Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
Whether we encounter a good thing or a bad thing, the secret to benefiting from it is to love God. Even though people encounter the same thing, those who don’t love God will attain nothing, but those who love God will benefit a lot from it. It is because God searches the heart of man and He knows whether we love Him or not. Thus, if we love God, no matter what we encounter, we will get a good result.
God says, “God can perfect man in both positive and negative aspects. It depends on whether you are able to experience, and on whether you pursue being perfected by God. If you truly seek being perfected by God, then the negative cannot make you suffer loss, but can bring you things that are more real, and can make you more able to know that which is lacking within you, more able to come to grips with your real states, and see that man has nothing, and is nothing; if you do not experience trials, you do not know, and will always feel that you are above others and better than everyone else. Through all this you will see that all that came before was done by God and protected by God. Entry into trials leaves you without love or faith, you lack, and are unable to sing hymns—and, without realizing it, in the midst of this you come to know yourself. God has many means of perfecting man. He employs all manner of environments to deal with the corrupt disposition of man, and uses various things to lay man bare; in one regard He deals with man, in another He lays man bare, and in another He reveals man, digging out and revealing the ‘mysteries’ in the depths of man’s heart, and showing man his nature by revealing many of his states. God perfects man through many methods—through revelation, dealing, refinement, and chastisement—so that man may know that God is practical.”
While reading those God’s words, I was utterly convinced. I genuinely appreciated that God can make man perfect in both positive and negative aspects. It depends on whether we pursue the truth, and on whether we love God. My colleague and I were working on a project together, but we couldn’t get on well with each other for several months. I didn’t want to hear her voice, let alone to stay in the same room with her, and even my suffering reached a certain point that I lacked the desire to pray and lost faith in God. Only when I read this passage of God’s words did I understand. Although this colleague did not apparently conform to my expectations, God used her to reveal my shortcomings and make me see the truth of my own corruption. When something she did hurt my self-esteem, I hated her; when the people, events, and things arranged by God didn’t accord with my will, I chose to run away from God. After I realized this, I understood God’s good intentions. I no longer choose to run away or face this thing negatively. Instead, I actively seek the truth to resolve my own problems. Thank God!
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