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7. Believers in God Should Prepare for Their Destination With Sufficient Good Deeds.

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Chapter 7 Several Other Aspects of the Truths That Are the Minimum That Should Be Understood by New Believers

7. Believers in God Should Prepare for Their Destination With Sufficient Good Deeds.

Relevant Words of God:

My mercy is expressed upon those who love Me and deny themselves. And the punishment visited upon the wicked is precisely proof of My righteous disposition and, even more, testimony to My wrath. When disaster comes, famine and plague will befall all those who oppose Me and they will weep. Those who have committed all manner of wickedness, but who have followed Me for many years, will not escape indictment; they too, falling into disaster, the like of which has seldom been seen throughout the ages, will come to live in a constant state of panic and fear. And those of My followers who have shown loyalty to Me alone shall rejoice and applaud My might. They will experience ineffable contentment and live in a joy that I have never before bestowed upon mankind. For I treasure the good deeds of men and abhor their evil deeds. …

… I have done work that can be done by no other, My only hope is that man can repay Me with some good deeds. Though those who can repay Me are very few, I will still conclude My journey in the human world and begin the next step of My unfolding work, because all My rushing to and fro in man’s midst these many years has been fruitful, and I am very pleased. What I care about is not the number of men but rather their good deeds. In any case, I hope that you prepare a sufficiency of good deeds for your own destination. Then will I be satisfied; otherwise, none of you shall escape the disaster that befalls you. The disaster originates with Me and is of course orchestrated by Me. If you cannot appear as good in My eyes, then you will not escape suffering the disaster. In the midst of tribulation, your actions and deeds were not considered entirely appropriate, for your faith and love were hollow, and you only showed yourselves to be either timid or tough. Regarding this, I will only make a judgment of good or bad. My concern continues to be the way in which each of you acts and expresses himself, on the basis of which I shall determine your end. However, I must make this clear: I will give no more mercy to those who gave Me no jot of loyalty in times of tribulation, for My mercy only extends so far. Furthermore, I have no liking for anyone who has once betrayed Me, much less do I like to associate with those who sell out the interests of their friends. This is My disposition, regardless of who the person may be. I must tell you this: Anyone who breaks My heart shall not receive clemency from Me a second time, and anyone who has been faithful to Me shall forever remain in My heart.

from “You Ought to Prepare a Sufficiency of Good Deeds for Your Destination” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

I only hope that in the last stage of My work, you are able to perform outstandingly, are fully devoted, and are no longer half-hearted. Of course, I also hope that you all have a good destination. Nevertheless, I still have My own requirement, which is for you to make the best decision in offering up to Me your sole and final devotion. If someone doesn’t have that sole devotion, that person is surely going to become Satan’s treasure, and I will not continue to use him. I shall send him home to be looked after by his parents.

from “On Destination” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

You should do your own duty to the best of your ability with open and upright hearts, and be willing to do whatever it takes. As you have said, when the day comes, God will not mistreat anyone who has suffered or paid a price for Him. This kind of conviction is worth holding on to, and you should never forget it. Only this way can I put My mind at ease about you. Otherwise, I will never be able to put My mind at ease regarding you, and you will forever be the objects of My distaste. If you all can follow your conscience and give your all for Me, spare no effort for My work, and devote a lifetime of effort to My gospel work, then won’t My heart often jump for joy for you? Won’t I be able to entirely put My mind at ease regarding you?

from “On Destination” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

You can devote your heart and body and all of your genuine love to God, place them before Him, be completely obedient toward Him, and be absolutely considerate to His will. Not for the flesh, not for family, and not for your personal desires, but for the interests of God’s household. In everything you can take God’s word as the principle, as the foundation. That way, your intentions and your perspectives will all be in the right place, and you will be someone who gains God’s praise before Him. Those who God likes are people who are absolute toward Him, people who are devoted to Him and none other.

from “People Who Can Be Absolutely Obedient Toward God’s Practicality Are Those Who Truly Love God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

If seeking the way of the truth pleases you well, then you are one who dwells always in the light. If you are very glad to be a service-doer in the house of God, working diligently and conscientiously in obscurity, always giving and never taking, then I say that you are a loyal saint, because you seek no reward and are simply being an honest man. If you are willing to be candid, if you are willing to expend your all, if you are able to sacrifice your life for God and stand witness, if you are honest to the point where you know only to satisfy God and not to consider yourself or take for yourself, then I say that these people are those who are nourished in the light and who shall live forever in the kingdom.

from “Three Admonitions” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

The Man’s Fellowship:

Good deeds are on the one hand a testimony to our salvation, and on the other a manifestation of our entry into the truth and the reality of God’s word. At the same time, if we prepare a lot of good deeds, this also shows that we have been reborn before God and that we have a true testimony of being human. Our good deeds can best demonstrate that we have genuinely repented and become new people. If we possess many good deeds, this evidences that we have the likeness of a real man. If you have believed in God for many years but not carried out many good deeds, then do you possess human likeness? Do you have conscience and sense? Are you someone who repays God’s love? Where is your true faith? Where is your love for God? Where is your obedience to God? Where is the reality you have entered into? You have none of these. Therefore, a person who does no good deeds is someone who receives nothing, someone who simply does not acquire salvation from God, someone whose corruption is deep and who has not changed one bit. That is why good deeds reveal a person the most.

