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【雙語園地】祝您有一個開心的中國年 Have a Delightful Chinese New Year !

 

祝您有一個開心的中國年

作者:Dr. Clement S.L.Yeung / 中譯:以恩

在 2007 年的年底,我求神在即將來臨的一年裡給我一個字或一個主題。有一天,有一個特別的字在心裡出現:愉快。我那時不大明白這個字有何特別的意義。在那天之後,我收到一個在多倫多的老友的一封信,他在三年前就退休了,退休後他和妻子到處旅行,可以說去環遊世界了。

在他的信裡,他強調到處旅遊三年之後,他突然覺得自己很需要一個假期。他的妻子以為他在開玩笑,她說:"在過去的三年裡,我們不是天天在度假嗎?"他回答:"我知道,但是這一次我真的想做一些我真真正喜歡做的事情。" 當他的妻子問他真正想做何事時,他很誠實地回答:"我還不知道,我需要去探索。"

當我們在做自己喜歡做的事情時,我們會覺得很開心。我想那就是我朋友所說的,他想 "去做自己喜歡做的事情之意。" 在那三年的旅遊之中,他很可能玩得很開心,但那卻不是他真正喜歡做的事情。

當我打開 2008 年 一/二 月份的門徒訓練日誌時,裡面有一篇本帕特森寫的文章談到 delight(開心/愉快),我且簡錄一段於下:

我們基督徒經常會談到和探討喜樂,但我們若不能明白最深的喜樂來自神,和與神同行,所有的探討就都不完全。在神裡面的快樂,是來自我們發現神的美好和超越,神性的榮耀之光輝,因而產生感激和無比的欣悅。

當我們嚐到那種欣悅時,我們就會渴望更加親近神。就像克萊爾沃的伯納德所言: "當我們感受到祢藉著地球給予的賜福時,我們就再次轉向祢"。喬納森愛德華茲將這種經歷描述為 "被吞噬進神的裡面"。

我不是神學家,只是一個尚在學習者。詩人說:(義人) "喜愛(delight)耶和華的律法(詩1:2) "。又說,"要以耶和華為樂(delight),他就將你心裡所求的賜給你(詩37:4) "。從這些經文裡,我學到開心(delight)的三件事。第一,我能開心是因為神;第二,我開心的源頭來自神的律法;第三,尋找到使自己開心的事是一種探險之旅,我必須在主裡以自己為樂(delight),沒有人能幫我做到此事。

當我們跟隨詩人的經驗時,將會發現喜樂不是一件事,而是一個人。即使在苦難中,約伯還是如此回答他的朋友們:"他(不敬虔的人)豈以全能者為樂,隨時求告神呢?(伯27:10)"

就我的朋友想到探索他真正喜歡的事,我也盼望大家都能在愛我們的神裡以祂為樂。祝您有一個開心的中國年!

 

 

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Have a Delightful Chinese New Year !

Dr. Clement S.L.Yeung

At the close of 2007, I asked God to give me a word or a theme for the coming year. Then one day, a special word popped up in my mind: delight. I must confess that I was not familiar with its meaning. The following day I received an email from an old friend in Toronto. Since his retirement some three years ago, he and his wife did a lot of traveling, literally around the world.

In his email, he made a very strange comment. He said that after being a world-trotter for almost three years, he suddenly felt that he needed a holiday. His wife thought he was just joking. "But we have been on holidays for the past three years," she exclaimed. "I know, but this time I want to do something I really like," he answered. When his wife asked him what he really liked to do, he gave this amazing yet honest reply, "I don't know but I need to find out."

We delight in things that we enjoy doing. I suppose that is what my friend meant by "something he really likes". He probably had a lot of fun during the three years of travel but he did not find his delight.

When I open the January/ February 2008 issue of Discipleship Journal, there is an article by Ben Patterson on delight and I quote:


As Christians, we talk and explore joy, but any exploration of joy is incomplete if we do not understand that, at its deepest, joy is delight for God and with God... To delight in God is to see something of His excellence and beauty – the splendor of His "God-ness" and to gratefully exult in the sight.

When we have tasted such delight, we thirst after God for more. As Bernard of Clairvaux puts it, "From the best bliss that earth imparts, we turn unfilled to You again." Jonathan Edwards describes such experience as being "swallowed up in God".

I am no theologian and I am still working on my preliminaries. The psalmist says, "But (for the righteous) his delight is in the law of the Lord." (Ps. 1:2) and "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your hearts." (Ps. 37:4) From these verses, I learned three things about delight. First, the reason of my delight is the Lord. Second, the source of my delight is the law of the Lord. Thirdly, finding delight is a personal venture. I need to delight myself in the Lord. No one can do it for me.

When we follow the experience of the psalmist, we will quickly find out that joy is not a thing but a person. Even in his sufferings, Job gives this answer to his friends, "Will he find delight in the Almighty? Will he call upon God at all times?" (Job 27:10)

Just like my friend who needs to find out what he really likes, I pray that all of us will find delight in the Lord who delights in us. Have a delightful Chinese new year !

 

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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