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Matthew 7:21 “Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Reflection To enter the kingdom of heaven is every Christian’s wish, but what conditions must be fulfilled in order to enter the kingdom of heaven? Many people think that as long as they hold on to the name of the Lord, labor and sacrifice for the Lord, they can be brought into the kingdom of heaven. I thought so, but later I read a passage online: “Many believers in the Lord believe the same thing that you do: ‘As long as I work hard and bear the cross for the Lord, exhibit some good behaviors and bear witness well, I will be qualified to wait for the Lord’s return and be raptured into the kingdom of heaven.’ Humans see this as perfectly reasonable, but is that what God’s will is? Do His words bear that out? If not, then this thinking on the part of man certainly comes out of human notions and imagination. Thinking back to when the Pharisees would frequently explain the scriptures to people in the synagogues, they appeared to strictly adhere to the laws, the rules, and the commandments, and in others’ eyes they were very pious and were upstanding in their behavior. But why did they madly resist and condemn the Lord Jesus and even nail Him to the cross? This proves that people may work hard for the Lord and be well-behaved on the outside but it does not mean that they obey and love God in their hearts. Outward piety does not represent a heart that magnifies and reveres God. People may frequently explain the Bible to others, but that doesn’t mean that they are able to put the Lord’s words into practice or to follow God’s way.” Until then did I realize that my opinion was based on Paul’s words rather than Jesus Christ’s. Jesus Christ never said that one could enter the kingdom of heaven by working hard. Instead, He said, “Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). Implementing the heavenly father’s will is implementing God’s words, God’s commandments and God’s instructions. God says, “You can devote your heart and body and all of your genuine love to God, place them before Him, be completely obedient toward Him, and be absolutely considerate to His will. Not for the flesh, not for family, and not for your personal desires, but for the interests of God’s household. In everything you can take God’s word as the principle, as the foundation. That way, your intentions and your perspectives will all be in the right place, and you will be someone who gains God’s praise before Him. Those who God likes are people who are absolute toward Him, people who are devoted to Him and none other.” Want to learn more gospel news about the arrival of God’s kingdom? You’re welcome to connect with us via Live Chat. » You may be interested in reading more: • Can Believers Absolved of Sins Enter the Kingdom of Heaven • What Kinds of People Can Enter Heavenly Kingdom? • Can We Enter Heavenly Kingdom After Being Justified by Faith? » Most people also watch Christian Movie: “Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit” Clip: Can the Saved Enter the Kingdom of Heaven?
Today’s Gospel And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him. – Matthew 25:6 Reflection There are many prophecies in the Bible about the second coming of Jesus Christ. Presently, public morals are degenerating with each passing day. The human race is become increasingly evil and depraved. Disasters are occurring frequently around the world. Rarely seen astronomical phenomena are also appearing. The Bible’s prophecies regarding the return of the Lord have basically been fulfilled already. Many pious Christians have premonitions that the Lord has already returned … Now that the Lord has returned, how should we welcome Him? Speaking of the matter of welcoming the second coming of Jesus Christ, the Lord Jesus once said something really important: “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him” (Matthew 25:6). That shows that there are people preaching and bearing witness to the second coming of Jesus Christ when He comes again. Through men, the returned Lord makes His voice known to everyone who is waiting for His appearance. God wants us to be like the wise virgins who can humbly seek and listen to His voice. Now that we have understood Jesus’ will, if we hear someone bearing witness to Jesus’ second coming, we should carefully listen to God’s voice as the wise virgins did and measure whether what they preach is the utterances of God; we can also go to find the preachers who spread the gospel of second coming of Jesus and judge whether that is the appearance of God. Only in this way can we have the hope to receive the second coming of Jesus Christ. Just as one passage of God’s words said, “Since we are searching for the footprints of God, we must search for God’s will, for the words of God, for the utterances of God—for where there are the new words of God, there is the voice of God, and where there are the footsteps of God, there are the deeds of God. Where there is the expression of God, there is the appearance of God, and where there is the appearance of God, there exists the truth, the way, and the life.” » You may be interested in reading more: • The Lord Jesus Is Standing at the Door and How Can We Welcome Him? • How to Welcome the Lord’s Return to Be After God’s Will • Key Principles of Welcoming the Lord’s Return
