Reflection on John 20-19

Jesus’ resurrection—Gospel Reflection on John 20:19

John 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the middle, and said to them, Peace be to you. Reflection: Whenever I read this verse, I cannot help but ponder: Though it happened thousand years ago, what was the significance of Jesus’ resurrection? Why did He appear to people after His resurrection? From a spiritual book, I have read one passage: “And when He walked out from the grave, and appeared to the people one by one, the majority of people who had seen Him with their own eyes or heard the news of His resurrection gradually shifted from denial to skepticism. By the time the Lord Jesus had Thomas put his hand into His side, by the time the Lord Jesus broke bread and ate it in front of the crowd after His resurrection, and after that ate broiled fish in front of them, only then did they truly accept the fact that the Lord Jesus is Christ in the flesh. … This brief reunion made the people who saw the Lord Jesus feel as if a lifetime had passed. Their lost, confused, afraid, anxious, yearning and numb hearts found comfort. They were no longer doubtful or disappointed because they felt that now there was hope and something to rely on. The Son of man standing in front of them would be behind them for eternity, He would be their strong tower, their refuge for all time.” God examines the innermost heart of man. Jesus knew that His disciples followed Him, but they didn’t believe that He was the incarnate God, much less the fact of His resurrection. Thomas was the classical example. After he touched Jesus’ wound in His rib and nail marks in His hands, Thomas’ doubt of God disappeared. Hence, Jesus’ appearance to people was to make those who followed Him truly believe that He is the incarnate God and is the Lord who created the heavens and earth and all things. Although He was nailed to the cross, He had the power of resurrection. From these, we can see God’s authority, strengthen our faith, and truly rely on Him on our path of following God.   » Read more in these articles: • 3 Aspects to Unravel Mystery of Incarnation of Jesus • What’s the Significance of the Lord Becoming Man’s Sin Offering? • 3 Truths About the Resurrection of Jesus Christ We Should Know   » Most people also watch: The Lord Jesus’ Words to His Disciples After His Resurrection Peace be with you all! Dear brothers and sisters, if you have any understanding or enlightenment from God, you’re welcome to share with us.1. Via the online chat window at the bottom right corner of the screen.2. Send an email to info@testifygod.org.We sincerely hope we’ll grow spiritually through sharing with each other.

Blessed Are Those Who Truly Believe in and Follow God—Reflection on John 20:29

Blessed Are Those Who Truly Believe in and Follow God—Reflection on John 20:29

John 20:29 “Jesus said to him, Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” Reflection In the past, when I saw this verse, I only thought these were the Lord’s words to Thomas. But several days ago, I saw a passage on the Internet, which made me realize that Thomas represents a type of person and the words spoken by the Lord are also a caution and a warning for us. Share this passage with you: “Thomas represents a type of person who believes in God yet doubts God. They are of a suspicious nature, have sinister hearts, are treacherous, and do not believe in the things that God can complete. They do not believe in God’s omnipotence and His rule, and they don’t believe in God incarnate. However, the Lord Jesus’ resurrection was a slap in the face to them, and it also provided them with an opportunity to discover their own doubt, to recognize their own doubt, and to acknowledge their own treachery, thus truly believing in the existence and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. What happened with Thomas was a warning and a caution for later generations so that more people could warn themselves not to be doubting like Thomas, and if they were, they would sink into the darkness. If you follow God, but just like Thomas, you always want to touch the Lord’s rib and feel His nail marks to confirm, to verify, to speculate on whether or not God exists, God will forsake you. So, the Lord Jesus requires people to not be like Thomas, only believing what they can see with their own eyes, but to be a pure, honest person, to not harbor doubts toward God, but only believe in and follow Him. This type of person is blessed. This is a very small requirement the Lord Jesus has for people, and a warning for His followers.” After reading these words, I understand the reason why the people such as Thomas have failed. It is because that their hearts are too deceitful. They always assess the authenticity and reason of things with their own eyes, clinging to the view “seeing is believing,” and do not have the eagerness to seek the truth, this kind of people finally are ruined by their deceitfulness. Now we all yearn for the second coming of Jesus, but many people believe that the Jesus who does not ride upon a white cloud is a false Christ. No matter who testify that the Lord has returned, they do not believe and cling to their own conceptions and only believe when they see the Lord come openly on clouds with their own eyes. Don’t they have the same viewpoint as Thomas? If we hear someone preaches the Lord has come, we don’t put aside our imaginations and conceptions, or follow the masses, waiting and seeing, or hesitate to seek and investigate the true way, we are surely unable to see the Lord’s appearance, thus we’ll lose the opportunity to gain salvation and enter the kingdom of heaven. The Lord said, “Because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” These words are just the Lord’s reminders of us so that we won’t follow in the footsteps of those who had failed.   » Read more in these articles: • 3 Truths About the Resurrection of Jesus Christ We Should Know • Lessons From the Lord Jesus’ Appearance to Thomas the Apostle • Do You Know the Real Meaning of Easter? Peace be with you all! Dear brothers and sisters, if you have any understanding or enlightenment from God, you’re welcome to share with us.1. Via the online chat window at the bottom right corner of the screen.2. Send an email to info@testifygod.org.We sincerely hope we’ll grow spiritually through sharing with each other.

