51-力量

 

The Strength We Need
 
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
(Philippians 4:13)
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Paul was in prison when he wrote that he could be content no matter what his circumstances. His inner peace and joy remained the same whether abased or abounding, whether hungry or full (Philippians 4:12). He explained how he could be this kind of person: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (v.13).
 
Calvin Johnson experienced the truth of this often-quoted statement. He was sentenced to life imprisonment after being wrongly convicted of rape. In the courtroom he had said, “God is my witness, I have been falsely accused. . . . I just pray in the name of Jesus Christ that the truth will eventually be brought out.” Sixteen years later, in 1999, DNA tests proved him innocent and he was freed. Amazingly, he holds no bitter feelings toward the woman who falsely accused him, the jury that found him guilty, or the judge who sentenced him. Upon his release he said, “Bitterness will destroy you. Now I just need a job.”
 
Yes, it is true. Jesus our Savior is always with us, enabling us to be content no matter what our circumstances. Because of Him, we can be kind even toward those who mistreat us. As we love Him, trust Him, and depend on Him, He will give us strength to do the impossible.
 
Meditate: With patience in His love I’ll rest, And whisper that He knoweth best, Then, clinging to that guiding hand, A weakling, in His strength I’ll stand.
Aphorism:The storms of our life prove the strength of our anchor.
 
 
力量
 
「我靠著那加給我力量的,凡事都能做。」
(腓立比書4章13節)
 
保羅身在獄中之時寫道,他無論在什麼景況下都能知足。無論處卑賤、處豐富,或饑餓、或飽足,他內在的平安與喜樂都是一樣的(腓立比書4章12節)。他說明自己如何能成為這樣的人:我靠著那加給我力量的,凡事都能做。(第13節)
 
加爾文·強生(Calvin Johnson)親身經歷了這一節常被引用的經文。他被誤判強暴罪而終生監禁。在法庭上他曾說:「上帝是我的見證,我被誤控……我單單奉耶穌基督的名禱告,有一日真相終能水落石出。」十六年後,1999年,基因檢測證實他是無辜的,他獲釋了。很奇妙,他對誤控他的那名婦女、判他有罪的陪審團以及判他罪刑的法官都沒有懷恨在心。在他獲釋之時,他說:「仇恨會摧毀你,我現在需要的僅是一份工作。」
 
這是真的。耶穌我們的救主總是與我們同在,使得我們無論處在什麼景況都能知足。因著他,我們能以德報怨。我們愛他、信靠他,他會賜給我們力量去完成原本不可能做到的事。
 
默想:我安歇在,他那恒久的愛中;悄悄述說,他是全知的上帝;
然後我要,緊握他牽引的手;雖為弱者,靠著他我能站立。
格言:生命中的風暴驗證我們的錨有多堅固。
 
轉載:住在鄰近遠方的信仰前輩

 

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