将临期灵修 | 12月19日

我们藉着在基督里的信心反映主的荣光

Rev. Joel Thomford作/ MLC出版 / Leona译

    我们众人既然敞着脸得以看见主的荣光,好像从镜子里返照,就变成主的形状,荣上加荣,如同从主的灵变成的(哥林多后书3:18)。

    今天(12月19日)晚上有满月。如果天气晴好,而你恰好又住在此时正被白雪覆盖的地方,那么今晚的满月会让你清楚看见许多景象。白雪反射的月光会让你看清那家周围的环境,或是一片树林,或是一栋栋房子。

    月光当然永远不可能和太阳光比肩。但月亮反射出的光芒也是非常荣美的。

    在哥林多后书中,保罗写到:“我们众人既然敞着脸得以看见主的荣光,好像从镜子里返照,就变成主的形状,荣上加荣,如同从主的灵变成的。”

    就像反射太阳光的月亮,我们信徒也能反映神的儿子——耶稣基督的荣光。虽然我们还没有亲眼得见主的荣光,就像第一个圣诞节晚上的那些牧羊人那样,但我们已经得见上帝的大爱。我们通过圣经中的话语得见上帝大爱的荣光。这份大爱是耶稣的降生,他替我们的罪受了刑罚。

    你和我已经看见过主的荣光。我们知道,藉着基督的宝血我们已被赦免!

    我们也像月亮,有机会在我们的生活中反映上帝爱的荣光。

    使徒保罗说,随着我们与耶稣的关系不断加深,我们就变成主的样式,更好地以我们的生活反映上帝的荣光。我们可以用我们的态度,我们的言语和我们对待彼此的方式来反映神的儿子的荣光。

    就像反射太阳光的月亮,我们也永远不能和在基督身上展现出的上帝的荣光比肩。但正如一轮满月照亮白雪皑皑的夜晚,我们也可以在爱中向彼此展现上帝的荣光。

    亲爱的耶稣,请你帮助我,让我用我的态度、言语和行为来向别人照亮你给我的爱的荣光。当你降生,受难,替我而死又复活的时候,你已经显现了你的荣光。请你帮助我让我在我一切的言行中反映你大爱的荣光。阿门。

We Reflect the Lord’s Glory Through Faith in Christ

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with everincreasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18
There will be a full moon this evening, December 19. If it’s clear and you’re living in an area covered with snow, tonight’s full moon will allow you to see with great detail. The light of the moon reflected by the snow allows you to see the landscape, the forests, and even individual houses.
The light of the moon can never match the glory of the sun. But the light reflected by the moon is glorious nonetheless.
In 2 Corinthians Paul writes, “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
Like the moon reflecting the light of the sun, we believers also reflect the glory of the Son, Jesus Christ. Perhaps we have not physically viewed the Lord’s glory as the shepherds did that first Christmas. But we’ve seen the glory of the Lord’s great love. Through the words of Scripture,
we’ve seen the glory of God’s great love, which led Jesus to be born and to take the punishment for our sins upon himself.
You and I have seen the glory of the Lord. We know we are forgiven through Christ’s blood!
We also, like the moon, have an opportunity to reflect that glory of God’s love by the life we live.
As our relationship with Jesus grows deeper, the apostle Paul states that we are being transformed to better reflect God’s glory by the life we live. We reflect the glory of the Son by our attitudes, by our words, and by the way we treat one another.
Like the moon reflecting the light of the sun, we’ll never match the glory of God’s love in God’s Son, Jesus Christ. But like a full moon shining across a snowy landscape, we can reflect the glory of the Lord in the love we show one another.
Dear Jesus, help me by my attitude, my words, and my actions to reflect that I have seen the glory of your love for me. You demonstrated that love when you came to be born, to suffer, to die in my place, and to rise again. Help me reflect the glory of your love in all I do and say!
Amen.

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