1. Human beings know not how to enjoy their predestined blessing in God’s hands, because they do not know what is ultimately meant by either blessing or suffering. For this reason, mankind is far from sincere in their quest for God. If there were no such thing as tomorrow, which of you, standing before God, would be as white as the driven snow, as unspotted as pure jade? Which of you would be as white as the driven snow, as unspotted as pure jade? Surely your love for God is not something that can be exchanged for a delicious meal, or a classy suit of clothes, or high office with handsome emoluments? Or can it be exchanged for the love that others bear you? Surely, undergoing trial will not drive man to abandon his love for God? Surely, suffering and tribulation will not cause him to complain against what God has arranged?
2. No man has ever truly appreciated the sword in God’s mouth: He knows only its surface meaning without truly grasping the inner. If human beings were genuinely able to see the sharpness of God’s sword, they would go scurrying like rats into their holes. Because of their numbness, human beings understand nothing of the true meaning of God’s words, and so they have no clue as to how formidable God’s words are, or just how much of their nature is revealed, and how much of their corruption has received judgment, within those words. For this reason, based on their half-baked ideas about God’s words, most people have taken up a lukewarm and noncommittal attitude.
from “The Fifteenth Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh