22 August 2021
by Abraham Verghese

Joy from beating

Luke 6: 22-23:
Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.

Also read Acts 5: 12 – 42.

People hate you, exclude ( avoid ) you, revile ( insult ) you and spurn your name as evil ( slander ) you ……..would it be reasonable to expect a person who is at the receiving end of such treatment to be joyful or feel blessed? It would be difficult to think of false accusations, unjust punishment, and persecution as being privileges. However, that was how Jesus was treated by his fellow countrymen.

The Bible does warn us that we should expect similar treatment while we are in this world. When we reflect upon our lives, there would have been, over the years many instances that our values and ethics as Christians would have been contrary to the ways of the fallen world – whether in our educational institutions, our workplaces, social settings and even our family lives. It would have made it easier for us to conform to the ways of the world so that we are tolerated or even loved, not avoided, not insulted or slandered. The Bible reminds us that God has special blessings in store for those who are mistreated for their commitment to God. When we identify with Christ’s suffering, we are drawn closer to Him. He gives us strength to endure. Our life styles being different in that our actions reflect that we live the talk becomes a powerful witness for Christ.

In Acts 5: 12 – 42 we read the account of the apostles being put in prison because they testified about Christ. They were warned not to preach any more about Christ before they were released. In verse 40 it stated that they were beaten, and in verse 41 it is recorded that they rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonour for the name of Jesus. In the next verse it is noted that they did not cease preaching and teaching that Christ is Jesus.

Prayer :
Heavenly Father, thank you that we are your children and You are our Father and our Sovereign Lord. May our hearts rejoice in good times and in bad times. May we rejoice when we suffer because we are Your people and do not conform to the ways and expectations of this fallen world. In Jesus name, we do pray. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期日2021 年 8 月 22 日
标题:迫害中的喜悦
作者:Abraham Verghese
翻译:林良億

路加福音 6:22-23 人为人子恨恶你们,拒绝你们,辱骂你们,弃掉你们的名以为是恶,你们就有福了!当那日,你们要欢喜跳跃,因为你们在天上的赏赐是大的。他们的祖宗待先知也是这样。

另请阅读使徒行传 5:12 – 42。

当人们憎恨你,排斥(回避)你,辱骂(侮辱)你,把你的名字斥为邪恶(诽谤你),我们会指望受这些待遇的人感到幸福吗?难道受这些委屈是合理的?我们很难将诬告、不公正的惩罚和迫害视为荣幸。然而,主耶稣当时的同乡就是这样对待祂。

圣经确实警告我们,我们在这个世界上应该预料类似的待遇。当我们反思我们的生活时,多年来,有很多例子表明我们作为基督徒的价值观和道德与堕落世界的方式背道而驰——无论是在我们的教育机构、工作场所、社会环境,甚至我们一家人生活。它会让我们更容易顺应世界的方式,这样我们就会被容忍甚至被爱,不被回避,不被侮辱或诽谤。圣经提醒我们,上帝为那些因委身于上帝而受到虐待的人准备了特别的祝福。当我们认同基督的苦难时,我们就会更接近祂。祂给了我们忍耐的力量。我们的生活方式不同,因为我们的行为反映了我们的言行成为基督有力的见证。

在使徒行传 5:12-42 中,我们读到使徒为基督作见证而被关进监狱的记载。他们被警告在获释之前不要再传讲基督。 40 节说他们被殴打,41 节记载他们因为配得为耶稣的名受辱而欢喜。在下一节中,注意到他们并没有停止传讲和教导主耶稣是基督。

祷告:天父,感谢祢 ,我们是祢的孩子,祢是我们的父和至高主宰。愿我们的心在顺境和逆境中欢欣鼓舞。愿我们受苦时欢喜快乐,因为我们是祢的子民。唯愿我们不效法这堕落世界的方式和期望。奉主耶稣基督的名,我们祈祷。阿门。