双语灵修 | 马太福音 15:15-20

马太福音 15:15-20: 彼得对耶稣说:“请将这比喻讲给我们听。”16耶稣说:“你们到如今还不明白吗?17岂不知凡入口的、是运到肚子里、又落在茅厕里吗?18惟独出口的、是从心里发出来的、这才污秽人。19因为从心里发出来的、有恶念、凶杀、奸淫、苟合、偷盗、妄证、谤讟,20这都是污秽人的。至于不洗手吃饭、那却不污秽人。”

校园枪击案;父母将子女关在笼子里;神职人员性侵那些信任他们的孩子;表面看上去很能适应人际关系的青少年却选择自杀;成年人因为赌博输掉自己的房子和存款。当人们从新闻里面听道这样的报道,他们会问怎样的问题呢?“哪有人会做这样的事情?”

如果你认为自己不会做这些可怕的事情,那你就大错特错了。你很愿意这样做。事实上,这些罪潜藏在你心灵和罪性里看不到的角落。让我们听一听耶稣列出的事项吧。凶杀,奸淫,苟合,偷盗,妄证,谤讟。圣经上说,大卫是合上帝心意的人,但他和拔示巴通奸,还谋害了她的丈夫来掩盖他的出轨行为。这一切都从何而来?来自他罪恶的内心。我们每个人都可能在任何时候犯任何罪。

与此同时,我们内心都有一个新我,是按着上帝的样子造的。这就是为什么每一天都是一场征战。我的新我想要做上帝喜爱的,而我的老我想要做上帝恨恶的。感谢耶稣藉着他的死和复活为我们胜过了罪恶。与此同时,永远也不要放松警惕!当你听说别人做出可怕事情的时候,也要为你内心不好的念头悔改,奔向上帝的施恩宝座前,乞求怜悯和力量。

祷告:上帝啊,求你在我里面造清洁的心,使我里面重新有正直的灵。求你使我仍得救恩之乐,赐我乐意的灵扶持我。我就把你的道指教有过犯的人,罪人必归顺你。(诗篇51:10-12,大卫的祷告)

Matthew 15: 15-20: 15 Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.” 16 “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. 17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”

   School shootings. Parents keeping their children in cages. Clergy abusing children that trust them. Seemingly well adjusted teenagers committing suicide. Adults gambling away their families home and savings account. What’s the question that people ask when they hear stories like this in the news? “How could anyone do such a thing?”

    If you think you are above doing something awful, then you are wrong. You are not above it at all. In fact, these sins lurk in the hidden corners of your heart, in your sinful nature. Listen to the list that Jesus makes.  Murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.  The Bible says that David was a man after God’s own heart, and yet he committed adultery with Bathsheba and murdered her husband to cover up his affair. Where did that come from? From within his sinful heart.  Everyone of us is capable of any sin at any time.

    At the same time, we have a new person inside of us that is created to be like God. That’s why every day is a battle. My new self wants what God loves and my old self wants what God hates. Be thankful that Jesus has given us the victory over sin by his death and resurrection. At the same time, never let your guard down. When you hear of the terrible things that people do, repent of the evil desires in your heart and flee to the throne of God’s grace for mercy and strength.

Prayer: Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. Amen.  (Psalm 51:10-12 – David’s Prayer)

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