2/3-2/9/2014

<耶穌基督的愛>2/3-2/9/2014

 「不是我們愛神,乃是神愛我們,差他的兒子為我們的罪做了挽回祭,這就是愛了。」(約翰一書4:10)

“In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:10 NET)

默想禱告: 今早辦公桌上平擺著一摞從郵件收發室轉給我的文檔, 當中有一分是已經批准通過的親屬移民申請I-130表, 仔細看下去, 赫然發現批准的紅色印章上是我的簽名。懷著納悶的心情, 我一邊翻查,一邊揣度是否審批有錯誤, 担心走漏了眼, 文檔被退回來。於是慢慢逐頁細閱,最終找到夾在堆疊的文件中的一封短信。信上說: 「移民官先生, 我想撤銷申請我的太太來美團聚, 一切申請作廢…」我從簡短的信中感到字裡行間那種斬鐵截釘冷冰冰的語辭, 看不出一絲婉惜和難過。像這種很少見的請求我祇好用上「自動廢除Automatic Revocation」條款處理, 不作任何惴猜, 直接銷案, 通知國家簽証中心終止進一步的簽証辦理行動。最少我認為這段短短一年的婚姻關係不存在作假的動機, 否則申請人不會主動提出銷案, 自我揭露。但受好奇心驅使, 我很想知道當初我是如何作出批准的决定, 因此聚精會神又重新察看所有呈交的補充文件,包括結婚証書,男方離婚証明,雙方生物識别資料, 銀行聯合賬户,九個月的長途電話紀錄, 護照覆印本上所有出入境蓋章次數…當中最搶眼的是那十幾張排場艷麗, 親友圍在一起, 個個衣裝畢挺, 新娘新郎手牽手, 含情對視的結婚照片。我很難想像不到一年, 這表面看來是一段濃情密意的夫婦關係怎麼會突然產生遽變, 轉瞬間彼此又要決定分道揚鑣, 並且不作任何解釋, 實在令我困惑不已。詳細再看,照片中的新郎中年以上, 相貌平庸, 離過婚两次, 而女方則姿色俏麗, 結婚証書更指出年齡差距將近十歲, 我漸漸才看出事情背後的一些端倪。很有可能這是一段有條件的婚姻,如果某些條件不兑現, 彼此達不到對方要求,感覺不滿意就可以馬上各走各路。這跟騙婚、假結婚有很大差别, 最少雙方原初可能沒有詐騙意圖, 但內心卻是存著各有所求的目的。無論如何, 真誠的愛」在有條件性的婚姻中不是重要的原素,美麗的婚紗往往是用來掩蓋內心各懷鬼胎醜陋的思念。使我想到,世上的愛有很許多種, 但盡都有缺憾, 都不完美, 旦夕可變, 不會持久。人間的愛重感受, 多少帶有功利性質, 要求多於付出, 短暫的痴迷多於長久的忍耐, 說得岀卻做不到, 埋怨多於體諒, 記恨多於饒恕, 因為我們活在罪中, 內心摻雜著各樣的自私和邪情。惟獨主耶穌是完全的愛。 衪並非僅「有愛的性情」或「能彰顯愛」, 而是衪的本體就是「愛」。衪乃是愛的源頭, 是世人因邪情私慾所產生各種缺憾的愛的「對立面」Antithesis, 是人類追求真、善、美的生命總鋼和實質內容。神對世人的愛不是抽象的理念, 而是衪切實付諸行動, 毫無保留地具體實踐, 為救贖世人捨身流血被釘在十字架上。「惟有基督在我們還作罪人的時候為我們死,神的愛就在此向我們顯明了。現在我們既靠著他的血稱義,就更要藉著他免去神的憤怒。」(羅馬書5:8-9) 我們喜歡把「愛」掛在嘴上, 但經常把它膚淺化、世俗化、浪漫化、商業化、戲劇化、功利化,卻不願意對基督神聖的愛追求深切的認識與效法, 到頭來我們基督徒的生命會逐漸失去愛的動能, 發放不出愛的光和熱, 成了不折不扣的「鳴的鑼、響的鈸一般」。求主幫助, 先讓我們認識衪的愛是何等的長闊高深, 也讓衪的愛充滿我們乾渴的心靈,進一步學習如何無條件地愛神愛人! 祈求禱告奉主耶穌聖名, 阿們。(陳熾弟兄分享-請上網聆聽陳熾弟兄多年前寫的一首詩歌 “神無盡的愛” http://www.fuyin.tv/index.php/content/window/urlid/13028/movid/1215/vom/v

