04/13 聖靈模造我們而能像耶穌1

  • 我們眾人既然敞著臉得以看見主的榮光,好像從鏡子裡返照,就變成主的形狀,榮上加榮,如同從主的靈變成的。
  • 常常遭遇不公平的待遇,卻能持守溫柔和喜樂,聖靈藉此模造我們而能像耶穌。
  • 聖靈一次又一次地,藉著難處破碎我的劣根性,日漸長大成熟,酷似耶穌。
  • 渴望自潔,聖靈就幫助治死老我,得著主復活的生命。
  • 聖靈來,使基督內住,與我們的原生命有段磨合期,但因著愛與願意,就模塑我們的生命酷似基督。
  • 在患難、病痛、逼迫中,聖靈感動我們思想耶穌十字架的道路,效法祂並倚靠祂,因而從死裡復活,活出耶穌的形象。
  • 聖靈要從人的內裏重新建造,使我們可以回復到天父當初造人的本質。
  • 聖靈藉環境模塑屬天的兒女,能越來越像主。

 

 

03/30 我們有神的DNA

  • 神乃是照著祂的形象造人,但人墮落而失去神的形象;現在神使人在基督耶穌裏,得以恢復屬神的生命與性情。
  • 遺傳密碼是寫在每個細胞裡的,所以我們成為神的兒女,也是在細緻地信靠順服中,全方位的更像神。
  • 人類有神的DNA,因此有了期待完全的渴望。
  • 我們像是一塊璞玉,外表和一般石頭無異,但裡面有潛在的上帝形象。
  • 我們有神的DNA,所以會想追尋生命的意義;因為我們渴求永恆,是遺傳自神。
  • 人自稱是萬物之靈,我們有自覺,覺得我們跟其他生命不一樣,高於他們;這樣的自覺是源於我們被造與萬物不同,惟有人是按神的形象造的,有神的DNA。
  • 我們有神的DNA,所以有創新 創造的能力。
  • 你看神造的生物有些叫人發噱,神怎麼想得出來那個樣子?我們有幽默感,是遺傳自神的DNA。
  • 我們有神的DNA,所以雖未完全卻渴慕完全,有瑕疵卻不掩其光芒。

 

 

03/16 像神4

  • 最初人是按神形象造的,但他像神的這份產業卻被偷走了。人有神的形象,他的生命完全汲取自神裡面的源頭;但有神形象的人,卻忘記了他的源頭,而使自己成為自己的創造者和審判官。(潘霍華)Originally man was made in the image of God, but now his likeness to God is a stolen one. As the image of God man draws his life entirely from his origin in God, but the man who has become like God has forgotten how he was at his origin and has made himself his own creator and judge.(Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
  • 世上並沒有普通的凡人,你談話的對象從來不是「只不過必死、必朽壞的人」;邦國、文化、藝術、文明才是必朽壞的,它們的生命與我們的生命相比,不過如蚊蚋。我們平常跟他開玩笑、一起工作、與他結婚、厲聲斥責、剝削的對象,都是不朽的。(魯益師)There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit.(C. S. Lewis)
  • 我們所以會有這樣的意識,知道死亡並非終結,也相信天堂是存在的,都是因為我們是按著神的形象受造的。(葛培理)The reason we have this inner conviction that death is not the end - and that Heaven exists - is because we were created in the image of God.(Billy Graham)
  • 基督是神最完美的形象,我們也在知識、純淨、公義和真實的聖潔上,漸漸被更新成神的形象。(約翰.加爾文)Christ is the most perfect image of God, into which we are so renewed as to bear the image of God, in knowledge, purity, righteousness, and true holiness.(John Calvin)
  • 祂成為我們的樣子,好使我們成為祂的樣子。(亞他拿修)He became what we are that he might make us what he is.(St.Athanasius)

 

 

