How to Pursue the Truth in Order to Gain the Truth
How to pursue truth after all? Listening more to the sermons is the key! Whatever aspect you understand about the truth, you must jot it down on a notebook. Write down what you truly understand, express it in words. Read it out when you have a free moment for rumination. Summarize the truths that you should possess, how much you have understood about each of the truth, and how well you understand them. Figure them out clearly and know them by heart. This way, you will know your own stature and gain self-knowledge. You will be keenly aware of what you lack at any time. So when we are reading God’s word or communicating the truth, pay attention to what you lack and ask questions to supplement yourself. Take efforts to figure out the truth that you lack and don’t clearly understand. When it becomes more transparent, communicate it with your brothers and sisters at this time and talk about your actual experience. They will enjoy it and feel that it is helpful when they hear it. If you are always muddled and confused, although you know that you lack too much, yet you do not seek the truth to make up for your deficiency, you will still remain the same when you do your duty, you will repeat the old mistakes and utter some words and doctrines without solving the problems. Is such a person a pursuer of the truth? He is not. He is muddled and confused. Knowing what he lacks, he doesn’t make good use of the truth to supplement and enrich himself. He ends up repeating the same mistakes just like before as soon as he starts to work and does his duty. When a wise man finds that he lacks any aspect of the truth, he will set his mind and hasten to pursue it. He will pursue it now, and seek to understand and clarify this aspect of the truth in a matter of days. Whenever he finds himself committing transgressions, revealing corruptions, or encountering setbacks and failures, he will quickly seek the truth to supplement and enrich himself. From discovering problems to gaining the truth, whether it is half a month or a month, in short, he uses the truth to solve the problem. The aspect that was lacking in his spirit has been made up for. This way, when he proceeds to do his duty and do his work, the result will be much better, and he will be much fulfilled in his heart. A person who is equipped with the truth, when working, preaching and gathering, his heart is at ease, and with no sense of emptiness. Without the truth, if you are asked to do a specific job, you are not sure in your heart, you are apprehensive and afraid and empty. You always feel being indicted within. This way, your work will not be effective. When a person with experience encounters something, he will ponder over it and come up with a countermeasure. He will know how to act in accordance with God’s word, in accordance with the truth, knowing what to do in his heart. Knowing what to do in his heart, his faith is great and he is confident. A person without experience doesn’t know what to do in his heart. So he feels weak, empty and unsure in his faith. Is it easy to water new believers? It can be quite difficult without the truth and stature. If he has stature and reality, it will be relaxing and delightful for him. When someone preaches the gospel, he always wonders, “What should I start to fellowship? What should I say to you? Anything you don’t understand, just ask me!” He just doesn’t know what to say. He can’t wait for people to ask. He wants people to ask him. But his fear is, if he didn’t know how to respond to what people ask, wouldn’t it be problematic? He is still afraid to let people ask him. He wants to speak but he doesn’t know what to start. What is the situation here? There is nothing in him. It isn’t easy to answer people with nothing inside. So if you are equipped with the truth and reality, then you are someone who has been around. Someone who has been around knows too well about the problems that a new believer encounters. He figures it out in no time as he sees too well what a new believer lacks. In fact, a new believer can’t really articulate what he lacks most. The questions he can raise are often superficial. He does not know the most fundamental thing which is really hidden. He doesn’t even know what he lacks the most. So, do you know how to be equipped with the truth? You should write down what you have experienced in the notebook, that is to say, what you have seen that you lack from your experience. In your experience and in doing your duty, you discover the corruption you reveal and many of your problems. You write down these problems and all the expressions of your corrupt disposition. In addition, write down all the events and problems that you could not discern. These are what you lack. These are the problems you should resolve by seeking the truth. From now on, you solve the problems one at a time. You first learn to resolve your own problems with the truth. After resolving all your problems, you can easily use the truth to resolve other people’s problems. What is the problem of someone who cannot utter the reality during gatherings and doesn’t know how to resolve other people’s problems with the truth? He doesn’t know how to resolve his own problems with the truth. If he knows how to resolve his own problems with the truth, how to resolve the problems in his own experience, how to resolve the problems of his revealing corruption, how to resolve the problems that he is unable to penetrate, how to resolve the problems of his existing viewpoints on things that are preposterous and absurd, can such a person guide God’s chosen people to enter the reality of truth after resolving these problems? Results can definitely be achieved.
