Today’s Gospel Truly I say to you, Whoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein. – Luke 18:17 Reflection After reading this verse, maybe you will ask what the “little child” refers to. In a word, it refers to the likeness of an honest man. Only honest person can love God truly, make no requests or demands of God, and have no rebellion or resistance against Him. Because the essence of God is faithful, He loves the honest. How can we be honest? I will share 4 tips with you: First, give our heart to God, practice the truth in all things and accept His observation and examination; Second, have true communion with God, speak the words within our heart to Him, and keep a normal relationship with Him; Third, ensure that there are no lies in our words, or in our thoughts, be artless and open with wisdom, and have normal interpersonal relationships with others; Fourth, do things in a principled way and in conformity with the truth, be just and honorable, make our words fit the reality and become an upstanding person. Prayer O God! I’m willing to give my heart to You in the following days, accept Your observation in everything and do my best to be a simple, honest person to comfort Your heart. » More about the practice of being honest, please click here: • Being Honest in Recycling Receives God’s Blessings • Applying for Jobs Honestly, I’ve Seen God’s Blessings • The Secret to Improving Interpersonal Relationships—Be an Honest Person » Most people also watch Christian Movie: “The People of the Heavenly Kingdom” – An Inspirational True Story
“The People of the Heavenly Kingdom” Introduction The Lord Jesus 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). Christian Cheng Nuo is a doctor. In her life, she strives to be an honest person according to the Lord’s words. Once, during a dispute over a patient’s treatment, she honestly discloses the hospital’s mistakes to a deceased patient’s family members. This in turn impacts the hospital’s reputation, and she is dismissed by the hospital on the grounds of medical malpractice. Her “bad track record” causes Cheng Nuo to be repeatedly rejected during her search for a new job. She battles fiercely with herself: Telling the truth is the reason she can’t find a job, but not telling the truth violates God’s word…. How should she follow the Lord’s words and be an honest person? Through seeking, she finally finds a way to practice the truth and be an honest person, and unexpectedly receives God’s blessing in the process … » Watch full movie:
When I first started believing in the Lord, I saw Matthew 18:3, where the Lord Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” The Lord’s words tell us that only honest people who are pure and lovable can obtain His approval and are qualified to enter the kingdom of heaven. Having understood the Lord’s will, I began to practice watching my tongue and not telling lies in real life, striving to be an honest person in God’s eyes, yet I always failed. Gradually, I lost faith in my pursuit of being an honest person. Luckily, a while ago in a gospel forum where I communicated with some brothers and sisters about how to be an honest person, a brother shared some paths to practice. When I consciously practiced being an honest person according to what he said, I achieved a surprising result and gained some benefit. Here, I’d like to share with you the four principles of being an honest person I learned from that brother. 1. We must give our hearts to God and allow God to take charge, act in accordance with the truth in all things, and accept God’s scrutiny. God says, “I Jehovah search the heart, I try the reins” (Jeremiah 17:10). And it is said in Proverbs, “The spirit of man is the candle of Jehovah, searching all the inward parts of the belly” (Proverbs 20:27). From these verses, we can know that God is an omnipotent and omniscient God who observes all things, and that our every thought and idea, every act and move is in full view of Him. So, if we want to become honest people, we should first give our hearts to God and allow Him to take charge, and accept His scrutiny in all things. In ordinary life, regardless of what we are doing, whether we are praying, reading the Bible, attending meetings or doing church work, we should accept God’s observation. This is beneficial for us to practice the truth of being an honest person, seek out God’s intentions in things we encounter and act in accordance with His requirements. For example, when we want to deceive and cheat, if we accept God’s observation, we will become aware that God is almighty and carefully observes all things, including our every act and move, every thought and idea, and that deceiving and cheating will only bring about God’s detestation, and even offend His disposition; then we will become restrained and avoid doing things that offend God. When we want to go through the motions or skate through in doing church work, if we accept God’s observation and know that God is watching our attitude all the time, we will realize that God doesn’t like such behavior, and thus will have the resolution to betray our incorrect intentions. In this way, we will gradually be able to work for God in an honest manner. When we give our hearts to God and accept His scrutiny in all things, we will live constantly in the light with open and upright hearts. 