Proverbs 15:18 A wrathful man stirs up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeases strife.

Stop Being Angry and Avoid Strife—Gospel Reflection on Proverbs 15:18

Proverbs 15:18 “A wrathful man stirs up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeases strife.” Reflection This verse warns us not to flare up easily when we face anything goes against our wishes, because a wrathful man easily stirs up strife. Matthew 18:22 recorded Jesus’ words to Peter, “Jesus said to him, I say not to you, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” God asked Peter to do so then, He also asks us to learn to forgive others. However, it is always easier said than done. Most of the time, when we encounter something and cannot take it anymore, we instantly fly into a rage. Why is it so? A passage says, “If someone does wrong by them or says some things they shouldn’t have said, such as words that judge them or doubt them, or offend them, they will be unforgiving, they will want revenge and to go tit for tat. Isn’t that vicious? … Kind people don’t have evil in their hearts. If you owe them, they won’t mind, but they won’t owe you anything because for them that’s definitely unacceptable. Plus, it’s not a problem if you offend them, but they would never want to offend you, let alone harm you. Isn’t that kind-hearted? When anyone does something unfavorable toward them, they can also put themselves in that person’s shoes and be considerate toward them, can forgive them, and understand them. This is also the expression of a kind heart. Some people committed a lot of evil in the past, but they now have faith in God and can pursue the truth, and further they can forgive others and treat them correctly and fairly. This type of person is classified as a kind-hearted person. Kind-hearted people have forbearance, mercy, forgiveness, and endurance in their hearts, and even more so they have love and sympathy. That is why everyone loves to be in contact with someone like this and is willing to make such a friend.” From this we can see, kind-hearted people can treat others correctly and fairly. They can understand others and won’t get angry even though other people did something wrong. Such a person is liked by God as well as people. Do you want to be such a person?   » You may be interested in reading more: • A Christian Teacher’s Story: She Apologized for Her Anger Toward Her Student • How to Live in Harmony With a Stroppy Roommate Peace be with you all! Dear brothers and sisters, if you have any understanding or enlightenment from God, you’re welcome to share with us.1. Via the online chat window at the bottom right corner of the screen.2. Send an email to info@testifygod.org.We sincerely hope we’ll grow spiritually through sharing with each other.

