China has many sayings. For example, “Everyone for himself, and the devil takes the hindmost.” “The less troubles, the better; to avoid troubles whenever possible.” “Take advantage of others whenever you can.” … For some time, I took these words as famous sayings, or even my principles of doing things. Even though I sometimes felt guilty when doing things in that way, at the thought of those well-known sayings, I excused myself, thinking that these sayings must make sense in some way, since they were passed down widespread in China. Gradually, I became greedy and my upright heart became numb.
Once, I took the bus to the city. All the way, the conductor didn’t ask me to buy a ticket. So, I also kept silent and thought: You don’t ask me to buy a ticket, so I won’t pay the fare voluntarily. I’m not stupid! Just like that, I pretended nothing had happened and took the free bus. After that, I not only didn’t feel guilty, but instead felt very lucky because I came off cheap. In the past, I always did things according to these famous sayings and thought I did nothing wrong. Of course, very few people told me what I did was wrong because many people also did so. My viewpoints didn’t change until I believed in Almighty God.
One day I read Almighty God’s words, “Honesty means to give your heart to God; to never play Him false in anything; to be open with Him in all things, never cover the truth; to never do that which deceives those above and deludes those below; and to never do that which is done merely to ingratiate yourself with God. In short, to be honest is to refrain from impurity in your actions and words, and to deceive neither God nor man.” (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) After reading God’s words, I understood that God required us to be an honest person. Whether before God or before men, in getting along with the brothers and sisters or the unbelievers, we should be fair and reasonable in everything, shouldn’t take any advantage of others or practice deception, and everything we do should be presentable to God and considered good by God. Otherwise, we are not the ones who please God. God’s wordsawakened me and reminded me of what I did before. I was greatly ashamed. I thought all along that what I did was right. Now, checking against God’s words, I realize that I was not an honest person. I abandoned the principles of being a man and lost integrity for a little money. I not only went after petty advantages, but was even secretly pleased with what I did. It was really shameful. Then, I began to ponder what those famous sayings brought me. I got petty profits but lost my integrity. What was the value and meaning of that? What made me so?
I read Almighty God’s words, “People who live in so filthy a land have been badly contaminated by the society and influenced by feudal ethics and have been educated in the ‘institutions of higher learning.’ Backward thoughts, corrupt morals, low outlook on life, contemptible philosophies of life, worthless existence, and debased customs and life, these things all have been seriously harassing their heart and seriously damaging and attacking their conscience. Consequently, they become further and further from God and increasingly resist God.” “…man lives under the influence of Satan’s evil and ugliness and does not grow in a world of truth or grow up in a holy environment, much less live in the light. So, in everyone’s nature he cannot possibly have the truth innately, much less have the substance of fearing God and obeying God from birth.” (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) From Almighty God’s words, I understood that men, living in the evil world corrupted by Satan, don’t know what justice is and what light is, are fully occupied by Satan’s thoughts, and do not have right values or outlook on life. I’m exactly such a person who lives under the evil domain of Satan and doesn’t know God, with the result that Satan’s poisons are rooted in my heart and become my life. I don’t know what light is and what darkness is, and don’t know how to discern right and wrong, and thus I have a low outlook on life and low values, and step onto a wrong way. Reading Almighty God’s words, I felt God’s salvation. Although I lived in the filthy place, God not only didn’t reject me, but warned and exhorted me with His words and showed me the true way of human life. So, I was determined to be an honest person to gain God’s approval.
One day, on the bus home after finishing my business, I gave the conductor ten yuan to buy a ticket, and she should have given back four point five yuan to me. However, she gave back to me fourteen point five yuan, for she thought I gave her twenty yuan. After I received the money, I was quite pleased within, thinking that I took advantage. Just then, it suddenly struck me that I should be an honest person. Almighty God says, “never cover the truth; to never do that which deceives those above and deludes those below.” When I thought of God’s warning and requirement for man, my happiness was gone. According to God’s word, I should practice being an honest person and return the extra money to the conductor; but I was reluctant to do it. Moreover, other passengers would say I was silly if they saw this.… I was hesitating in my heart and didn’t know what to choose. At that time, I remembered God’s words, “No matter what kind of disposition and character you have, as long as you seek to be an honest person in the way God says, you can be saved. Don’t you think it is important to be an honest person? It is the most important thing. …” (from Christ’s Talks with Church Leaders and Workers) Almighty God’s enlightenment, like a lamp in the dark, lightened my way ahead. Before, I always took advantage of others and didn’t want to suffer any losses. Today God comes to do the work of salvation, and He doesn’t look at what kind of person I was before but only looks at whether I can practice being an honest person according to His word. God’s word is the truth, the way, and the life. Only if man acts according to God’s word will he have the hope of being saved. After understanding God’s will, I knew what to do and no longer cared what others would think of me and whether they would say I was silly. I took the initiative to return the money to the conductor. At that moment, what awaited me was no strange eyes and no comment about my silliness. Instead, the conductor gave me a grateful and gentle smile. When I acted according to God’s word, although there was a war in my heart and I suffered a little, my heart was happy. This was the first time I felt secure in my heart when I practiced being an honest person according to God’s word.
Later, I read God’s words, “My entire management plan, which spans six thousand years, consists of three phases, or three ages: first, the Age of Law; second, the Age of Grace (which is also the Age of Redemption); and finally, the Age of Kingdom. My work in these three ages differs according to the nature of each age, but at each stage it accords with man’s needs — or rather, it varies according to the tricks that Satan employs in My war against it. The purpose of My work is to defeat Satan, to make manifest My wisdom and omnipotence, to expose all Satan’s tricks and thereby to save all of humanity, which lives under its domain. It is to show My wisdom and omnipotence while at the same revealing the hideousness of Satan. Moreover, it is to teach My creations to discriminate between good and evil, to recognize that I am the Ruler of all things, to see clearly that Satan is humanity’s foe, the lowest of the low, the evil one, and to make the difference between good and evil, truth and falsehood, holiness and filth, greatness and baseness, as clear as day. This way, ignorant humanity may bear witness to Me that it is not ‘I’ who corrupt humanity, and only I — the Creator — can save humanity, can bestow upon them things for enjoyment; and they may come to know that I am the Ruler of all things and Satan is merely one of My creations, which later turned against Me.” (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) From the words of Almighty God, I knew the significance of God’s work and saw God’s almightiness. God not only can reveal mankind’s ugliness corrupted by Satan but also can purify and transform man through His words. Today, in the last stage of work, God has expressed many words to teach us to make a clear distinction between good and evil, positive and negative, and show man how to walk the right way of human life. From this, I understood that God revealed my corruption for the purpose of purifying and transforming me. This was Almighty God’s salvation to me.
Through the words of Almighty God, I understand that the well-known sayings I observed before are wrong, that if people do things according to them, their hearts will be uglier and uglier and they will lose the likeness of a man. We should be honest people and do things pleasing to God. Thank God for bestowing the truth upon man, so that I can discern good and evil and at the same time I see only God can save mankind and God’s substance is righteous and holy. I am willing to start a new life according to God’s words. All the glory be to Almighty God!
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