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【小基督大世界】給我真正的自由

 

美國的政治家派曲克-亨利 (Patrick Henry) 曾說:「不自由毋寧死 (Give me liberty or give me death)」。匈牙利詩人裴多菲-山多爾(Petőfi Sándor)說:「生命誠可貴,愛情價更高,若為自由故,二者皆可拋」。台灣有一段時間流傳一句電視廣告詞:「只要我喜歡,有什麼不可以?」大家都渴望自由,這是毫無疑問的。有一位朋友告訴我他覺得一天最自由快樂的時光,就是在忙了一陣子後,跑到門外抽一根菸。他之所以跑到外面抽菸,是不想影響到家人。以前學生時代,學校教我們「自由的定義,是以不妨礙他人的自由為自由」,所以這位朋友的論點似乎也很合理。但抽菸真的好嗎?抽菸真的很自由嗎?當他發現我突然出現在他家門口,而且看到他手上正拿著菸時,雖然他有「飯後一根菸快樂似神仙」之感,但他的臉上為何會有「不小心被發現在抽菸」的尷尬表情呢?聖經教導我們:「凡事我都可行,但不都有益處,凡事我都可行,但無論哪一件我總不受它的轄制。」(哥林多前書6:12)

近日在網路上看到一個小視頻,內容是有一位小朋友跑到抽菸的叔叔伯伯們那兒跟他們要打火機點菸。這些叔叔伯伯們問他菸是給誰抽的,他說是給自己抽的,結果在不同的時間、地點,不約而同地,這些叔叔伯伯們都因不贊成小孩子抽菸,所以拒絕給孩子點菸,甚至訓斥這孩子。這孩子在離開他們之前,分別遞一張紙條給這些抽菸的大人們,結果幾乎每個人看了紙條後,就把菸熄滅,扔了。紙條上到底寫了什麼,讓這些大人產生這麼直接的反應呢?其實只有「你可以愛我,為什麼不能愛你自己?」這幾個字而已。這個小視頻讓很多人心有戚戚焉,甚至為之落淚。

有人覺得抽菸是個人的自由,只要不影響他人,抽菸是自己的事,別人無權干預、剝奪這自由。但抽菸者真的有自由嗎?其實他是沒有自由的,因為他被「煙癮」綑綁了,沒有「不抽菸」的自由啊!什麼是真正的自由呢?真正的自由是知道抽菸引響身體健康,所以有讓自己不抽菸的自由。這樣的道理其實可以應用在生活上許多的事上。

除了抽菸之外,您生活裡是否被許多自己覺得不好,但卻無法自我控制的性情或舊習所牽絆著呢?例如貪婪、嫉妒、驕傲、自誇、愚昧頑固、不守信用等等,但是明明知道以上的舊習不好,卻偏偏去做了!立志行善由得我,行出來卻由不得我啊!我們真是苦啊,真是沒有自由啊!

記得多年前天韻詩班曾出一張詩歌專輯,其中有一首歌名叫「給我真正的自由」。這首詩歌指出真正的自由是「讓我能夠拒絕罪惡的引誘,讓我能夠脫離自我的捆索,讓我能夠選擇清潔的生活,讓我生命不在後悔中逗留」。但要如何才能做到呢?

我近來深深地體會,如果我聽從上帝的靈(聖靈)藉由聖經裡的話對我的提醒,我就會警醒,避免自己去犯錯,也讓自己少吃一些苦頭。「聽話」與「順服」神的話語並不是使我們失去自由,反倒是「被引導脫離綑綁」,「避免誤觸網羅」,以免失去自由。如同交通號誌並不是限制我們的交通自由,而是讓我們在守規矩下,大家可以暢行無阻,不撞成一團,避免出現車禍!聖經是神的話語,聖經裡告訴我們什麼是真理,而真理讓我們得以自由。順從聖靈引導的人生是有福的,因為有「該做就去做,不該做就不做」和「該想就去想,不該想就不想」的自由。

如何能聽從聖靈的引導,獲得真正的自由呢?那就要接受耶穌基督為我們的救主,因為祂來到世上,就是為了要救我們脫離罪的綑綁。祂在十字架上犧牲自己,以祂自己為我們的贖價,使願意承認自己是罪人的人,因耶穌的代贖,而罪被洗淨。且因為被算為無罪了,且迎接聖靈來住在心裡面,再加上每天讀神的話語,藉由禱告與神交流,接受神話語的光照,因此,我們不管遇到什麼事,神的話語就會好像活水,源源不斷地,這裡一句,那裡一句,在不同的時間環境,都有神的話語在心裡,在耳邊懷繞,神的話語帶領我們,成為我們隨時的幫助。「如有神助」就是這樣的意思!

你要真正的自由嗎?來讀神的話語(聖經),天天吃靈糧,讓神的話語成為我們腳前的燈,路上的光。有光就能看得清楚,這樣就不會誤觸網羅,以致失去自由啦!

