In the church, we often hear some people say how much they have suffered in believing in God. Some say that they left their families and gave up their careers for God and have suffered so much, some say that they were arrested and imprisoned for God and have suffered so much humiliation, some say that they consecrated their youth for God and have suffered so much, some say that in serving God they received so much dealing and pruning and have suffered so much, some say that they gave up the world and earned much less money for loving God and thus lived a poor life and have suffered so much, and so forth. And most people think that all the sufferings one undergoes because of believing in God are the sufferings he undergoes for God and that undergoing the sufferings for testifying God or for serving God is undergoing sufferings for loving God. Even no one dares to deny this. So, it is true that most people have undergone many sufferings in believing in God. But in these people no transformation of their life disposition is seen. And judging from their speeches and manners, they do not have the truth, much less live out the reality required by God. If one is with them for a period of time, he will see their condition of being corrupt and pitiable, which is entirely the true image of satan the devil. This is worth meditating. If they had really suffered so much for God, then how kind their heart should be and how much they should love God! How greatly their life disposition should have been transformed! But why is it that no transformation of their life disposition can be seen in them? Why is it that they have believed in God for many years but have not gained any truth and still look at things from the viewpoint of the unbelievers and according to the crafty and cunning satanic philosophies of dealing with the world? This is really inconceivable! Actually, if we disclose the truth of the facts, we will be clear: In believing in God, people are not at all suffering for God. Just as God’s word says: “I, standing above the universe, watch every day, and I, humbly hiding in my dwelling place, experience human life, carefully observing men’s actions. There has been no one who truly offers up himself for me; there has been no one who pursues the truth; there has been no one who is conscientious for me; there has been no one who makes a resolution before me and keeps his duty; there has been no one who lets me dwell in him; there has been no one who cares for me as he cares for his own life; there has been no one who sees in the reality all the being of my divinity; there has been no one who is willing to contact the practical God Godself.” Thus it can be seen that it is not an easy thing to gain the truth in believing in God. No matter how many sufferings one undergoes in believing in God, if it is not for gaining the truth and being saved by God, what meaning does it have for him to undergo these sufferings? However, those who suffer do not realize for whom and for what purpose they undergo these sufferings. People think that all the sufferings they undergo because of believing in God are undergone for God and for loving God. Do you think such a saying is right? Is it tenable? Actually, according to reason, if one can truly suffer so much for God willingly without any complaints, this can only be achieved by a person who has gained the truth and the transformation of his disposition. However, in people, no truth can be seen, much less the transformation of their life disposition. Yet they shamelessly say that they “suffer completely for God,” making others see how great, honorable, and holy they are. But the fact is completely the opposite. These people who often boast before others that they suffer for God are all ones who are crooked and crafty, selfish and contemptible, and good at pretending and cheating God. Strangely, there are really some people who like to accept their cheat and adore these “people who suffer” as their idols. And these “people who suffer for God” instantly change into “spiritual men.” Actually, no matter how they boast that they suffer for God, God does not acknowledge this “fact,” and this is just their wishful thinking. What God remembers is people’s real good deeds, what God accepts is people’s true worship of God, and what God is pleased with is people’s true consecration. Only the consecration and spending of those who truly pursue the truth and are perfected and the sufferings they undergo for carrying out God’s will are accepted by God. Thus we can see that the sufferings people should undergo in believing in God are totally different from suffering for God. All the sufferings people undergo in believing in God are what they have to undergo and are what they should undergo. The suffering people undergo for God, however, is entirely different. It means that after people are perfected through pursuing the truth, they formally receive God’s commissions and undergo all kinds of sufferings for carrying out God’s will and can be faithful unto death and perform their duty properly. It can be said that only the consecration of those who completely consecrate themselves to God is without mixture of corruption, without bargains or demands, and without their own intent or purpose, and is completely a willing consecration. They spend faithfully for God and undergo sufferings for practicing the truth, for standing the testimony to satisfy God, and for completing God’s commission. Only this can be said to be suffering for God. Actually, that people can suffer for God can only be achieved after they have been saved and perfected. If they have not gained the truth and their life disposition has not been transformed, it is absolutely impossible that they can suffer willingly for God. This is because people are so deeply corrupt that their mind and viewpoints and their intents and thoughts all resist God, and they all seek profits for themselves by nature. Even if they are willing to perform their duty, they do not do it willingly but perfunctorily and carelessly, without any obedience, much less faithfulness. So how can they have a heart of truly loving God? So, corrupt mankind is filled with resistance and disobedience within, and in all their doings they are seeking profits for themselves and suffering for their own intents and purposes. This is the fact. As far as people’s corrupt states are concerned, they are still unqualified to suffer for God and are still unworthy to suffer for God. This is because their intents and purposes in believing in God are not right and they undergo sufferings under the motivation of their own intents and purposes. If one suffers not for gaining the truth to be saved, no matter how many sufferings he may undergo, it has nothing to do with God, and of course he will not gain the transformation of his life disposition.