How can the truth be pursued after all? You must first see what you lack and consciously pray to God according to what you lack, consciously eat and drink God’s word to seek the truth in this respect, consciously communicate with people in this aspect of the truth, and consciously experience God’s word in this aspect to enter the truth. With this kind of practical implementation and down-to-earth practice, it can prove that you are someone who pursues the truth. Are you pursuing the truth now? How do you practice when you pursue the truth? What do you find yourself lacking now? Which aspects of the truth do you lack the most? What is the most urgent problem you need to resolve now? You need to be able to grasp this crucial matter. In the current environment, during this period of time, and in the duty I should do now, the most urgent problem that needs to be resolved is to grasp the most fundamental thing in pursuing the truth. Resolve the most crucial thing, postpone the ones that can wait. You need to be clear about your priority. Nowadays, there is someone who is particularly arrogant and self-righteous who is unable to get along with anyone in his performing duty. He wants to have the final say on anything and feels that whatever he says is right. This is the biggest difficulty. Now he cannot get along with people. Everyone loathes him and stays away from him. What is the most urgent problem for him to resolve? He needs to resolve the problem of arrogance and self-righteousness. If he doesn’t resolve this first, he looks more like a ferocious beast with fangs and claws than a human being. There are some people who always want to be great and magnificent. Once he gets his way he bares his fangs and claws, and he wants to be the rainmaker. But he ends up in utter failure. A man cannot bare fangs and claws. He must first resolve the problem of arrogance, his speech must be equipped with sensibility. When someone speaks and acts with sensibility, he looks like a human being. Otherwise, he doesn’t. Some people don’t bare their fangs and claws when they speak, but they are quite insidious. They always lie and speak tentatively in order to elicit what is in people’s minds but conceal what is in their mind. If such people do not resolve this kind of problem, they will be detested and estranged by people. Is there such a trait in the way you speak that you always want to conceal what is in your mind from people but you always want to elicit what is in people’s minds and figure it out first? This is called craftiness. Even when you talk, you want to take advantage of people and not to be exploited by others. How despicable it is and how small-minded you are! Some people always have reservation where they speak to others. If you want to express something, express it clearly. Why do you hold back? Are you afraid that people might find something against you, or that people might make fun of you for the mistakes in your speech? What is your intention for speaking with so much reservation? If this kind of corrupt revelation is rather serious that it affects how one gets along with people, it is also an urgent problem that needs to be resolved. For someone who serves God, he must first resolve whatever aspect that most likely disrupts and disturbs God’s work. Resolve the biggest problem you have first. Start with your biggest problem, the most serious illness, that is, the illness that causes you to resist God, disturb God’s work and harm brothers and sisters. Get rid of such illness first. Afterward, you will be much better in serving God. You will become more presentable by resolving the most deadly problem.
The most critical issue now is that when you face a situation and various things that you don’t know how to handle, you just won’t seek the truth, you don’t know how to resolve the problem with the truth, and you have no method. You just live on life philosophy. This is a practical problem. When you encounter anything, you must seek the truth. If you do not seek the truth, you won’t learn your lessons. If you do not learn your lessons, you cannot gain the truth. The truth is gained from various things you encountered in your experience that compel you to come and pray to God, seek the Holy Spirit’s work, and gain the truth from God’s words. This is the way God works. If there were never any difficulties or problems in people’s lives, how would they seek the truth? The more comfortable people are, the less they will grow, the less they will have God in their hearts, and the farther they will be away from God. Therefore, people who lead a comfortable life do not have the Holy Spirit’s work. They are people who live outside God’s word; they are unbelievers. If you are always facing troubles: you are sick today, you encounter setback tomorrow, you are subject to pruning and dealing the day after, even brothers and sisters look down on you, some people reject you and attack you, or other people say sarcastic words to you, there are benefits in the occurrence of these things. They compel you to seek the truth. In particular, when your family faces great difficulty, someone needs to be hospitalized for serious illness and needs to spend a lot of money, there are persecutions occasionally, sometimes there is no way out for livelihood, life becomes desperate, all kinds of difficulties are either existing or likely to emerge, we are forced to come to pray before God and rely on God at this juncture. After praying, we only want to escape from disasters and avoid suffering. We do not want to seek the truth. Such people will not gain the life. This was the practice of the Age of Grace. In the Age of Grace, people aimed to escape from disaster and avoid suffering. Everything was turned over to God for solution. Everything was unloaded on God for relief. Then they thanked God afterward. This is not the case for the Age of Kingdom. In the Age of Kingdom, you need to seek the truth and feel God’s intention. So you will not only rely on God to overcome difficulties, but most importantly, you will gain the truth and be able to live with the truth to bear witness. This is the result God wants to achieve with His work. Therefore, in the Age of Kingdom, everything is about entering the reality of God’s word instead of the empty talks of doctrines and