 

喜樂 Joy

喜樂的心乃是良藥;憂傷的靈使骨枯乾。箴言 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

然而,我要因耶和華歡欣,因救我的 神喜樂。哈巴谷書 3:18
yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:18

要常常喜樂,不住的禱告,凡事謝恩。帖撒羅尼迦前書 5:16-17
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

饒恕 Forgiveness

主啊,你本為良善,樂意饒恕人,有豐盛的慈愛賜給凡求告你的人。詩篇 86:5
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5

你不要說:“我要以惡報惡”;要等候耶和華,他必拯救你。箴言 20:22
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you. Proverbs 6:14

你們饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必饒恕你們的過犯;馬太福音 6:14
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14

你們不饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必不饒恕你們的過犯。馬太福音 6:15
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:15

你們各人若不從心裡饒恕你的弟兄,我天父也要這樣待你們了。馬太福音 18:35
This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart. Matthew 18:35

謙卑 Humility

敬畏耶和華是智慧的訓誨;尊榮以前,必有謙卑。箴言 15:33
Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33

敬畏耶和華心存謙卑,就得富有、尊榮、生命為賞賜。箴言 22:4
Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4

凡事不可結黨,不可貪圖虛浮的榮耀;只要存心謙卑,各人看別人比自己強。腓立比書 2:3
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

驕傲 Pride

驕傲來,羞恥也來;謙遜人卻有智慧。箴言 11:2
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

驕傲只啟爭競;聽勸言的,卻有智慧。箴言 13:10
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Proverbs 13:10

驕傲在敗壞以先;狂心在跌倒之前。箴言 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

忍耐 Patience

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

並且你們要為我的名,被眾人恨惡,惟有忍耐到底的,必然得救。馬可福音 13:13
Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Mark 13:13

不但如此,就是在患難中也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance. Romans 5:3

我們行善,不可喪志;若不灰心,到了時候就要收成加拉太書 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

你們也當忍耐,堅固你們的心,因為主來的日子近了。雅各書 5:8
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:8

溫柔 Meekness

回答柔和,使怒消退;言語暴戾,觸動怒氣。箴言 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

溫柔的人有福了,因為他們必承受地土。馬太福音 5:5
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

用溫柔勸戒那抵擋的人;或者 神給他們悔改的心,可以明白真道。提摩太後書 2:25
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 2:25

只要以裡面存著長久溫柔、安靜的心為妝飾;這在 神面前是極寶貴的。彼得前書 3:4
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:4

嫉妒 Envy

不要為作惡的心懷不平,也不要向那行不義的生出嫉妒。詩篇 37:1
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong. Psalm 37:1

心中安靜是肉體的生命;嫉妒是骨中的朽爛。箴言 14:30
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30

在何處有嫉妒、紛爭,就在何處有擾亂和各樣的壞事。雅各書 3:16
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16

生氣 Anger

當止住怒氣,離棄忿怒;不要心懷不平,以致作惡。詩篇 37:8
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. Psalm 37:8

好生氣的人,不可與他結交;暴怒的人,不可與他來往。箴言 22:24
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered. Proverbs 22:24

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

生氣卻不要犯罪.不可含怒到日落。以弗所書 4:26
In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26

我親愛的弟兄們,這是你們所知道的,但你們各人要快快的聽,慢慢的說,慢慢的動怒,因為人的怒氣並不成就 神的義。雅各書 1:19,20
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19,20

災難 Calamity

謹守口與舌的、就保守自己免受災難。箴言 21:23
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. Proverbs 21:23

民要攻打民、國要攻打國、多處必有地震、饑荒.這都是災難的起頭。馬可福音 13:8
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. Mark 13:8

憂愁 Worry

你們不要憂愁、因靠耶和華而得的喜樂是你們的力量。尼希米記 8:10
Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

主雖使人憂愁, 還要照他諸般的慈愛發憐憫。耶利米哀歌 3:32
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. Lamentations 3:32

凡勞苦擔重擔的人,可以到我這裡來,我就使你們得安息。馬太福音 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

我留下平安給你們、我將我的平安賜給你們.我所賜的、不像世人所賜的.你們心裏不要憂愁、也不要膽怯。約翰福音 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神。神所賜出人意外的平安,必在基督耶穌裡,保守你們的心懷意念。腓立比書 4:6,7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7

因此, 你們是大有喜樂, 但如今, 在百般的試煉中暫時憂愁。彼得前書 1:6
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 1 Peter 1:6

患難 Trouble, Suffering

義人多有苦難,但耶和華救他脫離這一切。詩篇 34:19
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19

神是我們的避難所,是我們的力量,是我們在患難中隨時的幫助!詩篇 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

耶和華本為善,在患難的日子為人的保障,並且認得那些投靠他的人。那鴻書 1:7
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7

為義受逼迫的人有福了,因為天國是他們的。馬太福音 5:10
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10

不但如此,就是在患難中,也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Romans 5:3

我想現在的苦楚,若比將來要顯於我們的榮耀,就不足介意了。羅馬書 8:18
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

因為你們蒙恩,不但得以信服基督,並要為他受苦。腓立比書 1:29
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him. Philippians 1:29

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