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(VII) Classic Words on How to Be an Honest Person

176. Honesty means to give your heart to God; to never play Him false in anything; to be open with Him in all things, never cover the truth; to never do that which deceives those above and deludes those below; and to never do that which is done merely to ingratiate yourself with God. In short, to be honest is to refrain from impurity in your actions and words, and to deceive neither God nor man.

from “Three Admonitions” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

177. You ought to know that God likes an honest man. God has the substance of faithfulness, and so His word can always be trusted. Furthermore, His actions are faultless and unquestionable. This is why God likes those who are absolutely honest with Him.

from “Three Admonitions” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

178. I very much appreciate those who harbor no suspicion about others and very much like those who readily accept the truth; to these two kinds of men I show great care, for in My eyes they are the honest.

from “How to Know the God on Earth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

179. If seeking the way of truth pleases you well, then you are one who lives often in the light. If you are glad to be a service-doer in the house of God, working diligently and conscientiously in obscurity, always giving and never taking, then I say that you are a loyal saint, for you seek no reward and are simply being an honest man. If you are willing to be candid, if you are willing to give your all, if you are able to sacrifice your life for God and stand witness, if you are honest and think only to please God, and never consider yourself or take for yourself, then I say that such people are those who are nourished by the light and shall live forever in the kingdom.

from “Three Admonitions” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

180. In the dispositions of normal people there is no crookedness or deceitfulness, people have a normal relationship with each other, they do not stand alone, and their lives are neither mediocre nor decadent. So, too, is God exalted among all, His words permeate among man, people live in peace with one another and under the care and protection of God, the earth is filled with harmony, without the interference of Satan, and the glory of God holds the utmost importance among man. Such people are like angels: pure, vibrant, never complaining about God, and devoting all their efforts solely to God’s glory on earth.

from “Interpretation of the Sixteenth Utterance” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

181. My kingdom requires those who are honest, not hypocritical, and not deceitful. Aren’t the sincere and honest people in the world unpopular? I am completely opposite as it. It is acceptable for the honest people to come to Me; I delight in this kind of person, I also need this kind of person. This is precisely My righteousness.

from Utterances and Testimonies of Christ in the Beginning

182. I don’t like to be flattered or fawned on, or treated with enthusiasm. I like honest people to face up to My truth and expectations. Even more, I like when people are able to show the utmost care and consideration for My heart, and when they can even give up everything for My sake. Only this way can My heart be comforted.

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

183. To be saved, we must first of all be honest in accordance with the words and requirements of God, we must open ourselves up, lay bare our corrupt dispositions, and be able to lay bare our secrets to search for the way of the light. What does it mean to “seek the way of the light”? It means seeking the truth in order to resolve your corrupt disposition, which is to say, when you lay yourself bare, you’re also dissecting yourself, after which you should seek: “Why do I have to do this? What do I gain when I do this? By doing this, am I sinning against God? By doing this, am I deceiving God? If it deceives God, then I shouldn’t do this; I should act by another means—and what means should that be? I should look at what God requires, at what God says, what the truth says.” This is seeking the way of the light.

from “To Be Honest, You Should Lay Yourself Open to Others” in Records of Christ’s Talks

184. To be honest, you must first lay your heart bare, so that everyone can see it, and all that you are thinking, and can see your true face; you must not pretend or package yourself. Only then will people trust you and consider you honest. This is the most fundamental practice of being honest, and it is a precondition. You are always pretending, always feigning holiness, virtuousness, greatness, and loftiness, and do not let people see your corruption and your failings. You present a false image to people, so that they believe you are upstanding, mighty, self-denying, impartial, and selfless. Don’t pretend, don’t package yourself; instead, lay yourself bare, lay your heart bare for others to see. If you can lay your heart bare for others to see, and lay bare all that you think and plan to do in your heart—regardless of whether it is positive or negative—then are you not being honest? If you are able to lay yourself bare for others to see, God will also see you, and say: “You have laid yourself bare for others to see, and so before Me you are surely honest, too.”

from “To Be Honest, You Should Lay Yourself Open to Others” in Records of Christ’s Talks

