9月17日 竭誠為主

917 試探何益?

你們所遇見的試探,無非是人所能受的。(林前十13

“試探”一詞地位日益低落,我們很容易把這詞錯用。試探並非等於罪。凡是人,都會遇到試探。若說不會受試探,實在是自貶身價。不過,許多人所受的試探,本是不該受的。這完全是由於我們不肯讓神領我們到一個更高的境地,去面對另一種試探的緣故。

人內在的性向,就是他人的性格,決定他外在所受的試探。所受的試探是配合受試探者的本質,同時也顯出他的潛能。每一個人都有他獨特受試探的背景,試探也會沿著他主要的性向而來。

試探為人所要實現的最高目標提供了一條捷徑--並不是我走向邪惡,乃是朝著我認為善的方向走。試探是一些令我一時感到困惑的東西,因我不知它到底是對還是錯。向試探低頭,就是奉情欲為神;也證明過去不是沒有犯這罪,只是不敢做出來。

試探是無可避免的,對一個人的完整生命是不可或缺的。別以為從沒有人像你一樣,受到這樣的試探;你所經歷的,其實是整個人類共有的經歷,並非前所未有。神不會救我們離開試探,他乃是在試探當中救拔我們(來二18)。

祈禱◆噢,主啊,我們對你的認知,被即時的現況所堵塞,產生了窒息的感覺;求你拯救和悅納我們。


September
17 What’s The Good Of Temptation?

There hath no temptation
taken you but such as is common to man.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

The word “temptation” has come down in the world;
we are apt to use it wrongly. Temptation is not sin, it is the thing we are
bound to meet if we are men. Not to be tempted would be to be beneath contempt.
Many of us, however, suffer from temptations from which we have no business to
suffer, simply because we have refused to let God lift us to a higher plane
where we would face temptations of another order.

A man’s disposition on the inside, i.e., what he
possesses in his personality, determines what he is tempted by on the outside.
The temptation fits the nature of the one tempted, and reveals the
possibilities of the nature. Every man has the setting of his own temptation,
and the temptation will come along the line of the ruling disposition.

Temptation is a suggested short cut to the realization
of the highest at which I aim – not towards what I understand as evil, but
towards what I understand as good. Temptation is something that completely
baffles me for a while, I do not know whether the thing is right or wrong.
Temptation yielded to is lust deified, and is a proof that it was timidity that
prevented the sin before.

Temptation is not something we may escape, it is
essential to the full-orbed life of a man. Beware lest you think you are
tempted as no one else is tempted; what you go through is the common
inheritance of the race, not something no one ever went through before. God
does not save us from temptations; He succours us in the midst of them (Heb.
2:18).

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