The Relationship Between Pursuing the Love of God and Being Made Perfect
To Achieve the Love of God, We Must Pursue the Truth and Enter Into the Seven Realities of the Truth
How is loving God achieved? Through pursuing the truth. If you do not pursue the truth, you will never achieve the love of God, and if you do not love God, you will never satisfy God—this is absolute. Today, are there many problems in you? There are. There is great darkness in your hearts, nothing is clear to you. Being without the truth is harder than being blind. Say you see a blind person who also believes in God and they understand the truth inside. You say to them, “You’re blind, yet I really couldn’t tell.” And the blind person replies, “You’re more blind than I am: In my heart I can see, but in your heart, you are blind.” And does that not mean you are even more pitiful? His eyes are blind, but his heart is not; your eyes are not blind, but your heart is. Which is worse? How can this be solved? You must pursue the truth. No one wants to be blind, much less do they want to be blind in their heart. Those who truly love God have a heart that fears God, and all whose heart fears God are able to love God. There are many who are capable of loving God, but they can only be made perfect if they pursue the truth—and before they are made perfect, people’s love of God is tainted by all manner of impurities. What mistakes do people often make when their love is impure? When performing their duty, they are careless and sloppy, they always do it for the sake of their own status and reputation, in order to be blessed and rewarded; performing their duty is somewhat of a transaction for them. If people’s hearts are tainted, then when they undergo great trials and refinements, or when failure or defeat befalls them, they are liable to complain and blame God. After some people are taken by the great red dragon, the great red dragon brainwashes them, and subjects them to negative propaganda, and tells them, “You’ve been duped, you’ve fallen for their lies.” These people begin to grumble and complain, and they become hateful of God and the man used by the Holy Spirit, and say that they were duped by the man used by the Holy Spirit, that he tricked them. What’s the issue here? If a day comes when you are beset by failure or setbacks, will you hate me? Why will you not? You should say this: All that is fellowshiped by the man used by the Holy Spirit conforms to the truth, it is born of the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit, and can be said to be the experience and knowledge of the words of God. It is provided for our life. That we are incapable of standing firm when we are tested is because we are without the truth—we have not gained the truth—and because our hearts do not love God. And yet, the duty performed by this person is of benefit to us. We can only have ourselves to blame for not pursuing the truth and not gaining the truth, thereby falling down. And so, our failure and falling down has nothing to do with this person. This is the right thing to say, right? And why is that? The words I speak and the messages I preach are true, they are not lies or fallacy—so I do not try to dupe or deceive people; that you fail and fall is only because you do not pursue the truth, and do not love the truth, and have not gained the truth, and it is because you are without the truth, and without a heart that loves God. This is your own problem. I’ll give you an example. There’s a teacher who is great at their job, but some students blame the teacher for not teaching them well when they don’t get into college. The teacher says, “When I taught the students, the whole class was in my lesson. Of them, seventy to eighty percent are admitted to university. How do you explain that? Did I give them special treatment? Did I not teach them the same things? And you were in the same lessons, you heard everything they did. That you failed your exams is only because you didn’t study properly, because you didn’t put the time in.” So is it right for people to blame me? Is it right for them to hate me? What do they say when they are unable to stand firm? They say that I wheedled them. And what does “wheedle someone” mean? In the words of the unbelievers, it means to dupe and deceive people—that’s what it means to wheedle someone. So do I wheedle people by the messages I preach? What’s the problem if you say that I wheedle people by the messages I preach? Is this not blaspheming against the work of the Holy Spirit? That’s no small matter. If you say that, then you are not fit to hear the messages, for they are born of the work of the Holy Spirit, I deliver them under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and all that I speak is the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit! Why do I say that it is the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit? Because I know that when I preach a message, in my heart this message is very evident to me, very clear to me, and so I have no end of things to say about it; whenever I speak any message, I am enlightened and illuminated by the Holy Spirit, and He allows me to see, and when a while has passed, I see another new message, and I preach this new message. I don’t plan this in advance—what I originally planned would already be out of date—and so it is entirely the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit. Can you detect this when I speak? Is it not the case that the more I preach, the more practical the messages become, and the more I preach, the more profound the