God’s presence excludes all error or all ignorance.

Not only hearer but doer of the word - Comment on 2014 August 20

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When man does not get active, then he can continuously absorb knowledge intellectually; this does not promote his spiritual development but it remains dead spiritual material because it is not utilized correspondingly. Read more:

A message by Bertha Dudde follows:

 

Not only hearer but doer of the word

26. and 27. October 1945. B.D. NR. 3587.

Spiritual striving people must make a great effort to adopt a lifestyle, which corresponds to the will of God because this alone wins success and guarantees man spiritual ascent. Who only seeks to reach the goal mentally and does not let his thoughts become act, he remains in standstill of his development. Because only the act proves his will towards the height, towards God. And that is why also only that man can mature in knowledge who lives according to the will of God – who is not just hearer but also doer of his word, which announces divine will to him. His knowledge can only then be increased and become right knowledge when he utilizes the knowledge already received, therefore follows the divine word and busies himself lovingly with the neighbour, may it be spiritually or earthly – when he tries to relieve the misery of the neighbour to correspond to divine will. He can only reach God through love, which he proves to God through love activity with the neighbour. Only this way leads to the goal. The heart must drive him to carry out what is only imparted to him through the intellectual presenting of the divine word. When man does not get active, then he can continuously absorb knowledge intellectually; this does not promote his spiritual development but it remains dead spiritual material because it is not utilized correspondingly. And that is why life according to the will of God is first condition to mature spiritually because knowledge is then increased, also when man does not seek to penetrate intellectually. Because through the use of love the heart of man opens to the inflow of the love power of God, and it promotes his knowledge – by his thoughts being directed right and he therefore takes possession of truth by himself, by it being given to him also without brooding and researching about things, which lie outside of human knowledge. A walk of life just and pleasant before God also earns him the power of recognition to differentiate between truth and error, and that is why a man being active in love will never walk in error because through love he is in contact with God and will never be where error is, therefore God’s presence excludes all error or all ignorance. The feeling of man will always be turned towards truth, even if the intellect is not unusually active, because right knowledge is the result of love, but is not to be achieved through human intellect. When however a man active in love also utilises his intellect, then he can produce abundant successes, by him penetrating deepest knowledge, in divine wisdom, however then for the purpose of passing on to his fellow men, because the divine gift is to be exploited. And this gift is again recognized and comprehended by men, who live in love, therefore fulfil the commandments of God, his will announced to men, who accept the word of God and let it have an effect in the heart – who are not only hearers but doers of the divine word. Amen. B.D. NR 3587.

 

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