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【讀經隨想】讓光照亮你的心靈深處

 

「光照在黑暗中,黑暗不能勝過光。」(约翰福音1:5新譯本)

Light最近趁著腿傷靜養的期間,閱讀了擱置在書架多時的一部小說,名叫《小屋》(THE SHACK) 。這本小説之所以擱置多時,實在是我害怕閲讀一個包含著巨大傷痛的故事,及從而帶出的混亂與憤恨的情緒。當我讀到第四章「巨慟」時,我又停了下來,那種面對傷痛時會產生的驚慌、恐懼、害怕、無助、心碎...... 等等的情緒﹐似乎正在等待著我,讓我想逃避,不想面對。當我再度翻開那「巨慟」的一章,勇敢地看完後,接下來的故事卻極度地引人入勝、峰迴路轉。因為大約有三分之二的篇章都在敘述著關於碰觸上帝之愛與撫慰心靈的療癒。

作者透過這本小說告訴我們,大多數的人都有自己的悲痛、破碎的夢想以及受傷的心。我們每個人的生命裡都有著某些與眾不同的失落,有著我們自己的「小屋」。而我們大多數的人不只有「小屋」,而且非常恐懼回到「小屋」,因為「小屋」裡深藏著黑暗的過往,或曾有無法言喻的極大苦楚在裡面,我們不想再揭開那傷口。然而,若走回我們的小屋,打開心門,讓光照進原本黑暗的小屋中,就在那裡,我們也將會遇見言語不能形容的至深之愛—上帝的愛。這愛的懷抱充滿了慈悲、撫慰、醫治、饒恕與犧牲!

有一位非常敬虔的姐妹分享了神譲他們夫妻在一個週末學習了一個很重要的功課。尤其是她,在神的光照下終於明白了神的心意。多少年來,她心裡有很多來自另一半的傷害,埋得很深,她自己都以為已經過去了。其實這些傷害一直在她心裡刺痛著她,只是自己卻不查覺,她把一切他和她想法不一致的做法,都歸結於「他不在乎我、他不愛我」,他把錢財、物件、他的朋友都看得比老婆還重要,因此她對很多事就過度反應。週五晚上就因丈夫提了一個財務新規劃,建議把家裡的錢全部放在他那裡,他負責買菜做飯,方便計劃運用。她一聽這話就受不了了,於是把手裡的錢都塞給了他,和他大吵了一架。她想起了過去的許多事,情緒低到了極點。

那週牧師講道的主題正是在教會裡或家裡有人傷害了你,你如何學會饒恕並給他們祝福。她努力地把這些話放進心裡,告訴自己不要去想過去那些不愉快的事了,但那些事卻愈來愈强烈,一直刺激她。結果回家後又和丈夫吵了起來,彼此都感到很絕望。在絕望中她跑出家門,不知不覺中又走回了教會,她來到神面前流淚禱告,呼求神的憐憫,神就把她帶回到了她那一直隱藏在心底深處、不見天日的「小屋」。奇妙的事發生了!當光照在黑暗中,她就看清了很多事的不同層面,包括那三十年前發生的傷痛源頭—「為病重的爸爸買藥」。 或許......不能完全怪老公,或許自己當時直接表達了需求,他也會出錢給爸買藥,爸爸就可以多活一段時間了。就為了這個心結,老跟他吵,以前她都不知道很多事都與這傷痛源頭有關,甚至跟本不知道問題出在哪兒,只要碰到錢的事就認定他捨不得為她花錢。直等到這次上帝陪同她來到那黑暗的小屋,上帝的光就驅走了黑暗,上帝的醫治與愛就臨到了她。正如(约翰福音12:46)耶穌說:「我是光,我到世上來,叫所有信我的不住在黑暗裡。」

第二天上午,這位姐妹終於能把藏在內心三十年來所有的傷害在没有控訴的情況下娓娓道來。這是因為上帝的愛撫慰、醫治了她,她才能如此平和地陳述過往。這樣真實坦誠、充滿自省且楚楚動人地娓娓道來,想想看:她丈夫的反應會是如何?他說很多事情他真不記得了,而有些事情呢,他根本不知道他傷害了她。雖然他没說對不起,但是他為過去的一切感到難過,並且說他真的很愛她。她說她終於原諒了過去他對她所有的傷害,他們和好了。哈利路亞﹐讚美神!事後回想整個經歷,真是神的恩典。神把在她心裡這塊多年來光照不到的地方打開,溫暖她、醫治她,讓她有機會、有力量和丈夫好好溝通,把扎在心裡多少年的刺都拔了出來,學會饒恕、認罪、悔罪,真正的得到了釋放。

主耶穌向世人宣告衪是誰時,用了這六個字:「我是世界的光」;接著說:「跟從我的,就不在黑暗裡走,必要得着生命的光。」(约翰福音8:12)。這是主耶穌給信徒的一個偉大應許:凡是忠心跟從耶穌的,一定能得到這生命的光,這光是照亮內心黑暗的光源。這光能使我們完全認識神,認識衪的慈愛與恩典,認識衪的公義與信實,認識衪的智慧與全能規劃...... 等等;不像那些不信的人,只能「在黑暗裡走」。親愛的朋友們,你看見了那真光了嗎?

親愛的主耶稣:

您是宇宙的主宰,您這來自天上的光,在人類歷史的地平線上出現,要照耀黑暗掌權的世間一切受造物。您像晨曦驅散了黎明前的黑暗,萬丈金光照亮整個世界,也照亮一切生在世上的人。我們感謝讚美您,您是那真光,在您裡面毫無黑暗!求主賜下恩典與力量使我們能勇敢面對自己的心靈小屋,得蒙主的光照、醫治、啓示和真理。奉主耶稣基督的聖名禱告祈求,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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