The Significance and Effects of Practicing the Truth and Several Problems that Must be Resolved
It Is So Key to Practice Truth in Real Life and Solve Actual Problems
What problems must be solved in order to practice truth? All people want to practice truth, yet they have difficulties when the time comes to practice truth, and are unable to practice it. Though one desires to practice truth, why can he not practice it, instead rebelling against truth when he encounters issues? What is this problem? If on one occasion you failed to practice truth, how do you treat this? How do you solve this problem? For instance, in how many out of ten incidents you encounter are you able to practice truth? Most people encounter two or three incidents, or three to five incidents in a day in which they should practice truth. Some people, however, don’t practice truth even once; they don’t practice truth in any of the incidents. How should this problem be solved? You must enter the correct path to belief in God and begin to practice truth. This does not mean you practice truth one hundred times in one hundred incidents. It does mean you should practice truth at least once a day, though. If you encounter several incidents and you don’t practice truth even once, your belief in God has no meaning. Would you say this problem of practicing truth should be solved? It is a vital matter of immediate urgency. In which matters should truth be practiced in our surroundings and environment in our real lives? Please fellowship among yourselves. At the very least, we ought to pray to God and entrust the events of the day to God’s hand, and then eat and drink God’s word. This is something that must be practiced. We should seek God’s will in the people, events, and things He puts before us each day. We should seek how to practice so we can achieve fulfillment of God’s demands. There will always be people next to you who deal with you, do not let you go, and whose eyes are fixed on you. There will also be people who oppose you. You must forsake the flesh and practice truth when you encounter this sort of situation. In problems that adverse situations arise in family life, in problems of dealing with children, and when encountering sickness, in all of these situations, how should we seek and grasp God’s will, how should we go about satisfying God? When brothers and sisters misunderstand you, do you in fact have prejudice against them, or do you accept them with a God-loving heart? You must see through Satan’s tricks when it tests you. When you see that the brothers and sisters of the church are not protecting the interests of God’s family, there should be a feeling of justice to protect the interests of God’s family. A person does his duty all day long outside. Upon returning home, family members scold and criticize. At this time it is necessary to settle your heart before God. It’s necessary to think about how you might satisfy God. Examine the extent to which things we do each day are not connected to truth. Do away with things that have nothing to do with truth. As much as possible, decrease the amount of time spent on such things; don’t waste time. Every day, practice submission to God, love of God, and do your duty faithfully. If you want to embark on the right path to belief in God, it will not do to bypass this sort of fellowship. There is so much to be gained from this sort of fellowship. Look for a few key and vital issues to fellowship so everyone can understand and practice them. This will benefit the advancement of the life of all of us.
What problems would you say we should solve in coordinated service? First, we should solve the problem of prejudice. You cannot have prejudice in your heart toward others; second, don’t judge others; third, no one is perfect, everyone has faults. We must forgive and accept faults that another person has, and slowly help and support them with love. Don’t use rigid methods, or the method of giving orders, having people do it this way, or do it that way. That is a sign of controlling people. People don’t control other people; they can fellowship, and they can discuss. If he does not accept it, don’t force him. After grasping these principles of what normal humanity should possess, it becomes much easier for us to serve in coordination. If a person can grasp the principle of being a person as it applies in coordinated service with other people, and can grasp the principle of getting along together, then his humanity has become normal, and he has normal humanity. If a person is unable to get along with others, and can’t serve together harmoniously, then the humanity of this person is certainly not normal, and he certainly has shortcomings. If you can’t work together with others harmoniously, you should engage in self-reflection: “What are my areas of weakness? With whom am I unable to cooperate? In which aspects can I not cooperate? What aspects of him am I least able to tolerate?” Ponder carefully, what is the appropriate way to deal with this? In doing things, people must be sensible. Don’t always try to reason. If you are always arguing, it will be impossible to cooperate. Submission is one of the principles of practice. If you have the intention to submit, in fellowship and in waiting, the outcome will be very good. Don’t always force the other person to listen to you. If you force others to listen to you, are you able to force yourself to listen to others? If you cannot listen to others, don’t force them to listen to you. Does this touch on the issue of being sensible? Why would you want to force others to listen to you? Take a look at your intentions and purposes, and see if there are corrupt dispositions of yours playing up, or they are supported by truth? If you can’t cooperate harmoniously, ultimately what issues can you not cooperate harmoniously on? Bring this problem out for dissection, and reflect on it for a while. It will get clearer, right? When some people have this problem or that problem, they simply don’t practice introspection, and always say the other person has problems. Even though other people have problems, don’t you have problems? You have problems, too. All people have problems. How about each person solving his own problem? If the problems of one side are completely solved, and they possess the truth, it is not difficult if the other side still has problems; that can be solved easily. When the problems of one side are solved, the two people will basically be able to work together harmoniously. Use truth to win