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​【双语灵修】葛培理:​修剪(2017-9-13)

作者: 葛培理 来源:基督时报 蒙允转载2017年09月13日 10:42

修剪 Prune

读经

“我是真葡萄树,我父是栽培的人。 凡属我不结果子的枝子,他就剪去;凡结果子的,他就修理干净,使枝子结果子更多。”  约翰福音 15:1-2 

“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.”  JOH N 1 5 : 1 – 2

默想

Prune 本意是一种水果,实际上,是一种水果干,例如梅子。但是,它还有另一个意思是修剪,就是把死的枝叶、病的枝叶、或者是多余的枝叶剪去,让植物有更好的生长。花园里的园丁会根据实际情形和自己的经验对植物进行修剪。葡萄树也是这样,需要专业的修剪师精心修剪,才能结出更多更好的果子。

耶稣告诉我们,如果我们希望跟随上帝,就必须经历他的修剪。上帝希望他的子民完全按照他的旨意成全。你要做选择,要么拒绝修剪、要么接受。耶稣就是这样,用葡萄树的比喻劝勉门徒。

A prune is a fruit. Or, it was a fruit. Actually, it is (or was?) a plum—a plum which is preserved by being dried and becoming all dark and wrinkly. But to prune is also an act of cutting off parts of a plant that are dead, that aren’t producing fruit, or even healthy aspects that the gardener believes will be better for the life of the plant in the long run. A gardener decides to remove a branch or bud so that the plant can flourish in times to come. Pruning something like a grapevine requires specialized attention so that it can become more abundantly fruitful.

Jesus promises that those who want to follow God will go through the pruning process too. God wants his people to become fully what he intends. You can try to be a prune and fight against getting pruned or you can let Jesus prune away in your life so that you can produce more prunes.

Or something like that. Jesus said it so much better when he was talking to his disciples.

祷告

耶稣,求你修剪我,拿去我里面不符合你心意的枝叶,让我不断长成你喜欢的样式。阿们。

Jesus, remove those things from my life that keep me from becoming all you created me to be, and from doing all you created me to do. Amen.

行动

买一棵植物回来,学习怎么照顾、怎么修剪,特别是冬去春来的时候。提醒自己,上帝也会修剪自己。

Buy a bonsai tree, learn how to care for it and prune it, and keep it in your room all fall and winter as a reminder of the difference God makes in your life.


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