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October 16, 2012 / Samuel

行善不可丧志 [Do Not Grow Weary in Doing Good]

书卷:帖撒罗尼迦后书(新约)
作者:保罗

帖撒罗尼迦后书3章13节:“弟兄们,你们行善不可丧志。”

今日默想:基督徒无论从事甚么行业,无论作甚么样的工作,只要是为着主和教会而作的,都是美善而高尚的,也都有其价值。基督徒的一生是进取的,并且是没有止息的前进和奋斗,直到度完地上的日子,所以我们永不可丧志,乃要存心忍耐,奔那摆在我们前头的路程。行善或事奉主常会受到误解,容易叫人因丧志而停止;但基督徒行善和事奉的动机,不是要讨人的喜欢,乃是要讨那察验我们心的上帝喜欢。我们若能把握主对我们所行之事的评价如何,就不至于因别人的误解而丧志了。基督徒行善若仅仅是出于自己的好心,而不是按着善道的原则而行,往往不但不能叫行善的对象得益处,反倒叫自己灰心丧志,受到亏损。

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Book: 2 Thessalonians (New Testament)
Author: Paul

2 Thessalonians 3:13: “But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.”

Today’s Meditation: We shall possess a mindset that everything we do is for the Lord and ministries. We shall understand that possessing such mindset is noble and worthy. Our life is about improving, having endless fights and struggles, until the day we end our lives on earth. Thus, we shall not grow weary but be patient and run on the path that is lying upon us. Doing good can sometimes be misunderstood by people and may cause us to grow weary, which subsequently lead to the stopping of our good works. We shall know that doing good is not about pleasing people, but to please the Lord who examine our heart. If we can be certain of God’s comments about our good works, we do not have to worry about being misunderstood by other people. If we do good works just to show our kindness without following the principle matter of morality, we could fail to benefit people and may end up growing weary in us.

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