God has undergone many sufferings for saving mankind. This is true and is a fact obvious to all. Corrupt mankind has not been completely saved by God and has not had the truth, and their life disposition has not been transformed, so how could they truly suffer for God? Factually speaking, all the sufferings people undergo in believing in God should be for their believing in God to be saved and for pursuing the truth. But people all have mixtures. Some are for receiving eternal life and not going to hell, some for receiving God’s blessings and not encountering disasters, and others for escaping disasters and gaining the outcome of not dying. People all believe in God with the mixtures of their own intents and desires, and their intents and purposes in undergoing sufferings are different. However, some undergo sufferings because of doing evil and committing sins, and that is a different thing. If a person undergoes sufferings because of doing evil and committing sins, it is that he himself asks for troubles and reaps the fruits of his own actions. These sufferings have nothing to do with one’s believing in God and pursuing the truth. No matter how many such sufferings one undergoes, it is meaningless. If one does too much evil, he can only ruin himself and go to perdition himself. I see that some people had served as leaders for many years but they were always perfunctory and careless in performing their duty, indulging in the blessings of position and hankering after fleshly enjoyments. They did not have the fellowship about the knowledge of the truth, but restrained the brothers and sisters in every aspect, stood in a high position and lectured others, and fished for their personal profits and took advantages of others wherever they went. After they were eliminated, they were not subdued. They always felt that they had done the work for years and undergone a lot of sufferings and thus made a lot of complaints. They told their “grievances” wherever they went and boasted how many works they had done and how many sufferings they had undergone, gaining some people’s sympathy and charity. These eliminated scum indeed could deceive some people. Some even shed tears of sympathy for them, cried out for justice for them, and thought that God’s family was unfair, as if God were not righteous either. This is sufficient to prove that it is not easy for man’s satanic nature to accept the truth. After they were pruned and dealt with or eliminated, they would rather die than submit and tried to deceive others everywhere. Those who had no truth certainly could not withstand the enemies’ deception and even accepted their lies. Thereafter, in their hearts was planted the poison that “God’s family is unfair, and God is also unrighteous” and was buried the root of ruin, which set an obstruction and a hindrance to their future pursuit. Many notions are produced because people have no truth and believe satan’s lies. Thus it can be seen that without the truth people will easily believe satan’s lies and easily be deceived. This is their fatal weakness. It is very easy for corrupt mankind to accept satan’s lies and accept negative things, but it is very difficult for them to accept God’s word and believe the words that are in accordance with the truth. Of course, if people easily believe God’s word and can obey God’s work, then they will not have these difficulties. Among people who believe in God, those who suffer for their own intents and purposes are too many. If in the end they still cannot accept God’s word of judging and chastising man and cannot accept the dealing and pruning of God’s family, they are ones who refuse to accept the truth, are the brood of antichrists, and are ones who are bound to be eliminated.