The simple believes every word: but the prudent man looks well to his going.Proverbs 14:15

A Wise Approach—Gospel Reflection on Proverbs 14:15

Proverbs 14:15 “The simple believes every word: but the prudent man looks well to his going.” Reflection This verse wants to tell us that those who are foolish never discern others’ words, but blindly believe or obey every word they have heard. On the contrary, the intelligent and wise people are different. They handle others’ words with caution. If they do not understand, they can seek more instead of blindly following others or arbitrarily coming to conclusions. That reminds me when the Lord Jesus appeared to work, the Pharisees stubbornly held on to their own conceptions and imaginations and were against God. They spread various rumors slandering and condemning the Lord Jesus, and also incited and deceived the people into rejecting Him. Many Jewish people were deceived by their rumors and didn’t seek or study whether the Lord Jesus’ expression is the truth, the voice of God, and whether the Lord Jesus is God Himself. Instead, they blindly listened to the Pharisees’ devilish words, rejected the way of repentance preached by the Lord Jesus, ultimately followed the Pharisees in resisting God, and forever lost God’s salvation. By contrast, regardless of how many rumors and nonsense the Pharisees spread, those who truly followed God were cautious toward the Pharisees’ words. They neither blindly believed the Pharisees nor were deceived by their rumors, but carefully listened to God’s words and actively sought the true way. Eventually, they, convinced that the Lord Jesus is God Himself, resolutely followed God, and received His great salvation. From this, we can see that when God’s new work comes upon us, we may hear someone yell “Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him,” we may also hear someone fabricate rumors discrediting God’s work as the Pharisees did. So, in matters that we do not completely understand, we must be cautious, focus on seeking the truth and studying the true way and listening to God’s voice. This is wise and prudent men. If we hear someone testify “the bridegroom comes,” we neither seek nor study but blindly listen to rumors and falsities spread by others. This is our folly. Then in the end we are the ones who will suffer a loss.   » You may be interested in reading more on our Second Coming of Jesus Christ page, or in the articles below. • Beware of the Pharisees’ Leaven on the Path to the Heavenly Kingdom • Christian Testimony: The Path to the Kingdom of Heaven Is Narrow • Christian Movie “Deadly Ignorance”: Who Should We Listen to in Welcoming the Lord’s Return  Peace be with you all! Dear brothers and sisters, if you have any understanding or enlightenment from God, you’re welcome to share with us.1. Via the online chat window at the bottom right corner of the screen.2. Send an email to info@testifygod.org.We sincerely hope we’ll grow spiritually through sharing with each other.

The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.Proverbs 14:8

Be Wise and Prudent—Gospel Reflection on Proverbs 14:8

Proverbs 14:8 “The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.” Reflection This verse tells us that those who are wise and intelligent clearly know their way. They set direction and goal ahead rather than move on blindly. Therefore, they clearly know what they want, and their choices on life path are wiser than others. They are not subject to the impact of any people, events, or things. Take Peter as an example. He was agile of wit, endowed with native intelligence, and should have become somebody after growing up. However, he was determined to believe in and follow God, and sought to know God and love God while following Him, and ultimately achieved the supreme love of God and was perfected by God. Those who are foolish are different. They are suspicious of and guard against God at every turn. No matter what they do, they rely on their imaginations and sight. They don’t believe anything that is invisible to man. When they believe in God, they hold something back for themselves. They have doubts about God’s words, God’s promise, and are even ambiguous about His existence. The path they walk is that they pursue money, fame, and fortune while believing in God. Only when God appears publicly or the great disaster comes one day will they wholeheartedly seek the truth. This is the path the fools have chosen. Just like Thomas. Although he followed the Lord, he did not believe in the Lord’ words, nor did he believe that the Lord would be resurrected after three days. Thomas didn’t believe until he saw the scars from the nails on Jesus’ hands and touched His rib. Such kind of man is foolish and cunning. So the Lord Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29). It can be seen that it’s very important to take the right path in our belief in God. Most importantly, we should have a proper pursuit as we walk our road ahead. If we can, like Peter, wholeheartedly love God without deals and demands, or speculation and doubts, and all of our actions are for loving and satisfying God, then we will be people who are prudent and wise, and approved by God.   » Most people also watch Christian Movie: “Deadly Ignorance”: Who Should We Listen to in Welcoming the Lord’s Return  Peace be with you all! Dear brothers and sisters, if you have any understanding or enlightenment from God, you’re welcome to share with us.1. Via the online chat window at the bottom right corner of the screen.2. Send an email to info@testifygod.org.We sincerely hope we’ll grow spiritually through sharing with each other.