185. We should take responsibility for our disposition and for our pursuit, we should take responsibility for every one of our actions, and we should take what we do seriously, being serious, and not lax, in all things, and being able to hold it up for dissection in everything. Each time you do something, the things you think you did right must be held up for dissection—and, more than that, the things you think you did wrong must be held up for dissection. This requires that the brothers and sisters spend more time together communing, searching, and helping each other out. If we commune more, God will enlighten us in all matters. If none of us speak up, and package and wrap ourselves up, wishing to leave a good impression in the minds of others, wanting others to think highly of us and not scoff at us, then none of us will grow, we will have no means of growing, it will not be easy for us to grow. If you do not grow, and always package and wrap yourself up, then you will forever live in darkness, and you will be incapable of changing. If you wish to change, then you must pay a price, and lay bare all that you do.

from “To Be Honest, You Should Lay Yourself Open to Others” in Records of Christ’s Talks

186. Those who are pure; those who are open; those who are honest; those who are not controlled by any person, thing, or matter; those who are childlike in appearance though they are mature in life, these ones are My beloved, the objects of My blessing.

from Utterances and Testimonies of Christ in the Beginning

187. Regardless of how long you have believed in God, what duty you are performing, what work you are doing, what family you come from, or how well-qualified you are, as long as you try to be honest, then you are sure to gain something. If you say, “I won’t try to be honest, I’m just going to do my duty well,” then you never will do your duty well. You say: “I’m not going to pursue being honest. I’ll first put that to one side, I don’t think it’s a big deal. First I’ll serve God; if I can serve His will, then I will have satisfied God, and that’s all that is needed.” Well then, have a go, see if you can serve God’s will. Some people say: “I am not going to pursue being honest. In any case, when the time comes I’ll go to the assembly, when there’s an assembly I’ll take part, each day I’ll pray and eat and drink the words of God at the proper times, I won’t do any of the things the unbelievers do, and I won’t commit any crimes, or do anything that sins against God. I’ll just focus on satisfying God.” I’ll see how you satisfy God—if you are not honest, how can you satisfy God? All this means that, if you depart from being honest, then in many things you will be incapable of satisfying God’s will. In what will you be able to satisfy God without an honest attitude? How can you satisfy God if you perform your duty without an honest attitude? Could you do it properly? You always think of your flesh and your own prospects, you always want to lessen the suffering of the flesh, to make less effort, to devote less, to pay less of a price, and you always give yourself room to maneuver—and this is your deceitful attitude.

from “To Be Honest, You Should Lay Yourself Open to Others” in Records of Christ’s Talks

188. Whenever you do anything, you must examine whether your motivations are right. If you are able to act according to the requirements of God, then your relationship with God is normal. This is the minimum criterion. If, when you examine your motivations, there emerge those that are incorrect, and if you are able to turn your back on them and act according to the words of God, then you will become someone who is right before God, which will show that your relationship with God is normal, and that all that you do is for the sake of God, and not for yourself. Whenever you do or say anything, you must put your heart right, be righteous, and not be led by your emotions, or act according to your own will. These are the principles by which believers in God conduct themselves.

from “How Is Your Relationship With God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

189. All that you do, every action, every intent, and every reaction must be brought before God. Even your daily spiritual life—your prayers, your closeness with God, eating and drinking of God’s words, fellowship with your brothers and sisters, living the life of the church, and your service in partnership—must be brought before God and observed by Him. It is such practice that will help you mature in life. The process of accepting God’s observation is the process of purification. The more you accept God’s observation, the more you are purified, and the more you are in accord with God’s will, so that you will not hear the call of debauchery and dissipation, and your heart will live in His presence. The more you accept His observation, the more ashamed Satan is and the more you are able to forsake the flesh. So, the acceptance of God’s observation is a path people must practice. No matter what you do, even during fellowship with your brothers and sisters, if you bring your acts before God and seek His observation, and if your intent is to obey God Himself, what you practice will be much more correct. Only if you bring all you do before God and accept God’s observation can you be someone who lives in the presence of God.

from “God Perfects Those After His Own Heart” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

190. No matter whether it’s when you pray, when you speak and fellowship with your brothers and sisters, or when you perform your duty and handle your business, you must lay your heart before God. When you fulfill your function, God is with you, and so long as your intent is correct and is for the work of God’s house, He will accept all you do, so you should earnestly devote yourself to fulfilling your function. When you pray, if you have love for God in your heart and seek God’s care, protection, and observation, if these are your intent, your prayers will be effective. For example, when you pray at meetings, if you open your heart and pray to God and tell Him what is in your heart without speaking falsehoods—then your prayers will be effective.

from “God Perfects Those After His Own Heart” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