2. During prayer, we must open our hearts to God and say the words in our hearts, and maintain and uphold a normal relationship with God. The Lord Jesus once taught us, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). From this it can be seen that God likes it when we worship Him with a sincere heart. So, while praying, we should practice speaking true words to God, saying whatever we think in our hearts, telling Him whatever difficulties we have, praying for His help without pretense or disguise. Only this kind of prayer can be heard by God. The Lord Jesus also warned us, “But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not you therefore like to them: for your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask him” (Matthew 6:7-8). From the Lord’s words we can know that those who just say repeated and empty words when praying are unbelievers in His eyes, and that He doesn’t accept their prayers. So, even if we don’t have anything to say in prayers, we can’t make things up or just put some words together. Praying to God is not writing an essay—God doesn’t care that prayers are long or short, only that they are honest and come from our hearts. Therefore, only if we speak sincerely and honestly when praying will God listen to our prayers, and only then can we maintain a normal relationship with God. 3. In our interactions with others, we must be purely open and speak honestly without treachery or deceit in our hearts. The Lord Jesus said, “But let your communication be, Yes, yes; No, no: for whatever is more than these comes of evil” (Matthew 5:37). God is faithful, so He requires that we speak according to the facts, calling a spade a spade, and not go against our conscience to tell lies. To solve the problem of lying, we should first resolve our wrong intentions. The mouth is the door of the heart; many times we tell lies dominated by the intentions of protecting our own reputation and vanity, fame and status, or other personal interests. For instance, we didn’t preach the gospel because of being busy with work, but when our brothers and sisters asked us whether we had converted any people, we, fearing that if we spoke truthfully they would blame us for not shouldering enough of the burden and thus look down on us, lied to them and said we had spread the gospel but didn’t yield any fruit. In such a situation, we ought to pray to God, saying, “O God, I lied to protect my own face and I…
“The People of the Heavenly Kingdom” Clip Introduction The Lord Jesus 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). Cheng Nuo, a Christian, never stops seeking to be an honest person. After several years of undergoing God’s work, she tells lies much less frequently and works for the church from early in the morning to late at night, suffering and expending herself. She thinks of herself as an honest person who is in line with God’s will. But when her husband is seriously injured in an unfortunate accident, misunderstandings and complaints of God begin to grow in her heart and she loses her desire to perform her duty. Through God testing and exposing her, Cheng Nuo reads God’s words and reflects on herself. She sees that even though she lies less frequently since becoming a believer, craftiness and deceitfulness are still within her heart, and expending herself for God has been to conduct a transaction with God, seeking blessings and reward; her selfish, deceitful satanic disposition is still deeply entrenched, and she is not an honest person who brings God joy. She later gains an understanding of her deceitful nature by seeking the truth and finds the path to becoming an honest person and a person of God’s kingdom … » Watch full movie “The People of the Heavenly Kingdom”, or click here to watch more: • Christian Movie “Honesty Is Priceless” • “The Sun Never Sets on Integrity” – Based on a True Story
Matthew 5:37 “But let your communication be, Yes, yes; No, no: for whatever is more than these comes of evil.” Reflection We all know that God is faithful, in God there is no deceit and fake. God is sincere to every one and He hopes us to be honest. When we pray, whether we are in a weak or strong condition, we should speak to God; whatever thoughts or plans, sorrow or troubles, we should open up our hearts to tell God. Sometimes we are too embarrassed to tell others about something, we can’t conceal the truth from God but open our hearts and tell the truth to Him. When God sees that we have no concealment but are open and sincere to Him in prayer, He will guide us to understand His will. Then our troubles and difficulties will be solved. » You may be interested in reading more: • Christian Experience at Work: I Never Lose Anything by Being an Honest Person • Applying for Jobs Honestly, I’ve Seen God’s Blessings • The Secret to Improving Interpersonal Relationships—Be an Honest Person » Most people also watch Christian Movie: “The People of the Heavenly Kingdom” – An Inspirational True Story
She once deceived customers to make money. It is God’s words that have awoken her heart. When she is honest in recycling, she receives God’s blessings.
Her relatives asked her to tell lies when she applied for jobs, but she insisted on being honest, and finally she has seen God’s blessings.
She once used all kinds of tricks to deceive customers by selling fruit, but when she practiced being honest, she realized that only the honest can be blessed by God.
To earn more money, she became more and more deceitful in business. When she pursued to be honest according to God’s words, she has seen God’s blessings.
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She intended to make a killing from customers, but instead, she was cheated by them. When she practiced being honest, she was approved of and respected by others and saw God’s blessings.
To maintain relationships with other people, we often disguise ourselves, and thus feel distressed. See how she practices being an honest person and gets along well with others.