Today’s Gospel Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. – Matthew 22:37 Reflection This is the most important commandment. The Lord hopes that we can love Him with all our heart, with all our mind, and without our impurity or demands, or misunderstandings of God or suspicion. He hopes that we can love Him more than love our family and marriage, and expend our whole life for Him. Share a passage of God’s words: “It is hoped that you can love God with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength, just as if you were protecting your own life. Is this not a life of the utmost meaning? Where else could you find the meaning of life? Would that not be so blind? Are you willing to love God? Is God worthy of man’s love? Are people worthy of man’s adoration? So what should you do? Love God boldly, without reservations—and see what God will do to you. See if He will slay you. In sum, the task of loving God is more important than copying and writing things down for God. You should give first place to what’s most important, so that your life has more meaning and is full of happiness, and then you should wait for God’s ‘sentence’ for you. I wonder if your plan will include loving God—I would that everyone’s plans become that which is completed by God, and become reality.” Only if we pursue loving God can we live out a life of meaning. May we all become people who love God. Amen! » You may be interested in reading more: • In Your Faith in God You Should Obey God • 4 Steps to Magnify the Lord in Your Life – Daily Practice • What Does It Mean to Fear God? 4 Points Help You Know It » Most people also watch Christian Worship Song “Oh God, My Heart Already Belongs to You”
Today’s Gospel And he said to them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say to him, Caesar’s. Then said he to them, Render therefore to Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s. – Matthew 22:20-21 Reflection This verse was said by the Lord Jesus when the Pharisees tempted Him. From this verse we can see that the Lord asked us to obey the ruling authorities in paying taxes, but should listen to God when it comes to believing in God. This principle applies equally to us Christians today. We should abide by the national system, but with regard to believing in God, we should honor God as great no matter when. If the ruling authorities do not allow us to believe in God or follow God, we must never listen to them. The Lord Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Only God can give us the truth and guide us onto the right path of human life. And only if we practice in accordance with God’s requirements in all things can we gain the truth and life. » You might be interested in: • What Is the Meaning of the Lord Jesus Being Tempted? • God Is Almighty, but Why Did Jesus Redeem Us by Crucifixion • What Is the Significance of the Baptism of the Lord Jesus?
Today’s Gospel But Jesus beheld them, and said to them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. – Matthew 19:26 Reflection When God blessed Abraham, He allowed us to see that God’s word is with authority and the only One who truly exerts authority is God Himself. God said, “As for me, behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. Neither shall your name any more be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made you. And I will make you exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come out of you” (Gen 17:4-6). God promised Abraham that his wife would bear a son. Though his wife was past childbearing age, she bore Isaac the next year. From this fact, we can see God’s faithfulness and His power, and truly experience that God is capable of doing that which man cannot. God’s words say, “If someone says they hope another person will be exceeding fruitful, that nations will be made from them, and that kings shall come from them, then that is undoubtedly a kind of wish, and is not a promise or a blessing. And so, people dare not say ‘I will make you such and such, you shall such and such,’ for they know that they do not possess such power; it is not up to them, and even if they say such things, their words would be empty, and nonsense, driven by their desire and ambition. Does anyone dare to speak in such a grand tone if they feel that they cannot accomplish their wishes? Everyone wishes well for their descendants, and hopes that they will excel and enjoy great success. What great fortune it would be for one of them to become emperor! If one were to be a governor that would be good, too—just as long as they’re someone important! These are all people’s wishes, but people can only wish blessings upon their descendants, and cannot fulfill or make any of their promises come true. In their hearts, everyone clearly knows that they do not possess the power to achieve such things, for their everything is beyond their control, and so how could they command the fate of others? Whereas the reason why God can say words like these is because God possesses such authority, and is capable of accomplishing and realizing all the promises that He makes to man, and of making all the blessings that He bestows upon man come true. Man was created by God, and for God to make someone exceedingly fruitful would be child’s play; to make someone’s descendants prosperous would require but a word from Him. He would never have to work Himself into a sweat for such a thing, or task His mind, or tie Himself in knots over it; this is the very power of God, the very authority of God.” From God’s word, we understand humans are created by God and He rules over and controls mankind. Among creatures, the power of man can never be compared with God’s authority. Also, we should obey God’s sovereignty and arrangements. If we make it, we will gain true happiness and peace. » Read more on our God’s Authority page, or click on the related articles below: • God Promises to Give Abraham a Son • The Word of God “The Authority of the Creator Is Immutable and Unoffendable” » Most people also watch Christian Movie:“The One Who Holds Sovereignty Over Everything” (Christian Musical Documentary)