testimony. For instance, how should you seek the truth when you feel negative about something? When you look at yourself doing your duty, you feel you are not capable of anything. Nothing you have done is fruitful. Other people do not seem to have benefited in any way. So you become negative. How can this situation be resolved? Why did you become negative? You say, “I get no result from doing my duty.” In that case, you need to think about how to get result from doing duty. Put more efforts in doing your duty to get result. In order to get result from doing your duty, you need to be equipped with the truth. You would be willing to perform your duty if you had result in doing that. When there is no result, why don’t you persist in doing your duty to let there be result? Won’t the problem be resolved then? As for what we should be equipped with in order to get result, equip ourselves with whatever we lack. You have to ruminate over the question about what our normal humanity should be equipped with, and you must have perseverance. It doesn’t mean that when you find the problem, you can resolve it overnight. When you find the path and the method to resolve the problem, you still need to experience and practice it for a period time in order to get result. You need to see through this matter. In addition, sometimes when we get no result in our work in church, when we see that brothers and sisters not making much progress, we feel that our guidance is ineffective and we become negative and weak. We see nothing right about ourselves. How do we resolve this problem? Look for the reasons in yourself. Why haven’t I been able to lead well? What do I lack? “I lack the reality now,” you say. If you lack the reality, think about how to enter reality. Work on how to pursue the truth, how to enter reality, how to live by God’s word in order to look more like a normal human being. Work hard on these aspects. It may take two or three months to see result. After finding the roots of the problem, you need to experience and practice. Don’t be discouraged if you encounter some setbacks during practice. Keep on going until you get result and a taste of sweetness in your heart. Things will have turned for the better by then. Any problem can be resolved in one or two months. Even the toughest problem can be resolved in two-to-three months or three-to-four months. In these two or three months, you still can’t find the answer, roots and the practical path? If in two or three months, you still cannot resolve the problem with the truth, then you are not someone who loves and seeks the truth. If you really seek the truth, how can you not be clear about a single aspect of the truth within two or three months? No matter what happens now, man only needs to equip himself with the truth. What man sorely lacks is the truth. All kinds of ills and difficulties emerge from the lack of truth. Someone without the truth even feels negative over a headache or stomach ache. When he catches a flu from a cold, he becomes more negative. He even feels negative over a mosquito bite. To him, anything is an ill and an excuse. With the truth, no difficulty is a problem or hardship. Just equip yourself with the truth now. If you never seek the truth, and you don’t know how to resolve this or that problem, just don’t worry about the problems you currently have. If you are doing it wrong or revealing corruption, don’t worry about it. Just equip yourself with the truth and eat and drink God’s word. Read a passage of God’s word every day, say a real prayer every day, and sing a hymn in God’s word every day. Whichever aspect that moves you to sing any hymn, just sing it. When there is another passage of God’s word most suitable for you to seek, ruminate over it more. If you feel a little enjoyable inside, it is just fine. When you are on intimate terms with God every day, always eat and drink God’s word like this, ruminate over God’s word, and gain something every day, you will unconsciously see through the problems you encounter and know how to resolve them. Someone says, “I don’t know how to do it!” If you don’t know, practice! “I don’t know even with practice,” he says. Practice more then. Will you be able to do it with less practice? Pursue the truth. No matter what you encounter, seek the truth. “How do I seek it when I’m negative?” Why are you negative? What kind of intention dominates you to be negative? Look for the root cause. Is there any sensibility in that kind of intention of yours? Do you have a conscience? Is it right for you to think like that? Do you care for God’s intention? Do you have any thoughts of normal humanity? If you ruminate over it more, won’t you understand it? Who makes you always think with such crooked ideas? How can you be so absurd? It should be that you are a bad person with problems and improper intention. For a normal person, these things can be readily resolved. Yet some people can never resolve them. What is the problem? Are they not using their hearts in the right place? Is it that they don’t like the truth? If you use your heart in the right place, how can there be no result? For years, you haven’t been able to resolve these most trivial matters. What kind of a believer of God are you?
Is it clear to you how to resolve your own corruption? Take arrogance for instance, what does arrogance mean? Thinking too highly and greatly of yourself. Always believing that others are inferior than you. Then you compare it against yourself, are you really so superior and great? What does “really superior and really great” mean? If you seek the truth, you see that you are neither tall nor great, that you don’t do anything better than others, but if you still feel so self-important, isn’t it insensible? You don’t amount to be anything, and you can’t do anything, yet you still assume yourself tall and great. You should be short and small. Set a suitable measure for yourself according to your actual ability in doing things and your actual performance as a person to determine whether you are tall and great or short and small, whether you really or falsely have the truth. Exhibit your true face and give an accurate definition of what you are for an accurate evaluation of yourself. You aren’t so tall and great this way, are you? Upon appraising and introspecting