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知足 CONTENTMENT

(2010-11-08 07:31:06)
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CONTENTMENT

 

"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances." Philippians 4:11

As we’re thinking about our inner life this month, contentment is a great virtue to consider. But sometimes it’s hard to know what contentment is because there are several ways to define it.

Does it mean being satisfied and liking the circumstances around us -- whatever they are? Are we expected to like diseases, disappointments, and even tragedies?

Looking at it in another light, does contentment mean being satisfied with less than our best efforts at something? Can we be satisfied with a failing report card or unpaid bills? Should we be satisfied with negligence or careless efforts?

The contentment Paul is talking about here is connected first of all with God, and its spirit is captured in verse 13. Paul says, "I can do everything through him who gives me strength." We might understand this better if we think of contentment as being able to cope. In other words, Paul is saying, "I am confident that I can cope with any kind of circumstance, whether I like it or not, because Christ and his strength are within me."

We are not expected to like everything painful that happens to us in life. But in Christ’s strength we are able to cope with any circumstance. The development of such inner strength is a healthy benchMark of our spiritual growth.

 

PRAYER

Lord, as I face circumstances today that may be different from what I would like, give me your strength to cope with them and to be content in you. For your sake, Amen.

 

知足

 

「我无论在甚么景况都可以知足。」 腓4:11

这个月份,当我们思想内在生命时,知足是我们要思想的一个重要美德,但有时要明白何谓知足就会比较困难,因为可以有不同的方法来为它下定义。

知足是否指满意和喜欢我们身处的景况 —— 不管这景况是甚么样?我们是否要喜欢疾病、失望,甚至不幸的事件呢?

从另一个角度看,知足是否指我们满足于未尽全力的事情?我们能满足于不及格的成绩表或尚未清付的账单吗?我们应否满足于自己的疏忽或失误行为呢?

保罗在这里所指的知足,首先是与神有关连的,而第十三节就是它的精髓所在。保罗说:「我靠着那加给我力量的,凡事都能作。」假如我们认为知足是指可以应付景况的能力,可能会更了解它的意思。换言之,保罗是说:「我有信心可以应付任何景况,不管我喜欢与否,因为我心里有基督和祂的力量。」

我们并不是说,要喜欢一切痛苦的遭遇,而是靠着基督的力量,我们可以应付任何景况。这种内在力量的增长,是我们灵命健康成长的指标。

 

祷告

主啊,当我今天面对不如意的景况时,求祢赐我力量去应付,并在祢里面知足。奉祢的名字而求,阿们。

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