Getting Along With Others

Getting Along With Others – Reflection on Matthew 18:15

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

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

The Parable of the Lost Sheep – Reflection on Matthew 18:12

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“

Humble Himself As This Little Child

Humble Himself As This Little Child – Reflection on Matthew 18:4

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

Only the Honest Can Enter the Kingdom of Heaven – Gospel Reflection on Matthew 18:3

Only the Honest Can Enter the Kingdom of Heaven – Reflection on Matthew 18:3

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

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Righteousness of God – Reflection on Matthew 16:27

Today’s Gospel For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. – Matthew 16:27 Reflection When the Lord comes the second time, He will establish the outcome of every man according to his actions in his life. This is decided by God’s righteous disposition. So, we should have a cautious and prudent heart toward everything that comes upon us, and pay attention to practicing according to the Lord’s words in all things and all of the time, so that we’ll live before God. Let’s share a passage of God’s words: “Therefore, I still want to emphasize this once more, and inform everyone present to be cautious and prudent toward everything that comes from God. Don’t speak carelessly, and don’t be careless in your actions. Before you say anything, you should think: Would doing this anger God? Is doing this fearing God? Even for simple matters, you should still really try to figure these questions out, really consider them. If you can truly practice according to these principles everywhere, in all things, and all of the time, especially with regard to the matters you don’t understand, then God will always guide you, and will always give you a path to follow. No matter what people are displaying, God sees it all clearly, plainly, and He will provide you with an accurate and suitable evaluation of these displays. After you’ve experienced the final trial, God will take all of your behavior and sum it up completely to establish your outcome. This result will convince everyone beyond the shadow of a doubt. What I’d like to tell you is that your every deed, your every action, and your every thought will decide your fate.” God is righteous, and He observes the depths of man’s heart. God’s arrangement for every man is fair and reasonable, and is totally according to man’s nature and deeds. This is God’s rewarding every man according to his works.”   » You may be interested in reading more:  • God’s Wrath Is a Safeguard for All Just Forces and All Positive Things • God’s Mercy and Tolerance Are Not Rare—Man’s True Repentance Is • The Creator’s Righteous Disposition Is Real and Vivid

Gospel for Today, Matthew 16:23

Gospel for Today – Reflection on Matthew 16:23

Today’s Gospel But He turned, and said to Peter, Get you behind Me, Satan: you are an offense to Me: for you mind not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. – Matthew 16:23 Reflection Peter relied on his own will and good intention to dissuade the Lord Jesus from going to the cross. We can see God’s righteous and holy disposition from the Lord Jesus’ words to Peter. We humans have life philosophies, so we always spare others’ feelings or give ourselves some leeway in our words and actions. If we are faced with the similar case, we may say, “There is no need to quibble over every detail since you do this out of good intention.” or “You do this in order to protect me, but do not say that next time.” However, God has neither human will nor man’s moderation nor ambiguous words. God is principled in His actions: He is straight and to the point. This is the manifestation of God’s disposition.   » You may be interested in reading more: • God Is Almighty, but Why Did Jesus Redeem Us by Crucifixion • Incapable of Getting Rid of Sin, How Can We Be Called Righteous? • After Sodom’s Repeated Resistance and Hostility Toward Him, God Utterly Eradicates It