Today’s Gospel Then said Jesus to his disciples, Truly I say to you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 19:23 Reflection A wealthy young man asked the Lord Jesus that how to gain eternal life. Not only did Jesus tell him to keep the commandments, but told him to sell all his possessions and give to the poor and follow the Lord if he wanted to be perfect. But he couldn’t give up his property and went away sorrowful. In the heart of the rich man, he preferred his wealth to following the Lord, so he missed the boat on entering into the kingdom of heaven. This reminds me of that, in this society, many brothers and sisters rush around for money and reputation and ignore the meetings, which has resulted in their straying farther from God. Then what should we do to satisfy the Lord’s will? I want to share a passage with everyone and hope this will be helpful. “If we are not able to plan or prepare for our future path of survival for the sake of God, this really shows that we can give up everything to satisfy God. Only this is someone who is loyal to God. But man has too little faith, and believe that they cannot survive and have no path to take if they don’t plan or prepare. In fact, spending for God is the way that gets broader the further you follow it. If one leaves God and lives for himself, he will have no path to take and it will be useless to plan or prepare, because everything is in God’s hands and depends on the predestination of God. What God’s this requirement means is that He wants to know whether we can truly entrust ourselves to Him, fully spend ourselves for Him and give up our plan or preparation without any thought for ourselves. Whether we live or die is not our concern, this is a great challenge to our faith. Are you truly willing to sacrifice yourself? Do you have much confidence? Those who can truly abandon his everything for God are people with resolve and this will be a good testimony.” » You may be interested in reading more: • What Is the Way of Eternal Life and How Can We Gain It? • I Finally Know What Is Eternal Life and How to Get It • A Christian’s Testimony: I Got the Way to Shake off the Shackles of Money
Today’s Gospel Honor your father and your mother: and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. – Matthew 19:19 Reflection Everyone must be very familiar with this verse. I used to understand that this is God’s demand of everyone, to respect the elders and cherish the young, to honor our parents, to love others as ourselves. But a passage of God’s words I read later gave me a more profound knowledge of this verse. God says, “These were all things that the Son of man said in humanity; only people would say something like ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. Loving others is the same as cherishing your own life,’ and only people would speak in this manner. God has never spoken that way. At the very least, God does not have this type of language in His divinity because He doesn’t need this kind of tenet, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ to regulate His love for mankind, because God’s love for mankind is a natural revealing of what He has and is. When have you ever heard that God said anything like ‘I love mankind as I love Myself’? Because love is in God’s essence, and in what He has and is. God’s love for mankind and the way He treats people and His attitude are a natural expression and revealing of His disposition. He does not need to deliberately do this a certain way, or deliberately follow a certain method or a moral code to achieve loving His neighbor as Himself—He already possesses this type of essence. What do you see in this? When God worked in humanity, many of His methods, words, and truths were all expressed in a human way. But at the same time God’s disposition, what He has and is, and His will were expressed for people to know and understand them. What they knew and understood was exactly His essence and what He has and is, which represent the inherent identity and status of God Himself.” From God’s words we can see that God asks us to love others as ourselves, and hopes that we can take this demand as the behavioral principles and standards of our real life. God doesn’t need this principle to standardize Himself, for God Himself is love, and His essence is love. God’s love for man is His natural expression, in which there is nothing impure, and no conditions. How real and actual God’s love is! Thanks be to God! » Read more on our Christian Family page, or click on the related articles below: • Christian Diary: Grandma Isn’t So Clumsy as I Said • How to Handle the Relationship Between Mother-in-Law and Daughter-in-Law • She Finally Put Aside 11-Year Grudge Against Her Mother
Today’s Gospel And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall join to his wife: and they two shall be one flesh? – Matthew 19:5 Reflection Marriage is a key event in the life of every one of us. We harbor many illusions about marriage before we experience it ourselves. But marriage is not a matter of individual choice, it is predetermined by God. Just as God’s words say, “Marriage is an important juncture in a person’s life. It is the product of a person’s fate, a crucial link in one’s fate; it is not founded on any person’s individual volition or preferences, and is not influenced by any external factors, but is completely determined by the fates of the two parties, by the Creator’s arrangements and predeterminations regarding the fates of the couple.” “A marriage is not the product of both members’ families, the circumstances in which they grew up, their appearances, their ages, their qualities, their talents, or any other factors; rather, it arises from a shared mission and a related fate. This is the origin of marriage, a product of human fate orchestrated and arranged by the Creator.” From God’s words we can understand that our marriage is not decided by our appearances, families, ages, preferences or other external factors, but presided over and predestined by God. » You may be interested in reading more: • How She Chose a Right Life Partner • God’s Love Hidden Behind a Late Marriage • God’s Will in Marriage: How Does God Show You Who to Marry?
