The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Isaiah 59:15-21 Truth is lacking, and whoever turns from evil is despoiled. The LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no one, and was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm brought him victory, and his righteousness upheld him. He put on righteousness like a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head; he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped himself in fury as in a mantle. According to their deeds, so will he repay; wrath to his adversaries, requital to his enemies; to the coastlands he will render requital. So those in the west shall fear the name of the LORD, and those in the east, his glory; for he will come like a pent-up stream that the wind of the LORD drives on. And he will come to Zion as Redeemer, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression, says the LORD. And as for me, this is my covenant with them, says the LORD: my spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouths of your children, or out of the mouths of your children's children, says the LORD, from now on and forever. This is the Word of the Lord Thanks be to God
The Epistle Lesson
The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from 2 Timothy 1:15-2:13 You are aware that all who are in Asia have turned away from me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes. May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chain; when he arrived in Rome, he eagerly searched for me and found me -- may the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! And you know very well how much service he rendered in Ephesus. You then, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; and what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well. Share in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving in the army gets entangled in everyday affairs; the soldier's aim is to please the enlisting officer. And in the case of an athlete, no one is crowned without competing according to the rules. It is the farmer who does the work who ought to have the first share of the crops. Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in all things. Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David-- that is my gospel, for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, so that they may also obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he will also deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful-- for he cannot deny himself. This is the Word of the Lord Thanks be to God
The Holy Gospel Lesson
The Holy Gospel is written in Mark 10:1-16 Glory be to Thee, O Lord He left that place and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan. And crowds again gathered around him; and, as was his custom, he again taught them. Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" He answered them, "What did Moses command you?" They said, "Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her." But Jesus said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation, 'God made them male and female.' 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate." Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. He said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery." People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it." And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. Here ends the Gospel lesson for today. Glory be to Thee ,O Christ!
Psalm 119:Mem Quomodo dilexi! 97 Oh, how I love your law! all the day long it is in my mind. 98 Your commandment has made me wiser than my enemies, and it is always with me. 99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your decrees are my study. 100 I am wiser than the elders, because I observe your commandments. 101 I restrain my feet from every evil way, that I may keep your word. 102 I do not shrink from your judgments, because you yourself have taught me. 103 How sweet are your words to my taste! they are sweeter than honey to my mouth. 104 Through your commandments I gain understanding; therefore I hate every lying way.
Psalm 119:Nun Lucerna pedibus meis 105 Your word is a lantern to my feet and a light upon my path. 106 I have sworn and am determined to keep your righteous judgments. 107 I am deeply troubled; preserve my life, O LORD, according to your word. 108 Accept, O LORD, the willing tribute of my lips, and teach me your judgments. 109 My life is always in my hand, yet I do not forget your law. 110 The wicked have set a trap for me, but I have not strayed from your commandments. 111 Your decrees are my inheritance for ever; truly, they are the joy of my heart. 112 I have applied my heart to fulfill your statutes for ever and to the end.
Psalm 119:Samekh Iniquos odio habui 113 I hate those who have a divided heart, but your law do I love. 114 You are my refuge and shield; my hope is in your word. 115 Away from me, you wicked! I will keep the commandments of my God. 116 Sustain me according to your promise, that I may live, and let me not be disappointed in my hope. 117 Hold me up, and I shall be safe, and my delight shall be ever in your statutes. 118 You spurn all who stray from your statutes; their deceitfulness is in vain. 119 In your sight all the wicked of the earth are but dross; therefore I love your decrees. 120 My flesh trembles with dread of you; I am afraid of your judgments.
Psalm 81Exultate Deo 1 Sing with joy to God our strength and raise a loud shout to the God of Jacob. 2 Raise a song and sound the timbrel, the merry harp, and the lyre. 3 Blow the ram's-horn at the new moon, and at the full moon, the day of our feast. 4 For this is a statute for Israel, a law of the God of Jacob. 5 He laid it as a solemn charge upon Joseph, when he came out of the land of Egypt. 6 I heard an unfamiliar voice saying, "I eased his shoulder from the burden; his hands were set free from bearing the load." 7 You called on me in trouble, and I saved you; I answered you from the secret place of thunder and tested you at the waters of Meribah. 8 Hear, O my people, and I will admonish you: O Israel, if you would but listen to me! 9 There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not worship a foreign god. 10 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and said, "Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it." 11 And yet my people did not hear my voice, and Israel would not obey me. 12 So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their hearts, to follow their own devices. 13 Oh, that my people would listen to me! that Israel would walk in my ways! 14 I should soon subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes. 15 Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him, and their punishment would last for ever. 16 But Israel would I feed with the finest wheat and satisfy him with honey from the rock.