He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. Proverbs 13:20

Walks With Wise Men—Gospel Reflection on Proverbs 13:20

Proverbs 13:20 “He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” Reflection This verse tells us what kind of people we associate with is wise. If we make friends with wise men, we’ll be wise. If with fools, we’ll surely be destroyed. Then what kind of people are wise? And what kind of people are fools? The Bible says, “The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10). From it we can see that those who can fear God and have knowledge of Him are wise. Just as when the Lord Jesus came to do His work at the Age of Grace, those who followed Him were wise men. For example, Peter, John, Jacob, they followed Jesus at once when they heard His voice, so they were wise men. If we associate with such kind of people, we’ll have the chance to obtain God’s salvation.Whereas, the Jewish chief priests, scribes and Pharisees didn’t have a God-revering heart, much less did they know God. So they were fools. Though they listened to Jesus’ preachings, they didn’t seek or investigate to accept the truths but found fault with Him, resisted and condemned the Lord Jesus, nailed Him to the cross. As a result, they were punished and cursed by God. If we follow such people without discernment, we shall be destroyed, and even cursed and punished by God. It is the last days of Jesus second coming. How to distinguish between wise men and foolish ones is a major thing that affects whether or not we can be saved. The Lord Jesus prophesied, “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him” (Matthew 25:6). When someone testifies that Jesus has returned, only wise virgins can recognize the voice of God and welcome Him. They themselves not only welcome the reappearance of Jesus, but also can lead brothers and sisters to seek and investigate God’s work of the last days, and gain His salvation in the last days. Conversely, when those stubborn foolish virgins hear the voice of God, they don’t accept, but block brothers and sisters from seeking and investigating the true way, thus losing God’s salvation in the last days. Such people are foolish. Obviously, it is really important to walk with wise men. “Only those who follow the footsteps of the Lamb to the very end can gain the final blessing, whereas those ‘clever people,’ who are unable to follow to the very end yet believe they have gained all, are incapable of witnessing the appearance of God. They all believe they are the smartest person on earth, and they cut short the continued development of God’s work for no reason at all, and seem to believe with absolute certainty that God will take them up to heaven, they who ‘have the utmost loyalty to God, follow God, and abide by the words of God.’ Even though they have the ‘utmost loyalty’ toward the words spoken by God, their words and actions still feel so disgusting because they oppose the work of the Holy Spirit, and commit deceit and evil. Those who do not follow to the very end, who do not keep up with the work of the Holy Spirit, and who only cleave to the old work have not only failed to achieve loyalty to God, but on the contrary, have become those who oppose God, have become those who are rejected by the new age, and who will be punished. Are there any more pitiable than them? ”   » You may be interested in reading more on our Second Coming of Jesus Christ page, or in the articles below. • How to Be Wise Virgins to Welcome Second Coming of Jesus • 4 Principles for Wise Virgins to Recognize the Voice of God • Christian Testimony: The Path to the Kingdom of Heaven Is Narrow Peace be with you all! Dear brothers and sisters, if you have any understanding or enlightenment from God, you’re welcome to share with us.1. Via the online chat window at the bottom right corner of the screen.2. Send an email to info@testifygod.org.We sincerely hope we’ll grow spiritually through sharing with each other.

Righteousness keeps him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthrows the sinner. - Proverbs 13:6

