Friday, 21 Aug 2020
Grudge
Prathab V

Psalm 103:8-13 (HCSB)

8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger and rich in faithful love.
9 He will not always accuse us
or be angry forever.
10 He has not dealt with us as our sins deserve
or repaid us according to our offences.

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is His faithful love
toward those who fear Him.
12 As far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed
our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

I once held a grudge against a brother. It lasted weeks, months… and even went on for years! Yes, it was too long, and I was totally out of line with the Scriptures.

Fact is, I knew the Scriptures. I am aware that I should not let the sun go down while I am still angry (Eph 4:26). But merely knowing Scripture is one thing. Obedience to the Word of God is the hardest part.

I must forgive. But holding a grudge in indignance seemed just too attractive. The grudge appeared like a path paved with gold for me to tread on. So, I continued to hold that grudge. I did not want to let it go. “No one can see it (the grudge) anyway, so what’s the problem?” I reasoned in my heart.

But I was wrong. Terribly wrong.

The grudge was slowing consuming my peace and impaired my walk with God. Now I realise that one of the reasons for which I did not want to forgive is that I was unable to forget the pain. I was unable to put away the humiliation I suffered at the hands of that brother. I just could not forget.

My favourite Christian counsellor, Selwyn Hughes, writes in his book The Seven Laws of Spiritual Success: “If you want God to help you to forget, then you must first be willing to forgive. You provide the willingness, and God will do the rest.” It is a simple teaching, but hard to do. At least, for me, it was very hard.

Forgiveness is not easy: “Forgiveness is a wonderful idea until we have to forgive someone!” says literary giant CS Lewis.

In order to forgive others, I must first realise how I myself had been forgiven by God through His mercy.

This morning, as we read Psalm 103:8-13, know that the Lord is compassionate and loving to all of us (v8). He will not always accuse us (v9). Instead, He showers undeserved mercy upon us all (v10).

I have since made amends to the grudge I held and made my peace with God. Similarly, if you have been holding a grudge, and if the Lord’s Word speaks to you today, release the grudge. Forgive freely. You will then feel a great weight lift off your chest, and you will be at peace. I pray that in His time, all things will be made beautiful.

Prayer:

Lord, teach me to forgive the way You forgave me. I am sorry if I had harboured a grudge in my heart. Take it away, Lord. I am truly sorry. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen

每日灵粮
星期五, 2020年8月21日
标题:怨恨
作者:帕拉他伯(Prathab V.)
翻译:巫惠如姐妹

诗篇 103:8-13

8 耶和华有怜悯,有恩典,不轻易发怒,且有丰盛的慈爱。
9 他不长久责备,也不永远怀怒。
10 他没有按我们的罪过待我们,也没有照我们的罪孽报应我们。
11 天离地何等的高,他的慈爱向敬畏他的人也是何等的大。
12 东离西有多远,他叫我们的过犯离我们也有多远。
13 父亲怎样怜恤他的儿女,耶和华也怎样怜恤敬畏他的人。

曾经有一位弟兄使我怀恨在心。这事持续了几周,几个月,甚至是几年!是的,太长了,我说做的和圣经所教的完全不符。

事实上,我知道圣经的教导。我知道不可含怒到日落(弗4:26)。 但知道是一回事。顺服上帝的话是最难的。

我必须原谅。但是在愤怒中选择耿耿于怀似乎太有吸引力了。这怨恨似乎是一条让我踏上,铺满金子的小路。所以,我继续怀恨在心。我不想放手。”反正没人看得见(怨恨),那有什么问题呢?” 我为自己找出合理的理由。

但我错了。而且大错特错。

心里头的恨不断吞灭我的平安,妨碍我与上帝同行。现在我意识到我之所以不想原谅的原因之一是我不能忘记痛苦。我无法忍受那位弟兄给我造成的羞辱。我就是忘不了。

我最喜欢的基督徒辅导员Selwyn Hughes在他的著作《成功的七大属灵法则》:”如果你希望上帝帮助你忘记,那么你首先必须愿意原谅。你若意愿,上帝会做其余的。” 这是一个简单的教学,但很难实践。至少对我来说,是很难的。

宽恕并非易事:”饶恕是个绝妙的主意,直到我们不得不原谅别人!” 文学大师C.S 路易斯曾这么说过。

当我原谅别人时,我首先必须意识到自己是如何被上帝宽恕的。

今天早上,当我们读诗篇103:8-13时,我们知道主有怜悯心肠,他爱我们(8节)。 他不会总是指责我们(9节)。 相反,他以厚恩待我们(10节)。

我已为往事释怀,与上帝和好。同样,如果你一直怀恨在心,而主今天与你说话,那就放下你的怨恨吧。豪爽地原谅。你会如释重负,心中感到平静。我祈祷在主的时刻,他使万物美好。

祷告:主啊,以你原谅我的方式,教我原谅他人。如果我心存怨恨,求主怜悯。主啊,求你除去这怨恨。我真的很抱歉。我奉耶稣的名祷告,阿门。

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