13. Respect the Gift of Life

13. Respect the Gift of Life

1 RESPECT THE GIFT OF LIFE

“With you is the source of life.”​—Psalm 36:9

How do we show respect for life?

  • Acts 17:28; Revelation 4:11

    Life is a gift from Jehovah, and we should treat it with respect.

  • Exodus 21:22, 23; Deuteronomy 5:17

    Murder and abortion are wrong.

  • 1 John 3:11, 12, 15

    Hatred is wrong.

  • 2 Corinthians 7:1

    Avoid unclean habits, such as smoking and drug abuse.

  • Psalm 11:5

    Avoid violent entertainment and sports.

2 LIFE AND BLOOD

“For the life of every sort of flesh is its blood, because the life is in it.”​—Leviticus 17:14

What is God’s view of life and blood?

  • Genesis 4:10; Deuteronomy 12:23

    Blood represents life.

  • Genesis 9:3, 4

    We may eat meat but not blood.

  • Acts 15:28, 29; 21:25

    God’s command to abstain from blood includes blood used in medical treatment.

  • Hebrews 11:6

    Our relationship with Jehovah is the most important thing in our life.

3 THE USES OF BLOOD JEHOVAH ALLOWED

“The blood of Jesus . . . cleanses us from all sin.”​—1 John 1:7

What does Jesus’ sacrifice make possible for us?

  • Leviticus 17:11

    In Bible times, when the Israelites sinned, they could ask for Jehovah’s forgiveness by sacrificing an animal and asking the priest to pour some of its blood on the altar.

  • Matthew 20:28; Hebrews 9:11-14

    When Jesus came to earth, he replaced the law on animal sacrifices by giving his life, or blood, for the forgiveness of our sins.

  • John 3:16

    Jesus’ life was so valuable that after Jehovah resurrected Jesus to heaven, Jehovah gave all humans who exercise faith in Jesus the opportunity to live forever.