Recently, in the work arrangement “Give Them One More Chance if the Pursuers of the Truth Had Serious Transgressions,” I read these words: “Among those expellees who once betrayed and rebelled against God while under arrest for belief in God, if there are some who pursue the truth, who are zealous to perform duties, and who are generally considered to have a fairly good humanity, they should be treated differently. If they really have a remorseful heart, abhor their nature of rebelliousness, have never forsaken God in their heart, and expect God to give them one more chance, if this is the case, the church should readmit them back into God’s family….” Reading here, I was dumbfounded. I thought, “As for these ‘Judases’ who rebelled against God and betrayed the interests of God’s family, everyone should hate them with gnashing of teeth and stay away from them. No matter how well they behave, they will not be clean from their stains. They deserve to receive a severer punishment. But now, how come they are allowed to be readmitted?” I could not figure it out in any way. Although outwardly I was carrying out the work arrangement, inwardly I did not at all want such people to join the church again.
One day, I read God’s words: “God only does the work with words, and he does not punish people for their little disobedience, because now is the time he is doing the work of salvation. If he punished people once they are disobedient, all of them would have no opportunity to be saved but would be punished and fall into Hades. … Everyone who accepts God’s conquering with words has several opportunities of being saved. In saving every person, God will save him to the utmost, that is, show him the greatest tolerance. As long as he can realize his errors and turn back and as long as he can repent, God will give him the opportunity to receive salvation. … The reason why God does not punish anyone lightly is that he wants to save all those who can be saved. …”
As I pondered over God’s words in light of the work arrangement, the knot in my heart was untied. God’s love is really infinite! Although we people deeply corrupted by satan do not have any likeness of man, God never punishes anyone casually because of his great sin; instead, God shows us mercy and tolerance time and again and gives us the opportunity to repent and be transformed, expecting that we can realize our errors and mend our ways and receive salvation. Although people, under certain circumstances, have done some things that resist or rebel against God, yet God makes allowances for their fleshly weakness, and as long as there is a ray of hope for them and they have a little desire to repent and be transformed and pursue the truth, he will continue to save them. God’s love is so deep! God’s love is so great! Compared with God’s substance of being beautiful and good, I am simply unworthy to live. God’s family required that those who once committed serious transgressions but who have a fairly good humanity and are willing to pursue the truth and are zealous to perform duties be readmitted into the church. However, I did not seek God’s intention from that or try to understand God’s heart of saving men, but I thought that all those who once betrayed the interests of God’s family should be punished and perish. I resisted the work arrangement in my heart and did not want such people to rejoin the church. My heart was really too malicious! As for myself, though I can follow God until today, isn’t it because of God’s great mercy that I can live? Isn’t it due to God’s repeated tolerance that I have received the opportunity to repent and start anew? If God had treated me according to my disobedience, I don’t know how many times I would have been punished by God.
At the moment, I was deeply impressed by God’s broad heart and infinite love. I could not help falling down before God: O Almighty God, whatever your nature expresses is love. This work arrangement just embodies your intention to save man to the utmost, and it is just an expression of your love. However, I was so ignorant and blind that I should have resisted it in my heart. I knew too little about your substance of being beautiful and good. From now on, I will imitate your being. In carrying out this work arrangement, I will do my utmost to cooperate with you, so that all those who pursue the truth and turn back with a true heart can taste your love and receive your salvation.
Linyi City, Shandong Province