647 God perfects man in various ways, and it is possible in all matters for you to be perfected as a result. Not only can you be perfected in terms of the positive, but also of the negative, thereby enriching you. Every day there are opportunities to be perfected and time to be gained by God. After a period of such experience, you will be greatly changed. You will now naturally be able to gain insight into many things that you previously did not understand; without needing others to teach you, unknowingly, you will be enlightened by God, so that you have enlightenment in all things and all your experiences go into detail. God will guide you so that you veer not to either side. Then you will be set upon the path to perfection by Him.
from “Promises to Those Who Have Been Perfected” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
648 Through what is God’s perfection of man accomplished? Through His righteous disposition. God’s disposition primarily consists of righteousness, wrath, majesty, judgment, and imprecation, and His perfection of man is primarily through judgment.
from “Only by Experiencing Painful Trials Can You Know the Loveliness of God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
649 You should know that for God to perfect men, make men complete, and gain men, all that it brings upon men’s flesh is sword and smiting, endless sufferings, burning of fire, merciless judgments, chastisements, and curses, and boundless trials. This is the inside truth and the real situation of the work of managing man. … Therefore, perhaps ninety percent of what men experience is sufferings and fiery trials, and they have few or even no sweet and happy days as their flesh expects, much less can they enjoy the happy moments when God and their flesh have a good time together. The flesh is filthy, so all that men’s flesh sees and enjoys is chastisements from God who is unfeeling and seems to have no normal sense. This is because God wants to reveal His righteous disposition that is “unfeeling,” tolerates no offense of man, and hates the enemies. He makes all His disposition known to men “unscrupulously,” so as to end His work of warring against Satan that has lasted for six thousand years—the work of redeeming all mankind and destroying the old Satan!
from “The Purpose of Managing Man” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
651 If people wish to become living beings, and to bear testimony to God, and to be approved of by God, they must accept God’s salvation, they must gladly submit to His judgment and chastisement, and must gladly accept the pruning and dealing of God. Only then will they be able to put all of the truths required by God into practice, and only then will they gain God’s salvation, and truly become living beings.
from “Have You Come Alive?” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
652 You should not be disturbed by anything. No matter whether you are pruned, dealt with, or confronted with any frustration or failure, your heart should always be quiet before God; no matter how others treat you, your heart should be quiet before God; no matter what circumstances you encounter, whether tribulations, sufferings, persecutions, or other kinds of trials, your heart should always be quiet before God. All these are the ways for you to be perfected.
from “On Quieting Your Heart Before God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
653 If you want to be used by God and perfected by God, you have to have all these things: the will to suffer, faith, endurance, obedience, experiencing God’s work, knowing how to grope after God’s will, and knowing how to care for God’s grief. It is not easy for a person to be perfected. Every time when refinement comes upon you, you need to have faith and love.
from “Those Who Are to Be Made Perfect Must Undergo Refinement” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
654 Refinement is the best means by which God makes people perfect; only refinement and bitter trials can bring out the true love for God in people’s hearts. Without hardship, people lack the true love for God; if they are not tested within, and are not truly subjected to refinement, then their hearts will always be floating in the outside world. Having been refined to a certain point, you will see your own weaknesses and difficulties, you will see how much you are lacking and that you are unable to overcome the many problems you encounter, and you will see how great is your disobedience. Only during trials will you be able to truly know your real state, and trials make you better able to be made perfect.
from “Only by Experiencing Refinement Can Man Truly Love God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh