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67. The Principles of Truly Loving God

1. Be able frequently to pray to God, share with God from your heart and examine yourself. Allow God to hold sway and be in charge in your heart, and be able to exalt God as great and to truly worship God;

2. Perform your duties without being slipshod, and without trying to bargain or ask for anything in return. Even if you serve as a dog, you must do your utmost to stand sentry and guard the door of God’s family;

3. Be resolute in completing God’s commissions, be earnest in your responsibilities and be meticulously attentive. Be able to satisfy God by performing the essential work of serving God;

4. Do your utmost to pursue the truth, absolutely obey God’s judgment and chastisement and submit to being pruned and dealt with, solely for the sake of being purified, and so as to conform to God’s will;

5. Seek to be an honest person, have real association with God, and expel conceptions, estrangement and misunderstandings. Be a confidant of God and obey God completely;

6. Be able to show consideration for God’s will, treat as urgent that which God treats as urgent and think as God thinks, be of one mind with God in all things and dedicate your whole life to carrying out God’s will;

7. Love God with all your heart and all your mind, practice exalting God and bearing witness for God to bring people before Him. Become a true witness for God.

Relevant Words of God:

“Love,” as it is called, refers to an emotion that is pure and without blemish, where you use your heart to love, to feel, and to be thoughtful. In love there are no conditions, no barriers, and no distance. In love there is no suspicion, no deceit, and no cunning. In love there is no distance and nothing impure. If you love, then you will not deceive, complain, betray, rebel, exact, or seek to gain something or to gain a certain amount. If you love, then you will gladly sacrifice and endure hardship, and you will become compatible with Me. You will give up your all for Me: your family, your future, your youth, and your marriage. Otherwise your love would not be love at all, but rather deceit and betrayal!

from “Many Are Called, but Few Are Chosen” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

God’s word says: “Love is a pure and a flawless emotion. In love, there is no suspicion, no barriers, no distance, where you use your heart to love and to be thoughtful.” This is the definition of love. This is the truth. This is what God says about love. But whom shall you love? Shall you love your husband? Your wife? Your brothers and sisters? No! When God speaks of love, He speaks not of love for your fellow man, but of man’s love of God. This is the form of true love. How to comprehend this truth? It means God wants people not to doubt Him or distance themselves from Him; this love is pure, and is flawless. Flawlessness means that your expectations toward God are not extravagant; it means that your love for God is unconditional and doesn’t require a reason; it means that you love God and no other. Other than God, nothing else can occupy your heart; this emotion is pure and it is flawless. This emotion occupies a certain place in your heart; you are always thinking of Him and missing Him, and remembering Him at each and every moment. To love means to love with your heart. Loving with your heart consists in being thoughtful, caring and remembering with longing. In order to love with your heart, you must first learn to understand. At the present time, while you lack understanding, you should use your heart to yearn for Him, to long for Him, to obey Him, to care for Him, to pray to Him, and to cry out for Him; you should even be able to share in His thoughts and concerns. You must put your heart into these things. Do not pay lip service, saying: “God! I’m doing this for You, and I’m doing that for You!” Only when you love and satisfy God using your heart is it practical. Although you don’t say so aloud, you have God in your heart, in your heart you are thinking of Him. You can give up your husband, your wife, your children, your relatives; but your heart cannot be without God. Without God, you simply cannot live. You cannot leave Him. This is what it means to have love and to have God in your heart. There is so very much to loving and caring for God with your heart. This is the true love that God requires of you; in other words, you must love and care for Him with your heart, and always keep Him in your mind. Use your heart, not your words, to practice. Do not use your actions as a kind of outward display, but rather, primarily, practice with your heart, let your heart govern your behavior, govern all of your actions. There must be no motivation, no adulteration, no suspicion; this is how a pure heart should be. As for suspicion, what does it mean to be suspicious? It means you’re always wondering: “Is it right for God to do this? Why does God say this? If this is what God says, but there’s no reason behind it, I won’t obey it. If God does this, but it is unjust, I won’t obey. I’ll drop it for now.” To not harbor suspicions means recognizing that whatever God says and does is right, and with God there is no right or wrong. Man must obey God, care for God, satisfy God, and share in His thoughts and concerns. Regardless of whether or not everything God does seems meaningful or appropriate to you, whether it is agreeable to your conceptions, and regardless of whether it makes sense to you or whether it conforms to your imaginations, you must always obey and must have a reverent, submissive heart toward all that God does. After all, isn’t practice such as this in conformity with the truth? Isn’t it the manifestation and practice of love?

from “Providing the Truth Is the Real Way to Lead Others” in Records of Christ’s Talks

When people contact God with their hearts, when their hearts are able to entirely return to Him, this is the first step of human love for God. If you want to love God, you must first be able to return your heart to Him. What is returning your heart to God? It’s when everything that you pursue in your heart is for the sake of loving and gaining God, and this shows that you have completely returned your heart to God. Aside from God and His words, there is almost nothing else in your heart (family, wealth, husband, wife, children or other things). Even if there is, they cannot occupy your heart, and you do not think of your future prospects but you only pursue loving God. At that time you will have completely returned your heart to God. If you are still making plans for yourself in your heart then you are always pursuing your own personal benefit: “When can I make a small request of God? When will my family become wealthy? How can I get some nice clothing? …” If you’re living in that state it shows that your heart has not fully returned to God. If you only have God’s words in your heart and you are able to pray to God and become close to Him at all times, as if He were very close to you, as if God were within you and you were within Him, if you are within that kind of state, it means that your heart has been in the presence of God. If you pray to God and eat and drink of His words every day, are always thinking of the work of the church, if you show consideration for God’s will, use your heart to genuinely love Him and satisfy His heart, then your heart will belong to God.

from “Genuine Love for God Is Spontaneous” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

1. The more you satisfy God, the more your heart can turn to Him; the more you pray to God, the more you can discover His loveliness; the more you satisfy God, the more of His burden He will give to you, the more you can love the God that you love in your heart; the more love for God that you have in your heart, the more you can turn toward God. When you reach a point, when your heart turns toward God, you will feel that He is so lovely.

2. Then you can give praise from deep in your heart, even if others don’t let you sing, you will still want to sing. When you give praise from the heart, no one can stop it. The more your love for God, the fewer your wrong ideas, and Satan will no longer have opportunities to work in you, no longer have opportunities to work in you. At that point, you have fully cast off the atmosphere of death; at that point, your heart truly has turned toward God, and you will feel that God is so lovely.

from “Only by Turning Your Heart Toward God Can You Feel His Loveliness” in Follow the Lamb and Sing New Songs

Man doing his duty is, in actuality, the accomplishment of all that is inherent within man, that is, that which is possible for man. It is then that his duty is fulfilled. The defects of man during man’s service are gradually reduced through progressive experience and the process of his experience of judgment; they do not hinder or affect man’s duty. Those who cease to serve or yield and fall back in fear of the defects that may exist in service are the most cowardly of all men. If man cannot express what he ought to express during service or achieve what is inherently possible for him, and instead fools about and goes through the motions, he has lost the function that a created being should have. This kind of man is considered a mediocre nonentity and useless waste of space; how can one such as this be dignified with the title of a created being? … If man fails to fulfill his duty, he ought to feel guilt and indebtedness; he ought to despise his weakness and uselessness, his rebelliousness and corruptness, and moreover, ought to sacrifice his life and blood for God. Only then is he a created being who truly loves God, and only such kind of man is worthy of enjoying the blessings and promise of God, and of being made perfect by Him. … There is no correlation between the duty of man and whether he is blessed or cursed. Duty is what man ought to fulfill; it is his bounden duty and should not depend on recompense, conditions, or reasons. Only then is that doing his duty. A man who is blessed enjoys goodness upon being made perfect after judgment. A man who is cursed receives punishment when his disposition remains unchanged following chastisement and judgment, that is, he has not been made perfect. As a created being, man ought to fulfill his duty, do what he ought to do, and do what he is able to do, regardless of whether he will be blessed or cursed. This is the very basic condition for man, as one who seeks after God.

from “The Difference Between the Ministry of the Incarnate God and the Duty of Man” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

When God uses people to bear testimony for Him, He does all He can think of, does everything possible, to use people to do service for Him, causing people to be manipulated by Satan, and, moreover, directed by God. And when the testimony that God wishes to be borne has finished, He tosses people to one side and leaves them suffering, while God acts like He has nothing to do with them. When He again wishes to use people, He picks them up once more and puts them to use—and people have not the slightest awareness of this. They are merely like an ox or horse used as its master pleases, none of them have any control over themselves. This might sound a little sad, but regardless of whether or not people have any control over themselves, doing service to God is an honor, not something to get upset about. It is as if God ought to act in this way. Is being able to satisfy the Almighty’s need not something to be proud of? So what do you think? Have you ever set your resolution to render service for God? Could it be you still wish to hold onto the right to search for your own freedom?

Regardless, all that God does is good, and worthy of emulation, and man and God are, after all, different. Upon this basis, you should love God with a human heart regardless of whether or not God has any regard for your love.

from “Interpretation of the Forty-sixth Utterance” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

You should do your own duty to the best of your ability with open and upright hearts, and be willing to do whatever it takes. As you have said, when the day comes, God will not mistreat anyone who has suffered or paid a price for Him. This kind of conviction is worth holding on to, and you should never forget it. Only this way can I put My mind at ease about you. Otherwise, I will never be able to put My mind at ease regarding you, and you will forever be the objects of My distaste. If you all can follow your conscience and give your all for Me, spare no effort for My work, and devote a lifetime of effort to My gospel work, then won’t My heart often jump for joy for you? Then won’t My heart often jump for joy for you? Won’t I be able to entirely put My mind at ease regarding you?

from “On Destination” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

Jesus was able to complete God’s commission—the work of all mankind’s redemption—because He gave every care to God’s will, without His personal plans and considerations. So, too, was He the intimate of God—God Himself, something which you all understand very well. (Actually, He was the God Himself who was testified to by God; I mention this here to use the fact of Jesus to illustrate the issue.) He was able to place God’s management plan at the very center, and always prayed to the heavenly Father and sought the will of the heavenly Father. He prayed, and said: “God the Father! Accomplish that which is of Your will, and act not according to My intentions; would that You act according to Your plan. Man may be weak, but why should You care for him? How could man be the subject of Your concern, man who is like an ant in Your hand? In My heart, I wish only to accomplish Your will, and I would that You can do what You would do in Me according to Your own intentions.” On the road to Jerusalem, Jesus felt in agony, as if a knife were being twisted in His heart, yet He had not the slightest intention of going back on His word; always there was a powerful force compelling Him onward to where He would be crucified. Ultimately, He was nailed to the cross and became the likeness of sinful flesh, completing that work of the redemption of mankind, and rising above the shackles of death and Hades. Before Him, mortality, hell, and Hades lost their power, and were vanquished by Him. He lived for thirty-three years, throughout which He always did His utmost to fulfill God’s will according to God’s work at the time, never considering His own personal gain or loss, and always thinking of the will of God the Father. Thus, after He was baptized, God said: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Because of His service before God that was in harmony with God’s will, God placed the heavy burden of redeeming all mankind upon His shoulders and made Him go forth to accomplish it, and He was qualified and entitled to complete this important task. Throughout His life, He endured immeasurable suffering for God, and He was tempted by Satan countless times, but He was never disheartened. …

If, like Jesus, you are able to give every care to God’s burden, and turn your back on your flesh, God will entrust His important tasks to you, so that you will meet the conditions of serving God. Only under such circumstances will you dare to say that you are carrying out God’s will and completing His commission, only then will you dare say you are truly serving God. …

