955 The Basic Principles of Resolving One’s Nature
Resolving one’s nature begins with forsaking the flesh, and forsaking the flesh also requires having principles. Can one forsake the flesh while muddleheaded? As soon as you encounter a problem, you give in to the flesh. There is a principle which is quite crucial, and that is, when encountering a problem, you should seek even more; you should bring the issue before God and spend more time considering it. Moreover, every evening, you must examine your own states and scrutinize your own behavior: Which of your acts were done in accordance with the truth, and which were against the principles? This is another principle. These two points are the most crucial: One is to examine yourself while you are doing something, and the other is to examine yourself afterward. The third principle is to be perfectly clear on what is meant by practicing truth and what is referred to as handling matters in a principled manner. Once you are crystal clear on this, you will handle matters correctly. By adhering to these three principles, you will be able to exercise restraint. Your corrupt nature will not be able to reveal itself or resurface. This is also the fundamental principle for resolving human nature.
Adapted from “Practicing Truth and Resolving Nature”
in Records of Christ’s Talks