Psalm 82Deus stetit 1 God takes his stand in the council of heaven; he gives judgment in the midst of the gods: 2 How long will you judge unjustly, and show favor to the wicked? 3 Save the weak and the orphan; defend the humble and needy; 4 Rescue the weak and the poor; deliver them from the power of the wicked. 5 They do not know, neither do they understand; they go about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. 6 Now I say to you, 'You are gods, and all of you children of the Most High; 7 Nevertheless, you shall die like mortals, and fall like any prince.'" 8 Arise, O God, and rule the earth, for you shall take all nations for your own.
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Matthew 5:43-45 (NIV) [ Love for Enemies ] “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Read all of Matthew 5
As a parent, you have a very important purpose in the life of your child. You are there to teach them right from wrong, provide for them, and lay a foundation in their life. Most importantly, your job is to lead your child to Jesus Christ.
Psalm 127:3 says, "Children are a heritage from the LORD." The word heritage could be translated as "gift." So another way to say it is: children are a gift from God. What a great privilege it is to have children. I will tell you something else: kids need their parents.
Kids need their parents to nurture them and point them to Christ. It is your job as a mom or a dad to train your children and to bring them up in the way of the Lord. Kids don't need Mom and Dad to be their best friends. Sometimes you read about celebrities that go out and party with their children. That's so absurd. Don't do that. Be a parent—and be an example. Friends come and go, but parents are for life.
Remember, teaching your children is a daily thing. It is a lifestyle. The best thing a man can do for his kids is love his wife. And the best thing a woman can do for her children is love her husband. Show your children what real love looks like.
And live a godly life. Your child should be able to measure their relationship with God according to their relationship with you. If you are a parent, ask God today for His help to be the best parent you can be.
Mi ayuda y mi libertador eres tú; Dios mío, no te tardes.Salmo 40:17,
RV-60 Dios mío, ¿a quién acudo si no es a ti? Primero te pido perdón por mis
debilidades. Perdóname porque muchas veces te he prometido cambiar y no lo he
hecho. Te he prometido dejar este vicio que me está acabando, he prometido
renunciar a esta relación que no es aprobada y que está en contra de tu Palabra.
He prometido buscarte más y hacer tu voluntad y lo hago por un tiempo y vuelvo
atrás. Señor, estoy cansado de vivir esta doble vida. Así que hoy quiero renunciar a
todo lo que no te agrada. Quiero empezar a ver los frutos de mi obediencia con
las bendiciones que tienes para mí. Te entrego esta situación ________________________ (señala las cosas a las
que debas renunciar). Me pongo delante de ti para decirte que necesito de tu
ayuda porque yo solo no puedo. Por favor, Dios mío, hazme valiente cada día y dame las fuerzas que necesito
para enfrentar la tentación y huir. Entrego mi vida en tus manos. En el nombre de Jesús, amén y amén.
But as for me, I keep watch for the Lord, I wait in hope for God my
Savior; my God will hear me. Do not gloat over me my enemy! Though I have
fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.
Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the Lord's wrath, until he pleads
my case and establishes my right. He will bring me out into the light; I will
see his justice.Micah 7:7-9 Chinese Pastor Wang Ming-dao was under tremendous pressure after his first
arrest in the mid-1950’s. He was promised release from prison and return to his
pulpit if he would just “preach for the government.” In his mind this would be
lying and he was certain he could not live a hypocritical life. Pastor Wang was firm in his resolve, until he heard that his beloved wife,
Debra, had also been arrested and was in grave danger. He heard that she was not
eating properly and was growing critically weak because of the poor food she was
receiving in prison. She would not survive if something were not done. This news
so disturbed him that he broke and agreed with his persecutors that he would
preach “a lie” and join the government-controlled church. His plan was to get his wife to safety with her mother and then he would
commit suicide. He reportedly wandered the streets murmuring “I am Peter...I am
Peter...” and his heart sickness began to affect his body.
When the authorities realized that he would not compromise himself by
preaching in the government-controlled church, Pastor Wang and wife, Debra, were
re-arrested. She received a fifteen-year sentence and he life imprisonment. Early in this second imprisonment, God brought these verses from Micah 7:7-9 to his mind, which he had memorized at the age of twenty-one. Wang Ming-dao was no longer afraid—for himself or his wife. He was finally
released in 1980 at eighty years of age—very frail, nearly blind and
all-but-deaf. He had served over twenty-three years in prison. His wife Debra
had been released three years earlier for health reasons. For the remaining
eleven years of his life he was a great encouragement to the church in China as
well as the many foreign visitors he and Debra entertained. RESPONSE: Today I will not give in to Satan’s tactics of doubt and fear. I
will concentrate on the greater cost to Jesus of my redemption. PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the reminder that persecuted Christians are not
super-heroes but they show us how our failure must turn into repentance and
renewal with deeper dependence on You and not into self-condemnation.
Today’s Truth Satisfy us in the morning with your
unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.(Psalm 90:14NIV)
Friend to Friend One night as Brad and I prepared to
put our kids to bed, our middle child, Hunter, had an emotional meltdown. Our
little gumdrop went from sweet to sour in two seconds flat. The day had been
packed full with school and other activities, and it was late. He should have
turned into a pumpkin a smidgen before his meltdown took place. You know how
those days are. In an eight-year-old kind of way, Hunter was completely irrational. Tears
flowed freely as he floated down his raging river of drama. He said that nobody
loved him and that he felt mistreated. I had to just shake my head and wonder,
“How in the world could one of my children feel unloved?” The love Brad and I have for our children is immovable-mountain strong. We
are not perfect, nor do we love them perfectly, but we do tell them of our love
daily with words. We show them through our actions. We hug and affirm. We laugh
and play with them. We spend our lives loving our children. It amazes me that
any of our children could think, for even one second, that they are not
loved. As we endured the tear-filled bedtime drama, Brad and I suddenly realized why
our son had such a dim perspective: he was hungry. Really hungry. Earlier that evening, Hunter had chosen not to finish his dinner. Our son
believes he should have choices. We assure him that he does have
choices—eat or be hungry. Simple as that. As I emptied the dishwasher this morning, it occurred to me that we were
created to be hungry. Our bodies need constant nourishment, and hunger is simply
a trigger designed by God to stimulate a necessary response. Whether we’re
talking about physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual hunger, you and I are
temporarily satisfied when an appropriate response meets a need. Think about it… The satisfying response to physical hunger is food and drink. The satisfying response to emotional hunger is love (among other things). The satisfying response to mental hunger is knowledge. And the only satisfying response to spiritual hunger is God. Nothing
can take His place. Not the latest-greatest beauty gimmick, not the most
fabulous outfit, not a hunky man or a good smelling baby. Not money in the bank,
not that promotion you might be after, not the affection you might be craving,
and not the appreciation you desire for your efforts. Nothing can supplant God if you want to satisfy your spiritual hunger. Our souls constantly demand to be fed, and make no mistake about it: if God
does not have the proper place in your life, your soul will remain hungry. When
I invite God into my days, I experience His satisfying presence no matter what I
face. But when I don’t pray, when I don’t read my Bible, and when I don’t
praise, I get hungry. Really hungry (not to mention grouchy). Christians are hungry people. Just like the Israelites who wandered in the
desert, we need God’s daily bread, His spiritual manna. Jesus taught us to ask
for a daily portion. In the New Testament book of Matthew, Jesus took a
moment to teach His followers how to pray. In that prayer, commonly referred to
as the Lord’s Prayer, He said, “Give us today our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). He didn’t ask to be fed for an entire week—just for today. We would be wise to do the same. Some people might think that once we become Christians all of our spiritual
hunger subsides. Not so! I’ve found that the more I get to know God, the more I
want to know Him. The more I experience His peace, presence, and power
in my life, the more I want to experience His peace, presence, and
power. I crave Him more. Every day we eat bread (food) to keep us healthy and strong. We stay healthy
and strong spiritually by continually communing with Jesus. He calls Himself the
Bread of Life as well as the Living Water. In order for food and water to
sustain and strengthen us physically, we must eat and drink it. Likewise, we
need to call on Jesus each day to sustain us spiritually. Let’s
Pray Dear Lord, Thank You for the invitation to come, eat,
drink, and be satisfied in You. You are all that I need, and more than enough. I
pray that You will bear the weight of the burdens on my heart today, and ask
that You would fill my soul with Your rest. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen. Now It’s Your Turn Read and meditate on Psalm 63:1-8.