messages become? Why have I never preached the messages I preach today? Previous preachings were the enlightenment and illumination of that time, they were what became clear to me, and so they were the words in my heart, and I felt that I had to speak those words—and after speaking them, a burden was lifted from me, and my duty was performed. Today, the Holy Spirit enlightens and illuminates me thus, and I see certain words, certain real things, and I have to speak of them, and when I do, I say all this. Is this not the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit? Thus, to be precise, this message you are hearing stems from the leadership of the Holy Spirit, from the watering of the Holy Spirit—is it not fair to say that? Though I use the words of man to express this as befits the thoughts and understanding of man, the substance of these things is the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit, and all those who taste that this is truly the leadership and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit are blessed. When I fellowship, there are those who hurriedly write down what I say—they cherish the things in what I fellowship, they feel that they are the light. Can you identify this? Are there not certain flashes that are the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit? The enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon God’s chosen ones by God, for God loves you, and wants to make you perfect, and thus He enlightens and illuminates me. When He makes me speak it, it is for the sake of His chosen ones. In this great work of the Holy Spirit you see the love of God, yes? This is the love of God. And why are such words not heard in the world of religion? The Holy Spirit does not work there, He does not work for their sakes. And so it is that after hearing these words for a time, you feel that they are of great benefit to you, and that they are so edifying, and there is a path, and you know what to practice and how to pursue. This is God’s blessing of you, it is God’s love coming to you. If you all pursue the love of God, you are sure to be enlightened and illuminated by the Holy Spirit, and if you love God, you are bound to receive the work and guidance of the Holy Spirit, and in the end, after experiencing all manner of trials and refinements, you will have been made perfect by God, and become those who truly love God—and after that, when you serve God and perform your duty, there will be the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit, and you will be used by God, just as I am. Do you have this faith? If you do, then be sure to pursue the truth; God does not mistreat those who love Him, and will surely bestow great blessings upon them. Do you know what the aim of pursuing the truth is? It is to repay God’s love: “God loves me so much, and I shall pursue the truth to be made perfect, I shall expend myself for God.” What does it mean to “expend yourself for God”? To perform your duty properly in order for God’s will to be carried out—to seek being used by God and serving God on earth. You now know the aim of pursuing the truth, yes? How can God use you if you do not pursue the truth? He cannot. If you have been tainted too much, the Holy Spirit cannot work in you, and your heart cannot love God. It’s like the false leaders and antichrists—what happened to them? If, after training for several years, they have not entered into the reality of the truth, then their true colors are shown, and they are eliminated and replaced. If you do not pursue the truth, then you must be eliminated—there’s nothing else to be done, God has no means of making you perfect, no way of using you; using you would be a disaster for His chosen ones, it would cause them harm, they would be ruined—right? Thus, in the work arrangements it is said that if you do not pursue the truth, if you are without the work of the Holy Spirit, then if you have any self-awareness you hurry up and quit; if you don’t, you shall bring harm to God’s chosen ones, and they will never forgive you. You’re better off stepping down voluntarily—don’t wait for the above to tell you. If you take the blame and resign, God will not punish you; if you don’t take the blame and resign, you will ultimately bring harm to God’s chosen ones, and you will ruin them, and stop God’s will from being carried out. Punishment and retribution shall befall you, and you shall not only be eliminated, but also cursed. If you resign in advance, you will not be cursed or punished. In the regime of Satan, people are always trying to seize power from each other. Such things do not exist in the house of God; those who try to seize power are antichrists, and should be cursed—how dare they try to seize power! If you try to take power, then you’ll leave a stink for 10,000 years, and suffer everlasting perdition. Be smart: When you see that you lack the work of the Holy Spirit, and discover that a brother or sister is possessed of the work of the Holy Spirit and understands the truth, make sure you recommend them without hesitation; this will mean you have a little conscience, that you are capable of doing something human. When someone has a heart that loves God, anything they do is sure to be after God’s heart—and is this not an effect of pursuing the truth? When the truth is clear to them, and they have a heart that loves God, then all they do is guaranteed to be after God’s heart. They know what to do to satisfy God, they know God’s most pressing will, what He most urgently wishes to accomplish, they worry for what concerns