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】葛培理布道团:基督徒的印记(2018-9-19)

作者: 葛培理布道团 来源:基督时报蒙允转载2018年09月19日 10:52

“因为全律法都包在“爱人如己”这一句话之内了。”加拉太书 5:14

All the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Galatians 5:14

我们信神,神就赐给我们爱的能力,我们就爱我们的邻舍,不管他们的皮肤、社会阶层。这种爱是神的恩典,是通过圣灵产生在我们心里。基督徒彼此相爱,别人就认出我们是基督的门徒。你们彼此相爱吗?我们彼此相爱吗?保罗怎么说的?“我若能说万人的方言,并天使的话语,却没有爱,我就成了鸣的锣,响的钹一般。”(林前13:1) 天使的话语?那可是宇宙的声音!万人的方言?那可是最厉害的演讲者!但是,若没有爱,这些不过是锣和钹。

我明白圣经、有讲道之能、会说预言,是个伟大的布道家。但是,我若没有爱,没有任何益处。同样,即便我晓得所有的奥秘和知识,每天读经,遵守教条,若没有爱,我什么也不是。设想我有全备的信心,可以移山,太有信心了!但是若没有爱,也算不了什么。我周济穷人,是个基督徒。但是若没有爱,也没有什么。你有这种爱吗?没有基督在你心里,没有圣灵在你心里,你不会有这种爱。除了依靠圣灵感动,你不会这种爱。所以你要接受基督,接受他赐给的能力,接受圣灵,产生爱。George Sweeting说,没有爱的生命,没有任何意义。

When men turn to God, God gives them agape love-and then they love their neighbor no matter what the color of his skin, no matter what his circumstances. This is the love that God gives as a gift, and it is produced in the heart by the Holy Spirit who lives there. The Christian is to love fellow Christians. “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another? Do we have love one to another? Do you know what the apostle Paul said about it? He said in 1 Corinthians 13, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels…” Speak with the tongues of angels!Think of being the greatest orator in all the universe! Speaking with a thousand tongues in a thousand languages with the eloquence of the greatest speakers of all thim! Paul said unless we have love, agape love-the divine love that only God can give-we are only “sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.”

Suppose I understand the Bible, have the gift of preaching, the gift of prophecy, and am the greatest preacher who ever lived. Paul said unless I have love ”it profiteth me nothing.” Suppose I understand all mysteries and all knowledge, read the Bible every day, carry it under my arm every day, believe in all the creeds. Unless I have love, Paul said I am nothing.Suppose I have such faith that I could remove mountains. You say what great faith that is! That’s nothing, unless I love. Suppose I give all the money that I have to charity. You would say I was a great man-a Christian man. But Paul said unless I have love it is nothing. Do you have this love? Without Jesus Christ in your heart, without the Holy Spirit in your heart, you can’t have this love. You can’t produce this love except with the power of the Holy Spirit. That’s the reason why you must receive Christ, and when you do He gives you the power and the strength, through the Holy Spirit, to produce this love.George Sweeting says, “Life minus love equals nothing!”

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