What sufferings do people have to undergo in believing in God? What sufferings are the sufferings people have to undergo in believing in God? What does it mean to suffer for gaining life and the truth to be saved? What does it mean to suffer because of doing evil? What does it mean to suffer for oneself? What does it mean to suffer for God? We should discern these things clearly one from another and cannot mix them up. Foolish men and absurd men are prone to confuse them, calling the sufferings they have to undergo in believing in God to be “suffering for God and for loving God.” Don’t they feel ashamed for putting such a great crown on their own head? Such a saying is unfair to God. In believing in God, we should not cheat God. God works and speaks always in a matter-of-fact way and distinguishes clearly between right and wrong. So, we should have some sense toward God and should pursue to understand more truths in God’s word and make certain of the truth of the facts before we speak. If one suffered for escaping disasters or receiving blessings in the future, he should not say that he suffers for God; if one suffered much because of struggling to be a leader in God’s family and have a position, he should not say that he suffers for God; if one suffered much because he was seriously dealt with or eliminated due to being perfunctory and careless in performing his duty and always causing demolition and disturbance, he cannot say that he has suffered much for pursuing the truth. The sufferings people undergo in believing in God are of many aspects, and these sufferings differ from one another. And the kinds and the states of people who suffer are also different. So, the sufferings people undergo are different. There are fundamental distinctions between them. We should learn to discern the matter of undergoing sufferings in believing in God. Thus we will not speak by calling right wrong and black white. Next I will fellowship about what sufferings people have to undergo in believing in God:
First, suffering in God’s word in believing in God, including the suffering of being judged and chastised, the suffering of being pruned and dealt with, and the suffering of being tried and refined, is the suffering people have to undergo in believing in God. God judges corrupt mankind completely because mankind has been corrupted by satan to the uttermost. Mankind resists and attacks God to the extent of being hostile to God. They not only nailed Jesus onto the cross, but they even can nail the Christ incarnated in the end time onto the cross again. Mankind being guilty of a monstrous sin has offended God’s disposition, and mankind has been corrupt to the extent of being almost irredeemable, so that God has to save mankind by means of judgment and chastisement. Since they are words of judgment and chastisement, of course they are stern, totally unfeeling, and penetrating, so that what people see and taste is God’s righteous and majestic disposition that does not tolerate man’s offense. Because corrupt mankind is full of satanic disposition, when reading God’s words of judgment, they will certainly feel uncomfortable and even painful. When Jesus came to work, he came full of grace to forgive people’s sins, healed sicknesses and drove out demons for people, and raised the dead, bestowing so much grace to people, but he was nailed onto the cross by the corrupt and evil mankind. Mankind is impervious to God’s work, whether it is soft or hard. When the God who was full of grace came, he was nailed onto the cross. When God comes with judgment and chastisement to save man, he is still condemned and rejected. Fortunately, there is no such a punishment as crucifixion in modern society. But God suffers from being hunted, condemned, and rejected, suffering more than Jesus had suffered. From this we can see to what extent corrupt mankind has become evil! Hence, it is destined that to believe in God to be saved, people have to undergo many sufferings. It is entirely decided by the corrupt and evil substance of mankind, and is the evil consequence caused by satan corrupting and poisoning mankind. If one refuses to accept God’s word of judgment and chastisement, there will be no way for him to be saved by God. Only if one undergoes all kinds of sufferings in God’s word can he gain the truth and be saved by God in God’s work. Many people, when reading God’s words of severe judgment, have notions, have judgment and condemnation, and have resistance and rebellion. This is completely the expression of their corrupt ferocious disposition. When God discloses man’s corruption, it is completely in accordance with the truth of the facts, and God speaks completely according to the facts and without any exaggeration. If people cannot accept them, it proves that there is a problem with their nature. People like to hear words of blessing, words of flattery, and words of praise. But God’s disposition is righteous, and he will never speak contrary to the facts. Corrupt mankind wants to be saved and yet wants to hear words of blessing. This is something impossible. It can be seen that mankind is too vain and too evil. They resist God and yet ask God to save them. They want to gain the truth and yet are dead determined to save face. They seem unaware that if they cannot accept God’s judgment and chastisement, they will be irredeemable. So, suffering in God’s word is a suffering people have to undergo in believing in God to be saved. They undergo this suffering not for God but for themselves to be saved. No matter how much suffering of this kind one undergoes, he has nothing to boast about. It is caused because he is too deeply corrupt; he cannot blame others, much less complain against God. Because God comes to save mankind, however stern his word is, it comes completely out of his love of saving man. Actually, only if one undergoes more sufferings in God’s word can he gain more truths and gain more transformation of his life disposition. When one has gained the truth in God’s word, he will not feel suffering, but instead he will feel the sweetness of God’s word and thus cannot leave God’s word. Just as an old saying goes, “Good medicine is bitter to the mouth but good for the disease, and honest words are offensive to the ear but beneficial to the conduct.” When one really loves God’s word, God’s word will become his life, and he can never leave God’s word. God saves man so by means of judgment and chastisement. All those who can suffer in God’s word can gain the truth from God’s word and be saved. Those who always have notions about God’s word and refuse to accept the truth and those who are not willing to suffer in God’s word will be eliminated. So, no matter how many sufferings one has undergone in God’s word, they are the sufferings he has to undergo in believing in God, and they are meaningful. He cannot say that he has undergone them for God or for loving God. Rather, they are the sufferings he has to undergo in believing in God so as to be saved by God. If one really cannot suffer in God’s word in believing in God, he is truly irredeemable.
Second, the suffering people undergo in performing their duty is the suffering they should undergo in believing in God. Suffering in performing their duty in believing in God mainly means that they are perfunctory and careless in performing their duty and thus undergo the suffering of being pruned and dealt with. It is completely because people are so deeply corrupt that in performing their duty, they cannot care for God’s heart, much less do they have a heart of satisfying God, and that they all perform their duty with their own intents and purposes and exert all their heart and strength for seeking profits for themselves, and no one is willing to do faithfulness for God. If people earned wages by performing their duty, they would not feel suffering. But because they are fulfilling their obligation, no matter how much they do, they feel aggrieved. So, when they perform their duty, they all treat God perfunctorily and deceitfully and cheat God. When people do things for themselves, they all are very careful, but when they perform duty for God’s family, they all are perfunctory and careless. Thus, it is destined that all those who perform their duty have to experience pruning and dealing before they can get changed and become like a man. Actually, the suffering for performing duty itself is not great. This is because mankind’s bustling for their living is far more painful and tiring than performing duty, but mankind does not feel it very tiring and painful. Any work in God’s family is much lighter than the works in the world, and in addition, people can be perfunctory and careless, so they will even less get tired. Therefore, in performing their duty itself, people do not feel suffering, but instead they feel enjoyment, feel assured in their heart, and feel that they have the hope of being saved. But because people are so deeply corrupt that they are always perfunctory and careless, after they are dealt with and pruned, they feel that performing their duty is something of suffering. Because after people are dealt with within, their corrupt mind loses its balance and they have complaints, they undergo some refining. This is the suffering people undergo because of performing their duty. Actually, does the duty they perform carry weight? Is it worth mentioning? It does not pay to let some people perform duty. Some people are paid by God’s family for their performing duty, or rather, God’s family buys it with money. What do they have to boast about after undergoing some sufferings? Gratifyingly, after being pruned and dealt with several times, some people indeed have some transformation. When they perform their duty later, they are much less perfunctory and careless. And they feel in their hearts that in performing their duty, they cannot do without pruning and dealing, they cannot get rid of perfunctoriness and carelessness by themselves, and they have to be dealt with and pruned by others. This is the common experience and knowledge of most of those who perform their duty. This is the suffering people have to undergo in performing their duty and is also the suffering they have to undergo in believing in God. It is caused entirely because they are corrupt. So, suffering in performing one’s duty is the suffering he has to undergo in believing in God. He cannot say that he undergoes it for God or for loving God. The suffering one undergoes in performing his duty is beneficial to his pursuing the truth and to the transformation of his disposition. This is a path of believing in God to be saved. If one does not perform his duty in believing in God, he will grow too slowly in life and cannot easily gain the truth. So, it is too important that one can undergo pruning and dealing in performing duty.
