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不感恩不行嗎?

作者:Evelyn O. Shih / 中譯:以恩

己經近入秋天,我發現自己有時會想:「為什麼我一定要感恩呢?」有時我覺得慶祝感恩節真的很麻煩。所以我在思想:「不感恩不行嗎? 」

誠然,我們有自由可以選擇要不要慶祝感恩節;但是在這裡我想和你談談,若你不感恩有什麼後果。

首先,一個不感恩的人是一個自大的人。他或她認為他們的成就完全來自他們自己的努力。這種信念剝奪或否定了撫養子女的父母,教育子女的學校和老師的努力,還有提供爭取高科技目標的政府以及為他們提供穩定環境的社會。這個人假設這些東西都是他或她應該擁有的,因此沒有什麼值得感恩。

由於此人否認過去所得的一切利益,因此他或她也忽略了現在正享用的利益。假設有個男人不欣賞妻子對他的支持,也覺得同事的團隊合作不重要,也不相信他的教會或團契的和祈禱。這人把一切歸功於自己,所以他沒有朋友,也沒有親近的家人。

其次,一個不懂得感謝的人會嫉妒。這種人不願看到別人比自己更成功。他們注視著鄰居採取的每一個步驟,數出同齡人獲得的所有財產,並希望擁有比別人更好的新事物。

例如,一個男人可能會想要自己無法獲得的東西,例如滿頭的頭髮,有一對漂亮而聰明的孩子及年輕妻子,他對別人的嫉妒會越加嚴重。這樣的人向上帝抱怨生活不公平,因為他沒有得到他想要的一切。

因此,一個不感恩的人是不開心的。這些人認為其他所有人都欠他們的債,即使有人善待他們,他們也認為那是應該的,那是在還欠他們的債,根本不需要感恩。 這樣的人認為他們必須拿到最好的,100 分的完美。換句話說,當他們少拿一分,便認為上帝欠他們一些東西。

相反地,一個經常感恩的人將自己放在零分的起點。 這個人承認他或她在世界上一無所有。從這個角度來看,有任何接受或增加的分都是來自上帝的恩典。一個微笑就會使這人高興。由於此人很滿足,因此他或她將不會貪愛他人的財產。這人相信上帝會賜予我們每個人不同的祝福,這些祝福可以滿足每個人的需求。

即使在患難中,這個人也會感謝,因為他/她可以看到神在這種情況下所賜的恩典,並且可以明白上帝管教的新功課可以使其靈命成長。這個人總是很快樂,因為他或她在任何情況下和所有事情上都感謝。

親愛的朋友! 當您不感恩時,您會不開心,這會導致周圍的所有人也感到不開心。 假如大家都不快樂,那是什麼樣的生活? 因此,不感恩不行。

 

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Does It Matter To Give No Thanks ?

by: Evelyn O. Shih

As the fallen season approached, I found myself wondering, "Why is it that I have to give thanks?" Sometimes I feel as if cerebrating Thanksgiving Day is a big trouble. So, I wonder, "Does it matter whether I give thanks or not?"

We are free, it is true, to not cerebrating Thanksgiving Days, however, I would like to discuss with you how it matters when you do not give thanks.

First of all, a person who gives no thanks is an arrogant one. He or she thinks that their achievements come from their own efforts only. This belief discounts or denies the efforts of the parents who raised their children, the school and teachers who educate them, the government that provides the goal of high technology for which to strive, and the society that give them a steady environment. This person assumes that these things are what he or she should have, so there is nothing for which to be thankful.

Since this person denies the benefits of the past, he or she also neglects the benefits of the present. Take, for example, the man doesn't appreciate his wife's support, doesn't care about his colleague's teamwork, and doesn't believe in his church and the support of its fellowship and prayers. This man gives all the credit to himself, so he has no friends nor close family members.

Secondly, a person who gives no thanks has the green eyes of envy. These people can't bear to see others more successful than themselves. They watch every step the neighbors take, count every possession their peers procure, and want to have better and newer things than others.

For example, a man might think of the things he can't get, such as a full head of hair, an ever younger wife of a pair of beautiful and smart children, and his green eyes become even greener. Such a man complains to God that life is unfair because he doesn't get all the things he wants.

Therefore, a person who gives no thanks is an unhappy one. These people consider that everyone else is indebted to them, such that, even if someone treat them well, they take that deed as merely one debt repaid, certainly not worthy of thankfulness. This person puts himself or herself on the mark of 100 points. In other words, God owes them something when they receive one point less.

On the contrary, a person who gives thanks all the time puts himself or herself on the mark of zero points. This person admits he or she has nothing when it comes to the world. From this perspective, any point received or added is from the grace of God. A smile from someone will make this person happy. Since this person is content, he or she will not covert the possessions of others. This person believes that God grants each of us a different blessing, which meets that individual's needs.

Even in time of tribulation, this person will gives thanks because he or she can see God's grace in the situation and can recognize God's discipline in teaching a new lesson for spiritual growth. This person is always happy, for he or she gives thanks at every occasion and in all things.

Dear friend! You are not happy when you don't give thanks and this causes all the people around you also feel unhappy. What kind of life is it when nobody is happy? So, it does matter to give no thanks.

 

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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