Today’s Gospel Therefore be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes. – Matthew 24:44 Reflection Two thousand years ago, the Lord Jesus said, “And, behold, I come quickly” (Rev 3:11). All those who truly believe in the Lord obsessively hope that they can be raptured into the kingdom of heaven when He comes again. Everyone firmly believes that the Lord will come again in the last days, but how will He come and how will He appear to us? Many people haven’t pondered the Lord’s will from His words “… for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes” (Mat 24:44). Since He said that we cannot imagine when He comes again, then how should we welcome His return? As a matter of fact, the Bible verses have shown us the path, such as, “Behold, I come as a thief” (Rev 16:15), “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him” (Mat 25:6), “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Rev 3:20). All of these verses show us that the Lord will come as a thief in the last days and express His words to knock on the door of our heart in secret. Wise virgins who are watching and waiting have followed the footsteps of God and attended the wedding feast of the Lamb since they heard the voice of God and saw the appearance of Him and recognized the returned Lord Jesus. Share a passage of God’s words, “Since we are searching for the footprints of God, we must search for God’s will, for the words of God, for the utterances of God—for where there are the new words of God, there is the voice of God, and where there are the footsteps of God, there are the deeds of God. Where there is the expression of God, there is the appearance of God, and where there is the appearance of God, there exists the truth, the way, and the life.” » You may be interested in reading more on our The Gospel of Jesus Christ about Second Coming of Jesus Christ, or by clicking on the articles below: • I’ve Learned How to Recognize the Returned Lord • Two Kinds of Prophecies of Lord Jesus’ Second Coming • The Lord Jesus Is Standing at the Door and How Can We Welcome Him?
Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Reflection In this verse, the Lord Jesus taught us to learn to discern people, not from their exterior, but from their substance. Some people externally serve the Lord and preach the Bible to others all day, but they never act according to the word of God, but deliberately oppose God. Such people do not genuinely believe in God. This makes me think of hypocritical Pharisees: They purposely prayed in the synagogue and on the street corners; when they fasted, they’d purposely have a sad expression on their faces to let people know they were fasting; they purposely donated on the street, making sure that other people saw them do it; they even followed many of the traditional rules such as, “Do not eat unless you’ve washed your hands thoroughly,” etc. From the outside, they were very devout. However, when the Lord Jesus came to work, in order to save their own positions, they flagrantly made up lies and bore false witness to condemn and resist the Lord Jesus. In the end, they even colluded with the prefect to crucify the Lord Jesus. This shows that they were ravening wolves and had the essence of hating the truth. Therefore, we must diecern people according to the word of God, and observe whether this person accepts and loves the truth, instead of just looking at his appearance. » You may be interested in reading more: • How Can We Discern False Christs? 3 Keys You Need to Know • Having Learned to Discern False Christs, I Welcomed the Lord • I Knew How to Distinguish Between the True Christ and False Ones From a Meeting on Facebook
Today’s Gospel But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. – Matthew 4:4 Reflection This verse should be many Christians’ motto. God’s word is the truth and the daily bread of our life. Because of God’s word, we are supplied and sated in our spirit; so that we have faith to stand testimony when we encounter failure and defeat, trials and refinement, just as God’s word says, “the Lord Jesus said, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone,’ which means that, although man lives in a physical body, what gives him life, what allows his physical body to live and breathe, is not food, but all the words uttered by the mouth of God. On the one hand, man regards these words as truth. The words give him faith, make him feel that he can depend on God, that God is truth. On the other hand, is there a practical aspect to these words? (There is.) Why? Because the Lord Jesus has fasted for 40 days and nights and He is still standing there, still alive. Is this an illustration? The point here is that He has not eaten anything, any food for 40 days and nights. He is still alive. This is the powerful evidence behind His phrase. The phrase is simple, but, as far as the Lord Jesus is concerned, was His phrase taught to Him by someone else, or did He think of it only