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【向陽心聲】真正的福氣

 

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世人最常祈求的福氣有:

1.賺更多的金錢

世人多以為錢財越多越好,認為錢財是成功的代表,能帶來盡情享受。國人甚至有「有錢能使鬼推磨」之說。其實,看見錢就推磨,受錢財驅使的人正是鬼魔的化身。而社會、傳媒、報章也大肆渲染錢財的魅力和影響力,荼毒人心。

因爲貪財而以不法之道騙取金錢的人,終會事敗被繩之於法。請看 2008 年美國歷史最大的騙局,當年 71 歲的前美國那斯達克(Nasdaq) 的主席馬度夫(Bernard Madoff)的下場﹕他摸清人喜愛投機取巧的心理,在 30 年來,以投資得高利為號召,騙取以百萬計國人血汗錢的投資,騙取金額高達 5 百億美元,不料東窗事發,被政府判刑 150 年,馬某不但聲譽掃地,還遺害子孫,他的長子患上嚴重憂鬱症,後自殺身死亡,他的孫子們也以他為恥辱,紛紛改名換姓,隱居某州,不願與他有任何的關係,而他不久後也因病死在牢獄中(註一)。

難怪聖經說﹕「但那些想發財的人,就陷在迷惑、落在網羅和許多無知有害的私慾裏,叫人沉在敗壞和滅亡中。貪財是萬惡之根。有人貪戀錢財,就被引誘離了真道,用許多愁苦把自己刺透了。」(提前六﹕9-10)

其實,我們若能有智慧地善用金錢,它可以成為我們的忠僕,否則會成為殘害我們的惡主。試看,多少婚姻、家庭因金錢糾紛而破碎、親情抹煞、親友反目?還有,金錢也不能令我們有安全感,從古到今的富貴人家,都因錢財而憂慮多﹕怕失去錢財,又怕因有錢財被綁票遭害,更怕別人因錢財而與自己的兒女論婚嫁。而且錢財無定,「必長翅膀,如鷹向天飛去。」(箴二十三﹕5)可見金錢並非是我們的倚靠。也沒有永恆的價值。

還有,錢財也不是萬能。金錢不能買真愛、健康、真平安,也不能買逝去的時光與生命,更不能購買神所賜的救恩與永生。因為救恩的代價極其貴重,是神的獨生兒子耶穌基督因愛我們,為我們在十字架上代死而成就的。而只有接受耶穌基督為救主的人,才能罪得赦免,才能得著神所賜的永生。

故此,金錢不應該是我們立志要賺取的。

2.要立名建樹

又有人說,「人死要留名,豹死要留皮。」故此,我們千方百計要留名﹕有人捐款作善事,卻要大事渲染。有人殘害無辜,以遺臭萬年。但是,無論當時造成怎麽樣的轟動,隨著日子的過去,所有好名或臭名都會成為歷史陳跡。試看當年威震天下的希臘帝國的亞歷山大大帝,英勇善戰,國家版圖之廣大,令人詫異。還有歷代眾多的名人偉蹟,當年的確轟動一時。但是,因時間的流逝,他們的成就,甚至名字也被人遺忘。請問,你比亞歷山大大帝,和這些世界名人如何?我們也會和他們一樣,會「永遠無人記念......日後都被忘記」(傳二﹕16)。可見地位、名望都沒有永恆的價值。故此,聲望也不是我們應該立志追求的。

3.立志追求健康

立志注重運動,保持身體健康,這是國人最常立的志。難怪近年來,健康食物充斥市場,減肥、運動、保持健康成為最熱門的話題。是的,健康的確重要,但是,身體健康的人並不代表其生命的豐盛,請你舉目四看,多少身體健康的人被人生各種的「遠慮近憂」壓得透不過氣來,生命沒有喜樂。

還有,生命無常,人無法掌管明天,今天的你生龍活虎、健康過人,明天的你將會如何?一個意外,一個突發的疾病就能使你纏眠病床,甚至一病不起。

況且即使你能活到一百歲,終有一天,我們必定會來到人生的盡頭,因為聖經早就宣告﹕「按著命定,人人都有一死,死後且有審判。」(來九﹕27)故此,人若不曉得死後何去,沒有永生的歸宿,只是在世上糊塗度日,甚是可惜。還有,「因為世人都犯了罪,虧缺了神的榮耀。」(羅三﹕23)試想滿身罪污的我們,死後還得面對聖潔永生神的審判,那是多麼可怕的事!

真正的福氣

看到這裏,可能你會問﹕我們該如何作,才能在永生神的面前蒙恩典,得憐憫?才能活得有意義?親愛的讀者,請看聖經的真理﹕

「信子(耶穌基督)的人有永生,不信子(耶穌基督)的人得不著永生,神的忿怒常在他身上。」(約三﹕36)

原來,人因犯罪離棄神,結局應是永遠沉淪。但是,創造宇宙萬物的耶和華神不但是宇宙惟一的真神,祂也是一位大有憐憫、慈愛的主,祂愛我們至切,甚至差遣自己的獨生愛子耶穌基督,降生世間,為擔當我們的罪捨命十字架,並死後三天復活,成就救恩。

只要我們願意認罪悔改,接受神子耶穌基督的救恩,神就立時赦免我們的罪,並把永生賜給我們,還有聖靈居住在我們的心裏,作我們隨時的幫助,因為「凡接受祂(耶穌基督)的,就是信祂名的人,祂就賜他們權柄,作神的兒女。」(約一﹕1 2),這是世人能得的最大、最珍貴的,且有永恆價值的「真正福氣」。我們的人生因而有倚靠,充滿盼望,滿有喜樂,有意義,而且不懼死亡。

親愛的讀者,在這個新的一年,願你也認識耶穌基督,接受祂的救恩,成為一個蒙「真福」,得救贖的人。

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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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