Reflection on Matthew 16-2

Gospel for Today – Reflection on Matthew 16:22

Today’s Gospel But he turned, and said to Peter, Get you behind me, Satan: you are an offense to me: for you mind not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. – Matthew 16:22 Reflection When the Lord Jesus predicted to His disciples His own death and resurrection, Peter relied upon his kindness and dissuaded Him from going to the cross. In our view, Peter didn’t want the Lord Jesus to be crucified out of kindness. But how did Lord Jesus view this? God’s words say, “When the Lord Jesus was about to be crucified, what did Peter say? (‘Be it far from you, Lord: this shall not be to you’ (Mat 16: 22).) Did Peter have the true belief when he said these things? (No.) What is this called? This is man’s good intention, and this is called interrupting. Where did his good intention come from? (His own will.) Why was he able to manifest this kind of self-will? He had a point of view. What point of view? He didn’t understand God’s will, didn’t understand what ministry the Lord Jesus had come to do. His understanding of the Lord Jesus was limited to a kind of good intention and protection. It was ‘a little bit of affection’ and ‘a little bit of protection’ that people would say, which was, ‘This absolutely cannot befall You! You must not go to suffer that pain! If someone has to suffer it then let me suffer it. I will suffer it in Your place.’ He didn’t know God’s will, and he came up with some good intention from his own will, wishing to prevent this event from happening. So how can we describe his way of doing things? What brought it about? Firstly, it was brought about by his hot blood, his will and his not understanding. Secondly, did he have a true belief in God? (No.) If he didn’t have the true belief in God, how could he have this good intention? Did his good intention come from the truth? Was it a kind of good deed? (No.) Then at the very least he was good-willed, and he was well-intentioned and he showed his sincerity, right? (Yes.) So what was the nature of his way of doing things? Was it a kind of behavior, a way of doing things that arose from the true belief? (No.) You see it clearly now; it absolutely wasn’t. Was it a kind of conviction? What is a conviction? Discuss about it using this matter—what is meant by ‘conviction’? (It means ideas that come from man himself.) (Conceptual things.) It is one’s own concepts, imagination and will. It is having a kind of good yearning, good desires; it is the things that people think of as good, positive and active, it is something that is to people’s taste, that conforms to people’s concepts and to people’s sentiments; it is a kind of good will, a kind of good thinking, a good way of doing things, a kind of good motivation—this is what is meant by ‘conviction.’ It is not the true belief; this is 100 percent certain.” From God’s words we can see those who don’t have true faith in God rely on their own will and good intentions to do things. And thus they can easily be Satan’s outlet interrupting and disturbing the work of God. God’s work is done by Himself and is unfathomable to man. Whether crucifixion comes upon the Lord Jesus is determined by the Lord: The Lord allows it to happen then it happens; the Lord doesn’t allow it to happen then it shall not happen. The occurrence, development and outcome of all the people, things and events are determined by God, not by man.   » Read more on our Knowing Jesus Christ page, or click on the related articles below: • Good Friday Message: God Is Almighty, but Why Did Jesus Redeem Us by Crucifixion? • True Meaning of the Sixth of 7 Last Words of Jesus on the Cross “It Is Finished” • The Lord Jesus Is Standing at the Door and How Can We Welcome Him?

The Lord Jesus is the Christ, Matthew 16:16

The Lord Jesus is the Christ – Reflection on Matthew 16:16

Today’s Gospel And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. – Matthew 16:16 Reflection When Peter followed Jesus, he found Jesus’ words were the truth and His work was beyond the reach of man. In addition, he was enlightened by the Holy Spirit, so he could recognize the Lord Jesus is the Christ. But why is Jesus called Christ, and what is Christ? One day, I read two passages of words, “The incarnate God is called Christ, and Christ is the flesh donned by the Spirit of God. This flesh is unlike any man that is of the flesh. This difference is because Christ is not of flesh and blood but is the incarnation of the Spirit. He has both a normal humanity and a complete divinity. His divinity is not possessed by any man. His normal humanity sustains all His normal activities in the flesh, while His divinity carries out the work of God Himself.” “God become flesh is called Christ, and so the Christ that can give people the truth is called God. There is nothing excessive about this, for He possesses the substance of God, and possesses God’s disposition, and wisdom in His work, that are unattainable by man. Those who call themselves Christ, yet cannot do the work of God, are frauds. Christ is not merely the manifestation of God on earth, but instead, the particular flesh assumed by God as He carries out and completes His work among man. This flesh is not one that can be replaced by just any man, but one that can adequately bear God’s work on earth, and express the disposition of God, and well represent God, and provide man with life.” Only the incarnate God can be called Christ. Christ not only has a normal humanity, but has a complete divinity. Because of His substance of divinity, He can express the truth and do the work of God Himself. Although outwardly Christ appears to be ordinary, His substance is God. Therefore, He can be called Christ. Those fake Christs claim to be Christ, but they do not have the divine substance of God and cannot express the truth or do the work of saving mankind. They are the counterfeit of evil spirits. From these, we can understand that Jesus could express the truth, and do the work of mankind’s redemption, and bestow upon man the way of repentance. In a word, the Lord Jesus is the Christ, and the incarnate God on earth.   » You may be interested in reading more: • 3 Aspects to Unravel Mystery of Incarnation of Jesus • Why Must God Incarnate Himself to Work and Save Man? • Easily Explain the Meaning of the Trinity

Let them alone they be blind leaders of the blind.

