I Was Made to Pay God’s Love Forward // 我是為了傳揚神的愛而活的

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「愛」不需要用複雜的定義,看看這弟兄如何分享上帝的愛?
“Love” does not need a complicated definition, here’s how this brother shares God’s love!

哥林多前書十三章一至三節
1若能說萬人的方言,並天使的話語,卻沒有愛,我就成了鳴的鑼,響的鈸一般。
2我若有先知講道之能,也明白各樣的奧祕,各樣的知識,而且有全備的信,叫我能夠移山,卻沒有愛,我就算不得什麼。
3我若將所有的賙濟窮人,又捨己身叫人焚燒,卻沒有愛,仍然於我無益。

這個世代,有人的地方,自然會有人被排斥。

我有一個朋友,他在高中生活中根本不能感受到愛,那是因為他身邊的同學都排斥他。他不擅長建立友誼,而身邊的朋友也因為他不懂得與人相處而排斥他。難堪的說話他承受過,冷眼旁觀他也經歷過,可是愛,他未曾經歷過。

而我可以做到的就是與他分享上帝的愛。

很多人都思考,何謂分享愛?「愛」不需要用複雜的定義,「愛」就是表達關心,帶領缺乏愛的人走出陰霾,讓他們感受到神的愛。我們要盡心、盡性、盡意、盡力去愛主,但同時我們也要愛人如己:分享愛其實可以很簡單,你可以跟他吃飯、打電話慰問他,了解他所面對的困難,甚至為他祈禱…… 一切源於愛,我們愛人就能夠打開他的心扉,讓他感受到上帝真正的愛。

當我們費盡心思如何去愛,請記得,神就是愛的根源!

在我親眼看見神之前,我只是一個處於反叛期的初中學生,與家人關係不好。小學時期的我是一個成績不錯的學生,而到了初中的時候,成績猶如滑鐵盧…… 成績「滿江紅」和家庭關係不好令我常常晚歸,不願回家,結果結識了一班「損友」,說髒話、偷東西。

學校裡有為成績欠佳的中一學生補習的計劃,當然地我也成為其中一個補習生。補習班裡是三個中一學生對一個剛考畢公開試的中七學生。當我初次看見那位學兄的時候,他總是表現得十分活躍好動,與我想像中的學兄更加平易近人,而且意想不到的,他就是使我順利升班,也是讓我感受神的愛的學兄!

2007年的暑假,是一個改變我生命的時間。

這位學兄帶我去他教會的夏令營,而其中一個崇拜的主題就是關於「與家人的關係」。「上帝愛我們,祂愛我們,不但用說話,而是確實地用行動去證明愛。我們的家人也是這樣,儘管他們不懂表達愛,他們會用行動付出愛。」我一路聽著證道人的說話,一路哭著。上帝彷彿跟我說:「我愛你,所以我讓你的學兄帶你回來!」

我自己思考著:對啊,上帝很愛我,要不然我也沒有一個完整的家庭,一個不用說話,用行動表達愛的家庭。而且上帝祝福我更多的是學兄讓我感到神的奇妙!

2007年7月25日的晚上,我決志了。決志不單是因為我已經感到上帝的愛,而我很想更多人感受到這份愛。

現在,我在教會當中擔任小組的事奉人員,關心更多人,讓他們確實感受上帝的愛。

愛可以再更多一點點!

1 Corinthians 13:1-3
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.”

In this generation, wherever there are people, there will always be someone who is being excluded.

I have a friend who could not feel any love in his high school life because all his classmates were excluding him. He was not good at building friendships, and his friends excluded him because he didn’t know how to interact with others. He had endured harsh words and witnessed indifference but he had never experienced love before.

What I could do was to share God’s love with him.

Many people have pondered what it means to share love. “Love” does not need a complicated definition. “Love” is expressing care and to lead those who do not feel loved out of the shadow, so that they can experience God’s love. We should love God with all our hearts, our minds and our everything, but at the same time, we should also love our neighbors. Sharing love can be very simple. You could enjoy a meal with him or you could call to say hi and try to understand the difficulties he is facing. You could even pray for him… everything originates from love. When we love, we can open the window of his heart so that he can feel God’s real love.

When we exhaust our ideas about how to love, please remember, God is the origin of love!

Before I saw God with my own eyes, I was nothing but a rebellious middle school student who did not get along with my family. I had pretty decent grades when I was in elementary school but once I started middle school, my grades went downhill … my report card was full of F’s and I wasn’t getting along with my family, so I was reluctant to go home and often went home very late at night. The result was that I made a lot of “bad friends” and I started swearing and stealing.

There was an academic mentorship program in school for year 7 students who had poor grades. I was obviously one of the students enrolled in this program. In each revision class, there were three year 7 students and one year 13 student who just finished the public exams. Every time I saw that upperclassman, he was always very active and enthusiastic and definitely friendlier and more approachable than the upperclassman I envisioned in my mind. More surprisingly, he was the one who helped me to improve my grades and also the one who led me to feel God’s love!

The summer of 2007 was a life-changing period of time for me.

This upperclassman brought me to his church’s summer camp and one of the sermons was about “family relationship”. “God loves us. He loves us not only through words. He proves His love to us through action. This is the same with our families. Even though they might not know how to express love, they love through their actions.” As I was listening to the pastor, I began to weep. It was like God telling me, “I love you, so I asked the upperclassman to bring you here!”

I thought to myself, “That’s right. God really loves me, otherwise, I wouldn’t have a healthy family, a family that does not use words but actions to express love. Moreover, God further blessed me by the guiding the hands of the upperclassman in leading me to experience the amazing God!”

On the night of 25 July 2007, I decided to give my life to Jesus. This decision was not only because I felt God’s love. It was also because I wanted more people to be able to feel this love.

I am now serving in a small group at church, where I could care for more people, leading them to really feel God’s love.

There is always room for a little more love!

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