272 How Could God Not Be Pained by This

1. God has tasted the sweet, sour, bitter, and pungent flavors of human experience, and He comes in the wind and goes with the rain, that He has experienced the persecution of family, has experienced the ups and downs of life, and has experienced the pain of the parting of the body. However, when God came to earth, instead of welcoming Him because of the hardship He had suffered for them, people “politely” declined His good intentions. How could God not be pained by this? How could God not be aggrieved?

2. Could it be that God became flesh for it to all end like this? Why does man not love God? Why has God’s love been repaid with man’s hate? Could it be that God is supposed to suffer in this way? People have shed tears of sympathy because of His hardship on earth, and have railed at the injustice of His misfortune. Yet who has ever truly known His heart? Who can ever perceive His feelings? Man once had a profound affection toward God, and once often longed for God in his dreams—but how could the people on earth understand God’s will in heaven?

from “The Thirty-first Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh

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