… You should take advantage of having just entered onto the right track of serving God to first give your heart to God, without divided loyalties. Regardless of whether you are before God, or before other people, your heart should always face God, and you should be resolved to love God like Jesus. In this way, God will make you perfect, so that you become a servant of God who is after His heart. If you truly wish to be made perfect by God, and for your service to be in harmony with His will, then you should change your previous views about faith in God, and change the way you used to serve God, so that more of you is made perfect by God; in this way, God will not abandon you, and, like Peter, you will be at the vanguard of those who love God.

from “How to Serve in Harmony With God’s Will” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

It is Heaven’s law and earth’s principle for man to complete what God entrusts to him; this is man’s highest responsibility, as important as his life. If you do not take God’s commission seriously, then you are betraying God in the most serious way; this is more grievous than Judas and is deserving of cursing. So, God commissions man: This is an exaltation and special favor from God, a most glorious thing. Everything else can be abandoned—even if one has to sacrifice his life he must still fulfill God’s commission. There is even more truth to be sought here.

… What truths are there in loving God? Why must man love God? What is the significance of loving God? If a man is clear about the truth of loving God and can love God in his heart—if his heart can love God a little—then he has a true life and is the most blessed.

from “How to Know Man’s Nature” in Records of Christ’s Talks

If you are truly possessed of conscience, then you must have a burden, and a sense of responsibility. You must say: I care not whether I will be conquered or made perfect, but I must bear this step of testimony properly. As a creature of God, one can be utterly conquered by God, and ultimately, they are able to satisfy God, repaying God’s love with the love in their heart and by completely devoting themselves to God. This is the responsibility of man, it is the duty that ought to be performed by man, and the burden that ought to be borne by man, and man must complete this commission. Only then do they truly believe in God.

from “Practice (3)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

In his belief in God, Peter sought to satisfy God in everything, and sought to obey all that came from God. Without the slightest complaint, he was able to accept chastisement and judgment, as well as refinement, tribulation and lack in his life, none of which could alter his love of God. Is this not the ultimate love of God? Is this not the fulfillment of the duty of a creature of God? Chastisement, judgment, tribulation—you are capable of achieving obedience unto death, and this is what should be achieved by a creature of God, this is the purity of the love of God. If man can achieve this much, then he is a qualified creature of God, and there is nothing which better satisfies the desire of the Creator.

from “Success or Failure Depends on the Path That Man Walks” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

When he was being chastised by God, Peter prayed, “O God! My flesh is disobedient, and You chastise me and judge me. I rejoice in Your chastisement and judgment, and even if You do not want me, in Your judgment I behold Your holy and righteous disposition. When You judge me, so that others may behold Your righteous disposition in Your judgment, I feel content. If it can show forth Your disposition, and allow Your righteous disposition to be seen by all creatures, and if it can make my love of You purer, so that I can attain the image of one who is righteous, then Your judgment is good, for such is Your gracious will. I know that there is still much in me that is rebellious, and that I am still not fit to come before You. I wish for You to judge me even more, whether through a hostile environment or great tribulations; no matter how You judge me, to me it is precious. Your love is so profound, and I am willing to lay myself at Your mercy without the slightest complaint.” This is Peter’s knowledge after he experienced the work of God, and is also a testimony to his love of God. …

Man must pursue to live out a life of meaning, and should not be satisfied with his current circumstances. To live out the image of Peter, he must possess the knowledge and experiences of Peter. Man must pursue things that are higher and more profound. He must pursue a deeper, purer love of God, and a life that has value and meaning. Only this is life; only then will man be the same as Peter. You must focus on being proactive toward your entry on the positive side, and must not submissively allow yourself to backslide for the sake of momentary ease while ignoring more profound, more specific, and more practical truths. Your love must be practical, and you must find ways to free yourself from this depraved, carefree life that is no different from an animal’s. You must live out a life of meaning, a life of value, and you must not fool yourself, or treat your life like a toy to be played with. For everyone who aspires to love God, there are no unobtainable truths, and no justice for which they cannot stand firm. How should you live your life? How should you love God, and use this love to satisfy His desire? There is no greater matter in your life. Above all, you must have such aspirations and perseverance, and should not be like those spineless weaklings. You must learn how to experience a meaningful life, and experience meaningful truths, and should not treat yourself perfunctorily in that way. Without you realizing it, your life will pass you by; and after that, will you have another opportunity to love God? Can man love God after he is dead? You must have the same aspirations and conscience as Peter; your life must be meaningful, and you must not play games with yourself! As a human being, and as a person who pursues God, you must be able to carefully consider how you treat your life, how you should offer yourself to God, how you should have a more meaningful faith in God, and how, since you love God, you should love Him in a way that is more pure, more beautiful, and more good.

