1 In experiencing God’s work, you must undergo a great deal of suffering; in it are God’s good intentions. You should see that everything God has done is designed to save people and completely embodies God’s love. Regardless of whether you look at it from the perspective of the wisdom in God’s work, from the perspective of the steps and methods in God’s work, or from the perspective of the duration of the work or His precise arrangements and plans, it all contains His love. People all have love for their sons and daughters; so that their children can walk the correct path, they have all put forth a great amount of effort. When they discover their children’s weaknesses, the parents worry that if they speak softly, their children will not listen, and will not be able to change, and they worry that if they speak too sternly, they will hurt their children’s self-esteem, and their children will not be able to bear it. This is all done out of love, and they put a great deal of effort into it.
2 As sons and daughters yourselves, you may have experienced your parents’ love. Love does not just involve gentleness and consideration; even more so, it involves strict chastening. On top of this, everything God does for mankind is done out of love. He operates under the precondition of love, which is why He does His utmost to bring salvation to corrupt humanity. He does not deal with people perfunctorily; He makes precise plans and proceeds with them step by step. In terms of when, where, with what tone of voice, with what method of speaking, and how much effort He puts forth…, it can be said that all of this reveals His love, and it all fully explains that His love for mankind is limitless and immeasurable.
Adapted from “Do You Understand God’s Love for Mankind?” in Records of Christ’s Talks