God, and share in God’s thoughts, they are capable of being of one heart and mind with God—and so those who love God are fit for use by God. They do not follow rules, but know what to do to further the carrying out of God’s will, to be of benefit to God’s chosen ones’ entry into life. They see these things extremely clearly; no one needs to tell them, or teach them, and so it is easy for those who love God to practice the truth, they know what they should do and what they shouldn’t do, they know what to do to satisfy God—and, more than that, they know what actions oppose God, betray God, and provoke the wrath of God. Thus, when someone has achieved the true love of God by pursuing the truth, nothing will be hard for them, and they will have no difficulty in performing their duty. What’s more, when someone has a heart that loves God, it is even easier for them to forsake their family and flesh and free themselves of the problems of those things—it takes them little effort. So today, when you are without the truth, you can only leave your home with great difficulty. You look back after ten steps, and then again after a hundred, and as you sit on the train or bus after leaving home your heart is still there, and you say to yourself, “I wonder how my children are. Will they be having dinner yet? What are they going to wear in the morning?” When, in your heart, you love God, there will be many less entanglements, you will be relaxed and happy; you will entrust everything to God in your prayer and cease to dwell on those things, and you will contemplate how to expend yourself for God, what duty you should perform, and doing which of the work before you is most after God’s heart. This is what’s most important; you need not concern yourself with whether your husband will divorce you, or whether your children will look after you when you’re old. You don’t need to rely on them. Today, it’s enough that you perform your duty properly, that you are able to satisfy God and repay God’s love when you perform the duties and responsibilities of a human. If you do, your heart will be comforted, and you will die content. What’s the use in waiting on your wife, children, or husband? What do you end up with? You’ll be lucky if you get a coffin. Some people’s children make them a coffin when they die. That’s what they get. Where’s the use in this? You’re buried in the earth, you don’t even know if you’re going to heaven or hell—but you’re certain to have to go to hell. People know that God is lovely, and they know that God saves people, but they do not accept or obey the work of God, and still they defy God, living in the lust of the flesh and in their family. Could such people have a good end? They will face retribution. So if you have to give something up, give it up! Today, if you were to ask all who forsake their families and expend themselves for God who pursue the truth, “Do you have any regrets?” they will reply that they do not. All who forsake their families, who forsake everything to expend themselves for God, yet do not pursue the truth and instead walk the path of the antichrists, shall ultimately be eliminated, and they will feel regret, and say, “If I had known this would be my end, I would not have forsaken these things.” For whom have you forsaken everything to expend yourself? Have you done so for God? You have done so for the sake of obtaining status and blessings. Your motivations are wrong. What is this? You have fallen for your own tricks—so who can you blame? Having been watered thus by the above for the past several years, why have you not pursued the truth? If you pursue the truth, then when your conceptions change, and you pursue the love of God, and understand the truth, and suffer much, there will ultimately be a result, and you will say, “I have gained the truth. At the start, I walked a crooked path, but afterward I repented, and I have gained the truth. It’s been ten years since I forsook my family; for the first five years I did not walk the right path, but during the second five years I entered onto the right track of the belief in God, I gained the truth, and ultimately—though my family fell apart and I was sent to prison—I gained the truth, I was fulfilled, and comforted, and I have no regrets. This is what it is to love God with no regrets. Ultimately, I have come to walk the path of loving God, and it is worth it no matter how much pain I have suffered.” Some people say, “I do want to give these things up, to forsake my family, my children, but I don’t know if I can gain God and love God. What will I do if, for some reason, I am not able to love God, and cannot gain the truth?” Is this a good question? Do you really, truly want to gain the truth? If you truly do, why would you not be able to? That would be impossible. The problem is that your heart is wrong. If you have pursuing the truth as the goal, could the truth be unfair to you? Could God deceive you? The problem is that the path of your pursuit is wrong. You are only paying lip service and without sincerity. Only your mouth moves; your heart remains unmoved. How could you not gain the truth if you truly pursue it? How could any truth be unobtainable? How could there be any justice for which you cannot stand firm? These are the words of God! If you do not truly pursue the truth, then you will be in trouble; if you truly pursue it, then there will be no truth that you cannot gain, and no justice for which you cannot stand firm. So all those who have forsaken their families for the sake of gaining the truth and repaying God’s love