Sermons and Fellowship About God’s Word “Those Who Are to Be Made Perfect Must Undergo Refinement”
Someone says: “I do not possess the reality of the truth, you want me to speak the truth, but what should I say? I have nothing to say.” Should people with nothing to say speak? If someone with nothing to say speaks, isn’t it annoying? Is it nonsense? What do you do if there is nothing to say? Should you force yourself to speak or say nothing? If there’s nothing to say, then don’t say anything—shouldn’t it be that simple! If there is nothing to say, what are you going to drivel on about? If there is nothing to say but you insist on speaking, aren’t you insane? Are you not speaking nonsense? Are people willing to listen? Are you all willing to listen to a mental patient talk? Someone says they are not. Why not? Because these aren’t true words coming from their heart, they are all nonsense, they do not contribute anything to anyone, isn’t that right? What kind of people are those who don’t think? Human vegetables. If you visit those human vegetables lying in the hospital, they’re only able to breathe, some maybe can eat, but they don’t have anything to say, why is that? They don’t have thoughts, and people without thoughts are human vegetables. Now this problem has been solved, people without thoughts are people with nothing to say inside, they shouldn’t speak, because when they do it is nonsense.
Another person asks: “He who does not possess the reality of the truth shouldn’t speak, but if we have some thoughts and understanding may we speak?” If you have thoughts and understanding, you can speak. Why is that okay? Because these are true words! So long as they are true words, they ought to be spoken if they are beneficial to others, but they should not be spoken if they are not beneficial to others. Is this principle okay? It’s just like if in your heart you want to find a partner, then you tell everybody: “I’ve been thinking, I want to find a partner.” Is this something you can say? Someone says no. Why not? Because it is not beneficial to others, it makes no contribution. Then is it okay to lay your heart bare to someone else? Laying your heart bare is okay, but don’t do it at gathering, to do so would be useless, it would bring no contribution. If you talk with someone that you are close to and say: “Lately I’ve been thinking, I want to find a partner, what do you think I should do?” “In that case we should seek out the truth, and try to grasp God’s intention! What is the context, should you look for one?” This is correct, when talking to someone you are close with you can talk about these kinds of things, because this is a problem, and when a problem emerges you have to search for the truth, and if you do not communicate then the problem cannot be solved. People that seek the truth must search for it regardless of what problem falls before them. Only by seeking the truth will you be able to understand God’s intentions and God’s requirements for people, and only in this way will you be able to come to some understanding of God. As soon as you become aware of God’s intention, you will come to some understanding of God. In this thing you become aware of God’s intention and so in this thing you come to some understanding of God; in that thing you become aware of God’s intention and so in that thing you come to some understanding of God. And if through seeking the truth in many things you become aware of many of God’s intentions, you will then come to a more deep and multi-faceted understanding of God. So, many problems must be communicated, and as long as they are true—do not tell a lie—they can be communicated. Some problems can be brought up in large gatherings, and some problems should be talked about in private with those brothers and sisters that understand the truth, not every problem should be talked about in a large gathering. You shouldn’t say something that doesn’t make a contribution to others, this is something you should talk about in private with leaders or someone who understands the truth; it is okay to communicate this with them. If something doesn’t make a contribution to others, even if they are true words, they shouldn’t be spoken; is this not a principle for being an honest person? These are all principles that ought to be observed. If you are fully aware of these principles of the truth but you do not observe them, then you won’t be principled in your actions, and when you aren’t principled sometimes you may act wildly, and this may sometimes bring troubles, which will disturb other people and interrupt the work of God’s family, which falls short of God, right? So what is the principle for speaking the truth? You can say things that contribute to others, and if they are true words you can speak them; but if they do not make a contribution to others then you should search for the truth in private, you can’t speak of them face to face with everybody. This is the principle for speaking the truth.
Then how do you go about speaking the truth during gatherings? Someone asks, “I do not have a true understanding of God, and I also do not have the reality of the truth, so should I not speak?” How do you solve this problem? Should they or should they not speak? If you don’t have the reality of the truth, does that mean you don’t have thoughts and knowledge? When we fellowship about the words of God, should we talk about our own understanding, our own acceptance? It is okay to talk about our own understanding and acceptance, this does not represent someone having the reality of the truth, but these are not lies. How you accepted and understood at that time, this is something you should talk about boldly and without restriction. However, if you have not reached full acceptance, if your acceptance is partial, and your thoughts are naive, then you ought to thoroughly think it over until you come to a pure acceptance and receive some real light. Then the things you talk about can benefit others. If you talk about all kinds of different things that you are feeling without structure or order, nobody can make sense of even the main ideas, will this contribute to others? It won’t. If your knowledge and your acceptance emerges in a structured way, then when people hear you speak they will think, “Your acceptance is straight and pure. In comparison with your acceptance, mine is somewhat partial, I should accept things in the way you do.” You see, if your acceptance is pure, it will shine brightly, it will illuminate other people, and benefit other people, isn’t this so? Now, if you have true thoughts, true insight and true acceptance, should these things be talked about? They should be talked about. Everyone can obtain great benefits while fellowshiping about this kind of things, and come to a pure acceptance and true knowledge. We should communicate with each other, complement each other, help each other and use the strengths of others to make up for our weaknesses, and then everyone’s knowledge will be increased. These are the results that can be achieved through church life. If every time we gather together we communicate in this way, eventually everyone will come to a pure acceptance and understanding of the words of God, isn’t this progress? Isn’t this kind of progress God’s blessing? This is God’s blessing.