yourself, you won’t be arrogant when you speak to others. Is it simple to solve it like this? If you still don’t discover your own ugliness and evil, then read God’s word. Can you find in yourself a part of various kinds of human corruption revealed by God’s word? If there are one, two or three places that match you, give yourself a definition according to the revelation of God’s word to see what you actually are. This is good for you to know yourself. After reading God’s word more, checking yourself against God’s words more, and examining what you do more, you will know who you actually are. Can you still be arrogant by then? If you say that the better you know yourself, the more arrogant you become, aren’t you kind of neurotic? The better one knows about himself, the more he keeps a low profile and becomes ruly. Isn’t it the normal law? Accept the judgment and chastisement of God’s word more, compare yourself to the human corruption revealed in God’s word, reflect upon yourself more, and discern the reality of your own corruption. Then you won’t be arrogant anymore, and you won’t look down on others. At that time, you will see that other people are better than you, that you are most corrupted, then you will become much more honest. Some people never learn to keep a low-profile, but they learn to be subtle after several setbacks. The lessons of multiple-failures make a person low-key by really learning the truth about himself. More pruning and dealing will make him low-key. As long as you pursue the truth, there is no problem that cannot be solved. Any corruption can be solved as long as you pursue the truth, and you can have a true understanding. Someone says, “I have no positive thing other than corruption. I don’t know what positive thing can let me not follow corruption and Satan’s philosophy in life. I don’t know how to conduct myself.” Then follow God’s word and you will be just fine. Whichever part you are lacking, look for it in God’s word. However God’s word makes me act as a man, that is how I will behave. When God’s word lets me be an honest man, I will be an honest man. When God’s word makes me obedient, then I will be obedient. When God’s word makes me do my duty, I will do my duty. Isn’t that just fine? Moreover, when I am not sure about my own qualification, and I don’t know what duty to do, I will communicate with brothers and sisters. Then they will tell me, “We think you are suitable for doing this duty.” Fine, I will do this duty. When they say, “We feel that you are suitable for doing that duty,” then you do that duty. When there is a problem you cannot resolve, let someone else resolve it for you. You say, “Tell me how to do it, and I will do as you say. I will listen to you.” Isn’t the problem readily resolved? There is no problem that cannot be resolved. You say, “When I face a situation. I don’t know how to seek the truth.” Let someone communicate with you when you don’t know how to seek the truth. You just listen. “I don’t understand people’s communication.” If you don’t understand it, just do your duty. “I want to do my duty, but I don’t know how.” Then you listen to others. Do whatever they tell you to do. Leave yourself to someone who understands the truth, and you will be just fine. Is this problem also resolved? It can be resolved as well. Some people say they don’t know how to experience it under these or those circumstances. What do they mean by not knowing how to experience it? What did you do when you didn’t know how to experience it? How did you learn to do bad things? When you don’t know how to experience it, then don’t do anything at that moment. Just eat and drink God’s word and it will be just fine! You don’t seek the truth but keep saying you don’t know how to do it. What do you mean by not knowing how to do it? You just do it according to the right path and according to God’s word. Do it according to anyone whose word is correct. The only problem is you may not listen to others or believe others, you may still be opinionated, you may still believe in yourself and feel yourself capable. Such people are difficult to deal with. Someone says, “What do I do when there is no result in preaching the gospel?” You try to make it effective. “But I don’t know how.” Then don’t do it. It is useless to do it when you don’t know how. Am I right to say this? In fact, it is not appropriate to put it this way, for all those trivial things have already been said clearly long ago. What can I do when you still don’t know how to practice it? Haven’t all these been communicated long time ago? After communicating for so many years, how is it possible that you still haven’t figured it out? Someone says, “When I see a brother or sister in church who is better and superior than me, I am envious. Then I become negative and weak.” Why do you have to envy him then? Just turn your enviousness into admiration and everything will be fine. Is it difficult to turn enviousness into admiration? Ruminate over the bright side then, “Isn’t it great that he is so good? We now have a role model to follow. We can benefit from him. Since he is better than us, we can learn from him when we don’t understand something. It is an extra pathway for us! He is the leader because he is better than us. Isn’t it better when we coordinate with him? When we learn from him, we are bound to be on the right path and be able to gain the truth. Since he is better than us, aren’t we more confident in pursuing the truth under his leadership? If he is not the leader when he is better than us, and if we force ourselves to be the leader, it may end up ruining ourselves as well as others. We don’t even know if we are doing it right, if the duties we perform are satisfactory to God. Doing it indiscriminately is precarious. It is quite good to be in the number two position when there is someone more capable than us.” Whatever duty you assume in any particular position, you need to bear the responsibilities and risks that come with it. Some jobs look quite attractive and glorious on the surface but the risk factors are great. You need to have a sense of responsibility and loyalty. You can’t just act randomly with your own intentions. Any job you do and anything you issue must be beneficial to God’s chosen people without side effects. Then it will be fine.
Are you willing to be a leader or worker? He who really has the resolution is willing to be a leader, willing to serve God, willing to accept God’s entrustment. He who lacks the resolution will not dare. He is always afraid of taking risks. He fears the shame of failure. Is it really a shame to fail at first? No, it isn’t a shame to fail once or twice. Success will come on the third time. Is it possible to succeed without failing for a couple of times? So it is normal for some new believers to be zealous in doing this and that and fail in the end. The only fear is to be thoroughly revealed and eliminated over several failures after believing for more than ten years. If you have really pursued the truth but ended up in failure for working only with zeal because you didn’t have the truth, this failure is not a shame because there is no meanness or viciousness involved, and your intention was right. The kind of person who will ultimately be revealed and eliminated is because his dispostion is too bad, he does not pursue the truth, and he always has some despicable intentions and ambitions. It is really shameful when these people are finally revealed and eliminated. It is not a shameful thing for someone who purses the truth to have failed for a few times. This is a natural law. So do not be afraid of failure. It does not matter in revealing a bit of corruption in front of everyone. It is only normal. As long as you pursue the truth, there will be some transformation in just a few months. When people see you look more human, no one will laugh at you. Some people are afraid of failure without having failed. After having failed for two or three times, you won’t be afraid any more. After listening to so much sermon, when you face a little difficulty, encounter some failure, have some transgressions or even some negativity, is it difficult to resolve these problems? It is actually easy. It depends on whether you seek the truth or not. If you seek the truth, you can resolve them. Otherwise, you can’t. Some people say, “I don’t know how to.” What do you mean “You don’t know how to?” Why don’t you know how to seek the truth? Just read God’s word and pray to God. Practice it well like this. When there is something you don’t know, it depends on whether you are truthful in your heart or not. If you are truthful, you can naturally find the way. A person must be active and not passive. He needs to learn how to explore and seek. If you neither explore nor seek, and you only say, “I don’t know how to do it. You tell me…,” then I tell you, it would still be useless even if I told you clearly. Someone says, “What can I do when I’m always generating notions and prejudices? Everything looks disagreeable, even the work of leaders and workers looks disagreeable to me. Sometimes I have notions on God’s word, and I cannot obey God’s work. I complain when a little disaster befalls me. How can this be resolved?” You won’t have any more notions when disasters strike! Don’t believe if you have notions. You are much better off believing in yourself? If you feel that you are the truth, just believe in yourself, since you always have notions. When you keep having notions, think like this: “No matter how God acts, there is the truth. It is all the truth and all for making man perfect. Making man suffer is a good thing. Without suffering, it is not beneficial for man. Without suffering, there is no entry of life. It does not work when man is permanently comfortable. No matter how God acts, it is beneficial for man. It is all for the salvation of man. Anything God does is right. If what God does is not in accord with the imaginations and notions of man, if I have notions when I suffer, then I am the devil Satan. I don’t understand God’s intention. I am an absurd breed.” You deny yourself like this, and then, “I abandon my ideas. I obey God’s work. I would rather suffer than not obey God.” Isn’t it resolved? If you insist on your own notions and your own reasons, how should you treat them? Then you are unreasonable. You are clueless about good and bad. You are unappreciative of your privileges. This is your situation, clear? Say what kind of a person you are! First, you are unreasonable; second, you are clueless; third, you are unappreciative. With these three premises, there is a final conclusion: You are good for nothing. Isn’t the problem resolved?
Is it easy to resolve the keenness on using reasoning on everything? As a person who is keen on using reasoning, you don’t have obedience. Why don’t you seek the truth? Why don’t you resolve it with the truth? Why don’t you probe God’s intention? Your reasons represent rebellion, stubbornness and arrogance. Your reasons are not the truth. When you stubbornly insist on your reasons, you are clueless about good and bad, you don’t seek or accept the truth. Therefore, all those who are keen on talking about reasons are disobedient and resistant to God. They are the most ignorant and arrogant people. Is it easy to resolve the problem of not seeking the truth? If one doesn’t seek the truth on anything, doesn’t make any effort and doesn’t want to suffer; if he doesn’t seek when he doesn’t know how to, always lets others tell him what to do, always wants to lead an easy life, with everything provided; isn’t it laziness? Why don’t you explore it yourself? If you don’t explore it, will you know about it? It is clearly spoken; why don’t you reflect on yourself? Some people do not know how to experience God’s word. Is it easy to resolve this problem? You ponder over it then. How do you practice God’s word? Have you actually practiced God’s word at all? To practice God’s word is to experience God’s word. If you don’t practice God’s word, it means you don’t experience God’s word. Without experiencing God’s word, you still say you don’t know how to practice God’s word. Is it true that you really don’t know how to do it? It is you who have never practiced the truth. What reason do you have to say about it? Someone says he is afraid to practice the truth incorrectly. It is fine if you practice the truth incorrectly or awry. If you don’t get it right today, you will get it right tomorrow. Isn’t it normal to practice the truth with deviations? Has God condemned you for that? Eating and drinking God’s word is experiencing God’s word; gradually probing the truth and finding the right path during the experience, you will be able to understand the truth after a period of time by experiencing God’s word. After truly understanding the truth, your practice of God’s word will be accurate. Before understanding the truth, it is inevitable that there are mistakes in rigidly clinging to the rules and deviating in practice. This is normal. As long as you are practicing God’s words, whether it is clinging to the rules or deviating in practice, your intention is correct and entirely for gaining the truth. Once you understand the truth, your practicing God’s word will enter the right track and become accurate. It will become the practice of the truth. Someone says, “I don’t know how to be an honest person before God.” Don’t tell lies, speak from your heart. Don’t say anything against your heart, don’t tell lies. How can you not know? You say, “I can’t make it. Everything I say is a lie.” Then you first ponder over it before speaking, make sure that your word is true before speaking. Don’t say anything without pondering over it. Isn’t the problem resolved? When there are guile and deceit in your heart, hurry up and pray, reflect and know yourself. What is the essence of guile and deceit? Why do people want to deceive God? Why are they being deceitful? Know about it. When you know it well and see Satan’s evil face, then you will hate evil. After hating evil, these problems will slowly become fewer and fewer. When you practice like this, isn’t it experiencing God’s word? Someone always clamors, “I don’t know how.” You simply refuse to practice God’s word. This is the root cause. You must see through the essence of the problem. Don’t be fooled by the illusion of “I don’t know how to do this and that.” If everyone reflects on his own existing problems, isn’t it easy to resolve them? They can all be solved. It depends on whether you want to solve them and truly want to resolve them. If you don’t truly want to resolve them, there is no way to do it. No one can help you. So you need to resolve your own things and fulfill your own dreams. Can some people be negative when I put it this way? If not, then you put in some good efforts. Don’t always let people hold your hands to teach you. If you are not enlightened, just grope for it, and when you explore it several times, you will have experience. If someone tells me the way, I can walk on it. If no one tells me the way, I will probe my way forward on my own. This is called a person with aspiration. In fact, no matter what the problems are, whether you understand the truth or not, there are ways to resolve them. It is just a matter of time. Some people of good quality resolve the problems by seeking the truth a little faster in half a month or one month. Some of them are of poor quality. It takes them two or three months to understand a bit of the truth in this respect, to see the essence of the problems a bit more clearly. Their progress is a little slower. The difference is nothing more than this. If you do not like the truth at all, then you will not be able to resolve it in your own life. No matter how you believe, you are stuck at square one without growth.
