159 The More Incompatible It Is With Man’s Notions, the More God’s Work Can Make Man Perfect
1. If you believe in God, you must obey God, put the truth into practice, and fulfill your duty. Additionally, you must understand the things you should experience. If you only experience being dealt with, being disciplined, and judgment, if you are only able to enjoy God, but you are unable to feel when God is disciplining you or dealing with you, this is unacceptable. Perhaps in this instance of refinement you are able to stand your ground. This is still not enough; you must march forward, you must march forward. The lesson of loving God is endless, and there is never an end to it.
2. When God works to refine man, man suffers, his love of God becomes greater, and more of God’s might is revealed in him. The less man’s refinement, the less his love of God, and the less God’s might is revealed in him. The greater his refinement and pain and the more his torment, the deeper his true love of God will be, the more genuine his faith in God will be, and the deeper his knowledge of God will be.
3. Those who suffer great refinement and pain, and much dealing and discipline have a deep love of God, and a more profound and penetrating knowledge of God. If people have experienced being dealt with and disciplined, then they are able to speak the true knowledge of God. If people have experienced being dealt with and disciplined, then they are able to speak the true knowledge of God. So the more wondrous God’s work in man is, the more valuable and significant it is. The more impenetrable it is to you and the more incompatible it is with your notions, the more God’s work is able to conquer you, gain you, and make you perfect.
from “Those Who Are to Be Made Perfect Must Undergo Refinement” in The Word Appears in the Flesh