should look within themselves: Just what motivated you to do so? Your heart must be right; God does not discriminate against people, God is righteous. When you began to forsake your families you were tainted by impurities, you did so to be blessed and rewarded—but God does not remember people’s transgressions; as long as you can repent, and are able to accept the truth, then God will bless you. God does not heed what your motivations were when you first forsook your families. Who were not tainted by impurities when they first started believing in God? Who did not do so for the sake of being blessed? People all did. So when does a person start to cast off, to give up, the motivation to be blessed? Do their perspectives not change after pursuing the truth for several years and coming to understand the truth? Only after believing in God for several years and being watered by the above, and enlightened and illuminated by the Holy Spirit, and having the true knowledge of God’s work—only then do their perspectives change, only then do they formally pursue the truth, and begin to enter onto the right track of the belief in God. Does God remember our prior mistakes and motivations? Does God punish us? Does God hold us accountable? God is kind. He knows that we are of small stature, but as long as we believe in Him He shall bless us, and little-by-little, the Holy Spirit shall enlighten and illuminate us, allowing us to eat and drink the words of God, and to understand God’s words—and ultimately, when we have the experience and knowledge of God’s work, our perspective on things will change, our views on belief in God will change, our motivations will be cleansed, and we will gradually enter onto the right track of the belief in God. God has such great love, such great tolerance, and such great patience toward us. He does not remember our transgressions; as long as we accept the truth, are able to repent, and can pursue the truth, then He will not look into our wrong paths and deviations of the past—which shows that the God we believe in is the true God, and that God is so lovely. And so is the path of loving God not bright? Is it not just? Thus, pursuing the love of God, you can never be wrong. You will receive only blessings, and not suffer disaster, you will have only success, not failure—but it depends on whether you are sincere. You understand what I’m saying, yes?
The realities of the truth that people must enter into to become someone who loves God—the standards for loving God—are pretty crucial. In total, there are seven criteria, and once you have fulfilled these seven criteria, you will be someone who loves God. Number one is being mindful of God’s will, being concerned for what concerns God, sharing in God’s thoughts, and being of one heart and mind with God. Number two is absolute obedience to the authority of God’s words, accepting and obeying the fellowship of anyone that conforms to the truth, regardless of who they are, and obeying the words of anyone that conform to the truth and the words of God, whether they are leaders and workers or God’s chosen ones, which is absolute obedience to the authority of the words of God, and is crucial. If someone truly loves God, he will not be influenced by people’s status and will be able to treat all people equally. Number three is performing your duty competently, not being constrained by any person, thing or matter, and being unwavering in your loyalty to God—this one is tough. Number four is loving what God loves, hating what God hates, and treating people equally—loving God’s chosen ones, having love for them, and treating them equally with love, which is proof of the love of God. If you don’t love God, you can’t love people, either, and when anyone who does not love God says, “I can love people,” their love of people is fake. Only those who love God can truly love God’s chosen ones, and the true love of God’s chosen ones is chiefly manifested in treating them equally and focusing on watering and providing for them. This is crucial. Number five is pursuing to be honest, having a sense of righteousness, being wise and principled when you act, and being liked and welcomed wherever you go—this is also crucial. Number six is that those who truly love God can make it through any trial, and amid tribulation, they would rather die than betray God, and regardless of how much pain they suffer they do not blame God, and they are fulfilled and comforted simply by being able to bear a little testimony to God. And number seven is being able to faithfully perform your duty, exalt God, and testify about God in any environment, regardless of how hostile it is, and still being able to perform your duty, provide to God’s chosen ones, protect them, exalt and testify about God, and complete God’s commission even when there is no one to lead you, and when you have no way to contact with the above, and the work of the above ceases, and disasters arrive. Now there is the above guiding you, and you are led by the sermons and fellowships of the above and the work arrangements of the above, but a day will come when you can no longer access the website, when there is civil unrest. If, at that time, you are still able to loyally perform your duty, still know to complete God’s commission, and persevere in exalting God, testifying about God, and upholding the work of God, then you will be someone who loves God. The last of these criteria is most important of all. At that time, some antichrists will emerge, and some evil spirits will also emerge. How will you be able to stand firm