How does one pursue the truth after all? Do you admit that you lack too many truths now? Some people don’t perform their duties well, don’t know how to get along with brothers and sisters. They don’t know clearly who among brothers and sisters pursue the truth, who are wicked people and evil spirits. They don’t know how to treat different kinds of people in order to be in line with God’s intention. They have no discernment on these things. Some people are absurd to an extent. Any brothers or sisters who don’t get along with them, or who have any shortcomings, are labeled as the devil Satan and treated as such. Is this consistent with the truth? Brothers and sisters are people who believe in God and pursue salvation. Who among us do not reveal corruption? Some people tell some lies, some are quite cunning, some are selfish, some have bad mouths and talk gossip about others, some do things inappropriately to offend others, aren’t these behaviors quite normal? If you condemn brothers and sisters as the devil Satan when facing such matters, and treat them with hostility, is it in accordance with God’s intention? How should one treat brothers and sisters in accordance with the truth after all? We need to distinguish clearly what kind of people are the real devil Satan and not just casually give people labels. First, those who are possessed by demons or those who possess serious work of evil spirits are the devil Satan. Second, those who consistently commit wicked deeds and those who are capable of anything evil are wicked people. Wicked people are the devil Satan. Other than these two situations, they cannot be called the devil Satan (Naturally, this refers to those in the church, not including unbelievers). If any brothers or sisters do not pursue the truth, can they be designated as the devil Satan? If the dispositions of some brothers or sisters are relatively crooked, but they do not always do evil and all kinds of bad things, only their dispositions are crooked and cunning, they always lie and speak with reservation and ulterior motives, always want to elicit what is in people’s minds, conceal what is in their own minds and don’t speak the truth, are such people the devil Satan? Has God called these kinds of people the devil Satan? God hasn’t. God said these corrupted human beings are Satan’s descendants, are born of Satan, are the offspring of the great red dragon. But God didn’t say they are the devil Satan. Then how should we treat brothers and sisters, especially those with revelation of corruptions, with rather crooked and guileful dispositions, with humanity deemed bad by others? Should we help them with love? Should we treat them with forgiveness, tolerance and patience? Is it good to judge and condemn them behind their backs? It is not good. Don’t speak irresponsibly. If the leaders and workers want to understand the situation of someone with you, you may tell them how this person is. “The disposition of this person is quite cunning, he doesn’t pursue the truth very much.” “Oh, he cannot be promoted.” It is fine to discuss someone during the communication of his work. Don’t always judge and condemn him among brothers and sisters. If he is a wicked person, you designate him as a wicked person. If he is an unbeliever, you may say that he is an unbeliever. If he is possessed by demons with serious evil spirits at work, you say he is possessed by demons and he is an evil spirit. This kind of saying is appropriate. One needs to speak accurately. God tells us that we must have principles in our work, our speech, our approach to people and our treatment of people. Do not violate the principles. Violating the principles is violating the truth. If you act wantonly and arbitrarily, it proves that you are not living in God’s word and before God. You are an unrestrained person who lives in the disposition of Satan and under the domain of Satan. Therefore, no matter what you do or say, you must have principles and be consistent with the truth. Then how should we speak in front of God, and how should we treat God? We must honor God as great and fear God in our hearts. We must treat God’s word with an obedient heart to seek the truth and the illumination of the Holy Spirit. For God’s work, if we can’t see through it, don’t talk nonsensically about it. Talk no more than what we understand. As for what we don’t understand, pray to God and seek the truth. Don’t rely on man’s brain, wit and thinking to analyze and judge blindly. God’s wisdom is higher than the heavens. Can you measure it? If you can’t, what are you babbling about? Man must have sensibility, especially before God. How do you live before God without a God-fearing heart? Something you don’t understand, you still want to babble and judge. Do you know what creature you are? Are you fit to talk about God? You have utterly no fear of God. Is it normal humanity? Isn’t it Satan’s disposition? Do you think you are equal to God? When treating brothers and sisters, we must respect them. Whatever shortcomings they have, do not judge. We are just like them. We are not better than others. Whatever they do that is inappropriate, we stay patient and tolerant with love. Even if they have any transgressions, we have no rights to judge. We are equal to them. If we help them and communicate with them with love, it is fine. If you judge them, you are wrong. We are all equal; we are the same species. What are you judging about? When you judge them, you are judging yourself? Didn’t you have transgressions? How much better are you than them? People are almost the same! You see who has shortcomings, who has done a poor job, and you look down on him, judge him and belittle him, isn’t that Satan’s disposition? When you reveal such disposition, does it let people see any resemblance of a believer of God, and any decency of a saint in you? There is not a trace of the decency of a saint in you. Aren’t you just the same as an unbeliever? This is not a Christian either.
