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【加東主題篇】病菌下的真平安

 

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近月來新型冠狀病毒的散播,帶來全球性的恐慌,令到人心惶惶,失去平安。平安也似乎已悄悄地離開了這世代,何處才有真正的平安呢?

「平安」在中國文化中很受重視,二字值千金。過去數十年來,華人經歷過不少的戰爭、政變、逃難、移民的辛酸,平安的追尋顯得更重要。雖然加國華人身居全球居住環境最好的國家,但面對世界、社會、家庭、個人種種的問題,仍然未能有真正的平安。

平安有兩種,一種是外面的平安,有衣有食、身體健康、環境寧靜、生活富裕。另一種是內心的平安,心靈的安康,雖然環境有許多叫人不安的因素,但內心有某種信念及把握,在任何環境中都能處之泰然。英國泰晤士報曾舉辦繪畫比賽,題目為「平安」,結果獲選的作品不是風和日麗、湖面平靜如鏡的風景畫,乃是一幅在狂風暴雨中,小鳥在母鳥的翅膀下安睡的畫。雖然外面的環境惡劣、風雨大作、樹木在搖撼,但小鳥在母鳥的護蔭下,安享平安,這種平安才是真正的平安。

人生若有真正的信仰,對人生有把握、有倚靠、心靈有滿足,就算世局如何變幻、環境如何惡劣,心靈仍然可以有平安。真正的信仰使人產生信念,信念使人有勇氣,有力量勝過惡劣的環境。基督教的信仰建立在與宇宙的主宰的關係上,祂不但是宇宙的主宰,更是我們個人的主,祂是宇宙萬物的創造主,是大能的神。祂有能力保守我,有能力改變環境,祂會在我不能支持的時候賜下力量。另一方面,祂愛我,祂應許與我同在,與我一起走人生的路。祂必如牧者一樣,無論環境如青草地、溪水旁、死蔭幽谷,大敵當前,祂都引領我,與我同在。祂的安慰、保護叫我對人生有把握、有倚靠、心靈有滿足,享受真正的平安。

今日有許多人內心失去平安,為各種事物憂慮,心靈困擾無奈。為學業、事業、愛情、友情、前途而憂慮,心煩意亂、空虛無奈,覺得人生無意義,最後走上自殺的路,多麼叫人惋惜。憂慮是人生的大敵,也是一般人的通病。有一個故事說:有一天魔鬼差小鬼到一個城去散播病菌,要牠殺死一千人,但結果死的卻有兩千。於是魔鬼就責問小鬼,但小鬼回答說:「大王!我絕對是遵命而行的,我所殺死的只有一千人,不多也不少。」「那末,另外的一千人呢?」「是因為懼怕而死的!那些人疑神疑鬼,是自己嚇死自己的。」

事實上,人的憂慮並不改變事實,於事無補。人憂慮的事有 40% 是永遠不會發生的,有 30% 是已經過去,無可補救的,12% 是心理虛構出來的,有 10% 是為別人(家人或親友)的事,只有 8% 是真正值得關注的事。人憂慮,因為心靈沒有把握、沒有倚靠。然而小孩子卻不然,他不會為生活憂慮,因為幼小的心靈充滿對父母的信心,他知道父母會照顧他。這信心是由認識而來。小孩子看到陌生人會害怕、會哭、會不安,因為不認識他們,不能信賴他們,因而產生不安感。人對環境或前途認識不清楚、沒有把握,自然不能產生信心,沒有信心自然會不安。雖然有些人比較樂觀,以為「船到橋頭自然直」,本著「天跌下來當被子蓋」的心態,盡量排除內心的憂慮。這豪氣可嘉,做卻做不來。安靜下來、細心自問,這豪氣沒有根據,越想越無把握,只是自欺,逃避現實的阿Q精神而已!這沒有根據的樂觀,結果還是樂觀不來。

基督徒的樂觀是有根據的,我們認識及信靠這位宇宙的主宰為天父,祂比萬有都大,萬有都是祂所造的,也是為祂而造的。祂是歷史的主,也是我們生命的主。這位既大能又慈愛的神願意作我們的天父,祂看顧小麻雀,更要看顧祂的兒女。我們肉身的父親雖然不完全,也曉得把好東西給他的兒女,何況我們完全的天父,豈不會把更好的東西給我們嗎?我們的信心不是阿Q精神,乃是建基在神的大能及慈愛,祂的信實永不改變。

請聽主耶穌說:「凡勞苦擔重擔的人,可以到我這裡來,我就使你們得安息。」又說:「我留下平安給你們,我將我的平安賜給你們。我所賜的平安,不像世人所賜的,你們心裡不要憂愁,也不要膽怯。」

在這不安的世代,請來享受耶穌所賜的真正平安吧!

 

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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