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Cultivate Perfect Goodness

Manmin News   No. 570
December 10, 2017

God is good. He wants His loving children to achieve His goodness. If you achieve goodness in your heart, you will be able to gain true peace in the Lord, fulfill your duty well, and become a great person in Heaven. Let's delve into three ways to cultivate perfect goodness in your heart.

You should not feel uncomfortable to anybody.

If you've cultivated perfect goodness, you won't feel any discomfort toward anyone (Luke 6:45).

Even if others' ideas are not in accordance with yours, or their words or behaviors are not in accordance with yours, you will not feel any discomfort. Rather you will pay attention to them with a broad heart. You will not pass a quick judgment nor spurn their suggestions. You will think and say in only goodness.

On the contrary, if you haven't cultivated perfect goodness, you will still have your own thought and self-righteousness and self-framework. Then, you may feel uncomfortable when you meet with something that doesn't agree with your idea. If you have more evil, your discomfort may be revealed in words and deeds.

Some of you may say, "That person acts offensively towards me all the time. He always makes me uncomfortable." It shows you don't know you revealed evil with such words and uncomfortable feeling. You may even pass judgment that he tried to make you uncomfortable on purpose. This kind of thinking is far from goodness.

You should check yourself. 'Did I understand him in goodness? Do I have discomfort to him? Do I try to stay far away from him? Do I judge him, make a rumor about him, and spread it?' You should check yourself according to the Word of God. You should thereby achieve the heart of goodness in which you have no discomfort to anyone.

You should understand others and seek their benefit.

If you seek others' benefits from your heart, it shows that you have spiritual love in your heart. You should seek others' benefits with spiritual love in the truth. To do so, you should pay attention to their hearts.

Some of you may give a hard time to others although you say you seek their benefits. That is, you force them to do something or give something because you think it is good although they do not want to do it.

If you care about others' hearts and seek their benefits, they will find comfort in you. If you pile up such good deeds of seeking others' benefits, you will cultivate virtuous generosity in you and you will be able to give peace and joy to many people.

And you will be able to pursue peace with all men and love everyone. Then, you can maintain peace even with those who hate you. When they brought troubles to you, you will understand their hearts and treat them in goodness. Then, your goodness will touch their hearts and you will be able to be at peace with them.

To understand others, you should understand their growth background. When you try to understand their hearts and treat them accordingly, you can keep peace with them.

Proverbs 16:7 says, "When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him." As mentioned, you can receive God's answers and guarantees.

You should serve others even by sacrificing yourself.

Service is not only to humble yourself, but it is also to seek others' benefit and fill their needs. As salt loses its shape and melts to season the food, true service is to fill others' needs even by sacrificing yourself.

Service is also to serve each other in the Lord. You should serve one another according to the order. Matthew 23:11 reads, "But the greatest among you shall be your servant." You should try to serve others as you become a leader.

When you want to be served, you will have discomfort or break peace. Suppose someone feels uncomfortable in heart when others offer such opinions that are different from his or do not follow his plans. He may feel uncomfortable and stay far away from them. He may even think that he will not work with them, and worse, he may exclude them from the work.

On the contrary, good-hearted people do not have discomfort towards those who have points of view different from their own. They will not insist that they are right, and will try to understand their counterparts' positions and heart. In addition, they will seek others' benefits, respect others' opinions, and think in goodness.

Even if they hear the voice of the Holy Spirit better, they will not let others' words pass by. They will listen humbly to others' words if they are in the truth even if the speaker is a little child. They will even keep the words in mind and pray with the words.

They will rejoice even if someone who is less deserving than them receives praise from others. They will rejoice more when others are better off than when they are. They will rejoice and give thanks from the heart.

Let's pursue only goodness, not evil, and receive blessings God prepares for us by longing for perfect goodness.




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