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:何为喜乐(2019.11.06)

作者: 葛培理布道团 来源:基督时报蒙允转载2019年11月06日 13:42

靠耶和华而得的喜乐是你们的力量。尼希米记8:10

The joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

有人认为基督徒就应该一直快乐,并始终保持笑容。如果他们不快乐,或者没有笑容,一定有什么事情不对劲儿。其实不然。耶稣在他的朋友拉撒路的坟墓前,他哭了(约11:35);在他快接近耶路撒冷 的时候,他看见城,就为它哀哭(路1941),因为他看到圣城里灵命的盲目和罪恶;在客西马尼园里,耶稣极其伤痛,汗珠如大血点滴在地上(路2244)。

不要把快乐和喜乐混为一谈。快乐因着事情和环境改变;而喜乐是我们信靠基督带来的灵魂深处的满足。喜乐不意味着我们永远不难过或者不哭泣。喜乐是一种静静的自信,是来自上帝的内心的平安。生活中的麻烦事儿很多,会让我们不快乐,但是,它们不会拿走上帝给我们的喜乐,只要我们愿意信靠他,并寻求见他的面。

Some people think Christians should always be smiling and happy, and something is wrong if they aren’t.

But this isn’t necessarily true. Jesus stood outside the tomb of His friend Lazarus, and we read that “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). As He approached Jerusalem “He saw the city and wept” (Luke 19:41) because of its spiritual blindness and guilt. He knelt in the Garden of Gethsemane and was “in agony . . . [and] His sweat became like great drops of blood” (Luke 22:44).

Don’t confuse happiness with joy. Happiness comes with happy circumstances, joy wells up deep inside our souls as we learn to trust Christ. Joy does not mean that we are never sad or that we never cry. But joy is a quiet confidence, a state of inner peace that comes from God.

Life’s troubles will rob us of our happiness, but they can never rob us of the joy God gives us, as we turn in faith to Him and seek His face.


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