people over; don’t use your corrupt disposition, or your knowledge and doctrines to win people over. Corrupt dispositions or knowledge and doctrines cannot win people over. If you have truth, and have love, and you use truth and love to affect him, he will gradually understand. If faced with an enemy or a person who is beyond saving, we can leave them be. Approaching brothers and sisters, is there anyone who has no corruption revealed? Who does not have a corrupt disposition? What are you doing setting such high demands? If you have such high demands on others, why don’t you have such high demands of yourself? Is this a problem of being sensible? If the problems of serving in coordination are to be solved, we must first solve the problem of our own sense. In doing things, are you really acting sensibly? Do you stand above others to control them? Do you actually treat others with love? If you have a loving heart, why can’t you tolerate, be patient, sympathize, and forgive others? If a person has truth, he can solve any problem. Being without truth is allowing the maggot to destroy the fortress. It is this way, isn’t it? Some people say, “I practice truth, but he does not.” His not practicing truth has nothing to do with you. Worry only about whether you practice truth. If you really put truth into practice, he will see you practice truth, and he certainly will change. It is only a matter of time. You don’t need to explain yourself. He is no fool. Would you all say problems in coordinated service are easy to solve? Yes, they are. It is just that people are never willing to make the effort. They are always emphasizing that others are difficult, are they not? First solve your own problems, and then the problem is half solved. How should the expressions of corruption of brothers and sisters be treated, in your opinion? A person’s corruption revealed needs to be known over a long time, because it takes a person a long time to achieve true salvation and shed all corruption. It is not a problem that can be thoroughly solved in three to five years. You must understand this at the beginning. Once you have understood it, return to working together with the brothers and sisters. Do you still demand, “I will work with you again when you have completely thrown off corruption”? Do these words hold water? As long as it does not disturb doing one’s duty in cooperation, and some incorrect methods are avoided, ensuring the outcome is reached, that is enough. Though some corruption reveals, though some impurities exist, these do not affect the big picture. It will be enough to achieve the basic outcome. For example, if two people are spreading the gospel, regardless of what corruption reveals in the other party, or what incorrect words are said, ultimately both of them want to gain the target of evangelizing. To have a common intention and to work hard together to gain this person will be enough. If one of them does something a little wrongly, or someone says something incorrect, or does something wrong, it is enough to learn from it. Suppose you are doing your duty working with someone, is it possible that your partner reveals no corruption at all and completely conforms to your wishes? Could someone be exactly the way you want them to be? Does such a person exist? There is no such person. Would you say that those church leaders and workers whom I promote are perfect people? Are they all suitable for use? If not suitable for use, what is to be done? Can I remove them all from duty? You have to give people a chance to get some training. If in the end it is still no good, then have everyone choose another one. Right now, no one is suitable. This must be approached correctly; do not take a one-size-fits-all approach, expecting full conformity to your wishes. No matter what issues you are seeing, you must work on the basis of reality, and on the basis of God’s will. Don’t always mix in your own wishes; don’t always have your own opinions. That’s no good. It is untenable. How to handle these problems? As long as you attain the outcome of no disturbance or effect of doing your duty, that is adequate. For instance, two people go out. On the way, they meet a robber. At this time, what do you require of your partner? It is enough to require that he support you fully in dealing with the robber. You say: “Perhaps you are not capable of dealing with the robber, but don’t run away. All I ask is that you stay and cheer for me; if you run away at first sight of the robber, and leave me alone here, this would not be right.” These are the very minimum requirements, the minimum standards. Or, suppose coordination is not fully satisfactory, but it is basically satisfactory and not too bad. This is OK, very good. Don’t require too much. The stature of all people is limited. Everybody has his own style and method of doing things, so it is unavoidable that what one says and does doesn’t conform to another person’s will. If the outcome can be achieved, though, that is enough. Don’t always blame others. If you see it’s not appropriate for other people to do it this way, and you don’t understand, if you feel it is undermining, you fellowship with him, and say: “Why did you act that way at the time? I don’t understand. Let’s fellowship about it.” He says, “My purpose of acting that way was to achieve such and such a goal.” It’s fine to achieve an understanding. If you feel his way of doing it is not appropriate, then you fellowship with your way of looking at it with him, saying, “I don’t believe doing that way it is quite appropriate. It won’t work to do it that way.” See whether or not he can accept it. If he really can’t accept it, and if you don’t dare to affirm that your way will certainly gain the outcome, do it his way. If his way of doing it ruins things, afterward, ask him: “See how this thing was ruined. What understanding do you have of it?” He says: “I have learned a lesson. My doing it this way was in error.” This is a good thing. A bad thing has turned into a good thing. If you know his way will certainly ruin things, and you don’t do it in the good way you have, and you say to yourself: “I will let you do it your way. You will be shamed after things are ruined. Though I know how to do it, I won’t do it. I will see you as amusement.” Is this a good way of acting? This is not a good way. You see his way of doing it certainly will not succeed. What do you do at this time? Don’t pit yourself against him. Fellowship first and say, “This way of doing it will not succeed….” He