191. You can see how a person’s prospects are through his daily life, words, and acts. If a person is always acting and putting on airs, then he is in danger and is not on a good path. Which road are you taking? Taking the road of being an honest person is never a mistake! How do you handle it when others say you are a fool? “How is it that you say everything? You let others know everything you are thinking. How can you be so foolish?” How do you feel after hearing this? (Indifferent.) That is correct. “Indifferent. You see things how you are willing to see them. My being an honest person is my business. It is my responsibility and the road that I should take.” The most correct path that a believer should take can never change and cannot be influenced by others. People never open their hearts but are always concealing them, always hiding them, always putting on airs, always acting, always wanting to make others think highly of them, never wanting others to see through to their actual thoughts, real conditions, and nature. Is this type of person foolish? (Yes.) What road is he taking? (It is the road of the hypocritical Pharisees.) Is the road of the Pharisees dangerous? What kind of road is this? The road to destruction!

from “You Can Obtain Truth After Turning Your True Heart Over to God” in Records of Christ’s Talks

192. That God asks for people to be honest proves that He really loathes those who are deceitful. God does not like deceitful people, which means that He dislikes their actions, disposition, and even their motivations; that is, God does not like the way they do things, and so, if we are to please God, we must first change our actions and manner of existence. Previously, we relied on lies, pretense, and falsehood to live among people. This was our capital, and the existential basis, life, and foundation by which we lived. And it was all despised by God. Whichever group you are in, it could well be hard for you to stand firm unless you know how to be manipulative or deceitful. Out in the wider world, the more deceitful you are, the more capable you become of using deceit and insidiousness to protect yourself and create a pretense about yourself, and so the firmer you stand; in the house of God, it’s precisely the opposite: The more deceitful you are, the more you employ sophisticated manipulation to put on an act and package yourself, then the less able you are to stand firm, and the more likely God is to reject such people. God despises such people. And so, today, the die has been cast: If we are not honest, and if, in our lives, our practice is not directed toward being honest and we don’t reveal our own true face, then we will never have any chance of gaining God’s work or gaining God’s praise.

from “To Be Honest, You Should Lay Yourself Open to Others” in Records of Christ’s Talks

193. Today, what concerns us most should be whether we are already putting being honest into practice, and whether we partake in this reality. If you say, “I know that I’m deceitful, but I’ve never put being honest into practice,” then you don’t have any of the reality of being honest, and you still must work hard: Every little detail of your life, every way that you act in your life, the way you have always acted, your frequent means of practice, and how you act toward people—you must hold them all up for dissection. If you don’t dissect them, you’ll still be conceited, and will still be satisfied with how you are doing things—but when you dissect them, you’ll be astonished: Oh, it turns out the me in my imagination is so low, so malicious, so insidious! You’ll be amazed; you’ll discover your true self, and you will truly know your own troubles and faults, and your own deceitfulness. And if you don’t dissect? You will always believe yourself to be honest, and someone who is without deceitfulness. Your mouth will say you’re deceitful, but in your heart you will still believe yourself to be honest. In that case, you’ll never change.

from “To Be Honest, You Should Lay Yourself Open to Others” in Records of Christ’s Talks

194. You should know whether there is true faith and true loyalty within you, whether in your record you have suffered for God, and whether you wholly submit to God. If you lack these, then within you remains disobedience, deceit, greed, and discontent. As your heart is not honest, you have never received the appreciation of God and never lived in the light. What one’s fate will become hinges upon whether he has an honest and blood-red heart, and whether he has a pure soul. If you are one who is most dishonest, with a heart of malice, and an unclean soul, then the record of your fate is certainly in the place where man is punished. If you claim to be very honest, yet never act in accordance with the truth or speak a word of truth, then do you still expect God to reward you? Do you still hope for God to regard you as the apple of His eye? Is this thinking not preposterous? You deceive God in all things, so how can the house of God accommodate one such as you who does not have clean hands?

from “Three Admonitions” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

195. For the sake of your fate, you ought to seek to be approved by God. That is to say, since you acknowledge that you are numbered among the house of God, then you ought to bring peace of mind and satisfaction to God in all things. In other words, you must be principled in your actions and conform to the truth in such. If this is beyond your ability, then you shall be detested and rejected by God and spurned by all. Once you are in such a plight, then you cannot be numbered among the house of God. This is what it is to not be approved by God.

from “Three Admonitions” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

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