Today’s Gospel And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it to the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be to you as an heathen man and a publican. – Matthew 18:17 Reflection God has principles in treating man, so He requires us to treat others in a principled way. If a person sins, as long as he can repent, God will not abandon him. If he, after being helped many times, never accepts or repents, we will keep far away from such person. Just as God says: “What does God’s word require as the principle for treating others? Love what God loves, hate what God hates. That is, the people loved by God who truly pursue the truth and who carry out God’s will, are the people you should love. Those who don’t carry out God’s will, hate God, disobey God, and are despised by God, are people we should despise and reject. That’s what God’s word requires.” We should treat others according to what God’s word requires. God loves those who pursue the truth, practice His words and accept others’ suggestions; He hates those who don’t accept the truth, practice the truth despite clear awareness of it, or listen to others’ suggestions. » You may be interested in reading more: • Three Principles for Serving God Harmoniously • Lord Jesus Treated 5,000 Men and His Disciples Differently • How to Help and Support Brothers and Sisters in Christ: 3 Principles
Today’s Gospel But if he will not hear you, then take with you one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. – Matthew 18:16 Reflection We should help him with a loving heart if one commits sins. But if he doesn’t listen to us, what should we do? Maybe I would not help him again but define that he doesn’t accept the truth and ditch him. From this verse, we can understand God’s requirements of man. If someone doesn’t accept our help, we may take other brothers and sisters to help him again and again. Also, I have known God’s merciful and compassionate disposition. His love for mankind is vast and He gives people many chances. He doesn’t treat people based on their transgressions but only looks at whether they will someday be able to change. As long as there is a thread of hope for man, God will do all He can to save everyone. Share a paragraph of God’s words: “I do not want to see anyone feeling as though God has left them out in the cold, that God has abandoned them or turned His back on them. I would only like to see everyone on the road to seeking the truth and seeking to understand God, boldly marching onward with unfaltering will, with no misgivings, carrying no burdens. No matter what wrongs you have committed, no matter how far you have gone astray or how much you have transgressed, do not let these become burdens or excess baggage to carry with you in your pursuit to understand God: Continue marching onward. No matter when it occurs, the heart of God that is man’s salvation never changes: This is the most precious part of the essence of God.” » You may be interested in reading more: • A Christian’s Testimony: How to Mend a Friendship Broken by Interests • Three Principles for Serving God Harmoniously » Most people also watch Christian Music Video: Come Before God Often
Today’s Gospel Moreover if your brother shall trespass against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone: if he shall hear you, you have gained your brother. – Matthew 18:15 Reflection From this verse, we felt the Lord Jesus’ loving and merciful disposition. On one hand, this word teaches us to forgive others; on the other hand, we should help others. Friction is unavoidable when we get along with others. If we show no tolerance but quibble over every detail, then we cannot coexist normally with any people, which will also bring us great suffering. The Lord Jesus once taught us to love our neighbors as ourselves, but it doesn’t mean we should merely be tolerant blindly. It means we should point out others’ problems and help them when we find they did something wrong. God’s words say, “These relationships aren’t established on the flesh, but on the foundation of God’s love. There are almost no interactions based on the flesh, but in the spirit there is fellowship as well as love, comfort, and provision for one another. This is all done on the foundation of a heart that satisfies God. These relationships aren’t maintained by relying on a human philosophy of life, but they are formed very naturally through the burden for God. They don’t require human effort—they are practiced through the principles of the word of God.” Only by acting according to God’s requirements can we have normal relationships. However, most of the time, we either merely yield to others blindly or hate others, and our ways of practice always deviate. In fact, to tell others their problems is helpful to them. It needs us to break free from the control of self-image, no longer be a yes-person, and persist in the truth and dare to point out problems. This is true love. » You might be interested in: • Getting on With My Roommate Is No Longer a Problem for Me Who Is Fastidious • A Christian’s Testimony: How to Mend a Friendship Broken by Interests • 4 Tips for Christians to Get Along With People and Build a Good Relationship