accepts this when he hears it. Then you say your way of doing it is more appropriate, but he does not really agree. You say, “You don’t really agree. Can you say for sure my way of doing it will fail?” He says he can’t say for sure. Talking it over, you say: “You can’t approve of my way of doing it. By comparison, you and I agree your way of doing it will certainly fail. As to whether or not my way of doing it is correct, the score is one to one. So let’s do it my way and see how it goes. If it does not work, I will take it as a lesson.” Solve it this way through negotiation. If neither person’s course of action is likely to succeed, if you feel neither is quite right, then simply to do nothing for the day would be better. Go home and wait a day. Fellowship about it, and think this thing through completely. If a more correct method can be determined, it is not too late. In every matter, things go better when consultation is involved. Let no one be self-righteous, let no one be stubborn. State the facts clearly, and emphasize rationality. Convince people with reason; don’t restrain people. This style of action is more appropriate. For example, two people are working together. One is a leader, and one is an ordinary brother or sister. The leader forces the other to obey him regardless whether his way of doing it is right or wrong. Is this a good way of doing things? It is even worse. Does he think because he is a leader his way is right? Not necessarily. He must solicit the other’s opinion: “Let’s fellowship about how to do it right. You state your way of looking at it, and I state mine. We shall eventually see whose way of looking at it is more accurate.” Fellowshiping in this way may perhaps change methods of implementation, and a correct path will be found. Isn’t this way of doing it better? In coordinated service the main thing we must have is patience. We must do things through consultation. Don’t consider yourself always right. Don’t be arrogant. Don’t control people, and don’t force people.
It is so key to solve some concrete problems in practicing truth. Some people have problems concerning feelings between husband and wife. How is this to be treated? Simply practice truth. Use love to move people, and treat other people correctly. Don’t enforce the rules too rigidly, and don’t control people. Some people, in their practice of truth, want other people to practice truth as much as they do. If others don’t practice truth, they don’t practice it either. The practice of truth has conditions attached. This sort of person is not one who practices truth. Ultimately what is the meaning of practicing truth? Whoever practices truth has decent human likeness, and has normal humanity. If you practice truth in an incident, you live out the likeness of a genuine person in this incident. This is the meaning of practicing truth. In practicing truth you have the human likeness. Thus you receive God’s praise, receive God’s blessing, and God loves you. If you don’t practice truth, God does not love you. It is that simple. Don’t believe that God loves you no matter what you do. God will not love you if you don’t practice truth. In practicing truth, people must have confidence. God is searching you when you practice truth. In practicing truth, therefore, you don’t need to seek to obtain the support and approval of people. More so, you cannot have other attached conditions. Some people say: “I am practicing truth, so everyone must be good to me. Everyone must support me as I practice truth. Everyone must see me practicing truth. When the time comes, let them cast their vote for me. Don’t have me practice in vain.” This is putting on a show for others; it is being a Pharisee. If a person really is clear about the real meaning of practicing truth, no matter the circumstance, regardless of whether others see it or not, regardless of how other people treat him, he is always able to persist in practicing truth. To practice truth is not to put on a show for others. Rather it is done to satisfy God. If a person genuinely understands truth, and possesses truth, he or she can solve any problem. Truth can solve every problem, including the problem of death; truth can solve that, too. Some people say: “I understand truth, but right now I have nothing to eat. What should I do? Might I starve to death?” Does a person who has truth fear starving to death? He does not fear starving to death. He is confident if God does not want him to die, he will not die. If you do not have truth, would you dare to say you won’t die even if you have food to eat? No matter how much food you have, you will die if you are meant to. Do all those people who die starve to death for lack of food? You must see all these things clearly. Having truth gives the ability to solve all human problems. This is for certain. When you really have truth, a lion who crosses your path does not dare to bite you. God protects you. God will not allow the lion to eat you up. The human race created by God, the human race God is satisfied with cannot be harmed because God is with them. So it is said, having truth, there is no insoluble problem. This is confidence. In this dark and evil time of today, many aspects of human life are full of crisis. If you have truth, you have authentic confidence. If you have confidence, you live unperturbed. Without confidence you worry about this thing or you are sad about that thing all day long. Life is tiring, and life is suffering. Living without truth is to endure hardship. What hardships are suffered for lack of truth, would you say? When the fleshly desires cannot be satisfied: If there’s not enough money, if status is low, if there is little enjoyment, if the children are disobedient, if your husband does not give you money, if family life is not harmonious, then one endures pain and suffering. There are so many hardships one suffers living without truth, like living in a bitter sea, in an endless bitter sea. But if you pursue truth, you live naturally and unrestrainedly; you live in a relaxed, calm and steady manner. You live in a steadfast way. Attainment of truth is equal to attainment of happiness. What is genuine happiness? Only a person who has truth is happy. Does a rich person have happiness? Does a person who has status have happiness? The rich and powerful of the world do not have happiness. They just feel empty, and feel all is emptiness. They simply don’t know that belief in God and attainment of truth ends emptiness, and brings meaningfulness. Life becomes zestful.