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January 17, 2015 / Samuel

束腰 [Gird]

书卷:约翰福音(新约)
作者:使徒约翰

约翰福音13章4节:“就离席站起来脱了衣服,拿一条手巾束腰。”

今日默想:在教会中服事主的第一先决条件,就是要从自己的宝座上下来。凡一味地矜持身分与地位的人,不能作好主的仆人。骄傲的人眼中没有别人。目中无人的人,没有人愿意接受他的帮助。谦卑乃是爱的另一种形式表现。骄傲的人爱自己,惟有谦卑的人能爱别人。人若爱自己太多,就不能爱别人。所以爱就是谦卑,谦卑就是乐意舍弃自己、拒绝自己、把自己倒空。真正伟大的人,就是能把自己的荣耀放下的人。一个人越是尊大,就越没有自己。凡因害怕自己的尊严受损,而不肯服事人的人,只不过显明他并没有什么尊严。凡不顾自己的尊严,乐于服事人的人,反而多有尊严。人的自己始终是属灵的事上的大难处。主耶稣在此有意让祂的门徒明白自己的缺欠,学习降卑,学习爱弟兄过于爱自己。我们心中的腰也要束上使我们失去自由。我们越甘心为别人受到束缚,我们就越能服事别人。

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Book: John (New Testament)
Author: Apostle John

John 13:4 :“rose from supper and laid aside His garment, took a towel and girded Himself.”

Today’s Meditation: The first requirement to serve in church is to let down of ourselves from the seat. One who insists his position and identity will not be a good servant of the Lord. The proud one sees no one, and none is willing to receive help from the proud people. Humility is another form of love. The proud people love themselves. Only humble people can love others. If we love ourselves a lot, we cannot love others. Love is humility, and humility is willingness to deny ourselves and empty ourselves. A true great person can let down of himself from his glory. We will lose ourselves if we are arrogant. If we are afraid to lose our glory and refuse to serve people, we do not seem to be very honourable. One who is willing to let down of his glory and serve people is honourable. Our own self is the greatest trouble in spiritual matters. Lord Jesus wanted His disciples to understand their shortcomings, learn to humble, and love others more than themselves. We should gird ourselves with a towel so that our freedom is limited. We can serve more if we are willing to be limited for others.

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