双语灵修 | 马太福音 23:23-26 看你自己的内心

马太福音23:23-26 看你自己的内心

23“你们这假冒为善的文士和法利赛人有祸了!因为你们将薄荷、茴香、芹菜献上十分之一,那律法上更重的事,就是公义、怜悯、信实,反倒不行了。这更重的是你们当行的,那也是不可不行的。24你们这瞎眼领路的,蠓虫你们就滤出来,骆驼你们倒吞下去。25“你们这假冒为善的文士和法利赛人有祸了!因为你们洗净杯盘的外面,里面却盛满了勒索和放荡。26你们这瞎眼的法利赛人,先洗净杯盘的里面,好叫外面也干净了。

这就是法利赛人喜欢做的事,他们喜欢专注在小事情上。他们非常自豪的数着自己园子里出产的小种子,并且献上十分之一;但是对那些需要帮助的人,他们却没有怜悯。他们洗净自己的杯子和盘子,以免任何不洁净的东西进入身体里,但是他们却看不见自己心里的肮脏和污秽。

我们可以把这一点应用在我们自己身上吗?当你看到某个人犯了某个罪,不要急于去判断他们,而是要怜悯他们。在他们行为的背后,往往有一个原因或一个故事。他们是否在一个不正常的家庭里长大?他们的生命里是否发生过悲剧事件影响了他们?我并不是说要为人犯罪找借口,而是要有怜悯同情之心。向他们伸出爱和怜悯的手,把他们领向耶稣。

怎样才能用一个怜悯同情的心来看待别人呢?我们先仔细的从里到外看看我们自己的生命。可能你的生命从外表上看很洁净,但是你的心并不是。耶稣说,从心里发出的是恶念、凶杀、奸淫、偷盗、假见证和亵渎。我们的心里面早晚都会把所有的罪都犯一遍,如果你每天的祷告是,“神啊,怜悯我这个罪人”,那么你的心里也会充满对别人的怜悯。所以当你受到试探想去从外表判断别人的时候,请记住要先看看你自己的内心。

祷告:主耶稣啊,当我从里面看我自己的时候,我实在是没有任何理由夸口和骄傲。求你赦免我心里的罪,求你在我里面造一颗新的心和一个新的灵,充满了对你的爱,也充满了对我邻舍的爱。阿们。

Matthew 23:23-26: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. 24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. 25 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

        Here is something the Pharisees loved to do. They loved to major in the minors. They took great pride in counting their tiny garden seeds and tithing them, but failed to show mercy to those in need. They washed their cups and dishes lest anything unclean enter their bodies, but they failed to see the dirt and filth that filled their hearts.

Can we apply this to ourselves? When you see someone who is caught in a sin, do not judge them so quickly. Have compassion on them instead. There is often a reason and a story behind what they are doing. Did they grow up in a dysfunctional home? Has some tragedy in their life affected them? I am not saying we should make excuses for people, but be compassionate. Reach out to them in love and mercy and lead them to Jesus.

And if you want to gain a compassionate perspective on others, then just look at your own life from the inside out. Maybe your life looks squeaky clean on the outside, but your heart is not. Jesus said that out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, theft, false witness and blasphemy.  There is no sin that we have not committed in our heart at some time or other. If your daily prayer is, “God be merciful to me, a sinner,” then your heart will also be filled with compassion for others. So when you are tempted to judge others from the outside, remember to look at your inside first.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, I have no reason to be boastful and proud about myself when I look at myself from the inside out. Forgive me for the sins of my heart. Create a clean heart and a new spirit within me, a heart that is filled with love for your and for my neighbor, too. Amen. 

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