双语灵修 | 马太福音 26:10-13 为邻舍辩护

马太福音26:10-13:为邻舍辩护

10耶稣看出他们的意思,就说:“为什么难为这女人呢?她在我身上作的是一件美事。11因为常有穷人和你们同在,只是你们不常有我。12她将这香膏浇在我身上,是为我安葬作的。13我实在告诉你们:普天之下,无论在什么地方传这福音,也要述说这女人所行的,作个记念。”

从这个小故事里我们可以学到很多东西。但今天打动我的是,我们那位完美良善的救主是如何为故事里的这个女人辩护的。他了解她的内心,知道她所行的是出于爱和尊崇,因为她知道她的救主要死了。耶稣为我们完美地满足了第八条诫命的要求,他称赞了这个女人,并且用最善意的方式看待她的言语和行为。

你是否也希望能管住自己的舌头,不去八卦和伤害别人?这里有个简单的解决之道。每次你听到别人在八卦,试着为他们八卦的对象说些好话,这样就阻止他们继续说下去了。更重要的是,当你锻炼自己的心智为那些被诽谤的人进行辩护的时候,你自己也会避免去诽谤别人。

当然,我们永远无法做到完美,对吧?这正是我们喜爱这个故事的原因。因为它让我们看到,我们完美的救主为了我们的缘故,替我们遵守了上帝所有的诫命。当我们大声为我们的邻舍辩护的时候,我们也是在荣耀我们的救主。

祷告:主耶稣,你在天父的宝座前作我的保惠师。当我犯罪的时候,你在天父面前为我辩护。你没给我任何借口,只给了我十字架的饶恕和你用来遮盖我的公义。求你提醒我要保护邻舍的好名声,并且一直愿意为他们说话。阿们!

Matthew 26:1013:  10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

There is a lot we can learn from this little story, but what strikes me today is that our perfect and beautiful Savior came to the defense of this woman in the story. He knew her heart and knew that she acted in love to honor her Savior, whom she knew was going to die.  He perfectly fulfilled the 8th Commandment for us by speaking well of her and taking her words and actions in the kindest possible way.

Do you want to keep your tongue from gossip and the harm it causes? Here is a simple solution. Everytime you hear a person gossiping, find something good to say about the person they are gossiping about. You will stop them from saying anything more. More importantly, as you train your own heart to come to the defense of those who are slandered, you will refrain from doing it yourself.

Of course, we will never be perfect in this, will we? That’s why we love this story, because it shows us a perfect Savior who obeyed all of God’s commandments for us and in our place. And when we speak up and defend our neighbor, we honor him as well. 

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, you are my Advocate before the throne and when I sin, you speak to the Father in my defense. You give no excuse for me except the pardon of the cross, and your righteousness, which covers me. Make me mindful of protecting my neighbors’ good name by always being willing to go to bat for them.  Amen. 

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