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What is spirituality mean to a JW?

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Hello and thank you for writing!

That's a very interesting question you have asked and I will do my best to answer, I hope to your satisfaction.

In short, spirituality to a JW is a matter of life and death, it means that we live our lives in a way that pleases God, we strive to cultivate the mind of Christ and follow Jesus' steps closely, (1 Peter 2:21; 4:1) when making decisions in life we do not lean upon our own understanding (Prov. 3:5,6) but we let Jehovah's holy spirit guide us.  

But it's up to each person to put forth an effort to think as Jesus did and walk in his footsteps.  And it's an ongoing process that we pray to God for help with.

The more we have the mind of Christ, or resemble him, the more deeper our spirituality will become and thus we'll have peace now and look forward to God's promise of everlasting life. (Romans 8:6; Phil 4:7)

1 Cor. 2:14-16 "But a physical man does not receive the things of the spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot get to know [them], because they are examined spiritually. 15 However, the spiritual man examines indeed all things, but he himself is not examined by any man. 16 For “who has come to know the mind of Jehovah, that he may instruct him?” But we do have the mind of Christ."

In order to have the mind of Christ, or have the same mental attitude that Jesus had, (Romans 15:5; Phil 2:5) one must get to know his way of thinking.  And we can find that out by studying the Bible accounts regarding Jesus and how he dealt with people.  (John 17:3).  

Then you will see how Jesus was with others and the type of person he was, and by thinking on these and reflecting on how he acted and putting that into use with our own situations by imitating our leader Jesus that will help us to "go on growing in undeserved kindness and knowledge of our lord and savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18)

Jesus "set the pattern" (John 13:15) for us to follow and he received Jehovah's Holy spirit at his baptism and was "full of holy spirit" the Bible says.  (Luke 3:21,22; 4:1)

Jesus told his followers to pray for Jehovah's holy spirit (Luke 11:9-13).

That is very important because if we do so, if we let Jehovah's holy spirit guide us in all that we do, God's holy spirit has the power to transform a person's mind so that it starts to resemble that of Christ.

Romans 12:1,2 "consequently I entreat ​YOU​ by the compassions of God, brothers, to present ​YOUR​ bodies a sacrifice living, holy, acceptable to God, a sacred service with ​YOUR​ power of reason. 2 And quit being fashioned after this system of things, but be transformed by making ​YOUR​ mind over, that ​YOU​ may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God."

And when we let God's spirit work in us, it produces qualities of that spirit, like love, joy, peace, mildness, goodness, kindness, faith, long suffering, and self control.  These are the "fruitage of the spirit" (Gal. 5:22,23).  As JW's we pray to God to help us cultivate them in all that we do.


As Jesus prayed to his Father, we do also:

Mark 1:35 "And early in the morning, while it was still dark, he rose up and went outside and left for a lonely place, and there he began praying" (Also see: Luke 5:16; 22:41,44; Matt 14:23; Matt 26:36-44; Luke 6:12; Heb 5:7)


As Jesus preached about Jehovah's kingdom, we do also:

Luke 4:43 "But he said to them: “Also to other cities I must declare the good news of the kingdom of God, because for this I was sent forth."  (Also see: Mark 1:38; Mark 1:14,15; Matt 28:19,20; Matt 24:14)

The preaching work is accomplished only by the power of God's holy spirit, and having a share in it as Jesus did is a sign of true spirituality. (Acts 1:8)


Again there's other things involved, but to sum it up, Spirituality to us means we let Jehovah's holy spirit guide our lives.  This includes having love for God's word the Bible, manifesting the fruitage of the spirit, praying on a regular basis with sincerity, and sharing the Good News with others.

That's what spirituality is from a JW perspective.


Have a wonderful day, follow up if needed!



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I can answer questions related to Jehovah's Witnesses and the Bible. I love learning the truth from the Bible and helping others to learn that truth as well. I don't know everything but will answer from the Bible, I like to use illustrations as well to help a person relate to what is being said. The Bible has the last say so over any person.

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I am an active baptized Jehovah's Witness and Jehovah is Almighty God,(Ps. 83:18) and his Son Jesus Christ died so that everyone exercising faith in him may not be destroyed but have everlasting life. (John 3:16). I support my fellow Witnesses on this board who are real, and Jehovah's worldwide visible organization, including the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses. As God is not a God of disorder, and there could not be order if there were not ones to take the lead. Taking the lead and having a leader is not the same, our leader is Jesus Christ, and in order to have unity and order, there has to be arrangements in place. As the first century Christians had, there were men taking the lead, (Acts 6:1-6) as with Moses, (Exodus 18:21) and in our day, in following with Bible truths, we do the same. When people twist that around to us worshiping men, it is just a straight out lie! Why would the Scripture at 1 Tim. 3:1-10, 12, 13 give the criteria for men reaching out for an office of overseer if that was not meant to be? (Phil 1:1, Acts 20:17, 28, Eph. 4:11, 12, 2 Cor. 3:4-6). If we were not supposed to have men who take the lead, why was this scripture penned? James 5:14-15 "Is there anyone sick among YOU? Let him call the older men of the congregation to [him], and let them pray over him, greasing [him] with oil in the name of Jehovah. 15 And the prayer of faith will make the indisposed one well, and Jehovah will raise him up. Also, if he has committed sins, it will be forgiven him."

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If you have legit questions and want to know the truth, please ask, but if you are here to spread your lies and twists of the scriptures or get your falsehoods out, you may get rejected! The truth is from the Bible, if what you say does not harmonize with the Bible then what you say is wrong! Context and other scriptures help determine scriptures that may stump us, let scripture interpret scripture. The Bible does not contradict itself, so if what you are being taught or if what you are teaching makes it seem like the Bible is contradictory, remember it's not the Bible it's the man-made teaching! Doctrines of men! Mark 7:6, 7 "He said to them: “Isaiah aptly prophesied about YOU hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honor me with [their] lips, but their hearts are far removed from me. 7 It is in vain that they keep worshiping me, because they teach as doctrines commands of men." (also Romans 10:2, 3)

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Matthew 24:14 says "And this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come." We are doing that today, we are living in times of Bible Prophecy and as a Jehovah's Witness, we have the privilege to be apart of a prophecy spoken by Jesus himself! The good news of the Kingdom. Ask yourself, what kingdom? then read Daniel 2:44! It's a real government. Take heed now! Listening to men over God will mean your life.(Prov 3:5,6, Ps. 146:3) A lie will never become truth, No matter how long or how many people say it or speak it. Learn what the Bible really teaches, seek out Jehovah's ways, serving God in truth is only acceptable to him,(John 4:23, 24) you can not be serving God acceptably if what you believe is a lie! Pray for understanding and ask Jehovah to search your heart and draw you! (John 6:44, 65) Now is the time to be with the people who are called by Jehovah's name! (Acts 15:14, 17, Isa. 43:7, 10, Zech 8:23)

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