because of what Satan had said to Him? Think about it. God is truth. God is life. Was God’s truth and life a late add-on? Was it born of experience? (No.) It is innate in God, meaning that truth and life reside in God’s substance. Whatever befalls Him, what He reveals is truth. This truth, this phrase—whether its content is long or short—it can let man live, give him life; it can enable man to find, within itself, truth, clarity about life’s journey, and enable him to have faith in God. This is the source of God’s use of this phrase. The source is positive, so is this positive thing holy? (Yes.)” Thank God for bestowing word to us so that we can know God from His word and also understand the meaning of life and pursue the growth of life in God’s word every day. » You may be interested in reading more: • Inspiration From the Lord Jesus Allowing Satan to Tempt Him • True Meaning of Man Living by God’s Word • God Is With Me, I Fear Disaster No More
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 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient to the day is the evil thereof. – Matthew 6:34 Reflection This is God’s exhortation to us. We often worry about our basic necessities, children’s prospects and providing for the elderly… The reason for these is that we have no understanding of God’s ruling over all things and have no confidence to entrust everything to Him. The Bible said, “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things.” Actually, God knows clearly our difficulties and necessities. He has prepared for us everything. Before He created mankind, God had created all things that mankind needs. But we don’t put our trust in God, we worry a lot about unknown future. Then how should we truly cast away worry and entrust difficulties to God. Share a paragraph of God’s words: “When confronting real-life problems, how should you know and understand God’s authority and His sovereignty? When you do not know how to understand, handle, and experience these problems, what attitude should you adopt to show your intention, your desire, and your reality of submitting to God’s sovereignty and arrangements? First you must learn to wait; then you must learn to seek; then you must learn to submit. ‘Waiting’ means waiting for the time of God, awaiting the people, events, and things that He has arranged for you, waiting for His will to gradually reveal itself to you. ‘Seeking’ means observing and understanding God’s thoughtful intentions for you through the people, events, and things that He has laid out, understanding the truth through them, understanding what humans must accomplish and the ways they must keep, understanding what results God means to achieve in humans and what accomplishments He means to attain in them. ‘Submitting,’ of course, refers to accepting the people, events, and things that God has orchestrated, accepting His sovereignty and, through it, coming to know how the Creator dictates man’s fate, how He supplies man with His life, how He works the truth into man. All things under God’s arrangements and sovereignty obey natural laws, and if you resolve to let God arrange and dictate everything for you, you should learn to wait, you should learn to seek, you should learn to submit. This is the attitude that every person who wants to submit to God’s authority must take, the basic quality that every person who wants to accept God’s sovereignty and arrangements must possess. To hold such an attitude, to possess such a quality, you must work harder; and only thus can you enter into the true reality.” O God! I’ve seen clearly my faith is too immature when the truth is revealed. I cannot entrust everything to You but arrange for myself. May You guide me to experience more Your work so that I can see Your deeds more and learn to truly rely on You, and entrust everything to You. Amen! If you have any difficulties in faith or life, don’t hesitate to chat with us via Live Chat. We’re glad to pray for you and share the Lord’s love with you. » You may be interested in reading more: • 4 Essential Steps to Truly Believe in God • How to Keep Faith in God During Trials • God’s Timing Is Perfect—A Christian’s Experience of Job Hunting • I Understand God’s Plan for My Life by Seeking God in Adversity
Today’s Gospel For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day. — Matthew 12:8 Reflection When I read Jesus’ these words, I only knew that observing the Sabbath was God’s requirement of man during the Old Testament age, but when Jesus came, He brought the Age of Grace and made new requirement of man. As long as we follow Him, we don’t need to keep the Sabbath because the Lord Jesus has freed mankind from the constraints of the law. As we all know, God’s word is the truth, and is not as simple as its literal meaning. What else has the Lord Jesus conveyed to us in His these words? God says, “The sentence ‘the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day’ tells people that God’s everything is immaterial, and although God can provide all of your material needs, once all of your material needs have been met, can the satisfaction from these things replace your pursuit of truth? That is