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【讀經隨想】因著神的愛,饒恕!

 

「一切苦毒、惱恨、忿怒、嚷鬧、毁謗,並一切的惡毒,都當從你們中間除掉;並要以恩慈相待,存憐憫的心,彼此饒恕,正如神在基督裡饒恕了你們一樣。」 (以弗所書四:31-32)

有一個小故事說:上帝交代天使來到人間,替衪取回人世上「最寶貴的眼淚」。天使看見一對男女,依依不捨地在車站告别。那畫面真是美麗,那情人的眼淚更是動人。於是,天使取回了他们的眼淚,交給上帝。不料,上帝卻對他說:「愛情固然可貴,但為愛情流下的淚水,卻不是最寶貴的。」

天使只好再試一試,這次他看見一位母親經歷了數十小時的陣痛,最後终於産下嬰兒,擁抱孩子的瞬間,母親流下了淚水。天使又將母親的眼淚交给上帝,但上帝還是說:「親情無可取代,但為親情流下的淚水,卻不是最寶貴的。」

重返人間的天使,覺得很烦惱,不知道該怎麼做,上帝才會滿意。就在這時候,天使偶然間看到一個男子臉上滿是憤怒,提着一把獵槍。原來,男子的家人都被一個強盜所殺,而他正要去找那個強盜尋仇。 天使跟着男子,看到他來到強盜的家門口,將槍口伸入窗戶的細縫,瞄準了仇人—但是,男子卻愣住了。他看到那個強盜正抱着自己剛出生的孩子,坐在昏黄的燈光下,為他哼著摇篮曲。

男子慢慢放下槍,踏著沉重的脚步,轉身離去。憤恨仍留在他的臉上,但他的臉龐多了兩道淚痕。天使將他的眼淚獻給上帝,上帝滿意地笑了。上帝對天使說:「孩子,你做得很好,這的確是人世間最珍貴的眼淚。因為人世間最偉大的愛,不是親情也不是愛情,而是去愛我們所憤恨的人。」

「饒恕」是人生中最難學的一門必修课。怎樣才算饒恕?我們怎麼知道自己有没有饒恕呢?從上面的故事中,我們看見:饒恕不是對某人或某事不再有情緒,而是不讓情緒促使我們去做不對的事。「愚妄人怒氣全發,智慧人忍氣含怒」(箴二十九:11)。不僅要「饒恕」,還要「愛我們所憤恨的人」,這是多麼艱難的一件事,因為憤怒產生怨恨,怨恨產生苦毒及報復心理。然而當一心要復仇的男子看到那個強盜抱着自己的孩子,唱著摇篮曲時,他的憐憫心油然而生,於是放下了槍。

聖經上彼此饒恕的教訓,深印基督徒的心中。如「你們要饒恕人,就必蒙饒恕」 (路六:37b) 。「你們不饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必不饒恕你們的過犯」 (太六:15) 。我們也知道不肯饒恕,等於喝慢性毒藥。所以許多人努力地下定決心要饒恕,都想憑自己的力量做到饒恕別人;但是心裡仍然憤憤不平,充滿憤恨。没錯,靠著我們仍是天然人的自己,肯定做不到心底的饒恕;可是靠著住在我們靈裡的耶穌就能夠做到了。

只有當我們把生命完全交託給主的時候,才能够宣告:「我靠著那加給我力量的,凡事都能做」 ( 腓二:3)。因為饒恕的心,並非我們與生俱來,我們需要意識到:想要像上帝饒恕我們那樣去饒恕別人,我們既需要祂的同在,也需要祂的大能。我們需要俯伏在上帝的旨意下,汲取祂的力量。只有那樣我們才能放下心中的石頭(苦毒)、手中的槍,並且以後再也不會拾起。

有人說:「饒恕是受傷時放棄自己報復、傷害對方的權利。」卻有許多人誤以為,如果饒恕了別人,就等於否認自己所受的傷害,表明對方的行為没有錯。這樣豈不讓他逃避了懲罰、逍遥法外?事實是:所有錯誤的行為都是錯的,都要面臨不義的後果。就像上面故事中的強盜,雖然當時没有被復仇的男人槍殺,但他終究要面臨法律的制裁。只是那個尋仇的男人因著憐憫,超乎自然反應地把強盜從自己心靈的槍口中放下,就是幫助自己單方面從仇恨和苦毒中走出來。更何況對我們信耶稣的人而言,「經上記著:『主說,伸冤在我,我必報應。』」 (羅十三:4b) 這是最大的安慰與釋放。所有冤屈、傷害都交給上帝,相信上帝會公正、公平地對待他。

世上的愛是有來才有往的愛。「你們若單愛那愛你們的人,有什麼可酬謝的呢?就是罪人也愛那愛他們的人」( 路六:32) 。神國子民的愛,是無來亦有往,以善報惡的愛,用愛來回答惡待我們的人。「只是我告訴你們這聽道的人,你們的仇敵要愛他,恨你們的要待他好」( 路六:27) 。所以,「你們倒要愛仇敵,也要善待他們。」( 路六:35)這正是天父的愛(原文為agape),我們作為神兒女的人理應彰顯的就是這樣的愛。這「愛」不同於男女之愛和對至親的人自然流露的愛。這樣的愛,不只能饒恕,也能去愛我們所憤恨的人,真不愧是人世間最偉大的愛!

親愛的阿爸天父:

我們讚美祢,祢的愛是何等的長闊高深,天離地何等的高,祢的慈愛向敬畏祢的人,也是何等的大。在祢的愛裡,我們得醫治、得安慰、得自由。我們感謝主,祢在十字架上流出的寶血,洗淨了我們一切的不義,讓我們在祢面前得蒙救贖,罪得赦免。求主幫助我們,彼此包容、彼此饒恕,就像主怎樣饒恕了我們,我們也要怎樣饒恕人。聖靈啊!求你充滿我,幫助我去饒恕,去饒恕那我不願饒恕的,行出祢恩慈的旨意。


奉耶穌基督的聖名,感恩禱告祈求,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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