The Way to Preserve the Peace of the Church


The Way to Preserve the Peace of the Church

The life lesson a Christian must learn and I’m still learning it with the help of the Holy Spirit, is to promote the unity of the Church.

How?

Oswald Chambers reminds us in My Utmost For His Highest:

In the spiritual life, beware of walking according to natural affinity. Everyone has natural affinities, some people we like and others we do not like. We must never let those likes and dislikes rule in our Christian life. If we ‘walk in the light’, as God is in the light, God will give us communion with people for whom we have no natural affinity. (Chambers).

It is natural to have likes and dislikes. But whom we seek to honour the Lord in our relationships, compassion, love, humility, and kindness are the God-ordered supernatural steps in dealing with incompatibility.(David McCasland, Daily Bread dated December 30, 2004).

Someone wants to quit the fellowship gathering.

“I hate that guy.” Bluntly she said, “I feel terribly uncomfortable when that person is around.”

Or, maybe that person’s behavior unintentionally or on purpose makes her feel uneasy.

Paul points out that

. . . the law is spiritual; but [we are] unspiritual. . . . [We] do not understand what [we] do. For what [we] want to do [we] do not do, but what [we] hate [we] do. Paul continues to say, [we] know that nothing good lives in [us], that is in [our] sinful nature. . . . Now if [we] do what [we] do not want to do, it is no longer [we] who do it, but it is sin living in [us] that does it ( Romans 7:  14-20).  (The adaptation is mine.) We cannot abide by the law because of our sinful nature. The law of God is as though powerless. God in his loving mercy has sent his own Son (Jesus Christ) in the likeness of a sinful man to be a sin offering, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us (Romans 8: 3-4). The mind of sinful man is death, but mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. . . (Romans 8:6).

Only those (including Christians) who choose to be the will of God—and who subject the self to the yoke of Christ can understand and know His time origins. Only when we are transformed enough to be in touch with the highest mind can we engage in practice that we actually tread the path by which alone the body, mind, and emotions are brought into submission to the highest mind (GOD),

O Father! Discipline our soul and let us hear You behind the Words, and participate with You in the divine mind through us. We believe in You that unity of Church is attainable goal. Amen.


保 存 教 會 和 睦 之 路                                                                 作者/中譯:盧國禮

 

一個基督徒必要學的畢生功課,而本人仍靠著聖靈的幫助來學的,就是要保存教會的和睦合一。

可怎辦呢?

Oswald Chambers 在他的書“My Utmost For His Highest” (盡 我 的 極 限 奉 獻 祂 至 尊 者) 說:“在屬靈的生命裏,要留心會踏入了自然結連關係當中。每個人都會自然與他人連結,有些人我們喜歡,有些人不喜歡。但卻不可讓那些喜歡和不喜歡的情操,掌權管理我們基督徒的生命。

如果我們 “行在光中”,正如 神就是光,神便賜給我們情操同沒有自然結連關係的人交往”(Chambers)。

“喜歡和不喜歡是自然的性情,但是,我們尋求敬畏主 [神] 於我們的親族關係裏,慈憐,愛,謙遜,和仁愛,都是 神命的超自然舉措,用來處理不能和合之狀態”(David McCarland,每日靈糧,2004年12月30日)。

某人想離開她的團契。“我厭煩哪個怪人。”她粗魯地說,“當那人走近,我便感覺極之不高興。”可能那人的舉止無意地,或顧意地,使她感受不安。

保羅指示說:“. . . 律法是屬乎靈的,但是 [我們] 是屬乎肉體的。. . . 所作的 [我們] 不明白。[我們] 所願的,[我們] 並不作;[我們] 所恨惡的 [我們] 倒去作。”保羅繼續說,“. . . [我們] 知道在 [我們] 裏頭,就是 [我們] 肉體中,沒有良善。. . . ”若 [我們] 去作所不願意作的,就不是 [我們] 作的,乃是住在 [我們] 裏頭的罪作的”(羅馬書7:14-20,和合本)。(筆者編寫)。我們不能遵守律法,因為帶著罪性,神的律法有所不能行。神在祂的慈憐裏,差遣自己的兒子 ( 耶 穌 基 督 ) 成為罪身的形狀,作了贖罪祭,在肉體中定了罪案,使律法的義成就在我們身上。(羅馬書8:3-4,和合本)。

“體貼肉體的,就是死;[體貼] [聖] 靈的乃是生命和平安”. . . (羅馬書8:6,和合本) 。

只有那些人 (包括基督徒在內),他們是遵 神旨意的,並願服從基督,共負一軛的,才可明白與知晤祂的時間本原。只是當我們被感化滿足,接觸到至尊者之靈,然後能寂然樂於真正踏上此路,使身子,靈魂,與情緒,卑服於至尊者的靈(神)。

父啊!教責我們的靈,並讓我們聽聞祢話語的意義,並與祢的聖靈有份。我們相信在祢 [主] 裏,教會的和合目標是可達到的。阿們。

 

 

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About Francis Loo

I'm a retired landed property professional since 2005 with 57 years working experience, 41 of which related to landed property in Valuation, Property Management, Lease Negotiation etc., in Hong Kong, Toronto and Vancouver. A Guide to Effective Property Management in Hong Kong published in 1991 and translated in 1998 for Chun San University external training courses. Have been contributing biblical articles to Truth Monthly after retirement.
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