God Likes Upright People—Gospel Reflection on Proverbs 13:6

Proverbs 13:6 “Righteousness keeps him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthrows the sinner.” Reflection This verse teaches us to be righteous and honest people. Because God likes this kind of people. Just like God says: “You ought to know that God likes an honest man. God has the substance of faithfulness, and so His word can always be trusted. Furthermore, His actions are faultless and unquestionable. This is why God likes those who are absolutely honest with Him.” “Honesty means to give your heart to God; never to play Him false in anything; to be open with Him in all things, never hiding the truth; never to do that which deceives those above and deludes those below; and never to do that which merely ingratiates yourself with God. In short, to be honest is to refrain from impurity in your actions and words, and to deceive neither God nor man.” From God’s word, we can see the reason why the righteous and honest people could be able to gain God’s approval. And also, we found the way to become an honest person. Only those who are righteous and honest can satisfy God’s will. Such people would never be able to resist or betray God, but be of one heart and mind toward God. Such people will surely be cared and protected by God. The latter half of the verse warns us Christians that if we sin, we will be trapped in wickedness. We were corrupted by Satan, having the sinful nature, and Satan is ceaselessly tempting us to sin, to betray God. If we always commit sins and are not able to truly repent, we are always living under Satan’s domain. Over time, we will be eaten up by Satan. Therefore, being a righteous and honest person should be the goal that every Christian must pursue.   » Most people also watch Christian Movie:  “The People of the Heavenly Kingdom” | Only the Honest Can Enter the Kingdom of God Peace be with you all! Dear brothers and sisters, if you have any understanding or enlightenment from God, you’re welcome to share with us.1. Via the online chat window at the bottom right corner of the screen.2. Send an email to info@testifygod.org.We sincerely hope we’ll grow spiritually through sharing with each other.

He that keeps his mouth keeps his life: but he that opens wide his lips shall have destruction. - Proverbs 13:3

He Who Keeps His Mouth Keeps His Life—Gospel Reflection on Proverbs 13:3

Proverbs 13:3 “He that keeps his mouth keeps his life: but he that opens wide his lips shall have destruction.” Reflection We have been corrupted by Satan right up until today and are full of corrupt satanic dispositions. Especially arrogant, they have a big mouth and arbitrarily judge others. Just when Jesus was preaching, the chief priests, scribes and Pharisees judged, even blasphemed the Lord because the words and work of Jesus were incompatible with the conceptions of them. What they had done finally provoked the disposition of God and were punished. They suffered from the agony of losing their own country. God’s words say, “You must know that you are arrogant and haughty by nature, and unwilling to submit to the fact. Therefore, I shall tell you little by little after you have reflected upon yourselves. I exhort you to better understand the content of the administrative decrees and know the disposition of God. Otherwise, you will find it difficult to keep your lips sealed and your tongues from wagging too freely with high-sounding talk. Unknowingly you may offend the disposition of God and fall into the darkness, losing the presence of the Holy Spirit and the light. For you are unprincipled in your actions. If you do or say that which you should not, then you shall receive a fitting retribution.” His words urge us to seek the principles when do anything. Don’t talk nonsense which you should not. Guard our own tongue and seek more, we will not commit sins.   » Read more in these articles: • Beware of the Pharisees’ Leaven on the Path to the Heavenly Kingdom • Gospel Reflection: Why the Pharisees Could Not Recognize the Lord Jesus Was the Messiah • How to Be Humble? Peace be with you all! Dear brothers and sisters, if you have any understanding or enlightenment from God, you’re welcome to share with us.1. Via the online chat window at the bottom right corner of the screen.2. Send an email to info@testifygod.org.We sincerely hope we’ll grow spiritually through sharing with each other.

Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight. - Proverbs12:22

To Be Honest Person—Gospel Reflection on Proverbs 12:22

Proverbs 12:22 “Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight. ” Reflection This verse tells us that God loathes those who are deceitful and loves those who are honest in their words and actions. God demands man to be honest because God is faithful. Jesus also said, “Truly I say to you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Mat 18:3). Then, what we should do to be honest persons? First, speak the words of our hearts when we pray to God. We can speak honestly to God according to our difficulties or our sufferings. When we pray to God with a true heart, He will enlighten us. However, if we just say something pleasant to achieve our aims in prayers, then such prayers are deceiving God. Jesus teaches us: “But let your communication be, Yes, yes; No, no: for whatever is more than these comes of evil” (Mat 5:37). So, we need to be honest when we pray. Second, no lies in speech or deceit in the heart when we interact with others. In our real lives, we have to interact with others. During this process, if we tell lies to others just for our interests, then we are not honest persons. When we realize that we have done something wrong, we need to bravely admit our mistakes to achieve true repentance and change. Don’t talk the talk but walk the walk. Share a passage of God’s words: “When you give your heart to God alone and you don’t play false to Him, when you never do what would deceive those above you or below, when you’re open with God in all things, when you don’t do things simply to win the favor and smile of God, this is being honest. Honesty means when you run from impurity in each word and each deed, when you cheat not God nor people. Honesty means when you ran from impurity in each word and each deed, when you cheat not God nor people. This is honesty, oh, this is honesty. If your words are filled with excuses, filled with vain explanations, then you are not practicing the truth, you’re not willing to do so. …”   » Read more on our Honest person page, or click on the related articles below: • How to Stop Lying? Know Why We Lie • Applying for Jobs Honestly, I’ve Seen God’s Blessings • Christian Testimony: A Day to Be Honest Peace be with you all! Dear brothers and sisters, if you have any understanding or enlightenment from God, you’re welcome to share with us.1. Via the online chat window at the bottom right corner of the screen.2. Send an email to info@testifygod.org.We sincerely hope we’ll grow spiritually through sharing with each other.

There is that speaks like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health. - Proverbs 12:18

Edifying Others—Today’s Gospel Reflection on Proverbs 12:18

Proverbs 12:18 “There is that speaks like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.” Reflection This verse tells us that while getting along with others, everything we said should not harm others but edify them. In daily life, when others are sad for hardships, failure or setbacks at work, what they most want is our comfort and support. If our words are rash ones like sword thrusts as described in this verse, instead of comforting and helping others, we will cause them greater pain. If we blindly lecture others, they will become weaker. But instead, those who understand the truth are possessed of wisdom. They don’t rely on hot blood to treat others, but first understand others’ difficulties and help others with a loving heart. Share a passage of God’s words: “When one of your brothers and sisters is weak, you will not loathe them, despise them, make fun of them, or give them the cold shoulder. If you are able to be of service to them, you will commune with them and say, ‘I used to be passive and weak. I really did not want to attend an assembly, but something happened through which God enlightened me inside and disciplined me; I was reproached inside, I was so ashamed, and I always felt sorry toward God. Afterward, I dedicated myself to the life of the church, and the more I engaged with my brothers and sisters, the more I felt I couldn’t do without God. When I was with them I didn’t feel lonely; when I was shut in a room by myself I felt lonely and friendless, I felt that my life was empty, and my thoughts turned to death. Now that I was with my brothers and sisters, Satan did not dare to do its work, and I did not feel lonely. When I saw how strong the love for God of my brothers and sisters was, I was inspired, and so I was always with my brothers and sisters, and my passive state naturally disappeared.’ Hearing this, they feel that it is useless to pray at home, they still feel that there is no love between their brothers and sisters, that their life is empty, that they have no one to rely upon, and that it’s not enough to merely pray. If you commune with them this way, then they will have a path by which to practice.” More related articles about how to treat others with a loving heart: • A Christian Teacher’s Story: She Apologized for Her Anger Toward Her Student • How to Live in Harmony With a Stroppy Roommate • Bible Verses About Loving Your Neighbor as Yourself Peace be with you all! Dear brothers and sisters, if you have any understanding or enlightenment from God, you’re welcome to share with us.1. Via the online chat window at the bottom right corner of the screen.2. Send an email to info@testifygod.org.We sincerely hope we’ll grow spiritually through sharing with each other.

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that listens to counsel is wise. -Proverbs 12 15

