神爱世人,甚至将他的独生子赐给他们,叫一切信他的,
不至灭亡,反得永生。(约3:16)

​【双语灵修】葛培理:重视家庭(2018-1-12)

作者: 葛培理 来源:基督时报 蒙允转载2018年01月12日 09:34

重视家庭 THE FAMILY AND THE WORKPLACE

“儿女是耶和华所赐的产业; 所怀的胎是他所给的赏赐。” 诗篇 127:3 

Children are a gift from God; they are his reward. Psalm 127:3 TLB

今天,家庭的压力,远远超过历史上的任何时候。无论是出于无奈,还是自己喜欢,越来越多的妇女都在外工作。有些父母很内疚,特别是把儿女交给别人照看或者干脆让他们自己在家里。而单身的母亲压力更大,因为她们不得不出去工作以养家糊口。这样的例子已经比比皆是。可惜,很多人宁愿热爱事业,甚于家庭。所以,家庭和婚姻出现问题也就不足为奇。套用圣经的一句话,人若赚得全世界,却失去了家庭,又何必呢?

有什么可以和一家人开开心心相提并论呢?在父母的鼓励和教育下,儿女们健康成长、有出息,还有什么比这个更重要的呢?物质上的东西,实现与否,都会逝去;儿女们是上帝赐给的产业,不断传承。儿女是我们的未来。他们会告诉那些不认识我们的人:我们是谁,做了什么。更重要的是,儿女是上帝托付给我们的产业。他们同样有上帝的形象,同样享受主耶稣基督救赎的恩典。我们的主要责任,并不是保证儿女们衣食无忧,而是要确保他们在一个有上帝、有爱的家庭里健康快乐成长,通过耶稣认识上帝,并在上帝的带领下,事业成功、家庭幸福。没有什么比这个更重要的了。

Today there are more pressures on the home than perhaps at any time in the history of the human race.By necessity or by desire, more women are working today than ever before. Many feel guilty about leaving their children in the care of others or having them return to an empty home while they are at work. Many divorced women must work to support themselves and their children, a phenomenon which is becoming more and more common in the age in which we live. But many woman (and men, too) devote more time to their working life than they do to their family life. Is it any wonder, then, that so many marriages are in trouble?To paraphrase the Bible, what shall it profit a man (or a woman) who gains the whole world but loses hi (or her) own family?

What achievement in life is equal to a happy home and rearing successful children who grow up in praise of their parents? Every material goal, even if it is met, will pass away. But the heritage of children is timeless. Someone has said that our children are our messages to the future. They will tell others who will never know us who we were.More importantly, our children have been entrusted to us by God, children made in His image and for whom Christ died. Our primary responsibility is not to make sure they have the best clothes and live in the best houses. It is to make sure they grow up in homes where God is present and the love of Christ reigns so that they will come to know God through His Son.What could be more valuable than successful children and a happy home life?


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