一生悔改的生活

我们需要更多会过悔改生活的基督徒,因为悔改总是挑战我们的自尊。如果你每天来到神的面前向祂承认自己犯了多少罪,你会发现你很难假装自己比别人更圣洁。你会发现你很难装腔作势,假装自己是个完美的基督徒。当别人指责你犯罪的时候,你不会立刻为自己辩护,就好像你永远不会犯错,或认为任何对你的指责都是源于误解。

相反,当有人指出你的错(罪)时,你会作出回应,认为这个指控很有可能是真的,你也不会尴尬地说: “哦,是的,我确实这样做了,我非常抱歉。你能原谅我吗?” 我们若能在神面前常常谦卑自己,我们也必能在人面前谦卑。倘若我们有更多这样的人,教会会变得更好。(约翰傅瑞姆)

We need more Christians who will lead lives of repentance. For repentance always challenges pride. If you’re coming to God daily to confess to him how much you have sinned, you will find it hard to pretend that you are holier than everybody else. You’ll find it hard to put on airs, to pose as the perfect Christian. When others accuse you of sin, you won’t immediately jump to defend yourself, as if of course you could never do wrong and any accusation must spring from a misunderstanding. Rather, when someone accuses you of sin, you’ll respond by thinking there is a high probability that the accusation is true, and you won’t be embarrassed to say, “Oh, yes, I did do that, and I am terribly sorry. Will you forgive me?” If we are able to humble ourselves before God, we will be humble before men as well. And the church will be far better off if there are more of us like that. (John M Frame FB 11 Feb 2022)