What are the principles for treating leaders and workers at all levels? First, we must respect them. As for the work they arrange, we must treat and accept it with obedience. Second, even if it is not arranged correctly, we must not resist. We must first accept it with obedience, and communicate about it afterward. We will talk about our factual grounds and communicate with them, let them have a real understanding of us and make adjustment accordingly. Do not resist, do not judge. How can any leader or worker be able to arrange everything appropriately? They are acting with normal humanity. It is impossible to understand anyone completely. So we must treat them correctly. Even if the arrangement is indeed inappropriate, we must also accept it with obedience, communicate about it when there are difficulties, and resolve them gradually. When those who lead us see it, they will think, “This is the situation that I didn’t see accurately. I didn’t do it properly. He could obey even when it was not appropriate. This person has more strengths than me. Had I encountered this situation, there is no telling if I could have obeyed.” They will be moved! How wrong do you say it can possibly be? Not quite. Obey it when it is not quite wrong. Communicate about it after a while if it really doesn’t work. When the leader understands and becomes familiar with our situation, he can get it done with some adjustment. Sometimes a leader may have his own difficulties. There isn’t anyone quite suitable. Then he arranges for you to do this task. He says, “See how you can put up with it first. Give it your best try.” Then we will put in our best efforts. How can there be so many favorable things? Is it possible for everything to be favorable? Impossible. No one can make that happen.
No matter what one may encounter (whatever aspect of work, whatever duty to do, or whomever to face), he should pay attention to principles. When he has practicing principles, what he does will conform to God’s intention and not violate the truth. In addition, it lets people see that this person has sensibility and humanity, that he acts with principles. As for money, how do you regard money? Do you still consider money above all else? Is money all-powerful? When disaster strikes, can you use your money to cast off disaster? When death arrives, no amount of money is useful, nor can it save you. When you are alive, money can be a bit useful. It still depends on a normal social situation where your money can settle some issues of material enjoyment. However, it cannot solve the problems in your spirit. It does not help you in the slightest. The thing is, more money for more enjoyment, less for less enjoyment, nil for nil enjoyment. It doesn’t matter. You didn’t bring it with you at birth, and you can’t take it with you at death. It’s no big thing to have more or less money, or to endure a little hardship. A little hardship is a good thing. Having too much money is also troublesome, isn’t it? As for family, how do you regard it? Perhaps your small family is very warm, so you cherish it very much. You rack your brain every day to maintain your family. What will you do when you lose your family one day? Will you still believe in God? Will you still pursue the truth? It is really difficult to handle. Then how do you approach your family? What are the practicing principles? God gave me my family. If God takes it away today, I give thanks to God. I obey the arrangement of God. Is this the attitude man should have? Were you born with the family you now have? Wasn’t it what you have later on? After having it, do you dare say that God will never take it away? When God wants you to break your family, what will you do? You will have to reevaluate about your family at that time: “How exactly do I regard my family? How did this family vanish just like that?” When your family is actually broken, will you cry your heart out? Will you still feel like praying to God at that time? Remember, do not forget about doing your duty at any time. The duty of a creature cannot be abandoned. Service for God cannot be forgotten! How should we treat our families after all? What kind of principles should we be equipped? What needs to be done to stand witness? Don’t we have to be very clear about it? What is the principle for treating Satan? The way to treat Satan is to hate it forever, curse it forever, reject it forever, and resolutely fight against it to the end. How to treat this world? As for the evil world, immoral world, abandon it forever, detest it, draw a clear line from it. How to treat wicked people? Eternally hate them, refuse them, draw a clear line from them. Moreover, distinguish and guard against wicked people, do not fall for their tricks, do not deal with them, do not accept their favors. What are the principles for treating relatives and friends? For those who have humanity, you need to relate with them in human terms, you can relate with them cautiously. Don’t become too involved because it is not beneficial. Unbelievers are all profiteers who love to exploit others with their own intentions and motives. Refuse the bad ones, don’t contact them. Contact the ones who are more considerate, but do it with wisdom. No matter what you do, you must have principles. Without principles, it proves that you have no truth, that you live by Satan’s philosophy and worldly philosophy. Such people have no truth, they do not live in God’s word. If you do not live in God’s word, what you do is the same as the unbelievers. You are nominally a believer in God but actually a non-believer.
