenerated Yaoh˙shuahÚe, living in the resurrection power of Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA, we have been delivered from all sin, and its power over us has been ruined.

We do not therefore conquer sin by our own human ability and power but by the power of the 'R┌KHA hol-HODSH┌A' (Holy Spirit of YAOH┌SHUA) within us.

We also always resist ha-satßn, and subdue all temptations and reject all allures for us to get from Y┴OHU UL's umbrella of safety and protection.

3. Clear Conscience -

Having a clear conscience simply means that there is not one person who is able to point his finger at you and accuse you of having offended him, yet you haven't done anything to appease him nor obtain his forgiveness.

Offended partners, relatives and friends would find it hard to forgive if they recall the bitter memories of your past shortcomings and offenses committed against them. They would rather ignore and avoid you rather than suffer much with you around.

Knowing this, you should therefore do your utmost in securing their forgiveness and release in order that all those bitter memories of you in their minds will somehow be erased, by Y┴OHU UL's favor.

Prayer to Bind ha-satßn and Build a 'Hedge of Thorns' -

Y┴OHU Abih˙l in heaven, I humbly plead that You bind, stop and rebuke ha-satßn, by the power of the 'Sh˙am' and 'DAM' (blood) of Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y!

I now ask that you please put a 'hedge of thorns' around my partner ________________ (mention name) in order that anyone who may have wicked influence on her (or him) will lose desire and leave.

Qaotiv: Whoever Y┴OHU UL has united together, let no man separate.

And whatever we do not allow on earth is not allowed in heaven.

Hodayßo for hearing my prayer and granting this request.

I pray all this, 'Ol -Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

To be continued....

YAOH┌SHUA told them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and remarries, she commits adultery.' - Mark 10:11-12

Given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Scripture Engrafting Passages for Today -

I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of His 'Sh˙am' (Name).

I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him Who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one.

I write to you, dear children, because you have known Y┴OHU AB┌ (the Father).

I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him Who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young men, because you are powerful, and the Word of Y┴OHU UL lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one! - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam 2:12-14

'Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that he appeared in order that he might take away our sins. And in Him is no sin.

No one who lives in Him keeps on committing sins. No one who continues to sin has seen Him or known Him.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam 3:4-6

And this is His command: to believe in the 'Sh˙am' (Name) of His Son - YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y - and to love one another as He commanded us.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam 3:23

'I write about these matters to you who believe in the 'Sh˙am' (Name) of ha-BËR (the Son of) Y┴OHU UL in order that you may know that you have eternal life.

This is the confidence we have in approaching Y┴OHU UL: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of Him.' - 1 Y┴OHU-khßnam 5:13-15

Your Character Trait for Today -

Prayerfulness which is the opposite of Self-Reliance

Definition:

Always maintaining a prayerful attitude unto Y┴OHU UL, fully realizing that prayer is the most powerful force on this earth available to me as it can move the hands of my Eternal Creator, Y┴OHU UL.

'For the fruit of the 'R┌KHA' is....UPRIGHTNESS.' - Gal. 5:22

Your Faith Assignment for Today -

You will now please recite this prayer vocally and really mean it from your heart, in order that you may formally receive the new birth from above and become a child of Y┴OHU UL -

Sinner's Prayer of Repentance

Y┴OHU UL, Who dwells in shamulyßo (celestial heights), I now believe that You are the real Maker of all, my Creator;

I believe that You are the true Holy One of Israel, no one else; You are the UL of Abruhßm, Y┴OHUtz-kaq (Isaac) and Y┴OHU-caf;

I acknowledge that I have sinned against You, and I do now forgive all those who have offended me in the past;

I truly repent before You.