They be Blind Leaders of the Blind – Reflection on Matthew 15:14

Today’s Gospel Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.—Matthew 15:14 Reflection When Lord Jesus did His work, many people without discernment followed the Pharisees to commit an unforgivable crime—nailed the Lord Jesus to the cross. Finally, they were cursed and punished by God. Obviously, it’s very important to have discernment regarding people. Following those who are right can help us walk the right path, otherwise we may walk the wrong path. Then how should we discern whether leaders are qualified? God’s words say, “The work of an unqualified worker falls far short; his work is foolish. He can only bring people into rules; what he demands of people does not vary from individual to individual; he does not work according to the actual needs of the people. In this type of work, there are too many rules and too many doctrines, and it cannot bring people into reality or into normal practice of growth in life. It can only enable people to stand by a few worthless rules. This kind of guidance can only lead people astray. He leads you to become what he is like; he can bring you into what he has and is. For followers to discern whether leaders are qualified, the key is to look at the path they lead and the results of their work, and look at whether followers receive the principles in accordance with the truth, and whether they receive ways of practice suitable for them to be transformed. You should differentiate between the different work of different types of people; you should not be a foolish follower. This impinges on the matter of your entry. If you are unable to distinguish which person’s leadership has a path and which does not, you will easily be deceived. All these have a direct bearing on your own life.” From God’s words we can understand that for us to discern whether a leader is qualified, the key is to look at the path he walks. If he is a person who pursues the truth and focuses on putting the truth into practice, then he will bring people before God so that people can seek God’s will when something happens and do things according to His requirements. But an unqualified leader can only bring people into rules and rituals, letters and doctrines, so that many people worship and look up to him and have no place for God in their heart. In the end, they will be further from God’s intentions and His demands. It is now the last days, we are waiting for the second coming of the Lord. If someone preaches gospel to us, a qualified leader should be responsible for the lives of his brothers and sisters, and seek and investigate whether or not it is the true way. But instead, an unqualified leader doesn’t seek or investigate but only abides by rules for fear of being deceived by false Christs. Just like the Pharisees, they blindly held onto the name of the Messiah, and finally missed the coming of the Lord and became someone who opposed God. May we use history as a mirror and learn how to discern people, so that we can avoid walking the wrong path. Amen!   » You may be interested in reading more: • I Developed Discernment After Two Particular Conversations With My Pastor • Beware of the Pharisees’ Leaven on the Path to the Heavenly Kingdom • Christian Testimony: The Path to the Kingdom of Heaven Is Narrow

God’s love, Matthew 14:19–21

God’s love is for man – Reflection on Matthew 14:19–21

Today’s Gospel And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and broke, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.  – Matthew 14:19-21 Reflection When I read this verse in the past, I only received that God is almighty. He could feed five thousand people with five loaves and two fish. Nothing is impossible for God. Later, I saw a passage in a spiritual book and understood God’s will behind this miracle. It says in the book: “First, let’s try to understand what type of people these five thousand were. Were they followers of the Lord Jesus? From the Scripture, we know that they were not His followers. Did they know who the Lord Jesus was? Definitely not! At the very least, they didn’t know that the person standing in front of them was Christ, or maybe some people only knew what His name was, and knew something or had heard something about things He had done. They were merely curious about the Lord Jesus from the stories, but you certainly couldn’t say they followed Him, much less understood Him. … but in God’s heart, all creatures were under His rule, and He would allow all creatures in His sight to enjoy the grace of God when it was necessary. Even though these people did not know who He was or understand Him, or have any particular impression of Him or gratitude toward Him even after they had eaten the loaves and fish, this wasn’t something that God took issue with—He gave these people a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the grace of God. Some people say that God is principled in what He does, and He does not watch over or protect non-believers, and He especially does not allow them to enjoy His grace. Is that actually the case? In God’s eyes, as long as they are living creatures that He Himself created, He will manage and care for them; He will treat them, plan for them, and rule them in different ways. These are the thoughts and attitude of God toward all things.” God’s word changed my point of view. In the past, I thought God would protect me and my family, for I believed in Him. As to those who didn’t believe in Him, He would certainly not protect them. But I realized from this passage that how real and vast God’s love is for man! Those five thousand were not the Lord’s disciples nor His followers. Many of them even didn’t know who the Lord Jesus was. However, in the heart of God, these five thousand were people created by Him and under His sovereignty. Thus, instead of ignoring them, God gave them the chance to enjoy His grace, as well as take care of them and manage them. From this, we can see how profound and extensive the Creator’s love is for us!   » You may be interested in reading more: • Rainbow Covenant: Know God’s Love and Selflessness • I Felt God’s Love and Built Faith in God in Illness

