6. What is an honest person? Why does God like honest people?
Relevant Words of God:
You ought to know that God likes those who are honest. In substance, God is faithful, and so His words can always be trusted; His actions, furthermore, are faultless and unquestionable, which is why God likes those who are absolutely honest with Him. Honesty means giving your heart to God, being genuine with God in all things, being open with Him in all things, never hiding the facts, not trying to deceive those above and below you, and not doing things only to curry favor with God. In short, to be honest is to be pure in your actions and words, and to deceive neither God nor man. … In the presence of God, some people are all prim and proper, they take pains to be “well-behaved,” yet they bare their fangs and brandish their claws in the presence of the Spirit. Would you number such people among the ranks of the honest? If you are a hypocrite, someone who is skilled in “interpersonal relations,” then I say that you are definitely someone who tries to trifle with God. If your words are riddled with excuses and valueless justifications, then I say that you are someone who is loath to put the truth into practice. If you have many confidences that you are reluctant to share, if you are highly averse to laying bare your secrets—your difficulties—before others to seek the way of the light, then I say that you are someone who will not attain salvation easily, and who will not easily emerge from the darkness. If seeking the way of the truth pleases you well, then you are someone 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 person. 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 firm in your testimony, 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 such people are those who are nourished in the light and who shall live forever in the kingdom.
Excerpted from “Three Admonitions” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
In the dispositions of normal people there is no crookedness or deceitfulness, people have a normal relationship with each other, they do not stand alone, and their lives are neither mediocre nor decadent. So, too, is God exalted among all, His words permeate among man, people live in peace with one another and under the care and protection of God, the earth is filled with harmony, without the interference of Satan, and the glory of God holds the utmost importance among man. Such people are like angels: pure, vibrant, never complaining about God, and devoting all their efforts solely to God’s glory on earth.
Excerpted from “Chapter 16” of Interpretations of the Mysteries of God’s Words to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh
I take pleasure in those who are not suspicious of others, and I like those who readily accept the truth; toward these two kinds of people I show great care, for in My eyes they are honest people.
Excerpted from “How to Know the God on Earth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
My kingdom requires those who are honest, not hypocritical, and not deceitful. Aren’t the sincere and honest people unpopular in the world? I am just the opposite. It is acceptable for the honest people to come to Me; I delight in this kind of person, I also need this kind of person. This is precisely My righteousness.
Excerpted from “Chapter 33” of Utterances of Christ in the Beginning in The Word Appears in the Flesh
That God asks for people to be honest proves that He really loathes those who are deceitful, that He does not like deceitful people. The fact that God does not like deceitful people means that He dislikes their actions, disposition, and their motivations; that is, God does not like the way they do things. So, if we are to please God, we must first change our actions and manner of existence. Previously, we relied on lies and pretense to live among people. This was our capital, and the existential basis, life, and foundation by which we conducted ourselves, and it was all despised by God. Among the world’s unbelievers, if you do not know how to be manipulative or deceitful, then it could be difficult for you to stand firm. You would only be able to tell lies, engage in trickery, and use conniving and insidious methods to protect and camouflage yourself in order to obtain a better life. In the house of God, it is precisely the opposite: The more deceitful you are, the more you employ sophisticated manipulation to put on an act and package yourself, then the less able you are to stand firm, and the more God despises and rejects such people. God has predestined that only honest people will have a part to play in the kingdom of heaven. If you are not honest, and if, in your life, your practice is not directed toward being honest and you don’t reveal your own true face, then you will never have any chance of gaining God’s work or gaining God’s praise.
Excerpted from “The Most Fundamental Practice of Being an Honest Person” in Records of Christ’s Talks
Sermon and Fellowship Excerpts for Reference:
What does it actually mean to be an honest person? First, we can say with certainty that an honest person has a conscience and reason, that they exalt God in their hearts, and that they are able to repay God’s love. Second, an honest person speaks in a practical and realistic manner. They do not distort facts, they speak fairly, and they treat others fairly. Third, an honest person reveres God, they put the truth into practice, and obey God. Fourth, an honest person performs their duties faithfully; they are loyal to God in everything they do. Fifth, an honest person loves God in their heart. They are able to consider God’s will in all things. Sixth, an honest person lives by the words of God and they are able to truly worship God. Someone who possesses these characteristics above is an honest person. With these people living in His presence, God is content. This is exactly the kind of person that God wants to make complete and exactly the kind of person that God wants to gain. This kind of person is an honest person.
Excerpted from Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life
Why does God like honest people? First, honest people can get along with others harmoniously; they can be intimate friends of others. They do not deceive you, but speak the truth; when dealing with these kinds of people, your mind is clear, released and at peace. Second, what’s most important is that honest people are trustworthy and reliable; you’re able to trust them when you entrust them with something or they help you out. This is why you feel relaxed, at ease, free from worries, and at peace when dealing with honest people; you feel a sense of comfort and enjoyment. Only those who are honest people can become intimate friends to others and gain others’ trust, thus only an honest person is the true likeness of a human being.
Excerpted from Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life