Please forgive me of all my sins and cleanse me now, by the 'DAM' (blood) of Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, Who, I believe, died in my behalf, as my own individual replacement;

I now make YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y as my only individual Ëdmorul (Ruler) and 'MeÚ-hoo-sh˙a-yao' (Savior);

I believe that He died to pay for all my sins, was buried, became alive again, went to be with Y┴OHU UL, and will soon return to rule as the King of kings;

I believe with perfect faith in the soon-coming return of Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y;

It is written: 'Everyone who calls upon the Name of Y┴OHU UL shall be saved,' and I believe in the resurrection of the upright to eternal rewards, and the damnation of the wicked to eternal perdition;

Please give me now the 'R┌KHA-YAOH┌SHUA' to indwell me as Your newly-born child in Your eternal Kingdom of virtue, uprightness and holiness;

And please also immerse me in the 'R┌KHA-YAOH┌SHUA' now so I may freely receive His gifts for empowerment in my new life as a Yaoh˙shuahÚe (faithful believer);

I believe that I now receive the 'R┌KHA-YAOH┌SHUA' into my heart, as my life Ruler, Governor and Maoro-Úh (Teacher), as I do also believe that I now receive Your mercy, forgiveness and cleansing and the empowerment gifts of and immersion in the 'R┌KHA-YAOH┌SHUA';

I praise, glorify, worship and thank You for the free redemption and salvation;

I pray all this, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Now you are free, you are healed, you are delivered and you are whole!

Now, glorify Y┴OHU UL with me, let us exalt His NAME together!

Now begin your new life with Y┴OHU AB┌ (Father) by telling others about His LOVE and His NAME and begin loving and helping your neighbors!

'You shall love Y┴OHU your UlhÝm with ALL your heart, with ALL your soul and with ALL your mind; and you shall love your neighbor as you love yourself!'

These are the greatest mitzvˇt or commandments!

So begin loving Y┴OHU UlhÝm and your neighbors now!

Remember, it was Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA Who died for your sins, and not religion. Religion is NOT the Savior. YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y is the Savior Who is willing and able to help, deliver, heal and save you!

For the weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world; on the contrary, they are so powerful, through Y┴OHU UL, to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of Y┴OHU UL, and we now take captive every thought to make it submissive to Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA. And we now overcome ha-satßn by the 'DAM' (blood) of Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y and by the words of our testimony, and as we resist ha-satßn, we win!

Hodayßo (thanks) to Y┴OHU UL GABËR (the Valiant Warrior) Who always guarantees that we triumph in Molkhi˙l YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, and truly we are greater than conquerors! And we do not allow ha-satßn to steal in any manner the words of Y┴OHU UL sown in your hearts now and forever!

'Ol Sh˙am' YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, am-nßm!

Your Nuggets of Wisdom for Today -

The purpose of prayer is to leave us alone with Y┴OHU UL.

Prayer is a bridle to greed and lust.

The aim of our worship is the purification, enlightenment and uplifting of our inner selves.

Y┴OHU UL longs for the prayers of the upright.

In prayer, we open ourselves to Y┴OHU UL and He comes in to us and claims us as His very own.

Let other nations rely on their armaments, but Yaoshor˙l's mightiest weapon is prayer!

You must feel the need for and delight in prayer.

Prayer is the service of the heart.

Prayer without the heart is like a body without the spirit.

When you pray, remove from your heart all worldly concerns.

Jewish prayer means praying in Hebrew.

Say your prayers softly, for thereby is devotion aroused.

Pronounce your prayers clearly and precisely, in order that each word may illumine the skies.

Call upon Me (Y┴OHU UL) in the day of trouble.

Magnified and sanctified be His great 'Sh˙am' (Name) in the world which He (Y┴OHU UL) created according to His will.

Anecdote for Today: Into The Day

I rose up early one morning
And rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish
I didnĺt have time to pray.

Troubles just tumbled about me
And heavier came each task.
Why doesnĺt Y┴OHU UL help me, I wondered,
He answered, 'You didnĺt ask.'

I tried to come into Y┴OHU ULĺs presence,
I used all my keys at the lock.
Y┴OHU UL gently and lovingly chided,
'Why child, you didnĺt knock.'

I wanted to see happiness and beauty,
But the day toiled on grey and bleak,
I called on Y┴OHU UL for the reason-
He said 'You didnĺt seek.'

I woke up early this morning
And paused before entering the day.

I had so much to accomplish
That I had to take time to pray!

All this is given to you in true love and deep humility, 'Ol Sh˙am' (in the Name of) YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y, and we all say, am-nßm!

YAOH┌SHUA hol-MEHUSHKH┴Y is the original Name!

The original is really the best!

Let's continue to receive more scriptural wisdom and knowledge in the NEXT segment of this spiritually-awakening guideline now....