in your testimony without the truth? When heretical fallacies and hearsay matters emerge, what should you listen to, and what should you not? If you have no truth, you will have no path. Those who do not love God will not know what to practice, and that will be trouble: They will have no testimony. The reality of the truth you should enter into today is pursuing to love God according to these seven standards. If you truly have these realities of the truth, you are someone who loves God. And so, in one respect these seven standards are the realities of the truth that those who pursue the love of God must enter into, and in the other, they are the standards of the love of God. If you don’t know whether or not you are someone who loves God, then measure whether you have these seven realities according to these seven standards; if you have these seven realities—if you meet these seven standards—then you are someone who loves God, and no one can deny it. If you feel you are someone who loves God, but you do not meet these seven standards, and lack these seven realities, then no matter how you feel you are, it is of no use, for God does not acknowledge it. So what should you do if you feel you are someone who loves God, but you do not meet these standards? You must pursue to meet them, you must keep working hard, don’t stop—how can you stop when you have not met these standards? You can stop until you’ve attained them. In fact, you must not stop then, either; if you do, you’ll fall behind in performing your duty—so how could you stop? There will always be a duty to be performed. There will be much work that must be done for God’s will to be carried out, so you will not be able to stop; the more truths you have, the busier you will be, and the more the brothers and sisters will need you. The church has much work, and you will be needed for all of it, for most people’s stature will be still too small for them to hold the responsible position or play an important part. It’s like how a house always needs one large beam as its central support. There are those who are this large beam, and the rest are the ordinary beams and rafters; minor materials must not be overused, and major materials must not be underused. If no one in a church can be this central beam or can hold the responsible position, then there is no way it can grow, there’s no way it can do its work properly, and there is no way God’s chosen ones in it can be led properly. Why do people in certain churches kick up a fuss and cause trouble? Is it not because not one of them is truly able to shoulder the burden of the work, to take the reins, to be this central beam? And so they kick up no end of fuss, with every person saying they’re right. Is this not how it is? Such things don’t exist in the house of God, only in an extremely small number of churches. How could anyone in the house of God dare to stir things up? In every pastoral area, every region, every district, there is not a single person who dares stir up trouble; today, the man used by the Holy Spirit works and leads here, and God takes the helm, and so the work of the church is smooth and steady. One day, there will be civil strife, God will leave the earth and His work will stop, and at that time, certain churches will certainly be thrown into chaos, and some people will begin to kick up a fuss and cause trouble; without those who understand the truth to hold the line, chaos will occur. But if there is someone in the church who understands the truth, everyone will look at them and say, “They understand the truth,” and no one will dare make a sound. Some people will have opened their mouths to say something, but they will snap them shut—they won’t dare speak lest they be embarrassed, yes? If you have no truth, they’ll have long since got the measure of you, and won’t be afraid of you; they’ll start kicking up a fuss, and when you stand there shouting at them, they’ll pay you no heed, they’ll say what they want, and no one will be able to hold the line. When the arrival of a single bird silences a whole forest of birds, is this not a formidable bird? He is the king of birds. Say there is someone in the church who understands the truth. When various fallacies emerge, they hold their tongue; if anyone in the church starts coming out with fallacies, they just look at them, and that person will start behaving themselves, and say, “Oh, I should be quiet. Does the way he’s looking at me not suggest that my fallacies are to be exposed?” And so the person will not dare to speak, they will hold them in—is this not the case? I sit here now, and people dare not bring up various fallacies. Someone might submit some fallacies to the above, but the above will tell them that they are fallacies, and they will immediately be ashamed. I will tell someone to investigate who spoke these fallacies, and who spread these lies—and when the one who did is found, they will start behaving themselves. After that I will deal with the leaders and workers: “You can’t even identify such obvious fallacies, you don’t have any of the reality of the truth.” When they understand that these are heretical fallacies, they, too, will become ashamed, and they will slap themselves in the face: “I was so ignorant that I couldn’t even see that they were heretical fallacies. I was truly blind.” And they will hate themselves. Will they not have started behaving themselves? So when someone who understands the truth holds the line, no petty demon or evil spirit has the courage to bare its claws. What do you think of people who possess the