260靈修 Sept. 6, 2011: 雅各書第三章James 3

雅各書 第三章1-12節

1我的弟兄們,不要多人作師傅,因為曉得我們要受更重的判斷。2原來我們在許多事上都有過失;若有人在話語上沒有過失,他就是完全人,也能勒住自己的全身。3我們若把嚼環放在馬嘴裏,叫牠順服,就能調動牠的全身。4看哪,船隻雖然甚大,又被大風催逼,只用小小的舵,就隨著掌舵的意思轉動。5這樣,舌頭在百體裏也是最小的,卻能說大話。看哪,最小的火能點著最大的樹林。6舌頭就是火,在我們百體中,舌頭是個罪惡的世界,能污穢全身,也能把生命的輪子點起來,並且是從地獄裏點著的。7各類的走獸、飛禽、昆蟲、水族,本來都可以制伏,也已經被人制伏了;8惟獨舌頭沒有人能制伏,是不止息的惡物,滿了害死人的毒氣。9我們用舌頭頌讚那為主、為父的,又用舌頭咒詛那照著 神形像被造的人。10頌讚和咒詛從一個口裏出來!我的弟兄們,這是不應當的!11泉源從一個眼裏能發出甜苦兩樣的水嗎?12我的弟兄們,無花果樹能生橄欖嗎?葡萄樹能結無花果嗎?鹹水裏也不能發出甜水來。

 

默想

  1. 倘若把上週我所說過的話全部錄下來,並且在這週崇拜中播放出來,有那些內容我會希望刪除?
  2. 花一些時間思想9-10節的經文,想想我一般說話是咒詛多、或是頌讚多?我怎樣才可以多說讚美鼓勵的話?
  3. 在本週中,有那一位家人、同事或朋友,我要向他/她說些鼓勵的話?寫下我要講的話,並禱告求主提醒幫助我能確實做到。

 

 

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。

 

James 3:1-12

1 Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check. 3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

 

Meditation

  1. If I were to record everything I said last week to have it played back during church, what would I want to erase from the recording?
  2. Meditate on 3:9-10. Have I been doing more praising or cursing? What are ways that I can praise and encourage others more?
  3. Is there a family member, a friend or colleague, to whom I may say some encouraging words? During this week, pray that God will help me to speak words of kindness and grace, and pray for one particular person with whom you find it difficult to speak with love.  As we pray for others, even ones whom we feel like we can’t love, God transforms our hearts to love them like He does.

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.)

Parents, make random recordings of children (and parents) talking, yelling, arguing, laughing.  Then play the recording for this Family Time.  Which part do you want to delete?  Which part you would like to play it again?  Read 3:9-10 again.  How can you say more nice things to others?  Record the suggestions in your Family Devotional Journal.

 

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