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18 JUN 2021

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上帝已经显明祂的恩慈
God has shown his kindness

Acts 14:16-18

16 在从前的世代里,他容忍万国各行其道, 17 然而却未尝不为自己留下明证,就如常常行善事,从天上降下雨来,常常赏赐丰年,使你们吃喝充足,满心欢乐。” 18 两人说完了这些话,这才阻止群众,不向他们献祭。

16 In the past, he let all nations go their own way. 17 Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”  18 Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them.

重点学习

我们完全不知道为何整个世界就是要协力地拦阻我们走在正途上,所有人的心眼都已经被蒙蔽了,然而,上帝现在赐给我们真光。因此,虽然至今大家仍然淹没在黑暗里,我们必须张开眼睛,不再沉睡于黑暗之中。

上帝的作为总是美好的,然而,因着我们常是看不见祂的美意,我们就有一个责任,那就是敬畏并惊异于祂这未显明的计画。事实上,我们必须承认这世界本该受这毁灭之厄运,然而我们对上帝何以对一世代显恩慈却对另一世代不显恩慈的理解,唯一的理由就是:这在祂眼中看为好。 

Lessons Learn

There is no reason why the whole world should conspire to keep us from coming to the right way. Blindness has prevailed among all peoples, but God is now giving us light. Therefore, our eyes must be opened, and we must not slumber on in darkness, though everyone has been submerged in it until now.

God always has good reason for what he does; but because it is often hidden from us, we have a duty to be reverent and to marvel at his secret plan. We must indeed, admit that the world deserved such destruction; but the only reason we can give for God having mercy on one age rather than another is because it seemed good to him.