truth? Are they capable? Are they able to hold the line? Thus, you must pursue the truth; when you pursue the truth, God will use you, He will give you authority, and if anyone opposes you, the Holy Spirit will uphold your power, the Holy Spirit will not permit them to do so, and will punish them—this is what will happen. There are antichrists in the house of God, but as soon as I say that they are antichrists, they start behaving, they dare not argue back, and they quickly acknowledge that they are antichrists. I say to them, “Voice these fallacies of yours, try and defend them. Others might not be able to refute you, but I will—I’ll expose you.” And they dare not, they do not have the courage to defend themselves, but admit that what they said are fallacies without protesting. These people are much better educated than I, but they have no truth, and as soon as I set eyes on these petty fallacies of theirs, they are so obvious to me, not even worth arguing about, and so most of the time I don’t—I let God’s chosen people look at them, let everyone else see what they are while I write my sermons and fellowships. When my sermons and fellowships have clearly communicated the truth of discerning their fallacies, then after reading them, many will begin to refute their fallacies. This is good. And so no matter how these heretical fallacies are disguised, they are untenable; today, most people are well-behaved, they keep their mouths shut, and obey, and say: “There is truly the reality of the truth in what is communicated by the above, I must not go over the top, I must not run my mouth off, I must do something real, and I must speak and act properly.” And with this, are Satans not convinced? If you are incapable of obeying the man used by the Holy Spirit—if you do not accept the sermons he preaches and the words he fellowships—can you enter onto the right track of the belief in God? If you are unable to obey what is fellowshiped and preached by the man used by the Holy Spirit, where is the reality of your obedience to God? Your obedience to God is empty words. Those who truly obey God must be able to obey all that comes from God. Suppose someone hears a fellowship that is in line with the truth, but doesn’t accept it, because it was spoken by an ordinary brother or sister—where is the reality of this person’s obedience to God? What is there to prove that they obey God? As God cannot command them directly, nor speak to them directly, where is the reality of their obedience to God? Is the reality of obedience to God not the obedience to all that comes from God? No matter who someone is, if they are able to fellowship about the truth of God’s words, then you can accept and obey it—this is the reality. Some people ask, “So should I obey what leaders and workers say?” If what a leader or worker fellowships is in line with the words of God, with the truth, and with the work arrangements of the above, then you must listen. Ignore whether they themselves possess reality, and overlook whether they, as an individual, have any shortcomings; if what they fellowship is in line with reality, with the truth, and with the work arrangements of the above, then you must listen, and accept it. Such are those who truly obey God. So how is obedience to God chiefly manifested? In obedience to God’s words. How is obedience to God’s words manifested? Is it obedience to the words of God you read yourself, or the words of God other people fellowship about with you? You must obey everything that conforms to God’s words, whether it be what is fellowshiped by someone else, or what you have read yourself, or if it comes from the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit. This is the reality of obedience to God! Some people say, “No matter how much what someone else fellowships conforms to the words of God, I won’t listen, for they are not God. If Christ spoke to me and asked me to do something, I would definitely listen, even if He asked me to die.” Are these words right? They are not realistic. So where would be the reality of your obedience to God if, for as long as you live, God does not appear to you or speak to you? Where would be the proof? Are these not empty words? Today, you are able to tell the difference. You must find the most realistic practice; only proving your obedience to God based upon the most realistic practice will do. Nothing shows whether people’s obedience is true or false more than the most practical reality, the most practical obedience, the reality of obedience that people can attain at present. If you do not obey the things before your eyes that you are able to obey, then when you say you are able to obey the things that are invisible to you, what do you have to prove this? Such matters are vague and abstract, they are empty. How should you treat the leaders and workers? If what they say conforms to the truth, and to the work arrangements, you should obey, you should listen; if what they say does not conform to the truth, the words of God, or the work arrangements, then the right thing to do is to not listen, to not obey. If you do that, you will never fall under the influence of other people. You will only obey the truth and the words of God—and will you thus not have attained obedience to God? Is this something simple? It’s very simple. Some people say, “If our leader or a worker orders us to do something and I don’t do it, they’ll expel me. What should I do?” Number one, compare what this leader or worker asks with the work arrangements and see if it is in line with the work arrangements, and