from “The Experiences of Peter: His Knowledge of Chastisement and Judgment” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

No matter how God works or what kind of environment you are in, you will be able to pursue life, pursue the development of God’s work in you, and pursue the truth. You will have an understanding of God’s actions and you will be able to act according to the truth. This is your genuine faith, and this shows that you have not lost hope in God. You will still seek the truth in refinement, you will be able to truly love God and will not develop doubts of Him. No matter what He does, you will still practice the truth to satisfy Him, and you will be able to deeply seek out His will and be considerate of His will. Only this is true faith in God. Before, when God said that you would reign as a king, you loved Him, and when He openly showed Himself to you, you pursued Him. But now God is hidden, you cannot see Him, and troubles have come upon you. At this time, do you lose hope in God? So at all times you must pursue life and seek to satisfy God’s will. This is called genuine faith, and it is the truest and most beautiful kind of love.

… When you face sufferings you must be able to not consider the flesh and not complain against God. When God hides Himself from you, you must be able to have the faith to follow Him, to maintain your previous love without allowing it to falter or disappear. No matter what God does, you must submit to His design, and be more willing to curse your own flesh than to complain against Him. When you are faced with trials you must satisfy God in spite of any reluctance to part with something you love, or bitter weeping. Only this can be called true love and faith.

from “Those Who Are to Be Made Perfect Must Undergo Refinement” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

The lowest standard that God requires of people is that they be able to open their hearts to Him. If man gives his true heart to God and says what is really within his heart to God, then God is willing to work in man; God does not want the twisted heart of man, but his pure and honest heart. If man does not truly speak his heart to God, then God does not touch man’s heart, or work within him. Thus, the most crucial thing about praying is to speak the words of your true heart to God, telling God of your flaws or rebellious disposition and completely opening yourself up to God. Only then will God be interested in your prayers; if not, then God will hide His face from you.

from “Concerning the Practice of Prayer” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

Those who serve God should be God’s intimates, they should be beloved by God, and capable of the utmost loyalty to God. Regardless of whether you act behind people, or in front of them, you are able to gain the joy of God before God, you are able to stand firm before God, and regardless of how other people treat you, you always walk your own path, and give every care to God’s burden. Only this is an intimate of God. That God’s intimates are able to serve Him directly is because they have been given God’s great commission, and God’s burden, they are able to take God’s heart as their own, and God’s burden as their own, and they give no consideration to whether they gain or lose prospect: Even when they have no prospects, and they will gain nothing, they will always believe in God with a loving heart. And so, this kind of person is God’s intimate. God’s intimates are also His confidants; only God’s confidants could share His restlessness, and His wants, and although their flesh is painful and weak, they are able to endure pain and forsake that which they love to satisfy God. God gives more burdens to such people, and that which God shall do is expressed through these people. Thus, these people are beloved by God, they are servants of God who are after His own heart, and only people such as this can rule together with God. When you have truly become God’s intimate is precisely when you will rule together with God.

from “How to Serve in Harmony With God’s Will” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

