970 To Experience Pruning and Dealing Is Most Meaningful
1 Some people become passive after being pruned and dealt with; they lose energy in performing their duties, and end up losing their loyalty. Why is this? It is partly due to their lack of awareness of the essence of their actions, and this results in a lack of receptiveness to being pruned and dealt with. This is determined by their arrogant and conceited nature, and by their nature of not loving the truth. It is also partly due to their not having understood the significance of being pruned and dealt with, and believing that it determines their outcome. As a result, people mistakenly believe that if they give up their families, expend themselves for God, and have some loyalty to Him, then they should not be dealt with and pruned; and that if they are dealt with, then that is not God’s love and righteousness.
2 Why do they not accept being pruned and dealt with? It is all because people are too arrogant and conceited and they do not love the truth; it is because they are overly deceitful—they do not want to suffer hardship but just want to obtain blessings the easy way. People are not remotely aware of God’s righteous disposition, and they never believe that everything God does is righteous. In human eyes, if the work of God does not conform to the will of humanity, or if it is not in line with what they expected, then He must not be righteous. People never realize that their actions do not conform to the truth, and that they resist God. If God never reproached people, dealt with them, or pruned them for their transgressions, but instead allowed them to dine and have a good time with Him, then people would never complain about God or judge Him to be unrighteous. In their hypocrisy, they would claim that He was quite righteous indeed.
3 In human eyes, if the work of God does not conform to the will of humanity, or if it is not in line with what they expected, then He must not be righteous. People never realize that their actions do not conform to the truth, and that they resist God. Do such people know God? Can their thoughts be completely attuned to His? How can such people make God stop worrying? People have no inkling that when God judges, prunes, and deals with humanity, He is trying to purify and transform their life dispositions so that they can succeed in submitting to God and loving God; people simply do not believe that God is righteous. As soon as God is the slightest bit reproachful or deals with people, they become negative and weak and start to complain about Him. If you continue in this manner, you will not be purified and perfected.
Adapted from “The Meaning Within God Determining
People’s Outcomes by Their Performance”
in Records of Christ’s Talks