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【向陽心聲】把握今天,定睛永恒

 

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記得 2011 年 6 月 23 日,接到大哥突然昏倒,送院不治的電話。後來才曉得他不久前常覺胃部不舒服,以為胃酸過多而不以為意,誰曉得是心臟病發的前兆,心臟疼痛傳到胃部......,放下電話,震驚之餘,不禁淚流滿臉。記得當年,我父親在中國政治鬥爭中,屢屢被鬥、被關,又被關在勞改營三年多,前後失去自由長達十多年(後蒙中國政府平反),母親帶著五個年幼的兒女獨自苦撐,當年大哥已與我的祖父母在加拿大謀生。無論生活多麽艱苦,大哥總會每月按時把錢寄給母親救助我们。若干年後我們輾轉來到香港,大哥大嫂就把我們申請到加拿大團聚。

多年後,蒙主耶穌的恩典,我們和父母,及大嫂都先後接受了耶穌,但是大哥就是不肯信。記得那年我回多城參加二叔父的喪禮,再三向大哥傳福音。當時生龍活虎的大哥滿臉不悦,對我厲聲說﹕『不要再向我講耶穌了,再講耶穌,我們就不是兄妹!』後來聽說他對自己的太太說﹕『終有一天,我會信的。』可惜,沒有人知道自己生命的長短,才不到兩個月,大哥就因心臟病發昏迷不醒而離世,寫到這裏,能不握腕嘆息嗎?

是的,死亡無人能避免,但是人死不是如燭滅, 因爲聖經說 「按着命定,人人都有一死,死後且有審判。」親愛的讀者,你有永生的把握嗎?請看聖經的宣告:「信子(耶穌)的人有永生,不信子(耶穌)的人得不著永生,神的震怒常在他身上。」(約三:36)。一個滿身罪污的人,沒有耶穌寶血的遮蓋,面對全然聖潔神的審判,那是一件多麽可怕的事情啊!

親愛的讀者,認罪悔改,接受耶穌為救主,能決定你永恆的去向,這是人生在世最重要的事情。

看到這裏,可能你會问﹕世間宗教多如牛毛,只有耶穌能拯救我嗎?或許你又會說:『把你所說的真神給我看看,我就心服口服信靠祂。』

真假神的分別

1. 宇宙萬物既然是神所創造,祂豈需住在人手建造的廟宇?需要人敬奉祭物,以補充其不足?

2. 真神既然是永遠長存的,豈能如泥塑木雕的偶像,可以生銹朽壞,倒塌毀壞,需要人常常修補翻新?

3. 真神既然是公義的,豈能因你燒點紙箔,或供奉生果豬牛,就會受賄賂,若視無睹,免去你的罪刑呢?

故此,人手所造的神不是真神,即使古人如關公、媽祖等,他們都是死後被人奉為神祇,怎麼會是神?而伊斯蘭教的教主穆罕默德,即使他曾自稱比耶穌更偉大,他還不是難逃一死嗎﹖他的骸骨還在墳墓裏。佛教的釋迦牟尼祗說自己是「悟道」而已。祗有基督教的耶穌基督敢直稱自己是神,因為祂的確是神。

而創造宇宙萬物、三位一體的真神上帝,祂的確是全知、全能、全智、完全聖潔的永生神,被造的人又豈能視祂如同物件,随己意將祂顯示給别人觀看?只有當這位永生神卑微自己,道成肉身,降生塵世,把永生之道指示給世人看,人才能瞭解永恆的一二。因爲「從來沒有人看見神,只有在父懷裏的獨生子(耶穌)將祂表明出來(約一18)。」 而耶穌的一生,以及祂的代死與復活,無懈可擊地完全應驗了聖經對祂的一切預言。

信耶穌、得永生

而聖經早已宣告:「神愛世人,甚至將祂的獨生子(耶穌)賜給他們,叫一切信祂的,不致滅亡,反得永生。」(約三:16),耶穌自己也親口說﹕『我就是道路、真理、生命,若不藉著我,沒有人能到父那裏去。』(約十四﹕6),是的,耶穌基督的確是人類惟一的拯救。

世人需要耶穌基督的救恩

看到這裏,可能你會說﹕『我生平不作虧心事,怎麼會是個罪人?難道我也需要耶穌的救恩嗎?』是的,我們都需要耶穌的救恩。聖經說﹕「因為世人都犯了罪,虧缺了神的榮耀。」(羅三: 23)而「罪的工價乃是死」。我們不一定會犯下殺人放火的滔天大罪,但是誰能在一生的年日裏,心裏沒有絲毫的「貪婪、妒忌、爭競、背後說人、狂傲、自誇......」?這些在全然聖潔神的眼中也是罪。難怪聖經說「沒有一個義人,連一個也沒有,沒有明白的,沒有尋求神的。」(羅三: 10-11)故此,我們祇有信靠耶穌的救贖,才能罪得赦免,並因祂而稱義。

得救要及时

看到這裏,可能你會說﹕『救恩我明白了,但我生活勞碌,等我退休或離世前才接受耶穌豈不是更好?』

親愛的朋友,中國諺語不是說﹕「人生如朝露嗎」?聖經中大有智慧的所羅門王也如此說﹕『不要為明天自誇,因為一日要生何事,你尚且不能知道。』(箴廿七﹕1)我們連明天也不能掌握,怎能把握能有朝一日退休?而且生命實在脆弱,今天的你,生龍活虎,明天的你將會如何?誰能確保自己在離世前還有機會接受救恩?難怪有人說﹕「昨天已過,不再是你的,明天還沒有來,也不是你的,只有今天才是你的。」信耶穌要及時,一旦明白福音,務要立刻認罪悔改,成為神的兒女。

定睛永恒,人生豐盛有意義

一個蒙恩得救的人是一個新造的人。他的「心志改換一新」,「這新人是照著神的形像造的,有真理的仁義和聖潔。」(弗四﹕23-24),他定睛永恒,不再汲汲追求過眼雲烟的金錢、名譽和地位。他立志討神喜悅來報答主恩﹕他追求聖潔、知足常樂、勤儉、敬虔度日,竭力作一個盡心、盡性、盡力、盡意愛神,和愛人如己之人。

此外,他勤讀聖經,常常禱告,體貼神的心意,他愛惜光陰,努力傳福音,他的人生豐盛。當有一天,他蒙主恩召回天家,他可以安然見主面,因為知道神會對他說﹕『你這忠心良善的僕人,可以進來享受你主人的豐盛。』

 

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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