Meditation & Prayer: I received a file transferred from our office mailroom this morning, which contained an already approved I-130 Relative Petition. Immediately I recognized my signature on the red ink stamp. At first I wondered if I had made some inadvertent errors that caused the rejection. Upon further review, I found a brief letter buried under a stack of documents. It said: “Dear Officer, I am writing to withdraw my petition for my wife to immigrate to the United States. Please stop all processing actions immediately…” Surprised by this short paragraph of icy cold expression, I went ahead to respond to this written request by notifying proper channels to terminate any visa processing action; and proceeded to issue an Automatic Revocation of the approved petition to stop any ongoing adjudicative activities. Driven by curiosity still, I continued to revisit the evidentiary history of the petition, which was supported by good amount of documents-marriage certificate, divorce decrees, joint bank account, 9 months of emails & correspondence, travel log showing all departure and arrival dates after the marriage… But most striking are the wedding photos, taken among relatives and a big crowd of friends, all dressed exquisitely, with the bride and groom holding hands and glancing at each other in a romantic manner. I couldn’t imagine 9 months later everything changes in such a drastic way. I do not suspect this is a sham or fraudulent marriage in the first place because the petitioner would not have taken this decisive action to withdraw. More likely this is a marriage ridden with unspoken conditions and hidden agenda from both sides. “Genuine love”, in this kind of fast-food like marital union, never exists, though the intent could be real when initial passion flared. After emotions subside, or conditions not met, couples easily part ways as though nothing really happened. I have seen similar kind of marital relationships; some live painfully together for years. There are different kinds of love, but none is perfect. It can be broken, easily altered due to various situations, conditional and self-centered. Human love weighs heavily on carnal pleasures, feelings and emotions, filled with personal demands-taking in more than giving out, long in words but short in actions, more on grievances but less in forgiveness. There is no real love in us because we are all sinful. Only God’s love is the antithesis of all the above description of human affection by its nature. The love of God is not simply an attribute, nor love is a characteristic of God, but “He is love.” Love has its origin in His being.  God loves us unconditionally and is not based on our performances. Nothing we do could make Him love us more or love us less. His love is actualized in concrete action, rather than in empty words. Romans 5:8-9 says: “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” I pray for our genuine desire to dig deeper into the understanding of God’s unfathomable love, as opposed to the kind of love that secular society promotes, which is trivialized, commercialized, emotion-driven and shallow at best, in Jesus holy name I pray, amen.(Brother Mike Chan sharing)  

請為中國禱: 上回靈修談及國內移民風潮, 收到國內一位基督徒的回應, 深有同感。深愿主的福音如春風秋雨沛然降臨在中國土地!

 

陈炽弟兄,您好:

 

先祝您新年快乐,家庭幸福。看到您这篇分享,心中也有很多感慨。

您 在文章说的都是事实,我觉得之所以越来越多的大陆人移民海外,是因为在中国大陆的社会风气、政府的诚信、媒体的监管等等太厉害,我们在这里没有真正自由的 存在,人民在这里生活没有安全感…这次会老家,看到周围乡亲的生活水平已经大大提高,但他们的内心却日趋腐朽,还好面子、贪图表面的虚华,最重要的一点是 生活习惯缺乏正确的引导,只要一有闲暇的时候就打牌赌博,其风已经是一种习惯了。 我这次春节回老家,一方面感慨家乡的变化之快,另一方面有深深为他们的恶习说痛惜。我希望基督的的福音能更加广泛深入的传播,改变越来越多人的心灵。

 

 

XX弟兄,

 

你的分析很有见地,国內的民風充滿暴戾、怨恨、嫉妒、只追求赚錢。我從阅读国內博文,来美移民的群体生活中亦有很多体会。

 

愿主保守你在国內的生活,祝福你的心志,让"基督的的福音能更加广泛深入的传播,改变越来越多人的心灵。"

 

陈炽弟兄

 

王倚真、楊靜姝、陈炽 榮神传播協會

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