The Watchtower—Study Edition | March 2020
STUDY ARTICLE 13
Love One Another Intensely
If we have intense “love for the whole association of brothers,” we will avoid being partial
7 Jesus urged us to keep treating others the way we want to be treated. He added that we should not limit our love only to those who show love in return. (Luke 6:31-33) Though it would be unusual, what if someone in the congregation avoids you and refuses to greet you? That is what Lara experienced. She explains: “A sister ignored me, and I did not know why. I felt tense and did not enjoy going to the meetings.” At first, Lara reasoned: ‘I am not at fault. After all, others in the congregation also feel that this sister behaves strangely.’
19 We have examined how having intense love for one another can help us to be peacemakers, to be impartial, and to be hospitable. We must overcome any negative feelings and love our brothers and sisters intensely from the heart. If we do, we will be happy and we will prove that we really are Jesus’ disciples.—John 13:17, 35.
A whole study article had to be written about loving one another, being impartial and being hospitable towards members in every Kingdom Hall. But aren't these practiced in every congregation? I don't think so!
The study article photo (above) is not an exaggeration. Who has time to talk to elderly Joe who is old and boring?There are so many cliques inside the Kingdom Hall, you cannot count all of them. You have the young teen cliques, the elder wives cliques, the married couples cliques, the pioneer cliques and the elder cliques. You're out of luck if you happen to be a single male/female or a married brother/sister who attends the meeting by themselves because of an unbelieving mate. How many times were you not greeted or invited to an occasion by your loving congregation members?
The article forgets to mention all the drama, backstabbing, rumors, divorces, verbal fights, heated words, conflicts, shady business practices inside the Kingdom Halls, loans that are never paid in full and infighting for power control of the local Kingdom Hall.