And that is the surest sign that God is his guide when man is able to hear his voice.

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But the fullness of favour man himself can increase or decrease, according to his attitude towards God, his desire for Godís help and the opening of his heart to all supply of favour. Read more:

Bertha Dudde:

 

Favour. Will. Measure of favour.

17. and 18. April 1947 B.D. NR. 4025.

Everything that contributes to the obtaining of soul maturity is favour and therefore a gift of God, which is sent to you undeservedly. You must know that you men through the distance from God are in a state, where you unconsciously reject the love of God, i.e. his power radiation, where you are so to speak outside of the love current circle and his power therefore does not touch you, when his over great love would make a grant to you despite your distance from him; you must know that you would never automatically decrease your distance from God. And this grant is therefore an undeserved gift, which God certainly offers to all, however forces nobody to accept it, but which only becomes effective when man is prepared to accept it. So the soul of man can mature, but it can also leave the grant of favour unnoticed and score no spiritual progress at all. But then there are also no means to perfection, because it then lacks power, because it lacks will. God gives unswervingly, because he wants to help his creatures, but as free independent beings they stand in free will and will never ever be forced to accept the aids offered to them, and therefore free will is decisive. Consequently the will is the first, although the whole course of life of man can be called a chain of divine grants of favour, but only then successfully when man wants it himself, only then favour becomes effective and only recognized as favour. But the idea of favour is not yet clear to men insofar as they believe that God hands this out differently, that he gives to men at will, so that they also become happy according to his will, i.e. can mature on earth or remain in their imperfection. For them the word of God means a gift from above, which one receives, while the other comes away empty-handed. And this opinion is erroneous, as it gives a completely wrong idea of the love of God, which is directed at all his creatures equally and excludes none from happiness, therefore also gives all the equal opportunity to become perfect. But the fullness of favour man himself can increase or decrease, according to his attitude towards God, his desire for Godís help and the opening of his heart to all supply of favour. He just has to devote himself completely to God, recommend himself to him and subordinate his will to God, and favour will be sent to him unmeasured, which he will then also use according to the will of God. And the ascent up will then also no longer be difficult for him because his devotion to God also secures him Godís leadership and support, where his earth way has to show rocks and obstacles. And that is the surest sign that God is his guide when man is able to hear his voice, when God testifies his love to him through his word, because this is the greatest favour, which can be offered to a man on earth Ė to be instructed by him in his will, to receive knowledge from him, which is only offered through the inner voice and being entrusted by him with a mission, which presupposes a certain degree of maturity. An unusual task also requires an unusual supply of favour, but which does not touch men at will from God, but has their complete will turned towards God as prerequisite. And so men can certainly be different receivers of favour in measure, however are never given in different ways from God, but determine the measure of favour which they accept themselves. But the favour inevitably leads man to God; inevitably he can become happy for ever, when he opens himself to divine favour, because a divine gift also has the power in itself, and the effect of this power is the spiritual perfection, the becoming like Godís being, the shaping to love and therefore unification with eternal love, which makes unspeakably happy. Amen. B.D. NR. 4025.

 

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