Only the pursuit of loving God and being gained by God is God’s will. There are people who only use their conscience to repay God’s love, but this is insufficient for God’s will; the higher the standards you pursue, the more suited you are to God’s will. As someone who is normal, and who pursues the love of God, entry into the kingdom to become one of the people of God is your true future, and a life that is of the utmost value and significance. No one is more blessed than you—and why do I say this? Because those who do not believe in God live for the flesh, and they live for Satan, but today you live for God, and live to carry out the will of God. That is why I say your lives are of the utmost significance. Only this group of people, who have been selected by God, are able to live out a life of the utmost significance: No one else on earth is able to live out a life of such value and meaning. Because you have been selected by God, and are raised up by God, and, moreover, because of God’s love for you, you have grasped the true life, and know how to live a life that is of the utmost value. This is not because your pursuit is good, but because of the grace of God; it was God who opened the eyes of your spirit, and it was the Spirit of God that touched your heart, giving you the good fortune to come before Him. If the Spirit of God had not enlightened you, then you would be incapable of seeing what is lovely about God, nor would it be possible for you to love God. It is wholly because the Spirit of God has touched your heart that it has turned to God. Sometimes, when you are enjoying the words of God, your spirit is touched, and you feel that you can’t help but love God, that there is great strength within you, and that there is nothing that you can’t put aside. If you feel like this, then you have been touched by the Spirit of God, and your heart has wholly turned to God, and you will pray to God and say: “O God! We truly have been predestined and chosen by You. Your glory gives me pride, and it feels glorious for me to be one of Your people. I will expend anything and give anything to carry out Your will, and will devote all my years, and an entire lifetime of efforts, to You.” When you pray like this, there will be unending love and true obedience toward God in your heart. Have you ever had such an experience as this? If people are often touched by the Spirit of God, then they are especially willing to devote themselves to God in their prayers: “O God! I wish to behold Your day of glory, and I wish to live for You—nothing is more worthy or meaningful than to live for You, and I have not the slightest desire to live for Satan and the flesh. You raise me up by enabling me to live for You today.” When you have prayed in this way, you will feel that you can’t help but give your heart to God, that you must gain God, and that you would hate to die without having gained God while you are alive. Having spoken such a prayer, there will be an inexhaustible strength within you, and you will not know from where it comes; inside you there will be limitless power, and you will have a great sense that God is lovely, and that He is worth loving. This is when you will have been touched by God. All those who have had such an experience have been touched by God. For those who are often touched by God, changes occur in their lives, they are able to make their resolution and are willing to completely gain God, the love for God in their hearts is stronger, their hearts have completely turned to God, they hold no regard for family, the world, entanglements, or their future, and they are willing to devote a lifetime of efforts to God. All those who have been touched by the Spirit of God are people who seek after the truth, and who have hope of being made perfect by God.

from “Know the Newest Work of God and Follow the Footsteps of God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

May all brothers and sisters do everything in their power to offer their whole beings to God’s heavenly will, become holy servants in the house of God, and enjoy the infinite promises bestowed by God, so that God the Father’s heart can soon enjoy peaceful rest. “Accomplish God the Father’s will” should be the motto of all who love God. These words should serve as man’s guide for entry and the compass directing his actions. This is the resolve that man should have. To thoroughly finish God’s work on earth and cooperate with God’s work in the flesh—this is man’s duty. One day, when God’s work is done, man will bid Him farewell on an early return to the Father in heaven. Is this not the responsibility that man should fulfill?

from “Work and Entry (6)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

Having faith in God, you should not solely seek blessings, but seek to love God and know God. Through His enlightenment and your own pursuit, you can eat and drink His word, develop a true understanding of God, and have a true love of God that comes from your heart. In other words, your love for God is most genuine, such that none can destroy or stand in the way of your love for Him. Then you are on the right track of faith in God. It proves that you belong to God, for your heart has been taken possession of by God and you can then be possessed by nothing else. Owing to your experience, the price you paid, and the work of God, you are able to develop an unbidden love for God. Then you are freed from the influence of Satan and live in the light of God’s word. Only when you have broken free from the influence of darkness can you be deemed to have gained God. In your belief of God, you must seek this goal. This is the duty of each of you. None should be complacent with things as they are. You cannot be of two minds toward the work of God or regard it lightly. You should think of God in all respects and at all times, and do all things for His sake. And when you speak or do things, you should place the interests of the house of God first. Only this conforms to God’s will.

