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November 11, 2012 / Samuel

追求义 [Pursue After Righteousness]

书卷:彼得前书(新约)
作者:彼得

彼得前书3章9节:“不以恶报恶、以辱骂还辱骂,倒要祝福,因你们是为此蒙召,好叫你们承受福气。”
彼得前书3章10节:“因为经上*记着说:人若爱生命,愿享美福,须要禁止舌头不出恶言,嘴唇不说诡诈的话;”
彼得前书3章11节:“也要离恶行善,寻求和睦,一心追赶。”
彼得前书3章12节:“因为主的眼看顾义人,主的耳听他们的祈祷;惟有行恶的人,主向他们变脸。”

今日默想:上帝是赏善罚恶的,所以人应有合宜的表现,才能得上帝赐福。一个人的言语表露他是甚么样的人,凭什么样的生命而活,所以人若要追求真道,首须从话语着手。我们若想要对付自己的话语,必须先对付自己的存心。热爱属灵生命的基督徒,必须有两方面的奔跑:一面要逃离罪恶,另一面要追赶良善与和睦。离恶行善重在自我规律,寻求和睦重在有良好的人际关系。真正的和睦,必须先能与上帝和好然后自己心中有平安再后与众人和睦。胜过恶行的唯一方法,就是不要加以抵抗,听任其自行消亡。抵抗只会火上加油,制造更多的恶。主的眼目看顾,主的耳朵倾听,主的脸面显颜色──祂真是全神灌注地关心人的情形,我们岂可忽略祂的心意?是福是祸,完全在乎人的选择──若要享美福,便须行善作义人;若作行恶的人,便不能盼望从上帝得着福气。我们若不照圣经的原则待人,而凭肉体的报复待人,就等于把自己摒于主的看顾之外了。因为主的眼目是看顾义人的,我们不能行恶人所行的,却想得义人所得的看顾。

*可自行参阅诗篇34篇12~14节

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Book: 1 Peter (New Testament)
Author: Peter

1 Peter 3:9 :“not returning evil foe evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.”
1 Peter 3:10 :“For* ‘He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.”
1 Peter 3:11 :“Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.”
1 Peter 3:12 :“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.'”

Today’s Meditation: God only reward those who do good deeds. Thus, we need to behave well to receive His blessings. One’s speech reveals his life. Thus, we need to cure our way of speaking before pursuing onto the way of truth. We need to control our mind before we can control our speaking. A Christian who is enthusiastic of pursuing spiritual life will run on two courses- one to avoid sins, and another towards peace. As we turn away from evil and do good, we will gain self-discipline. Seeking for peace and pursue after it can ensure our social relationships. The real peace is about fixing the relationships with God first, then we will have peace in us before we bring peace to people. A way to defeat sinful acts is not to defend it. Your defence will rekindle the fuel and consequently bringing more sins. God’s eyes are on us, and He listens to us. His visage reveals light because He cares about us. So how can we ignore His wills? It is totally up to our choices to have blessing or disaster. Blessing requires us to do good and be righteous. Disaster means receiving no blessing from God. If we cannot treat others like the way Bible teaches, we will lose our blessing from God. God only focus on righteous people. Therefore, we cannot receive the blessing if we do bad.

*You may refer to Psalm 34:12~14.

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