What are the principles for treating brothers and sisters then? The key is you must have love. What does it include in practice with love? Patience, tolerance, clemency, forgiveness, understanding, compassion, and helpfulness, all these aspects must be present. With these aspects, there is love. Just having one or two of them is not enough. Having patience alone without helpfulness and understanding does not work. Sometimes it is necessary to share difficulties and hardships with others. Sometimes it needs to take on some difficulties and overcome some obstacles for others, to share burdens and solve problem with others. Such love is even truer. The more difficulties someone has, the more comfort and help he needs. If the more difficulties someone has, the farther you stay away, the better off he is, the closer you are, this is not good. Is there someone in the church who doesn’t get along with brothers and sisters, who has become enemies with them? They don’t even confront each other. When he comes for gathering, I stay away. When I come, he doesn’t. Is there such a situation? It is so difficult for someone when there is really such a situation. What is the most accurate measure of someone’s humanity? First, from the perspective of doing one’s duty, whoever does his duty well has humanity. Whoever doesn’t do it well has no humanity. Naturally, doing your duty does not refer to doing one task. It refers to how you perform over an interval, over a period. It’s not just a matter of seeing how you do one task. In doing one task, there are always times when there are failures, setbacks and accidents. Look at the whole picture. You say, “This man is quite responsible in doing his duty. He does not muddle through.” Such a person has humanity. Doing one’s duty is the best measure of whether he has humanity. It can best reveal if he has humanity. Second, in getting along with others, if one can live in harmony with everyone, such a person has humanity. If someone does not get along with anyone, such a person has no humanity. If there are twenty people in a church, and he can only get along with two or three people, does this person have humanity? He has no humanity. If there are twenty people in a church and he can get along with eighteen people, such a person has humanity. Someone who gets along with most people is a person with humanity. Someone who doesn’t get along with most people, who makes enemies everywhere, is a person without humanity. These two matters are most revealing people. Look at someone in the church who cannot get along with most people. All of you ponder over it and draw a conclusion, see how many shortcomings he has, how bad has his humanity become, and identify a few of his fatal flaws for dissection. There are at least several problems with someone who doesn’t get along with most people. First, he emphasizes too much on incentives. Anyone he does not get benefits from, anyone who does not give him benefits or anyone who should give him benefits but hasn’t done so, he is dissatisfied with such person. Second, his vanity is very serious. Whoever smiles at him, particularly compliments him, respects him, exalts him, flatters him, that is who he says is good. Whoever behaves ordinarily with him, who neither exalts nor flatters him, that is who he doesn’t get along with. For instance, whoever he meets for the first time, who speaks with others but not with him, he will feel uncomfortable in his heart and begets notions: “Why doesn’t he talk to me this time when he sees me? Why is he so close to others?” What kind of problem is this? Too much vanity and suspicion. He always wants people to think highly of him, to exalt him all the time and satisfy him in every way. When he is not satisfied, he acts against others and begets notions of others. Isn’t such a person too vain and too prideful? He craves for incentives too much and also is too vain. In addition, he is too arrogant and self-important. Whoever speaks to expose him and hurt him a little, whoever seems to be unfavorable to him, he is angry and dissatisfied with such person. No matter what opinions or views he expresses, others must agree with him. He does not allow contradictions, refutations and exposure by others. He sees too highly of himself, regards his interests, pride and status above all else. Someone with these three fatal flaws will not get along with anyone. People must learn to lay down their own egos, to see others higher than themselves, more capable than themselves. This way, whoever jabs us with a couple of words, rubs us the wrong way, ignores us, or acts a little cold to us, we will treat it as normal and disregard it. “Mere creatures like us don’t deserve any special treatments from others.” Isn’t it a balance like this? Don’t always want to indulge in other people’s compliments, kindness, flattery, extols, and obedience. Let’s give others more comfort, obedience, understanding and respect. We will let go of ourselves and let others enjoy something from us. Isn’t this a better way? We will do no wrong by practicing like this from now on. Gradually, it will work when we are able to treat any brothers or sisters (regardless of any major shortcomings they may have) like our own family members. Anyone who has weakness, or hasn’t pursued the truth for a period of time, we can help him with love. As long as someone is not a wicked person, not possessed by demons, we should treat him or her like a brother or sister. Do you hear it clearly? Go back and pray on this matter. Whatever you did in the past, especially what you overdid without love on whomever, go back and pray to God. When the time is appropriate, you can apologize to each of them so that brothers and sisters can get along with each other. People will feel particularly comfortable and enjoyable in their hearts. They will begin to be open and simple in the church life. They can really get along like family. Normal interpersonal relationships are crucial. When human relationships are normal, people will resemble human beings. Is mankind more and more human-like in pursuit of the truth? The phrase “more and more human-like” is crucial. The more you pursue the truth, the more you gain light from the truth, the more you are enlightened, and the more paths of entry you have, the more human-like you will become in what you live out. “Human-likeness” includes several aspects. One of which is you will become more and more sensible, your conscience will be more and more sensitive. You will know more and more about what are called conscience, sensibility, integrity, dignity, knowledge and wisdom. When you have all these that are normalized, you will be a person with normal humanity. You are someone with human-likeness. This is exactly the case. You are not complete if you lack one or two of these aspects. The more you pursue the truth, the more normal, wholesome and complete you become in these aspects. The human image you live out will become better—this is human-likeness. What is human, and what is human-likeness, you also see it clearly.