clearly not possible! God’s disposition and what He has and is that we have fellowshiped about are both the truth. It cannot be measured with the heavy price of material objects nor can its value be quantified with money, because it is not a material object, and it supplies the needs of each and every person’s heart. For every person, the value of these intangible truths should be greater than the value of any material things you think are nice, right? This statement is something you need to linger over. The key point of what I’ve said is that what God has and is and God’s everything are the most important things for every single person and they cannot be replaced by any material object. I’ll give you an example: When you’re hungry, you need food. This food can be relatively good or relatively lacking, but as long as you have your fill, that unpleasant feeling of being hungry will no longer be there—it will be gone. You can sit there in peace, and your body will be at rest. People’s hunger can be resolved with food, but when you’re following God and feel that you have no understanding of Him, how can you resolve the emptiness in your heart? Can it be resolved with food? Or when you’re following God and don’t understand His will, what can you use to make up for that hunger in your heart? In the process of your experience of salvation through God, while pursuing a change in your disposition, if you don’t understand His will or don’t know what the truth is, if you don’t understand God’s disposition, don’t you feel very uneasy? Don’t you feel a strong hunger and thirst in your heart? Don’t these feelings prevent you from feeling peace in your heart? So how can you make up for that hunger in your heart—is there a way to resolve it? Some people go shopping, some find their friends to confide in, some people sleep their fill, others read more of God’s words, or they work harder and expend more effort to fulfill their duties. Can these things resolve your actual difficulties? All of you fully understand these kinds of practices. When you feel powerless, when you feel a strong desire to gain enlightenment from God to allow you to know the reality of truth and His will, what do you need most? What you need isn’t a full meal, and it’s not a few kind words. More than that, it’s not the transient comfort and satisfaction of the flesh—what you need is for God to directly, clearly tell you what you should do and how you should do it, to clearly tell you what the truth is. After you’ve understood this, even if it’s just a tiny bit, don’t you feel more satisfied in your heart than if you had eaten a good meal? When your heart is satisfied, doesn’t your heart, your whole person, gain true peace?” God’s words tell us the practical meaning of the sentence “the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.” No matter how much of the material things we have, including money, fame and fortune, and status, they cannot satisfy our spiritual needs. Only if we understand God’s will and requirements, know the value of the truth, invite God into our heart, submit to His orchestrations and arrangements in all things without individual choice, no longer strive or scheme for ourselves, and can entrust everything to Him, obey, fear, and love God, can we have true peace in our spirits. » You may be interested in reading more: • Why Was the Lord Jesus’ Work Met With So Much Hindrance? • How Can You Make Your Belief in God Be Approved by Him? • The Lord Jesus Is Standing at the Door and How Can We Welcome Him?
Today’s Gospel And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. – Matthew 11:12 Reflection From this verse, we can see the Lord Jesus pointed out the condition to enter into the heavenly kingdom to us: Only by striving hard can we enter into the heavenly kingdom. As Christians, our greatest hope is to be raptured into the heavenly kingdom. How should we strive hard? And toward what direction should we devote our efforts? The Lord Jesus said, “Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). And the Bible recorded: “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Heb 12:14). It is obvious that only by following God’s will, His way, being cleansed and breaking free from corruption can we enter into the kingdom of heaven. But many people don’t focus on following God’s way or practicing God’s words. They believe that as long as they labor for the Lord, abandon other things and spend for the Lord, and spread the gospel, we can enter into the kingdom of heaven. This reminds me of the Pharisees. They wholeheartedly strived to labor for the Lord, compassed land and sea spreading the gospel. They believed that they could be approved by the Lord and enter the heavenly kingdom by doing so. This was the direction they were working toward. In the end, however, their actions were hypocritical in the Lord’s eyes. It was because they didn’t practice the words of the Lord but wanted to enter into the holy kingdom of God by laboring. This was impossible. Whereas Peter, in the course of following the Lord Jesus, took heed to practice according to the Lord’s requests in all things, sought to love and satisfy God. At last, he