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).

双语灵修丨葛培理布道团:一同受苦(2018.12.14)

作者: 葛培理布道团 来源:基督时报蒙允转载2018年12月14日 09:18

“倒要欢喜;因为你们是与基督一同受苦,使你们在他荣耀显现的时候,也可以欢喜快乐。”

But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 1 Peter 4:13, NIV

尽管我们现在面临属灵的黑暗、政治混乱,往前看的基督徒保持乐观和欢喜,因为我们知道基督要作王。“我们若 能 忍耐,也必和他一同作王。”(提后2:12 )对那些受苦的人,耶稣说,“人若因我辱骂你们,逼迫你们,捏造各样坏话毁谤你们,你们就有福了! 应当欢喜快乐,因为你们在天上的赏赐是大的。在你们以前的先知,人也是这样逼迫他们。”(太5:11-12 )

也许在你的情况下,你的心里折磨更烦。你无法表达,即便对你最好的朋友。痛心疾首。但是,不要忘记基督得胜的应许。他已经胜过了世界,你因着信,借着耶稣基督,也可以胜过世界。 (约壹 5:5).在苦难中可以找到喜乐。这是我们在世界的朝圣之旅。我们只要认识到这一点,我们真的可以得到如同C. S. 路易斯所写的“出人意外的喜乐与平安。”。

In these days of spiritual darkness an political upheaval, the forward-looking Christian remains optimistic and joyful, knowing that Christ must reign, and “if we endure, we will also reigh with him” (2 Timothy 2:12, NIV).For every man, woman, and child throughout the world who is suffering, our Lord has these words from the Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:11-12, NIV).

Perhaps in your particular circumstances you are undergoing psychological suffering, which is just as real as physical suffering. It may be a suffering that you cannot express, even to your dearest friend-an inward, heartrending, heartbreaking suffering. In the midst of it all, there is the promise of victory. Christ has overcome the world, and you, by faith, can overcome the world through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 John 5:5).There is a joy to be discovered in the midst of suffering. Sometimes we encounter it in our earthly pilgrimage. Once we acknowledge that possibility, we will be astounded at how possible it is to be “surprised by joy,” as C. S. Lewis put it so effectively in his book by the same title.

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