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神爱世人,甚至将他的独生子赐给他们,叫一切信他的,
不至灭亡,反得永生。(约3:16)

【双语灵修】葛培理布道团:效法基督(2018-9-11)

作者: 葛培理布道团 来源:万博体育注册_新万博体育手机客户端_万博体育ios下载_【唯一授权官网】蒙允转载2018年09月11日 09:22

“似乎忧愁,却是常常快乐的;似乎贫穷,却是叫许多人富足的;似乎一无所有,却是样样都有的。”哥林多后书 6:10

Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. 2 Corinthians 6:10, NIV

保罗的这些话让我想起了Amy Carmichael姊妹,一场车祸让她失去了行走的能力。痛苦和不便没有影响她拿起笔来服事。它的作品很有思想和亮光,折射她与基督同行的光芒。她是一个典型的身残志不残的基督徒模范。她在患难中喜乐。她的脸上有基督的爱。她的一生证明只要顺服基督,苦楚也有喜乐。二十多年里,她写出很多著作,激励全世界的基督徒。也许若不是她必须卧床,她可能忙于很多世俗生活而不能写作。

还有一个关于马丁路德的故事。在教会改革初期他曾经有一阵子很失望和抑郁。很长时间,他拉长脸,让全家人不知如何是好。一天早晨,他太太全身玄色来到餐桌上,好像她要去赶一个葬礼。路德问她谁去世了。她回答说,根据你最近的表现,我想神已经死了,我准备去参加他的葬礼。她的话刺中了路德的心。此后,他再也不会被世俗、不满、抑郁、失望、沮丧击败自己。他在神面前许诺,把自己交给神,不管发生什么,他都乐观面对。从而成就了他改教的伟大事业。保罗发自内心地说,“感谢神,使我们借着我们的主耶稣基督得胜。”(林前15:57) 你何时在绝望中赞美神?不要等到你感觉自己可以赞美神才去赞美他。你要先去赞美,然后你会感觉到自己的喜乐。

These words from the apostle Paul remind me of Amy Carmichael. Though bedridden as a result of an accident some twenty years before her death, and in almost constant pain, she continued to minister through her devotional writings and poetry. Her keen insight and her refreshingly spiritual writings revealed the depth of her walk with Christ. She remains a striking example of a Christian whose physical suffering enabled her to reflect the character of Christ. She lived a life of rejoicing in the midst of tribulation. Her face radiated the love ot Christ, and her life epitomized the saintly stature the surrendered Christian can reach if he reacts to suffering by rejoicing in it.During those years of physical pain, Amy Carmichael wrote the many books that have blessed untold thousands around the world. Without the “blessings” of being confined to her bed, she might have been too busy to write.

There is a story about Martin Luther going through a period of depression and discouragement. For days his long face graced the family table and dampened the family’s home life. One day his wife came to the breakfast table all dressed in black, as if she were going to a funeral service. When Martin asked her who had died, she replied, “Martin, the way you’ve been behaving lately, I thought God had died, so I came prepared to attend His funeral.”Her gentle but effective rebuke drove straight to Luther’s heart, and as a result of that lesson the great Reformer resolved never again to allow worldly care, resentment, depression, discouragement, or frustration to defeat him. By God’s grace, he vowed, he would submit his life to the Savior and reflect His grace in a spirit of rejoicing, whatever came. With Paul he would shout, “Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57, NIV).When was the last time you praised God in the midst of despair? Don’t wait until you “feel like it” or you’ll never do it. Do it, and then you’ll feel like it!

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