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By Yan Susu
Before I left the office, my group leader set me a task—completing some paperwork that was unfamiliar to me. She said, “As time is limited, please arrange this document as soon as possible. Since the plans devised by Wang Jie and other colleagues last few times were all rejected by the customer, you’d better do your best to finish it this time.” Then she left the office. Seeing the document in the computer and thinking of the group leader’s words, I felt much pressure and thought: Wang Jie and other colleagues, who are veteran workers, have dealt with this kind of paperwork for a long time, so their professional ability is much better than mine. They even failed to devise a plan that met the customer’s requirement, let alone me. At this thought, I felt unsure of where to start as if my limbs had been bound.
After returning home, I constantly pondered: How should I write this document? How can I write it well to meet the customer’s requirement and receive his approval? However, the more I wanted to make the document original, the more confused my mind was, and my thoughts became increasingly clouded. Thinking that the document must be submitted the next morning, and that it was impossible for me to finish the work in such a short time, I became darkened and weak in my heart.
Feeling utterly helpless, I brought my trouble before God to pray for His help and guidance. After praying, I read a passage of God’s word: “No matter how great or small their stature is or what their personal environment is like, something that people cannot be without is looking to God and relying on God in all things; this is the greatest wisdom. … Sometimes, looking to God doesn’t mean speaking clearly when people pray to God for something, or for God to guide them in some way, or for God to protect them; rather it is that, when they encounter some issue, they are able to call on Him sincerely. So, what is God doing there? When someone’s heart stirs, and they have this idea: ‘Oh God, I can’t do this myself, I don’t know how to do it, and I feel weak and negative,’ when these thoughts arise in them, does God not know about it? When these thoughts arise in man, are people’s hearts sincere? When they call on God sincerely in this way, does God assent to help them? Despite the fact that they may not have spoken a word, they show sincerity, and so God assents to help them. When someone encounters an especially thorny difficulty, when they have no one to turn to, when they feel especially helpless, they trust in God as their only hope. What are their prayers like? What is their state of mind? Is it sincere? Do they have any mixed purpose at that time? When you trust God as though He were the last straw that you clutch onto to save your life, when you hope God will help you, only then is your heart sincere. Though you may not have said much, your heart has already stirred. That is, you give your true heart, your sincere heart to God, and God listens. When God listens, He sees your difficulties, and He guides you, enlightens you and helps you” (“Young People Should See Through the Evil Trends of the World”). Pondering these words, I saw that I really lacked. When I had nothing to worry about, I always went on about the phrases: relying on God and looking to God. It seemed that I had great faith in God, yet in fact what I said were empty spiritual theories and doctrinal words. When I encountered the practical difficulty, which was when I needed to rely on and look to God, my unbelieving viewpoint popped up and caused me to doubt God: Is it really of use for me to rely on and look to God? Though God has the authority and power, this matter requires my actual cooperation. My caliber isn’t high, so can I complete the work by relying on God?
At that time, I was attracted by the fellowship of the sister who lives with me. She said, “records that God called Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. According to our conception and imagination, Moses couldn’t possibly make it. The Egyptian Pharaoh was so stubborn and stiff-necked; how was it possible for him to allow the Israelites enslaved and slaughtered by him to leave? But Moses depended on and looked to God time and again. God answered his prayers and sent down ten plagues one after another, which collapsed the Egyptian Pharaoh’s hardness step by step. Finally, Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt by depending on God. For another example, when David, a thin and small shepherd, faced the Philistine giant, Goliath, he had no fear at all and finally killed Goliath with a small stone because of his dependence on Jehovah. From this unexpected result, men all saw God’s wonderful deed.” After hearing the fellowship of the sister, I had the courage to cooperate with God and then prayed to Him in my heart: Oh God, now I believe that those who rely on You shall not be ashamed and that You are my ever-present help. I’m willing to put aside my conception and imagination and rely alone on You.
When I began to rely on God, gradually I had some train of thought, so I turned on my computer quickly. I accomplished the document at a stretch under the guidance of God. Then I sent Wang Jie the document to consult her idea. Wang Jie replied, “The thought is tenable and it would be OK with some modifications.” I was so happy after hearing these words. However, I knew it was because of God’s guidance but not my own capability that I could get such a result. May all the glory be to!
From this little experience, I gained some knowledge of the truth about relying on and looking to God. I came to understand: Man’s wisdom all comes from God. My view that it is of no use for me to rely on and look to God because I have no caliber or strengths is an even worse fallacy. What I think is manifestation of not having a knowledge of or faith in God. Then I made a resolution: In my future experiences, no matter how great the difficulty and frustration are, I will practice relying on and looking to God, strive hard to pursue the truth, and live before God all the time by His words.