search God’s words and see if what you are being asked conforms to them. If you cannot find such words, ask the leader or worker this: “Does what you say conform to the words of God? What aspect of it conforms to the words of God? What aspect of it conforms to the work arrangements? Fellowship about it with us; if I understand, I’ll obey. When I’ve confirmed that this fully conforms with the truths of God’s words, and to the work arrangements of the above, I shall do as you say.” How about that? Some people say, “I’m too embarrassed to say that.” In that case, who do you have to blame if you are controlled by your emotions? So let me ask you this: Say, when you have a boyfriend or girlfriend, they ask you out to dinner a few times, which creates a certain obligation. Ultimately, they ask you to marry them, and you’re too embarrassed to refuse, so you have no choice but to marry them. Is this right? You must follow the principles in such matters, and cannot be controlled by your emotions, so why do you dare not follow the principles when it comes to treating leaders and workers? Why do you dare not speak out? What’s holding you back? Are you afraid of them because of their status? Is this not foolish? Are these two things not the same thing? Some things must be spoken plainly—what are you afraid of? It’s like when you’re in court: What must be said must be said, and you do not need to be afraid of anyone, or influenced by any person, matter, or thing; you speak out in court to protect yourself—and when you’re in the church your doing so is also to protect you and stop you from being duped, fooled, or taken in by anyone else, to ensure that all you do conforms to the truth, and you are able to perform your duty normally, and are able to satisfy God. Is this, too, not protecting yourself? This is also protecting yourself from walking the wrong path. You understand this, yes? When I put it like this, it’s easy to understand. So in the future, will you have the courage to speak up? Some people will. When you dare to speak up, there is guaranteed to be no harm to your life. If you dare not say anything, and are always controlled by your own emotions and other people’s status, then it is easy for you to be influenced, and taken in, and sometimes the other person will do something wrong and you, too, will be ruined. When what they do violates the above’s work arrangements and you carry it out, ultimately that will bring harm to you also—you will walk the crooked path too. If you are truly possessed of the truth, then you won’t be held back, and will say to them: “If this is what you ask of me, do you dare guarantee that it is in accordance with God’s will? Do you dare guarantee that it conforms to the truth? Is it the path led by the Holy Spirit? If you dare guarantee it is right for me to do this, then I shall do as you say. If it causes a loss, will you take responsibility? Sign your name.” When they hear you taking it this seriously, they won’t dare speak. They’ll say, “Well then I’ve nothing to say, I won’t ask this of you.” If what they do is in accordance with the truth, they will have the courage to speak, and if it is not, they will not. And by not daring to speak, are they not shooting themselves in the foot? Thus is the issue resolved. They can’t bind you, or control you—right? People have been deeply corrupted by Satan, and they are full of the disposition of Satan. Could people attain the true love of God straight away? Thus, no one among corrupt mankind truly loves God. No one truly obeys God, and no one is capable of absolute loyalty to God. God’s words are completely right: People are incapable of attaining the love of God straight away, they must pursue the truth and obtain the work of the Holy Spirit to attain salvation; when there are changes in their perspective on things and in their life disposition, they will ultimately be able to truly love God, to truly obey God, and to truly worship God, which is the effect of God’s work. Without God’s salvation, no one among corrupt mankind would be able to truly love God. You must see this clearly. So how should you treat new believers in God if they do not truly love God? With the help of love. Don’t ask too much of them, and don’t try to help the shoots grow by pulling them upward; when a day comes and they truly understand the truth, and have knowledge of God after experiencing all manner of trials and refinement, and there has begun to be a change in their perspective on things—only then will they sense that nothing has greater meaning than the love of God.
… The effect achieved by pursuing the truth is becoming someone who loves God; if you are able to truly love God, and do the will of God, then no one will be more noble, blessed, and approved of by God than you. What does this blessedness refer to? To being able to receive God’s blessings. Only blessedness such as this is true; if a person cannot receive God’s blessings, no matter what good fortune they have, their fortune blooms like queen of the night, and it is gone in the blink of an eye. Those who are truly blessed by God—those who are eligible to receive God’s promises—these are the most blessed of all. So what kind of people are eligible to receive God’s promises? People who love God. Who are the most blessed? Those who love God are most blessed. The path is ever clearer to you; fellowshiping thus, the path is fellowshiped ever more clearly. How can a person become someone who loves God? By pursuing the truth. Prior to becoming someone who loves God, what effects are achieved by