Accept the Truth—Today’s Gospel Reflection on Proverbs 12:15

Proverbs 12:15 “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that listens to counsel is wise.” Reflection In this verse, we can see that those who never accept others’ advice but place too much trust in themselves are arrogant and foolish. Those who modestly listen to other opinions are people who have true wisdom. Such people are rational and not self-righteous, and easily accept the truth. They are pleasing to God. Speaking of listening to counsel, a story crossed my mind: There is an owl named Dada who decides to find a bigger hole after delivering five cute babies. She singles out a large tree deep in the forest. Dada’s friend Benben suggests to her that she should not make her new home there, for a fox lives under the tree and it is very dangerous to be a fox’s neighbor. However, Dada brushes it aside. She believes there will be no danger since she and her cubs live at the top of the tree and the activities of the fox can only be under the tree. So, Dada does not take Benben’s advice. Then, Benben says, “If you must move to the tree, you’d better choose the hole on the right as your new home, because it is farther from the fox’s house and more concealed.” But Dada denies Benben’s suggestion again. She thinks the hole on the left is sunny and spacious. In the end, Dada moves into the hole on the left alongside her babies. One stormy night, Dada does not return after foraging for food long outside. The young who wait anxiously poke their heads out and look around in search of their mother. Suddenly, there is a wind. The small cubs are blown out of the hole and fall right before the fox. When Dada returns, it is conceivable that … Just imagine Dada had let go of herself and carefully considered Benben’s advice, could she have avoided the tragedy? The Bible said, “Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who deals in proud wrath” (Proverbs 21:24). Proud and arrogance make one foolish and extraordinarily self-right. In the face of other opinions, such people never consider whether others’ advice is reasonable but directly refuse it. Or even though they know what others put forward is correct, they don’t accept the advice because they cannot let go of their arrogance and vanity, but think it debases themselves. Driven by this arrogant disposition, we are self-important and self-conceited, always insist on ourselves and deny others and cannot accept others’ advice, and thus we will be the ones who suffer loss in the end. In fact, man can’t be perfect. One’s ability is limited however high it is, and one’s knowledge is limited however profound it is. We can do a better job only when we are able to listen to proper suggestions and learn from others’ strong points to offset our own weaknesses. Jesus once said, “For whoever exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11). The verse tells us that God loves those who can humble themselves. God says, “What is vital now for you all to do is to learn to obey that which is right and to obey that which comes from the truth and that which conforms to the truth; in this way, you are walking and practicing toward being obedient to God. … Through obeying, seeking, praying more, retreating to your spirit and coming before God then, unbeknownst to you, a change will happen in your inner condition.” Only those who can obey God and obey that which is right are the wisest and most sensible. So, we should try to let go of ourselves and learn to listen to other opinions. If you practice this way, you will gain something different. Testify God wishes you and your family and friends a happy life! » You may be interested in watching: Deadly Ignorance – Christian Film Peace be with you all! Dear brothers and sisters, if you have any understanding or enlightenment from God, you’re welcome to share with us.1. Via the online chat window at the bottom right corner of the screen.2. Send an email to info@testifygod.org.We sincerely hope we’ll grow spiritually through sharing with each other.

When pride comes, then comes shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. - Proverbs 11:2

Pride and Humility—Today’s Gospel Reflection on Proverbs 11:2

Proverbs 11:2 “When pride comes, then comes shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.” Reflection From this verse, we can see that pride and humility lead to different gains in the end. In fact, around us we can see that some people are very lowly, they ask others humbly when encountering things they don’t understand, and they will gain a lot at last. On the contrary, some people think they don’t need to ask others, and they can do anything. Thus, they won’t have other gains to improve themselves and will only remain stagnant. Take the eunuch of Ethiopia, even though he had a high status and prestige at that time, he was not self-righteous but sought the truth humbly from Philip, and received the Lord Jesus’ salvation in the end (Acts 8:26-38); while the Pharisees understood the Bible, but they measured and treated the Lord Jesus according to their notions, and tried to resist the Lord. In the end, they suffered God’s curses and punishment for nailing the Lord to the cross. It can be seen that the proud can only fail at last, while the lowly will gain a great deal.   » Read more in these articles: • How to Be Humble? • Daily Reading: The Samaritan Woman’s Wisdom • Bible Verses About Humility Peace be with you all! Dear brothers and sisters, if you have any understanding or enlightenment from God, you’re welcome to share with us.1. Via the online chat window at the bottom right corner of the screen.2. Send an email to info@testifygod.org.We sincerely hope we’ll grow spiritually through sharing with each other.

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