1. God works on each and every person. Regardless of what method He employs, what form it takes or what tone He uses to speak to people, there is only one final aim, and that is to save you. There is only one final aim, and that is to save you. Before saving you, He needs to change you. Before saving you, He needs to change you. But can you change without suffering anything at all? You must suffer a little, must suffer a little.
2. This suffering can involve many things. God arouses the people, matters, and things around you and orchestrates your environment to allow you to know yourself, or else He deals with you, prunes you and exposes you directly. It is like someone on an operating table who must undergo some pain—would it be possible that they feel nothing? If every time God prunes and deals with you and every time He arouses people, things, and objects, for you it stirs up your feelings and gives you a boost, then your experience in this way is correct, and you will have stature and will enter into the reality of the truth. If every time God prunes or deals with you and every time He arouses your environment you feel no pain or discomfort whatsoever, and feel nothing at all, and if you do not come before God to seek God’s will, do not pray or seek the truth, then you really are so numb! If you do not pray or seek the truth, then you really are so numb!
from “If You Wish to Attain the Truth, Then You Must Learn From the People, Matters, and Things Around You” in Records of Christ’s Talks