from “You Ought to Live for the Truth Since You Believe in God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

It is hoped that you can love God with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength, just as if you were protecting your own life. Is this not a life of the utmost meaning? Where else could you find the meaning of life? Would that not be so blind? Are you willing to love God? Is God worthy of man’s love? Are people worthy of man’s adoration? So what should you do? Love God boldly, without reservations—and see what God will do to you. See if He will slay you. In sum, the task of loving God is more important than copying and writing things down for God. You should give first place to what’s most important, so that your life has more meaning and is full of happiness, and then you should wait for God’s “sentence” for you. I wonder if your plan will include loving God—I would that everyone’s plans become that which is completed by God, and become reality.

from “Interpretation of the Forty-second Utterance” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

One day, when you have experienced to a certain point, if God were to make you leave, you wouldn’t be able to. You will always feel that you can’t be without God inside you; you can be without a husband, wife, or children, without a family, without a mother or father, without the enjoyments of the flesh, but you can’t be without God. Being without God will be like losing your life, you won’t be able to live without God. When you have experienced to this point, you will have hit the mark in your faith in God, and in this way God will have become your life, He will have become the foundation of your existence, and you will never again be able to leave God. When you have experienced to this extent, you will have truly enjoyed God’s love, your relationship with God will be so close, God will be your life, your love, and at that time you will pray to God and say: “O God! I can’t leave You, You are my life, I can go without everything else—but without You I can’t go on living.” This is people’s true stature; it is the real life. Some people have been forced to come as far as they have today: They have to go on whether they want to or not, and they always feel like they’re between a rock and a hard place. You must experience such that God is your life, such that if God were taken away from you it would be like losing your life; God must be your life, and you must be incapable of leaving Him. In this way, you will have actually experienced God, and at this time, when you love God again, you will truly love God, and it will be a singular, pure love. One day when your experiences are such that your life has reached a certain point, you will pray to God, eat and drink the words of God, and will be unable to leave God inside, and even if you wanted to, you would not be able to forget Him. God will have become your life; you can forget the world, you can forget your wife and children, but you’ll have trouble forgetting God—that is impossible, this is your true life, and your true love for God. When people’s love of God has reached a certain point, nothing they love is equal to their love of God, He is their number one love, and in this way they are able to give up everything else, and are willing to accept all dealing and pruning from God. When you have achieved a love of God that surpasses all else, you will live in reality, and in God’s love.

As soon as God becomes the life within people, they become unable to leave God. Is this not the deed of God? There is no greater testimony! God has worked to a certain point; He has said for people to do service, and be chastised, or to die, and people have not backed away, which shows that they have been conquered by God. People who have the truth are those who, in their real experiences, can stand firm in their testimony, stand firm in their position, stand on the side of God, without ever retreating, and who can have a normal relationship with people who love God, who, when things happen to them, are able to completely obey God, and can obey God unto death. Your practice and revelations in real life are the testimony of God, they are man’s living out and the testimony of God, and this is truly enjoying God’s love; when you have experienced to this point, the due effect will have been achieved. You are possessed of actual living out and your every action is looked upon with admiration by others. Your appearance is unremarkable, but you live out a life of the utmost piety, and when you communicate the words of God, you are guided and enlightened by Him. You are able to speak God’s will through your words, communicate reality, and you understand much about serving in spirit. You are candid in your speech, you are decent and upright, non-confrontational and decorous, able to obey God’s arrangements and stand firm in your testimony when things befall you, and you are calm and composed no matter what you are dealing with. This kind of person has truly seen God’s love. Some people are still young, but they act as someone of middle age; they are mature, possessed of the truth, and admired by others—and these are the people who have testimony, and are the manifestation of God.

from “Those Who Love God Will Forever Live Within His Light” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

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