Third, the sufferings of various kinds of trials and refinings that people have to experience in believing in God are the sufferings they have to undergo in believing in God. Of course, undergoing the sufferings of various kinds of trials and refinings are also caused because of people’s corrupt disposition. If people had no corrupt disposition, they would not undergo these sufferings, and God would not try or refine them. In the trial of the service-doer, the trial of the times of chastisement, and the trial of death people experienced at the beginning, they all underwent many sufferings, so that they entered the right track of believing in God. Afterward, some people underwent the sufferings of refining in their notions about God, some in God’s day, and some for their future and destiny, and some underwent sufferings because of encountering some trials and disasters. These sufferings are caused because people are too deeply corrupt and resist God too much, their desire to receive blessings is too great, and their own requirements, demands, and desires on God are too many. All corrupt people accept God’s work with mixtures of their own intents, desires, notions, and demands, so it is inevitable for them to undergo these sufferings. These sufferings are not imposed on people by God, but are entirely sufferings people are bound to undergo because of their corrupt nature. So, no one can escape these sufferings. They are also sufferings corrupt people have to undergo in believing in God to be saved. They are absolutely not the sufferings people undergo for God, nor are they the sufferings they are willing to undergo for themselves, but they are the sufferings they are bound to undergo because of their corrupt nature. As a person suffers because he is too greedy but cannot eat delicious things and a person suffers because he is too vain but cannot wear fine clothes, they all are the sufferings people undergo because their desires cannot be satisfied and their aims cannot be achieved. They are the sufferings people are bound to undergo because they are too evil by nature, and they are not at all imposed on people by God. So, no matter how many sufferings of refinings and trials one has undergone, he has nothing to boast about. They are completely the sufferings he should undergo for himself to be saved and break away from corruptions and are the sufferings he has to undergo in believing in God. He cannot say that he has undergone them for God, much less say that he has undergone them for loving God. Undergoing the sufferings of various kinds of trials and refinings in believing in God is most beneficial and indispensable to one’s entering into the truth and gaining the transformation of his disposition.
Fourth, in believing in God, people have to undergo the sufferings of various kinds of persecutions and tribulations and have to endure the sufferings of the rejection by others, of the alienation from their relatives, and even of the breakup of their families. These sufferings are also caused because mankind is too deeply corrupt. This world is evil and dark; the state persecutes and the government oppresses, only allowing people to take evil ways and not allowing people to take the right way. Mankind is so corrupt and evil. This is a fact that no one can change. So, pursuing to gain the truth and be saved by God in the country ruled by the devil, people are bound to undergo persecutions and tribulations in believing in God. If they cannot endure these sufferings, they have no way to believe in God. In this evil world, not only do people suffer persecutions and tribulations because of believing in God, but the persecutions and tribulations God suffers for saving corrupt mankind are even greater. What God faces are the rejections, condemnations, and persecutions by the whole government of the great red dragon and the evil mankind, as well as the disobedience, resistance, and cheat of God’s chosen people. How great the sufferings God undergoes are! Who can understand God’s heart? Who has ever given God any comfort? After undergoing some sufferings, people feel that they have done meritorious service, as if they were qualified to ask for blessings and receive rewards. Do they have any sense? Have they undergone all the sufferings they have to undergo in believing in God? How many truths have they gained? Has their disposition been transformed? Have they been saved now? Since we see that the great red dragon and corrupt mankind resist God, persecute God, and hunt God so ferociously, we should even more care for God’s heart and obey God’s work and should even more make a firm resolution to be faithful unto death for pursuing the truth, following God, and receiving God’s salvation. Only if we tie our head at the waist of our trousers and resolve to disregard our life can we follow God to the end. It is as if we believe in God with “a coffin on our back.” Actually, it is not too much to say so. In the demonic fortress ruled by the devil, it is so difficult for people to believe in God and be saved. If one can pursue the truth and face death unflinchingly in believing in God, he can be saved and break away from satan’s afflictions. If he fears danger and becomes a deserter and rebels against God, he will no doubt die. No one can avoid such tribulations, and they are the sufferings one has to undergo in believing in God. No matter how many such sufferings one has undergone, he can only say that they are the sufferings he should undergo for himself to be saved and cannot say that he has undergone them for God or say that he has undergone them for loving God. Undergoing the sufferings of persecutions and tribulations can refine one’s faith and faithfulness, can cause him to more truly know God’s love of saving man, and can cause him to know the great red dragon’s essence of being evil, know the evil and darkness of the world, and see the truth of the fact that mankind is too deeply corrupt and is against God and advocates evil. It is even more beneficial to his pursuing the truth, rebelling against the great red dragon, and casting off his corruptions so as to be saved by God. It is one’s good testimony that he endures the sufferings of all kinds of persecutions and tribulations.
