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:​给予与索取(2020.07.27)

作者: 葛培理布道团 来源:基督时报蒙允转载2020年07月27日 14:39

并愿所有诚心爱我们主耶稣基督的人都蒙恩惠。——以弗所书6:24

Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.—Ephesians 6:24

生活中的某些关系需要来自双方适度的奉献和委身,在这样的一种关系里,保持一些距离好像是更合适的。但是,在生活中也有其它的一种关系可以把友谊转化成爱。两颗心给了彼此以后,就不再是两个人,从而变成了一个人。不再是孤立体,而是兴趣和步伐是一致的。在真挚的爱里面,保持适度的距离对于纯粹的友谊来说是至关重要的,爱给了所有人,但一定也会有所回报。另一方的意愿成为具有约束力的义务每一颗心的最深处的渴望是知道别人内心真实的需要而对其真实的帮助。这是你对基督的爱和顺服吗?

Certain relationships in life require from the parties involved only moderate degrees of devotion. A certain degree of reserve and distance seems to be suitable in such relations as these. But there are other relationships in life where all this is changed when friendship becomes love. Two hearts give themselves to each other to be no longer two, but one. Instead of being separated, their interest and paths are now together. The reserve and the distance suitable to mere friendships is fatal in real love. Love gives all and must have all in return. The wishes of the other party become binding obligations; and the deepest desire of each heart is to know every secret wish and longing of the other, in order that it may do all in its power to gratify those desires. Is that the kind of love, affection, and obedience you have for Christ?

今日祷告:
耶稣,我说我爱你其实很多时候都是出于我的自私,索取爱。求你让我能够以你的意念为意念的方式来爱你!

Prayer for the day:
Jesus, I say I love You and yet so often it is a selfish, “taking” love. Let me love You in such a way that Your desires will be mine.


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