《今日靈修默想》:「人若不看顧親屬,就是背了真道,比不信的人還不好,不看顧自己家裏的人,更是如此。」(提前5:8)


默想一:看顧親屬為什麼是我們基督徒的責任?因為基督徒若不關顧自己的親屬,就等於否定了信心的內涵。有信心卻沒有行為,神不會祝福。人若愛神,就必定愛自己的父母、親人和朋友;同樣地,人若說愛神,卻不愛他看得見的父母、親人和朋友,那他的愛是虛偽的,他對神的信是枉然的。我們不單是在教會裏熱心服事,也要在家中盡上孝敬父母和看顧親人的本分。

默想二:對還未信主的家人怎麼辦?帶領家人信主確實難,但我們能靠着主的恩典,在生活上為神發光,好好地在家人中過屬神的生活,盡我們的本分,恆切地為他們提名代求,深信神必垂聽禱告。我們已嘗到主恩滋味,豈不更應將福音與家人分享嗎?神應許我們;「靠著那加給我力量的,凡事都能做」(腓4:13)。


禱告:親愛的主,感謝袮。因袮為我建立了家庭,袮也賜給我在家作光、作鹽的責任。但多少時候我沒有耐心,也經常地忽略我對家人、親友的關愛,在家人面前沒有好的見證,懇求袮饒恕並赦免我的罪。求袮教導我如何用袮的愛來照顧他們、關心他們、體恤他們,好叫主的名在我的親人中得榮耀。奉主耶稣基督的名代求,阿們!


《Today’s spiritual meditation》: “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (1Ti 5:8)

Meditation one: Why is it our Christians’ responsibility to look after relatives? Since when Christians do not care about their relatives, it is simply denying the connotation of faith. For faith without works, God will not bless. If one loves God, must loves one’s parents, relatives, and friends; in the same way, if one loves God but does not love the visible parents, relatives, and friends, then the love is hypocritical, and the faith on God is in vain. We not only serve enthusiastically in the church, but also should do our duty of honoring our parents and caring for our relatives at home.


Meditation two: What should we do with family members who have not yet believed in the Lord? Leading family members to believe in the Lord is indeed challenge, but we can rely on the Lord’s grace to shine for God in our lives, live a Godly life in our family, do our part, and constantly intercede for them by their names. God truly will listen the prayer. We have tasted and seen that the Lord is good; shouldn’t we share the gospel with our families? God promises us that “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” (Php 4:13)


Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You. Because You established a family for me, You also gave me the responsibility of being light and salt in my house. But how often I am impatient, and I often failed to care for my family, relatives and friends, and do not have a good testimony in front of my family. I beg for Your mercy and forgiveness of my sins. Please teach me how to look after them, care for them, and compassionate them with Your love, so that the name of the Lord may be glorified among my loved ones. I intercede in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen!

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