The sufferings people should undergo in believing in God are mainly of these four aspects. No matter how many sufferings of these four aspects one has undergone, they all are the sufferings he should undergo for himself to be saved, and he can never say that he has undergone them for God or say that he has undergone them for loving God. We should be fair and have sense in our speaking. All the sufferings we have undergone for ourselves are undergone for ourselves at any time. In saying so, we feel assured and peaceful in our heart. If one calls the sufferings he has undergone for himself to be the sufferings undergone for God, so as to let God remember them and ask God for blessings, he is telling a lie. It shows that he is crafty and is cheating God. Only those who are shameless will say so. Actually, no matter how crafty people are, they cannot cheat God. If God speaks, they will be put to shame. If we really have sense, we should speak according to the fact. No matter how many sufferings we have undergone, we cannot say that we have undergone them for God or for loving God. If we put a crown on our own head too early, it is something extremely shameful. If a person really can suffer for God, then he must be one who has been perfected and must be one who belongs to God. If anyone suffers for loving God, then he must be one who truly loves God, and of course he is one who has been perfected by God. Otherwise, no one deserves such laurels.
Whether one is qualified to suffer for God and for loving God should be decided by God, because God searches man’s heart and mind and only God knows for whom one bustles about and labors in his bone and blood. It can be said that all those who often testify how they have suffered are people who do not have the truth and are people who are most foolish and most senseless. Only those who are shameless will boast and show off like this before others, so as to win their admiration and sympathy. This is almost the same as the nature of satan’s deceiving man. In believing in God, people should pursue to know God and pursue to truly love God. These are both pursuing the truth. It is good that people have the will to suffer for God, but they have to fulfill it through pursuing the truth. If people have undergone all the sufferings they have to undergo in believing in God, at that time they will have been saved and can be perfected by God. At that time, they will have known God, their relationship with God and their position before God will be right. Only when they can truly love God and obey God can they truly suffer for God and suffer for loving God. At that time, God will acknowledge and accept it. God’s end-time work is a work of saving people and perfecting people. In the several years of great trials to be experienced in the end, if one has the testimony of loving God and the testimony of being faithful to God, he will naturally be accepted and approved by God. As far as people’s present stature is concerned, they have not undergone all the sufferings they have to undergo in believing in God! They are still far from being saved. They cannot even resolve their own corruptions, and it is hard to say whether they can be left alive. So, what is important is to pursue the truth and pursue to be saved. Do not say those senseless words or do those senseless things. People should pay attention to paying the price for pursuing the truth and gaining the truth. Undergoing more sufferings of judgment and chastisement and sufferings of pruning and dealing and sufferings of trial and refining, this is very beneficial to one’s being transformed in his disposition and being saved. They are the sufferings he has to undergo in believing in God and pursuing the truth. If he cannot undergo these sufferings, he cannot gain the truth and be saved.