pursuing the truth? There is a change in their perspectives on things. Following this change, the interpersonal philosophies and satanic fallacies of the outside world become clear to them; they put them aside, and start to realize that people should pursue the truth, and the love of God, and gain the truth; once they have truly gained the truth, and there has been a change in their perspectives on things, changes begin to occur in their life disposition; once changes have occurred in their life disposition, they who weren’t able to love God or obey Him can do it now, they who weren’t able to worship God can easily do it at any time, anywhere, and they can adore things that they couldn’t before, rid themselves of things that they couldn’t before, and do things that they couldn’t before. These are all changes and transformations that occur as a result of gaining the truth, and first to change when people gain the truth is their perspective on things. Now I ask you this: What is happiness? Do you have knowledge of happiness? Nothing brings greater happiness than loving God. What did you used to believe happiness was? You used to think that having money and status was happiness, but now you think that there is no greater happiness than loving God. Has your perspective changed? You used to think it glorious to follow trends, but now you find this shameful; glory is in obeying the work of God, that’s what’s right. There has been a change. Your view on marriage has changed, too: Your old view was that you had to find a partner who had status and was good-looking; now you want to find someone who believes in God, who pursues the truth and is possessed of humanity. When there has been a complete change in someone’s perspectives on things in all aspects, will there have been a change in their life disposition? What will be the evidence of this change? First of all, there will have been a change in their perspectives on things. When in all aspects, their perspectives on things have changed, and ultimately they have achieved the true love of God, there will have been a complete change in their life disposition; the small change in their life disposition will be due to a change in their perspective on things, but the complete change will be because they are able to truly love God and obey God absolutely. When others ask them, “How many years have you believed in God for now?” “Ten years,” they will reply. “Have there been any changes in you?” others will ask. What will they say to that? “There have been some changes in my perspectives on things. I used to see them in a certain way, and now I don’t. All of my previous perspectives on things were wrong, they were at odds with the truth. Now I understand the truth, I have seen those issues anew, I see their essence clearly, and so there has been a complete change in my perspectives on things. Now, my perspectives are fundamentally in accordance with the words of God; the words of God are the truth, they represent my perspectives, and they are my life.” This person’s life disposition has changed. They will say, “God’s words are my life, and my perspectives on things are based on His words, and the principles by which I act are the words of God.” What do you think of this kind of person? Have they not been made perfect by the words of God? Have they not gained the truth? How could they not love God? Can you possibly stop them loving God? They can’t help it. They naturally love God. They don’t need you to tell them “You must love God”; they are a worshiper of God, and they couldn’t not love God even if they tried, for they are directed by their life. Today, you pursue the truth and say it is good to be someone honest. When you unwittingly tell a lie, if someone else asks, “Is the lie you just told not at odds with the truth? Do you still often lie? Are you a liar?” how do you explain this? If you reply, “I’ve changed. I only occasionally reveal my corruption, and I hate my person, they are already dead; this person expresses corruption today, but tomorrow someone new will be lived out,” it means that you do not acknowledge this corrupt person, you do not acknowledge that they represent you, and you only acknowledge that “That was a momentary show of corruption, I momentarily did not live by the words of God.” And so when you do certain things through which you reveal your corruption, afterward you will feel hate, disgust, repulsion, and you will slap yourself in the face. Do people who truly understand the truth still like such shows of corruption? Do they still like the person who lied, who was deceitful? Do they still like the person they used to be? They do not. Even though it was your old self that did those things, you won’t like it; you will hate yourself, curse yourself, slap yourself in the face, and resolve, “When this happens to me again, I will not lie, and I will tell the truth; even if it means I’m humiliated, I’ll still tell the truth.” And in this, have you not changed? Is this not a mark of a change in your disposition? Is this not proof that it has changed? If you say that the person who told lies was right, if you still think you were right to act thus, then that is your true face, that is who you really are, and it proves that you have not changed. So when you have the truth as life, your living out will gradually improve, there will be no sign of you committing evil, no clear show of your corruption; at most, there will be some of the habits of your previous life, but that is the way of life of normal humanity, not the revelation of your corruption.