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What do good deeds represent? They represent people’s true faith in God. If your good deed is in consideration of God’s will, if it is completely for loving God and to comfort His heart, then this good deed reflects your true love for God. If your good deed is to satisfy God’s will, if it is completely for achieving God’s demands, then this good deed stands for your consideration toward God’s will, your intention to repay God’s love. These good deeds are representative and all have meaning. Good deeds of every kind represent people’s hearts, their obedience, and their love for God, as well as their repayment of God’s love. So having good deeds is very demonstrative and extremely significant. Can there be good deeds if people don’t have love for God and obedience toward Him? There cannot be, certainly not. Can there be good deeds that satisfy God and meet His requirements if people are unwilling to satisfy God and meet His requirements? Definitely not as well. Thus, good deeds represent the change in people’s life disposition, and they represent people’s hearts.

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What is a good deed? You can say that when a person fulfills all their duties and achieves the due results, they are regarded as having prepared sufficient good deeds. As long as the performance of the duty is up to the standard and can satisfy God, it is classified as a good deed. Possessing good deeds is to do your duty without seeking reward, without making a trade-off, and to do it willingly for the purpose of satisfying God, without ever regretting it. If you just go through the motions and perform your duty perfunctorily, God’s will cannot be satisfied in the slightest, and it can therefore not be considered a good deed.

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Good deeds primarily refer to fulfilling your duty, and they also include doing things that are beneficial to the church, in the interests of God’s household, protecting God’s work, preserving the purity of the truth, resisting fallacies and heresies, guaranteeing that the work of God’s household is not disturbed and the life of saints suffers no loss, bearing witness at key moments, and having a heart that truly loves and is considerate toward God. All of these are considered good deeds. People who possess these good deeds are those who practice the truth and perform their duties well. … A good deed is a positive thing, something that is acknowledged by heaven and earth and our conscience. Those possessed of sufficient good deeds are necessarily people with the truth who are completely after God’s heart.

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Good deeds are mainly about protecting God’s work and the interests of God’s household, especially major things relating to the work of God’s household that require taking on particularly high risks. For instance, at the key moment of gospel spreading, being able to devote yourself and not be afraid of suffering and being able to withstand humiliation, to give up your personal family interests. To take part in this side of things is also possessing good deeds, and shall give you the commemoration of God.

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No matter what good deeds you prepare, you should do them willingly, faithfully to the very end, and should be able to earn others’ approval. It is an act of kind-heartedness, and also a testimony to a person’s true repentance. There are many examples of good deeds earning God’s commemoration in the Bible that can be followed. For instance: In serving God, you can exhaust your mind and effort, be faithful to the point of death, be without regret or complaint—that is a good deed; being faithfully devoted to your duty, without any perfunctoriness or carelessness, and achieving good results—that is a good deed; to provide hospitality for several years as though it was a day, treating brothers and sisters like family, without demanding anything or seeking repayment—that is a good deed; to be completely willing regardless of the amount of money offered, without demanding anything or seeking repayment—that is a good deed; to expend for and devote yourself to God, not for fame and wealth, not seeking remuneration, without complaint—that is a good deed; to be caught and sent to prison for doing your duty, suffer great agony without complaint, and still be faithful toward God and still fulfill your duty—that is a good deed; to be able to spread the gospel and win more good people, bring those who seek the truth before God, and allow them to build a foundation upon the true way—that is an even greater good deed; if, moreover, you can then bring God’s chosen people into the reality of the truth, so that they bear resounding testimony to God, then there is no greater good deed; to be faithful to God no matter what duty you are fulfilling, without perfunctoriness or carelessness, sincerely repaying God’s love and satisfying God—that is a good deed. In short, anything that people can do that is beneficial to spreading the gospel of the kingdom, and that is done with sincerity, without seeking reward and without making trade-offs, all counts as a good deed. If you do your utmost to carry out all the good deeds you ought to possess, and are able to possess, without seeking compensation and only for the purpose of repaying God’s love, then that is possessing sufficient good deeds.

from “Only Those Who Gain the Truth and Enter Into Reality Are People Who Have Truly Attained Salvation” in Collection of Sermons—Supply for Life

Kind-hearted people love the truth. They are willing to pay the price and even give up everything to satisfy God. They don’t seek recompense, and it is certainly not for exchanging even greater blessings. People who genuinely understand the truth always feel it is a duty man ought to fulfill, and also an unshirkable responsibility. They don’t think doing good deeds and expending some energy for God’s household is a big deal as they are simply doing their duty. They believe: No matter how God determines my ending, it will be His righteousness, and I won’t have any complaints whatsoever. This is because my faith in God is for pursuing the truth and to live a true life. Every day I am alive I have to strive to seek after the truth and carry out good deeds. Fulfilling man’s duty and satisfying God is my biggest comfort.

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