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:耶稣的爱(2018-5-15)

作者: 葛培理布道团 来源:基督时报蒙允转载2018年05月15日 09:34

“人子来了,也吃也喝,人又说他是贪食好酒的人,是税吏和罪人的朋友。但智慧之子总以智慧为是 。”马太福音 11:19

The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and ‘sinners’ But wisdom is proved right by her actions.                

Matthew 11:19 NIV

Harry Ironside博士说,不要让我们的错误信仰影响我们的先见。我们不喜欢邪恶、虚假、坏事。但是我们对罪的不容忍经常演变成对罪人的不容忍。前一阵子,我很惊讶地听说,一个资深宗教人士在电视上宣称,耶稣不会接近那些有问题的人或者跟他价值观不同的人。我想他大概忘记了,耶稣不惧怕接近任何人。祭司、法利赛人最喜欢批评耶稣“交友不慎”,无论公众人物、教授,还是小偷、妓女,无论是富人还是穷人,他都愿意去交流和帮助。甚至耶稣自己的门徒对主都不理解,怎么会和不三不四的人在一起吃喝。但是,耶稣大有爱心,看人不分贵贱、贫富、健康或生病。    

耶稣是世界上最有胸怀的人。他自己内心的强大、坚定、绝不动摇,让他不惧怕接近任何人和任何组织。他不会被污染。我们不愿意听别人的观点,因为我们害怕自己受到他们的攻击和影响。耶稣没有这样的担心,他不需要防卫和保护自己。耶稣明白大方和妥协的区别。我们要向他学习。他为我们做了榜样,真理和怜悯结合。“你去照样行吧。”(路10:37).

The late Dr. Harry Ironside once said, “Beware lest we mistake our prejudices for our convictions.”To be sure, we must deplore wickedness, evil, and wrongdoing, but our commendable intolerance of sin too often develops into a deplorable intolerance of sinners. Jesus hates sin but loves the sinner.I was amused and shocked to hear a man of considerable religious background declare on television not long ago that “you didn’t catch Jesus associating with questionable people or those whose basic ideas and attitudes were at variance with what Jesus knew to be honorable and right!”Such a man should have known that Jesus wasn’t afraid to associate with anyone! One of the thing which the scribes and Pharisees criticized bitterly was His willingness to help and talk to and exchange ideas with anyone, be they publicans, thieves, learned professors, or prostitutes, rich or poor! Even His own followers decried some of the people with whom He was seen in public, but this did not lessen he compassion that Jesus felt for all the members of poor, blinded, struggling humanity.

Jesus had the most open and all-encompassing mind that this world has ever seen. His own inner conviction was so strong, so firm, so unswerving that He could afford to mingle with any group, secure in the knowledge that He would not be contaminated. It is fear that makes us unwilling to listen to another’s point of view, fear that our own ideas may be attacked. Jesus had no such fear, no such pettiness of viewpoint, no need to fence Himself off for His own protection. He knew the difference between graciousness and compromise, and we would do well to learn from Him. He set for us the most magnificent and glowing example of truth combined with mercy of all time, and in departing said, “Go ye and do likewise” (Luke 10:37).

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