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By Hanxiao After believing in the Lord, along with listening to more and more sermons, we have some understanding of the Lord’s words and also always put forbearance and patience into action according to the Lord’s teachings in interacting with others. For this reason, we often feel peace and joy in our heart. But it is undeniable that many Christians are very hazy about the principles of practice in establishing normal interpersonal relationships. In fact, there are mainly four principles for Christians’ interacting with others. With them, we will be able to live out the likeness that the Lord is pleased with in our life. The first principle is that we should be able to love each other while getting along with others; the second is dealing with people with wisdom; the third is treating others correctly; the fourth is that we should not interact with others on the basis of our philosophy of life, but should establish a proper relationship with God. So long as we keep the four principles in our daily life, we will be in accord with the will of God in interacting with others. The first principle is that we can love each other. The Lord Jesus required that “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39). For example, Peter said to the Lord Jesus: “Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?” The Lord Jesus saidto him: “I say not to you, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven” (See Matthew 18:21-22). We all have weaknesses and inadequacies, so our interactions with others should be based on loving each other. In this way, we will not have any trouble living in harmony with others. Those who have no love are inhuman and cannot get along with others, while those who have it have a compassionate heart, like to help others, and moreover are able to comfort those who suffer hardships. Besides, those who have no compassion love others conditionally. They only help and forgive those who did them a favor before or those who haven’t hurt them. As soon as someone impinges on or harms their own interests, they seem to forgive him outwardly, but their hearts are full of dissatisfaction and boredom. In this situation, we need to pray to God more and ask Him to grant us with a heart of truly forgiving and loving others. Only when we truly rely on God, can we have the faith to put forgiveness and patience into practice, and let go of the prejudices and dissatisfaction toward others inside us. But loving our neighbors as ourselves is not unprincipled, and God does not require a confused kind of love of men. We see that the Lord Jesus was full of mercy and love toward those who believed in and followed Him, but condemned and cursed the hypocritical Pharisees who opposed Him, this is an exemplification of the righteous disposition of God. So, we ought to draw a clear boundary line between ourselves and all the satanic forces that oppose and condemn God to achieve loving those who God loves and being clear about love and hate. The second principle is dealing with people with wisdom. In Matthew 10:16-17, the Lord Jesus said, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the middle of wolves: be you therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will whip you in their synagogues.” Actually, for Christians, using wisdom is an indispensable principle in practicing forbearance and patience and loving our neighbors as ourselves. This is because some people are the Christians pursuing truth, but some are the forces that are hostile to God, oppose God, and refuse to accept the gospel of God. And they are specially sent by Satan to interrupt and disturb the work of God. If church business or something about brothers and sisters is known to them, they will get a hold on these things to attack, judge, and condemn, and even report the brothers and sisters to the police. So, we must have discernment and be wise with these people. Secondly, it is unavoidable to encounter many difficulties in getting along with others, so it is indispensable for a Christian to use wisdom. Actually using wisdom is, on the one hand, for the sake of allowing others to gain benefits, and on the other hand, for the sake of helping to solve problems easily. For example, if we want to do or say something, we should consider what sort of disposition the person we are interacting with has, and how to go about things in a way that benefits them and does not harm them. All these are some practices of using wisdom. The principle of dealing with people with wisdom is also very important. The third principle is treating others properly. The Lord Jesus said to us: “And why behold you the mote that is in your brother’s eye, but consider not the beam that is in your own eye? Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull out the mote out of your eye; and, behold, a beam is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then shall you see clearly to cast out the mote out of your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:3-5). If wishing to attain to treating others properly, we should not fixate our eyes on others, but should learn to find out our own shortcomings. If we always fixate our eyes on others’ shortcomings, we can never get along with others in harmony. For example, we often discover our families’ shortcomings when interacting with them: They do not take care of or show any consideration for us, the food they cook is not to our taste, the children are too disobedient to control, the husband seldom does housework, and so on. And when associating with our colleagues or friends, we often find that this colleague is too selfish, that colleague likes to judge others behind their backs, or a friend of ours likes to take advantage of others, and so forth. There are too many examples of this, and we are often troubled by them, not knowing how to deal with others. In fact, what we should do is not to fixate our eyes on others but to learn to find out others’ strengths and our own shortcomings. And never should we impose that which we believe is right on others. When doing things, we should take account not only of our own interests, but also of others’. Besides, we should learn to be more considerate to others, to benefit them, and to listen to others’ opinions more. If someone has some shortcomings or does something wrong that jeopardizes our interests, we should treat it properly. Since the Lord Jesus can forgive us, we should also forgive others. The fourth principle is that we cannot use the philosophies of life to interact with others, but should instead establish a proper relationship with God. This is the most important. In our daily life, we often use those philosophies of life in the world to maintain relationship with other people, such as “Think before you speak and then talk with reservation,” “More friends, more paths. More enemies, more barriers,” “Keeping silent on the faults of good friends makes for a long and good friendship,” and so on. When we do things according to these philosophies of life, actually, this just shows that what we worship is still Satan. Our maintaining relationship with others in this way is hated by God. What God requires of us is to have a normal relationship with Him and do everything according to His words, such as being an honest person, not telling lies in interacting with others, and not making flattering remarks. When seeing that the practices of some brothers and sisters are not in accordance with or violate the Lord’s teachings, we can point it out instead of being afraid of displeasing them. In short, all things are established on the basis of the Lord’s teachings. We can practice whatever the Lord requires of us. Only this is having a normal relationship with God. The above are the four principles for us Christians’ interacting with others. If we often practice in this way, many difficulties we encounter when getting along with others will be readily solved, what we live out will surely gain the Lord’s approval, and we will certainly become ones pleasing to God. Amen! You may be interested in: 4 Principles by Which We Christians Easily Interact With Others How to Get Along With Others Easily 3 Tips for Church Leaders to Help and Support Brothers and Sisters
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