The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous

Gospel for Today – Reflection on Matthew 13:49

Today’s Gospel So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just. –Matthew 13:49 Reflection We understand from this verse that God will sever the wicked from among the just in the last days. The Bible says, “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be” (Rev 22:12). We can’t help but ask: How will the Lord do such work when He comes again? It is recorded in the Bible, “And I will come near to you to judgment; …, said the LORD of hosts” (Mal 3:5). “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God” (1Pe 4:17). “Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come” (Rev 14:7). “For he comes, for he comes to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth” (Psm 96:13). From these scriptures, we can see that God will do the work of judgment starting from the house of God. Through judgment, God wants to reveal those true believers in God and those evil servants in the church. Evil shall return to evil, good shall return to good. God says, “His final work of concluding the age, God’s disposition is one of chastisement and judgment, in which He reveals all that is unrighteous, in order to publicly judge all peoples, and to perfect those who love Him with a sincere heart. Only a disposition such as this can bring the age to an end. … During the last days, only righteous judgment can classify man according to their kind and bring man into a new realm. In this way, the entire age is brought to an end through God’s righteous disposition of judgment and chastisement.” God’s work is wonderful and hard to fathom, and full of wisdom and almightiness. Let’s pray: “Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Mat 6:10).   » You may be interested in reading more: • A New Understanding of “God Wants All Men to Be Saved” • Knowing Meaning of God’s Work in His Incarnation From Parables

Matthew 13:29 "But he said, No; lest while you gather up the tares, you root up also the wheat with them."

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares – Reflection on Matthew 13:29

Today’s Gospel But he said, No; lest while you gather up the tares, you root up also the wheat with them.  – Matthew 13:29 Reflection This parable speaks of that God will separate all according to their own kind during the last days: pick out the tares and “gather the wheat into my barn.” When I read this verse, I think of the parable of the net that the Lord Jesus said, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth” (Mat 13:47-50). It is said that when the net was full, they cast the bad away and “gathered the good into vessels”; From these verses we can see that God is righteous, and when His work is done, He will bring people to an appropriate destination according to what each person does. As God’s words say, “Those who truly follow God are able to withstand the test of their work, whereas those who do not truly follow God are incapable of withstanding any of God’s trials. Sooner or later they will be expelled, while the overcomers will remain in the kingdom. Whether or not man truly seeks God is determined by the test of his work, that is, by God’s trials, and has nothing to do with the decision by man himself. God does not reject any person at whim; all that He does is so that man may be utterly convinced. He does not do anything that is invisible to man, or any work that cannot convince man. Whether man’s belief is true or not is proved by the facts, and cannot be decided by man. That “wheat cannot be made into tares, and tares cannot be made into wheat” is without doubt. All those who truly love God will ultimately remain in the kingdom, and God will not mistreat anyone who truly loves Him.” From this we can see that God chooses or eliminates a person according to one’s substance. If we are true believers in God, we will surely stay in the kingdom of God!   » You may be interested in reading more: • A New Understanding of “God Wants All Men to Be Saved” • Inspiration From the Parable of the Sower in the Bible • Knowing Meaning of God’s Work in His Incarnation From Parables

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