Today’s Gospel How think you? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, does he not leave the ninety and nine, and goes into the mountains, and seeks that which is gone astray? – Matthew 18:12 Reflection Why the Lord Jesus expressed His love for us human beings by parable and what the Lord’s will was? I didn’t understand the profound meaning within it until one day I saw the word of God on the gospel website. God’s word says: “(Mat 18:12-14) How think you? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, does he not leave the ninety and nine, and goes into the mountains, and seeks that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, truly I say to you, he rejoices more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. This is a metaphor—what kind of feeling do people get from this passage? The way this metaphor is expressed utilizes a figure of speech in human language; it’s something within the scope of human knowledge. If God had said something similar in the Age of Law, people would have felt that it wasn’t really consistent with who God was, but when the Son of man delivered this passage in the Age of Grace, it felt comforting, warm, and intimate to people. When God became flesh, when He appeared in the form of a man, He used a very appropriate metaphor to express the voice of His heart in humanity. This voice represented God’s own voice and the work He wanted to do in that age. It also represented an attitude that God had toward people in the Age of Grace. Looking from the perspective of God’s attitude toward people, He compared each person to a sheep. If a sheep is lost, He will do whatever it takes to find it. This represents a principle of God’s work among mankind this time in the flesh. God used this parable to describe His resolve and attitude in that work. This was the advantage of God becoming flesh: He could take advantage of mankind’s knowledge and use human language to speak to people, to express His will. He explained or ‘translated’ to man His profound, divine language that people struggled to understand in human language, in a human way. This helped people understand His will and know what He wanted to do. He could also have conversations with people from the human perspective, using human language, and communicate with people in a way they understood. He could even speak and work using human language and knowledge so that people could feel God’s kindness and closeness, so that they could see His heart.” From the word of God, I understood that through the parable—“a man seeks the lost sheep,” the Lord Jesus used the feeling that we can understand to describe God’s eager desire to save people, so that we can experience God’s sincere feelings of expecting mankind to be able to return to the proper path after going astray. When a person strays far from God, God’s intention in wanting to find him is the same as the man’s intention in looking for the lost sheep; when this person is recovered and returns to God again, God feels the joy which is like that of the man finding his lost sheep. But the Lord Jesus’ word didn’t mean that He preferred this lost sheep to the ninety and nine that did not go astray, but expressed God’s love and expectation of mankind. God places great importance on us and also hopes us to be able to turn to Him and come before Him to worship Him. So we can understand God’s love for mankind. » Further reading on The Parables of Jesus page, or in the articles below: • My Harvest From the Parable of a Shepherd Seeking the Lost Sheep • Learn Secret to God’s Salvation From the Story of Zacchaeus • Inspiration From the Parable of the Sower in the Bible • Knowing Meaning of God’s Work in His Incarnation From Parables » Most people also watch Christian Music Video: “God Is Seeking Your Heart and Your Spirit“
Today’s Gospel Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 18:4 Reflection This verse let me think of the reason for the failure of the Pharisees: They did not have a heart of humble seeking, and instead stubbornly held on to their notions and imaginations, neither seeking nor investigating the new work the Lord Jesus did. Eventually they used the Lord Jesus’ not keeping the laws as an excuse to condemn, resist and even crucify the Lord, and thus were cursed and punished by God. It can be seen that how important it is for us to have a heart of humble seeking. Even if we do not understand, we shall not reach a verdict. Instead, we should seek and wait for God’s leading with a humble attitude. Now is already the last days, if anyone tells us the gospel of the second coming of the Lord, we should seek and investigate humbly, not blindly resist. Only in this way can we become the one whom the Lord commends. Share some words of God: “God seeks those who long for Him to appear. He seeks those who are able to hear His words, those who have not forgotten His commission and offer up their heart and body to Him. He seeks those who are as obedient as babes before Him, and do not resist Him.” » You may be interested in reading more: • How to Be Humble? • How Should Christians Prepare for the Day of the Lord? • I Finally Know What Is Eternal Life and How to Get It
Today’s Gospel And said, Truly I say to you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 18:3 Reflection We must become as little children based on the Lord Jesus’ demands, then we can enter the kingdom of heaven. So what does becoming as little children refer to? Do not lie or deceive God, put aside our attempts and desires while believing in God, be simple and open as little children, and be honest but wise, which is the likeness that a person loved by God should have. Only this kind of people can enter the kingdom of heaven. Just as God’s words say, “My kingdom requires those who are honest, not hypocritical, and not deceitful. Aren’t the sincere and honest people in the world unpopular? I am completely opposite as it. 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.” From God’s words we can see that God loves innocent and open people who have no pretensions, and speak whatever in their heart with God, and with brothers and sisters, and do not package themselves; while those deceitful people, nobody can know what they think and what they want to do, they are living by Satan’s life philosophy and cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. » You may be interested in reading more: • What Kinds of People Can Enter Heavenly Kingdom? • Can Man Enter Kingdom of Heaven by Laboring for the Lord? • Sermon on the Kingdom of God – 3 Standards You Should Know