achieved the ultimate love of God, obeyed unto death, and was nailed upside down on the cross for God’s sake, thereby becoming a person after God’s heart. Such kind of person would surely live in the heavenly kingdom. Through comparing those two directions, it is not difficult for us to get the answer: Among believers in God following Him, only those who practice the words of the Lord, follow the Lord’s way and His will can enter into the heavenly kingdom. This is the only condition to enter the heavenly kingdom. Just as God’s words say, “You must know what kind of people I desire; those who are impure are not permitted to enter into the kingdom, those who are impure are not permitted to besmirch the holy ground. Though you may have done much work, and have worked for many years, in the end if you are still deplorably filthy—it is intolerable to the law of Heaven that you wish to enter My kingdom! From the foundation of the world until today, never have I offered easy access to My kingdom to those who curry favor with Me. This is a heavenly rule, and no one can break it!” From God’s words, we know that God is righteous and holy, and so is God’s kingdom. How can He allow filthy and corrupt people to enter His kingdom? Meanwhile, we see that God’s will is to bring those who are saved by Him, who are cleansed and changed, into His kingdom. Having understood God’s will, we should seek to follow His will and His way to be cleansed and perfected, thus being able to possess a supreme love of God and obey unto death like Peter. Only then can we become someone after God’s heart, and have a place in the heavenly kingdom. » You may be interested in reading more: • Sermon: What and Where Is the Kingdom of God? • Do You Know the Requirements to Enter the Kingdom of God? • Grasping the 4 Key Elements, You Will Serve God’s Will » Most people also watch Church Skits: “Wishful Thinking”: Can We Enter the Kingdom of Heaven by Following Paul?
Today’s Gospel Then Jesus said to them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. – Matthew 16:6 Reflection In what context did the Lord Jesus speak the words? It is written in the Bible, “Which when Jesus perceived, he said to them, O you of little faith, why reason you among yourselves, because you have brought no bread? Do you not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets you took up? Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets you took up? How is it that you do not understand that I spoke it not to you concerning bread, that you should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees” (Matthew 16:8-12). The Pharisees and the Sadducees were the high-level people in the church at that time, but why did the Lord Jesus teach His disciples to beware of them? When the Lord Jesus was working, He performed many miracles. The Pharisees and Sadducees, seeing many people follow the Lord Jesus, wished to still keep their positions and jobs. Therefore, they continuously fabricated lots of rumors against Him and slandered and condemned Him. However, the foolish Jewish people, after hearing the rumors, had no discernment and couldn’t maintain a firm stance. They followed the Pharisees and the Sadducees to deny and judge Him. Under that background, the Lord Jesus said to His disciples, “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees” (Matthew 16:6). The Jewish people, because of being deceived by the rumors of the Pharisees and the Sadducees, followed them to nail the Lord Jesus to the cross, becoming those who resisted and condemned God. In the end, the entire nation suffered the destruction. The disciples of the Lord Jesus recognized that He was the coming Messiah from His work and words; they saw through the Pharisees and the Sadducees’ tricks of making rumors, and followed the Lord Jesus steadfastly. Faced with rumors, their two different attitudes determined their different fate. We should learn lessons from this so that we won’t miss out on the second coming of Jesus because of rumors when meeting His appearance and work. » You may be interested in reading more: • Beware of the Pharisees’ Leaven on the Path to the Heavenly Kingdom • Will the Lord First Give Revelation to Pastors Upon His Second Coming? • Learn the Root of the Pharisees’ Resistance of the Lord Jesus in the Bible from 3 Aspects » Most people also watch Christian Crosstalk “Last Days’ Pharisees”: Who Blocks Christians From Welcoming Lord Jesus’ Return
