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A thirteen-year-old girl was very bitter toward her stepfather. She believed that he showed favoritism toward others in the family. He also displayed anger toward her on many occasions, which hurt her deeply.

Christ’s Example of Yielding Rights

learning from Jesus’ surrender to God
Through His life, death, and resurrection, Jesus Christ gives us a striking example of complete obedience and surrender to God.

Basic Commitments to Make Before Considering Marriage

three foundational decisions to strengthen moral purity
To avoid the trap of moral failure, every son and daughter should make three basic commitments long before he or she is ready to consider marriage.

Have a Forgiving Heart

receiving God’s forgiveness and sharing it with others
When you’ve been wronged, becoming bitter toward your offender feels like a way to get revenge. However, this response actually harms you more than it harms your offender, because to be bitter is to be in bondage to hatred and wrath.

Trading Irritations for Maturity

embracing God’s transforming work in your life
Irritations often expose areas in which you need to mature. God wants every Christian to reflect the integrity of His Son Jesus Christ, and God can work through the people and circumstances of your life to press you toward that point of maturity. (See Romans 8:28–29.)

How to Conquer Sinful Habits

seven steps to victory
Is it actually possible to conquer destructive habits? Yes, because “with God, nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37). Through the provision of God’s grace, you can take positive steps of action to experience victory over sinful habits.

The Birth, Death, and Fulfillment of a Vision

three aspects of the ways of God
The way in which God interacts with each of His children is in perfect harmony with basic principles found in Scripture. This interaction often involves the birth of a vision, the death of a vision, and the fulfillment of a vision.

Investigate Scripture With Key Questions

observe, interpret, and apply God’s Word
In Scripture meditation, your goal is to understand the passage as well as possible. To thoroughly investigate the passage you have selected, you need to:

The following testimony is given by a man who attended a counseling course and shared insights he found when he asked the question, “Why does God let bad things happen?”

Hindrances to Gaining a Clear Conscience

common points of rationalization
When you’ve said or done something that weighs on your conscience, you might try to explain away the guilt. The following issues could keep you from clearing your conscience:

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