1 To know yourself, you must know your own corrupt essence, your own vital weaknesses, disposition, and the essence of your nature, as well as every tiny little bit of things that are revealed in your daily life—your motives, your perspectives, and your attitude about every single thing, whether you are at a gathering, or whenever you eat and drink of the words of God, or whenever you encounter a specific issue. You can know yourself from these things. To know yourself more deeply, you must do it in accordance with God’s words. To achieve results, you must know yourself based on God’s words.
2 When receiving the judgment of God’s words, we must not fear suffering, nor should we be afraid of pain; much less should we fear that God’s words will pierce our hearts. We should read more of His utterances about how He judges and chastises us and exposes our corrupt essences. We must read them and hold ourselves up to them more. Don’t compare others to them—compare ourselves against them. We are not lacking in any single one of these things; we can all square with them. We must first know that it does not matter whether any of His words are easy on the ear or whether they make us feel bitter or sweet; we must accept them all. This is the attitude we should have toward God’s words.
3 In our belief in God, we must affirm God’s words to be the truth. Since they are the truth, we should accept them rationally. Whether or not we are able to recognize or acknowledge it, our first attitude should be one of acceptance of all of God’s words, without exception. God’s words are profound. In every one of God’s words, what God reveals relates to people’s corrupt disposition and deep-rooted, essential things within their lives, not external appearances, and particularly not external behaviors. Thus, you cannot rely on outward appearances to compare yourself to God’s words.
Adapted from “The Importance and the Path of Pursuing the Truth” in Records of Christ’s Talks