Today’s Gospel If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? – Matthew 7:11 Reflection As a parent, if we have something good, we’ll first think of our children and give it to them. This is parental love for children. We man love our children like this, doesn’t God’s love for us mankind surpass parental love? What God gives is the best. As long as we pray to God, He’ll answer our needs. But sometimes when we pray to God, He doesn’t satisfy our desires. For example, we pray to God every day, asking Him to keep us, so that we can live a peaceful and smooth life. However, when things we encounter don’t go according to our desires, we’ll doubt God, and always think that those bad things shouldn’t happen to us. Why is this? In fact, there are God’s good intentions behind the things that we believe are not good in our eyes. This is beyond our imagination. Take me as an example. I went to sign a contract some time ago. This contract had something to do with our company’s benefits in the second half. But I was stuck in a traffic jam for an accident on my way there, and therefore I missed the time to sign the contract. At that moment, I couldn’t help complaining against God because I thought I had prayed and entrusted this matter to Him, and the result shouldn’t be like that. Only later did I know: The company with which I was going to sign the contract was a shell corporation. It was fraud. Not long after, it was sealed up. And because of the traffic jam, I was not cheated. Only then did I realize: It was God who orchestrated the traffic jam to stop me from being deceived so that our company avoided loss. But I was too blind to know that it was God’s love for me, and I even complained against God. It seemed to be a bad thing, but there was God’s love behind it. It was God’s protection for me. God says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, said Jehovah. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). A passage of God’s words says, “If you believe in the dominion of God, then you must believe that the things that happen every day, be they good or bad, don’t happen accidentally. It is not that someone doesn’t get on with you or opposes you on purpose; it is actually all arranged and orchestrated by God.” God’s thoughts are higher than ours and beyond our imagination. May we come first before God to seek and obey Him in everything that happens around us, no matter whether or not it is in line with our desires, whether it is good or bad in our eyes. Believe that there is God’s good intentions in everything and it is God’s love for us. » You may be interested in reading more: • Rainbow Covenant: Know God’s Love and Selflessness • Why Isn’t Suffering Such a Bad Thing? Here Is God’s Will • How to Overcome Trials and Tribulations in Life » Further reading on Commentaries on Matthew page.
Today’s Gospel Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus said to him, I say not to you, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. – Matthew 18:21-22 Reflection I’ve read this verse many times, but what I could learn is that God asks us to forgive others. The passage of God’s words shared below tells us the more profound meaning of this verse. God says, “When the Lord Jesus said this, what was in His heart? Was He really thinking of seventy times seven? He wasn’t. Is there a number of times God will forgive man? There are many people who are very interested in the “number of times” mentioned, who really want to understand the origin and the meaning of this number. They want to understand why this number came out of the Lord Jesus’ mouth; they believe that there is a deeper implication to this number. In fact, this was just God’s expression in humanity. Any implication or meaning must be taken along with the Lord Jesus’ requirements for mankind. When God had not become flesh, people did not understand much of what He said because it came out of complete divinity. The perspective and context of what He said was invisible and unreachable to mankind; it was expressed from a spiritual realm that people could not see. For people who lived in the flesh, they could not pass through the spiritual realm. But after God became flesh, He spoke to mankind from the perspective of humanity, and He came out of and surpassed the scope of the spiritual realm. He could express His divine disposition, will, and attitude, through things humans could imagine and things they saw and encountered in their lives, and using methods that humans could accept, in a language they could understand, and knowledge they could grasp, to allow mankind to understand and to know God, to comprehend His intention and His required standards within the scope of their capacity, to the degree that they were able. This was the method and principle of God’s work in humanity. Even though God’s ways and His principles of working in the flesh were mostly achieved by or through humanity, it truly did achieve results that could not be achieved by working directly in divinity. God’s work in humanity was more concrete, authentic, and targeted, the methods were much more flexible, and in form it surpassed the Age of Law.” From God’s words I got to know that God not only teaches us to forgive others but also tells us the way of God’s salvation of man in this verse. God becomes flesh to work among man for the sake of man’s better understanding of His requirements and will. When the Lord Jesus was working, He gave a lot of sermons and expressed many truths. This method of work was more vivid and realistic than the previous work done by the Spirit, and was more beneficial for man. Then will the Lord work in the flesh when He comes in the last days? » You may be interested in reading more: • How I Let Go of My Resentment Against My Close Friend • How to Live in Harmony With a Stroppy Roommate • 4 Tips for Christians to Get Along With People and Build a Good Relationship