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【讀經隨想】生命的刻痕

 

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耶穌說:「我實實在在的告訴你們,一粒麥子不落在地裡死了,仍舊是一粒,若是死了,就結出許多子粒來。」(約十二:24)

我們有一天都要走到肉体生命的盡頭﹐我們有一天都會從強壯、健康、主動、能幹......,變成完全依賴家人或朋友。我們是否都曾想過在我們離世後,那些我們所愛的人會想念我們嗎?當他們想到我們時,會帶給他們什麼樣的感受呢?是溫暖?是感恩?還是......?或問我們是否仍能活在他們的內心中,成為他們的心靈守護者?即仍持續在他們的生命裡結出喜樂、盼望、勇氣......以及信心的果子?

廿世紀的靈修大師盧雲說:「我們必須從『行動』移向『受難』,從掌控移向倚靠,從積極主動移向被動等候,從活著移向死亡。」我們從四福音書中看見耶穌的生命就是一場從行動到受難的移動。身為祂的門徒,我們也被呼召如此而活。但這樣的移動顯然是痛苦、無奈的,而在這樣的移動中,生命豐碩的果子將如何顯現呢?事實是:當我們的生命活在耶穌的聖靈裡,我們的生命也惟有藉著受難(受苦)才能結出果子。當我們面對死亡,再也不能做什麼或為他人付出什麼時,透過我們的軟弱,活出什麼、如何去活、能否讓親友瞥見神的恩典,這才是真正重要的事。

在死亡面前,真正的問題不是仍然可以做多少事,或者擁有多少財寶﹐而是當我們永遠不在親朋好友面前之時,如何還可以在他們中間繼續活出結實累累的生命?如同門徒記念耶穌所行出的美好見証一般。盧雲大師說:「這個真正的問題,是將我們的關注從『所做』(doing)轉向『所是』(being)。我們的『所做』帶來成就,『所是』卻結出果子。我們總是關切做了什麼,還可以做什麼;但是我們最可能還是因為我們之所是而被人懷念。」而我們真正之「所是」﹐就在於我們是蒙神所愛的神的孩子和彼此相愛的弟兄姐妹。

智慧之王所羅門在傳道書第一章開篇就說:「虛空的虛空,虛空的虛空,一切都是虛空。」(傳一:2)「我見日光之下所作的一切事,都是虛空、都是捕風。」(傳一:14)耶穌所愛的門徒約翰也說:「這世界和世上的情慾都要消逝,惟獨那遵行神旨意的人永遠常存。」(約翰一書二:17)由此看出我們「所做」的一切成就,終將被人遺忘,江山代有新人出,長江後浪推前浪。人總是健忘的,忘記從神來的恩典﹐忘記從人來的幫助、好處。尤其當我們已離開世界,我們又有什麼可能被人們記得或談論的呢?

聖經希伯來書第十一章列舉了舊約中諸多信心的偉人:亞伯、以諾、挪亞、亞伯拉罕、摩西等等,他們都因著信,遵行神旨,克服萬難、或承受苦難,為歷世歷代做了信心的榜樣,也做了生命所是的榜樣。「所以,我們既有這麼多的見證人,像雲彩圍繞著我們,就應該脫下各樣的拖累和容易纏住我們的罪,以堅忍的心奔那擺在我們面前的賽程;專一注視耶穌,就是那位信心的創造者和完成者。」(來十二:1-2a) 由此看來,人生的成敗,不在於人之所有、所做,乃在於人之所是;而人之所是乃在於人與神的關係。

假使我們的生命是由聖靈—仁愛、喜樂、和平、溫柔、饒恕、勇氣、忍耐、盼望、信心的靈—來引領,這樣的生命,即使死了,也不會被人遺忘,反而會因生命影響生命,持續在他人的生命裡結出果子。耶穌說:「我實實在在的告訴你們,一粒麥子不落在地裡死了,仍舊是一粒,若是死了,就結出許多子粒來。」(約十二:24) 年紀愈大,身邊就有愈多的人離世而去,叫我們想念他們。想念他們的什麼呢?豈不是想念與他們相處時,從他們身上流露出的良善與愛嗎?

親愛的弟兄姐妹,當我們有一天漸漸從活著往死亡在移動時,你最關注的是什麼呢?你最想讓你所愛的親友記得你、懷念你些什麼呢?是你現今「所做」所能產生的價值?是你現在的眾多「所有」?亦或是你現今與神連結、有愛的生命之「所是」呢?求神賜下屬天的智慧,讓我們儘早得生命,而且得更豐盛的生命,無論是生、是死,都能透過我們祝福到身邊的人!

親愛的天父:

感謝讚美您的慈愛和恩典!您賜下您的獨生愛子耶穌,道成了肉身,住在我們中間,滿有恩典和真理。讓我們可以藉著信祂而有永生:也讓我們可以效法祂柔和謙卑的榜樣,生命結出屬靈的果子。求主幫助我更多地認識您、愛您,並靠著聖靈的力量來遵行您的誡命,使我如今活著,乃是基督在我裡面活著;並且保守我,無論是生、是死,都是屬主的人!我這樣感恩祈求禱告是奉耶稣基督的聖名,阿們!

 

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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