《今日靈修默想》:「總而言之,你們都要同心;彼此體恤,相愛如弟兄,存慈憐謙卑的心。」(彼前3:8)

默想一:基督徒在教會裡的共同責任是什麼?就是「都要同心」!教會內部的同心與否,對外展的福音工作有極大的關係。魔鬼不喜歡我們傳揚福音,就設法製造教會的矛盾與混亂,把教會弄得精疲力盡到無法關心教會外的需要。若信徒看重福音工作過於一切,弟兄姊妹很自然地樂於同心興旺福音。

默想二:要教會裡的人「都要同心」容易嗎?來自不同國籍、文化、種族、膚色、習慣、地位、意識形態、教育、背景的人要在一起過教會生活是不容易的。同心並不是要在每一件事上都要意見相同、思想統一、動作劃一。也不是指「你同我心」或「我同你心」,而是大家都「以基督耶穌的心為心」(腓2:5)。為基督的緣故,我們得放下自己的主見及偏見,而積極地竭力保守聖靈所賜合而為一的心(弗4:3)

禱告:主耶穌,感謝祢賜下同心的秘訣,就是「彼此體恤,相愛如弟兄,存慈憐謙卑的心。」求你讓我看到教會的合一是從我開始,我願學像祢那樣地心裏柔和謙卑,把教會的合一當作我每日的代禱,奉耶穌寶貴的尊名禱告。阿們!

《Today’s spiritual meditation》:  “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” (1Pe 3:8)

Meditation one: What is the Christians’ shared responsibility in a church? It is “like-minded”! Whether a church is like-minded or not has a great association with the outreach gospel ministry. Devil does not like us to preach the gospel, therefore attempts to raise conflicts and chaos within a church, so that the church is exhausted to the point of being unable to care about the needs outside the church. If believers treat the gospel work above all other ministries, brothers and sisters will naturally be happy to serve together in the gospel.

Meditation two: Is it easy for people in a church to “be like-minded”? It is not easy for people from different nationalities, cultures, races, skin colors, lifestyles, social status, ideology, education, and background to live in church life together. Like-minded is not about having the identical opinions, same thoughts and uniformity in everything. Nor does it mean “you agree with my mind” or “I agree with your mind,” but all “have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” (Php 2:5) For Christ’s sake, we have to let go of our own opinions and prejudices, and actively strive to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph 4:3)

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for giving me the secret of being like-minded, which is “be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” Please let me realize that the unity of the church should start from me. I would like to learn to be gentle and humble as You are, and make the unity of the church to be my daily intercession. I pray in the precious name of Jesus. Amen!


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