03/02 像神3

  • 宇宙裡最寬闊之地不是太空,而是人類內心的潛能。人類是按神形象受造的,往哪個方向發展幾乎都是無可限量的。而這世界最大的悲劇之一,就是我們容讓我們的心緊縮著,直到最後它小到僅能容下我們自己。(陶恕)The widest thing in the universe is not space; it is the potential capacity of the human heart. Being made in the image of God, it is capable of almost unlimited extension in all directions. And one of the world's greatest tragedies is that we allow our hearts to shrink until there is room in them for little besides ourselves.(Aiden Wilson Tozer)
  •  我們不該一直想著人的軟弱,而應該望向他裡頭神的形象;這形象能掩蓋並消除他們的過犯瑕疵,這形象帶著美麗與尊嚴,強烈地吸引我們去愛並擁抱人們。(約翰.加爾文)We are not to reflect on the wickedness of men but to look to the image of God in them, an image which, covering and obliterating their faults, an image which, by its beauty and dignity, should allure us to love and embrace them.(John Calvin)
  • 神在人身上所賦予最偉大的尊榮,就是按祂的形象造人;但人對神所給最大的羞辱,就是按人的形象造出神來。(馬太.亨利,宣教士、聖經註釋家)It was the greatest honor God did to man that he made man in the image of God; but it is the greatest dishonor man has done to God that he has made God in the image of man.(Matthew Henry)
  • 一個人越多去愛,他會越貼近神的形象。(馬丁路德)The more a person loves, the closer he approaches the image of God.(Martin Luther)

 

 

02/17 像神2

  • 如果每個人都能在他的鄰舍身上看見神的形象,你想我們還會需要坦克和將軍們嗎?(印度德蕾莎修女)If everyone could see the image of God in his neighbor, do you think we should still need tanks and generals?(Mother Teresa)
  • 查核一下你的屬靈出生證明吧!你是按全能神的形象受造的。(約爾.歐斯汀)Check your spiritual birth certificate, you were made in the mighty image of God.(Joel Osteen)
  •  主吩咐我們沒有例外地,以良善對待所有人;雖然其中大部分人,若以他們的功過來衡量,都是很不配的。但聖經幫助我們有另一種美好的觀點,教導我們不要用人真實的價值來看他,而用他是按神形象受造來看他;我們所以能有尊貴與愛,都是源自神的形象。(約翰.加爾文)The Lord commands us to do good unto all men without exception, though the majority are very undeserving when judged according to their own merits. But scripture here helps us out with an excellent argument when it teaches us that we must not think of man's real value, but only of his creation in the image of God to which we owe all possible honor and love.(John Calvin)
  • 人之為人的意義何在呢?是在於神按祂的形象造我們,好將我們帶入永遠與祂相交的榮耀實際中。What does it mean to be human? It means we are created in the image of God for the glorious reality of being in permanent fellowship with Him.(Ravi Zacharias,福音派護教者)

 

 

02/03 像神1

  • 一種想認識那無法認識的,明白那無法明白的,觸摸親嚐那不可摸不可嚐的渴望,是源自人類本性裡神的形象。雖然被神學家所稱的「人類始祖的墮落」,帶來的巨大災難所污染並圍困著,然而深淵與深淵響應,人類的心靈仍意識到其源頭,並渴想回到那源頭裡去。(陶恕)The yearning to know what cannot be known, to comprehend the incomprehensible, to touch and taste the unapproachable, arises from the image of God in the nature of man. Deep calleth unto deep, and though polluted and landlocked by the mighty disaster theologians call the Fall, the soul senses its origin and longs to return to its source.(Aiden Wilson Tozer)
  • 我們靈魂中有個祕密定律,會自然地趨使我們的心靈,向著神的形象而去。(陶恕)We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God.(Aiden Wilson Tozer)
  • 說我們是按神形象造的,等於是說愛就是我們存在的原因,因為神就是愛。(金碧士,《效法基督》的作者)To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that love is the reason for my existence, for God is love.(Thomas a Kempis)
  • 倘若人不是按神形象造的,那麼我們就沒有什麼理由能反對殘酷無情了,也沒什麼好理由能說人類是特別的,那樣,人類生命就變成廉價的了。我們可以在今天社會上許多重要主題的爭議中,看到這件事。(薛福,福音派神學家)If man is not made in the image of God, nothing then stands in the way of inhumanity. There is no good reason why mankind should be perceived as special. Human life is cheapened. We can see this in many of the major issues being debated in our society today.(Francis Schaeffer)

 

 

01/20 新年的立志2

18世紀有些美國青少年,會寫下他的立志,並且每星期至少一次重讀這些話,操練他的生命;我們也可以學習這麼做,像美國偉大的神學家與牧師,愛德華滋(Jonathan Edwards)寫下來的立志:

  • 立志絕不去做,若那是我生命中最後一個小時,我就不敢去做的事。
  • 立志在各種場合中,多多思想我的死亡,以及牽涉到死亡、圍繞著死亡的一般情事。
  • 立志在我感覺痛苦時,想到殉道士,包括主耶穌以及世界各地的信徒,所遭受的痛苦;也提醒我自己,地獄的真實性。
  • 立志絕不存報復心理來做事。
  • 立志要在飲食上,持守最有智慧、最健康的操練。

 

 

01/06 新年的立志1

18世紀有些美國青少年,會寫下他的立志,並且每星期至少一次重讀這些話,操練他的生命;我們也可以學習這麼做,像美國偉大的神學家與牧師,愛德華滋(Jonathan Edwards)寫下來的立志:

  • 立志去做任何我認為最能榮耀神,對我最有益處、最合適、最令我喜悅的事;只要我活著,我定意去做這些事,無論需要花多少時間。
  • 立志去做就我所了解是我的責任並能對人類提供最大好處的事;立志去做這些事,無論將經歷多艱巨、多嚴苛的困難。
  • 立志繼續努力去發現新的方法,來操練並促進前面這項立志。
  • 立志絕不損失一刻鐘,乃要盡我所能,以最有價值的方式善用時間。

 

 

12/23 基督降生帶來祝福!

  • 聖誕節的信息,就是這可見的物質世界,是由那不可見的屬靈世界所管控的。
    The message of Christmas is that the visible material world is bound to the invisible spiritual world.
  • 有時作個小孩是件很棒的事,特別是遇見聖誕節時;因為聖誕節的大能創始者,也曾經來成為小孩。(狄更斯)
    It is good to be children, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.(Charles Dickens)
  • 當聖誕節的真義顯在我們心中時,它就會也顯在天空中了。
    It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.(W.T.Ellis)
  • 聖誕節不是在於聖誕樹上亮晶晶的裝飾,也不在收送禮物、給予和接受,甚至不在於聖誕歌曲;聖誕節乃是在於存一顆謙卑的心,更新我們所領受的奇妙禮物──基督自己!
    This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving, not even the carols, but the humble heart that receives anew the wondrous gift, the Christ.(Frank McKibben)
  • 聖誕節發源於上帝的心,但只有在它觸及人的心靈時,聖誕節的意義才達完全。
    Christmas began in the heart of God. It is complete only when it reaches the heart of man.
  • 基督即使生在伯利恆一千次,如果祂沒有生在你裡面,你的靈魂仍是孤寂絕望的。
    Though Christ a thousand times in Bethlehem be born, if He is not born in thee, thy soul is still forlorn.(Angelus Silesius)
  • 歷史的樞紐,是裝在伯利恆一扇馬房的門上。
    The hinge of history is on the door of a Bethleham stable.(Ralph W. Sockman)
  • 聖誕節向這世界揮了一下她的魔杖,看哪!一切都變得更加柔和甜美了。(皮爾博士Norman Vincent Peale)
    Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.

12/9 聖誕的祝福!

  • 沒有聖誕在心中的人,也不會在聖誕樹下找著它。
    He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. (Roy L. Smith)
  • 我的心尊崇聖誕節,並試著在全年中持守之。(狄更斯Charles Dickens)I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
  • 如果你停下拆禮物的舉動,安靜聆聽,你將發現聖誕之愛與你同在屋內。
    Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.
  • 我們還是小孩時,在聖誕節會感謝塞禮物在襪子裡的人;那麼為何我們不感謝賜給我們腿能塞到襪子裡的神呢?(卻斯特頓G.K. Chesterton)
    When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?
  • 聖誕節的靈,滿足了人類最巨大的飢渴。
    For the spirit of Christmas fulfils the greatest hunger of mankind. (Loring A. Schuler)
  • 聖誕節的信息就是:我們永不致孤寂。
    This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone. (Taylor Caldwell)
  • 基督生在第一世紀,但祂屬於每一世代;祂生為猶太人,卻屬於每一種族;祂生在伯利恆,但屬於所有國家。
    Christ was born in the first century, yet he belongs to all centuries. He was born a Jew, yet He belongs to all races. He was born in Bethlehem, yet He belongs to all countries. - George W. Truett
  • 降生的這位嬰孩基督,是萬有的主;所以對祂而言,沒有宮殿會顯得太大,也沒有茅屋會顯得太小。
    For the Christ-child who comes is the Master of all; No palace too great, no cottage too small.(Phillips Brooks)

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