260靈修 Sept. 23, 2011: 帖撒羅尼迦前書 第五章I Thessalonians 5

第五章12-22節

12弟兄們,我們勸你們敬重那在你們中間勞苦的人,就是在主裏面治理你們、勸戒你們的;
13又因他們所做的工,用愛心格外尊重他們。你們也要彼此和睦。14我們又勸弟兄們,要警戒不守規矩的人,勉勵灰心的人,扶助軟弱的人,也要向眾人忍耐。15你們要謹慎,無論是誰都不可以惡報惡;或是彼此相待,或是待眾人,常要追求良善。16要常常喜樂,17不住地禱告,18凡事謝恩;因為這是 神在基督耶穌裏向你們所定的旨意。19不要消滅聖靈的感動;20不要藐視先知的講論。21但要凡事察驗;善美的要持守,22各樣的惡事要禁戒不做。

 

默想

1. 常常喜樂、恆切祈禱、凡事謝恩,這三項教導與我們的本性相衝突,但若徹底地遵從神的話,就會產生對人、事、物有不同的體會,也會發現原來喜樂與感謝並不是那樣困難的事,而是自然地從心中流露出來的。

 

2. 寫下三件感恩的事,並向神發出感恩的祈禱!

 

 

禱告與筆錄:

繼續安靜在神面前,與神對話,並聆聽祂對我說的話。將心中的思想(心得),或是與神的禱告,記錄在“靈程筆記”簿上面。

 

I Thessalonians 5:12-22

12. Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14. And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. 16. Be joyful always; 17. pray continually; 18. give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 19. Do not put out the Spirit's fire; 20. do not treat prophecies with contempt. 21. Test everything. Hold on to the good. 22. Avoid every kind of evil.

 

Meditation

 

1. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, giving thanks in all circumstances”, these three teachings are totally contrary to our human nature.  However, as we learn to obey God’s word wholeheartedly, we will develop different perspectives toward people, and things, and we will then discover that to be joyful and thankful isn’t that difficult after all, but rather is the natural outpouring of our hearts.

 

2. Write down three things you are thankful for and offer your praise and thanksgiving to God!

 

Prayer & Journaling:

Stay with God for a little longer.  Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me.  Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2011 “Spiritual Journal” book.

 

Family Time (Begin this time by reading the passage above using a children’s Bible.)

Do a “Thanksgiving Challenge”.  Ask each person to write/draw as many things as possible to thank God for.  Post each person’s list on the refrigerator door or a bulletin board.  Encourage everyone to keep adding for a week.  Then, paste them in your Family Devotional Journal.  A week from today, have a celebration party for all the good things God has given to your family.

 


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