There is another kind of most special sufferings, that is, the sufferings of being punished and being eliminated. There are many people who can undergo these sufferings. These people must be too bad in humanity and evil in disposition so that they come to this end. This kind of sufferings are reaping the fruits of their own actions and asking for troubles. This kind of sufferings are special for evil men. They are not the sufferings people have to undergo in believing in God and absolutely cannot be listed among all the tribulations people should undergo in believing in God. If in God’s family the eliminated ones and the expelled ones can boast that they have suffered much and say that God’s family is unfair and God does not understand people, and some even say that “God’s family kills the donkey the moment it leaves the millstone” and “accompanying the emperor is like accompanying a tiger,” this is confounding black and white. Those who can speak contrary to the truth of the facts and by calling black white must be antichrists, wicked servants, and devils. Only they will be so unreasonable. Actually, as for all those who were expelled because of having done all kinds of evil, their doing service was that the gain was not worth the loss. The demolition they caused to God’s family was too great, and they brought too much disturbance to God’s chosen people, seriously hindering God’s chosen people from entering into life and deceiving them into going astray. These cannot be measured in terms of loss of money. But they think they are in the right, and the guilty party files the suit first—they make a false countercharge. They are really the brood of vipers and devils. God is especially gracious even to the faithful service-doers—letting them be left alive. What great grace it is! Those who are not even qualified in doing service, who do service unwillingly, and who cannot do service to the end, will naturally be eliminated. If a donkey is good, no master will kill it. Only demonic donkeys and evil donkeys will be killed because they kick and bite wildly while turning the mill and always cause disturbance and demolition and the loss is not worth the gain in their working. In treating the irredeemable evil men, God’s family only expels them, but allows them to believe in God in their homes as long as they do not disturb others. God’s family is always fair to people, and God is righteous toward anyone. This is undeniable. Corrupt mankind does not have any humanity, and even is unreasonable. Mankind is too unfair to God. Satan and devils are most reactionary and dare to act against Heaven and oppose God. If one can believe the falsehoods of evil men and the lies of satan and thus doubt God’s righteousness and God’s family being fair to people, he is an addlehead, is completely one who belongs to satan, and is definitely not a good thing. Those who understand the truth and those who have a sense of justice will be able to discern satan’s lies of deceiving man, expose the schemes and plots of evil men according to the truth, and keep themselves from being duped and cheated. God’s work reveals people in every aspect, and God’s word reveals people at any time. The matter of undergoing sufferings in believing in God reveals people. When evil men suffer a little in performing their duty, they think it a tremendous thing, wishing to spread it everywhere to make all people know. What their intent and scheme is and what disposition it represents are abundantly clear. Actually, it is not important how many sufferings one has undergone in believing in God. The crucial thing is whether he has gained the truth. If he fails to gain the truth and his life disposition is not transformed, no matter how many sufferings he has undergone, it is meaningless. The crucial thing is to gain the truth. This is most important. Those who truly understand the truth do not care how much they have suffered and do not feel much suffering, because they only pay attention to understanding the truth and consider it important to perform their duty properly to satisfy God, and as long as they can care for God’s will and satisfy God, they will be released in their hearts: As long as I can truly obey God and be saved, it is the greatest joy of my life.
If a believer in God is not clear about what sufferings are the sufferings he has to undergo in believing in God, what it means to suffer for himself to be saved, and what it means to suffer for God, he will easily do foolish things, and much more easily be deceived by satan, judging, resisting, and blaspheming God along with evil men. If we see clearly the truth of the facts, when we undergo sufferings we will feel at peace and can be obedient before God, avoiding saying absurd words of resisting God and judging God to grieve God’s heart. At the same time, we can correctly treat all the sufferings we undergo. Isn’t it good in both aspects? Those who truly have a conscience and have sense should think more about how many sufferings God has undergone for saving us, how many persecutions and tribulations God has innocently undergone, how many slanders, humiliations, condemnations, and rejections of corrupt mankind God has innocently suffered, how much resistance, judgment, and blasphemy of people who believe in him God has innocently suffered, and how much perfunctoriness and carelessness and cheat of those who serve him God has innocently suffered. While eating him, drinking him, and enjoying him, all God’s chosen people have notions in their hearts and resist him, make a deal with him, and demand from him…. Who has ever understood God’s heart? Who has ever sympathized with God? Who has ever cared for God’s heart? Who has ever fulfilled his faithfulness for God’s sake and made God comforted? Isn’t God still suffering every day? God has undergone all kinds of sufferings and torments for saving mankind; who can know and completely understand it? Who can undergo some sufferings for comforting God’s heart? For whom did Peter willingly have himself crucified upside down? What was the state in Peter’s heart? We should ponder these carefully and get the answers from them.
February 1, 2006