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And call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.- Psalm 50:15, ESV Most parents, as soon as their little ones are able, begin to teach safety. We rehearse them so they are able to give their name, their address, and their phone number. At almost the same time we tell them that if they need help, they should go to a policeman and if there is an emergency, they should call 911. We assure them that when they call 911, someone will always be there to offer them help. Now in the vast, vast majority of situations the above information is true. Still, as Crenshanda Williams shows, that statement is not always accurate. Let me amplify. In July 2014 Williams was hired by the Houston Emergency Center. All went well until her supervisors checked out the call log and saw she had an incredibly high number of "short calls," that is, phone calls that took less than 20 seconds to complete. Indeed, between October 2015 and March 2016 there were thousands of calls that Williams had cut short. Most disturbing was the fact that one of those calls had been reporting a robbery and murder, while two of them involved speeding motorists. The supervisors began to pay closer attention. They even heard her hang up on a police officer who was reporting a crime. As she did so, Williams said, "Ain't nobody got time for this." Eventually, the police interviewed Williams about what she had been doing. Understandably, they wanted to know why. Her reply was incredibly simple and direct. She confessed she "did not want to talk to anyone at that time." Williams has been charged with interference with an emergency telephone call and her bond was set at $1,000. I'm sure you will agree with me in offering thanks to the Lord that there are not many such individuals on the other end of our 911 calls. When we have an emergency, we need someone who will be there, someone who will give us their attention, who will do his or her best to take care of our problem and help us find a positive resolution to whatever is wrong. This takes me back to the verse at the top of our page where, because of His Son's sacrifice, our Heavenly Father says, "Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me." Note, He doesn't say I may deliver you, or I probably will deliver you, or I might possibly deliver you. God's promise is unbreakable. He will deliver those who, in faith, come to Him. In every situation and every circumstance He will hear us and answer our prayers in the best way possible. True, those answers may not always be the ones we had wanted, nor do they always come according to our timetable, but God's deliverance does come and when it does, in faith we pray, "Thy will be done" (see Matthew 9-15). THE PRAYER:Dear Lord, we cannot explain why You would pay attention to us, but we give thanks that You are ready to hear us. May we be equally ready to praise Your Name. In Jesus' Name I pray it. Amen.
Dios es nuestro amparo y fortaleza. Nuestro pronto auxilio en todos los problemas.Salmo 46:1, RVC El Salmista nos dice que el Señor es nuestro refugio y fortaleza. Pero parece que la iglesia se convertió en un lugar de refugio para un ex oficial de la KGB de la Unión Soviética, Mikkail Lennikov, a quien se le dijo que no podía continuar viviendo en Canadá. El día que debía ser deportado, Lennikov fue a refugiarse en la Primera Iglesia Luterana del Este de Vancouver. La iglesia dijo que ellos lo protegerían mientras siguiera en vigencia la orden de deportación. Pero él no ha sido el primero en buscar refugio en la iglesia. En la Edad Media en Europa, la ley ordenaba que la iglesia podía servir de refugio para los criminales. Aun cuando Canadá no tiene leyes explícitas con respecto a esto, la policía no se atrevió a arrestar a alguien que había buscado asilo en un santuario. En la opinión de algunos, el que la policía invadiera una iglesia sería el rompimiento de la separación de iglesia y estado. Al leer el relato de este ex-espía, no pude dejar de pensar en cuán a menudo la gente olvida que Dios es su refugio. A causa del sacrificio que el Salvador hizo en la cruz, y a causa de su gloriosa resurrección, quienes creemos hemos recibido la protección del santuario.
Cuando seguimos a Cristo, nuestros pecados son perdonados y somos liberados de la culpa.
Cuando nos mantenemos entre los redimidos, Satanás no puede demandar que seamos deportados a su reino.
Cuando confiamos en la resurrección del Señor Jesús, la muerte no nos puede reclamar.
No sé qué sucedió con Lennikow, quien confió en la iglesia para mantenerse físicamente seguro; pero sí sé con certeza qué pasará con todos los creyentes en Cristo. Junto con el Salmista podremos decir: "Dios es nuestro amparo y fortaleza. Nuestro pronto auxilio en todos los problemas." ORACIÓN:Salvador, gracias a tu sacrificio y a que eres mi refugio, ayudador y salvador, tengo un nuevo hogar, un nuevo país y una familia de fe. En tu nombre oro. Amén.
Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. Hebrews 13:5
A dear friend of mine sent me a text message that said, “I’m so
glad we can tell each other the good, the bad, and the ugly!” We have
been friends for many years, and we have learned to share our joys and
our failures. We recognize we are far from perfect, so we share our
struggles but we also rejoice in each other’s successes.
David and Jonathan had a solid friendship too, beginning with the
good days of David’s victory over Goliath (1 Sam. 18:1–4). They shared
their fears during the bad days of Jonathan’s father’s jealousy
(18:6–11; 20:1–2). Finally, they suffered together during the ugly days
of Saul’s plans to kill David (20:42). Good friends don’t abandon us when external
circumstances change. They stay with us through the good and the bad
days. Good friends also may point us to God in the ugly days, when we
may feel tempted to walk away from our Lord. Real friendships are a gift from God because they exemplify the
perfect Friend, who remains loyal through the good, the bad, and the
ugly days. As the Lord reminds us, “Never will I leave you; never will I
forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
Dear Lord, I thank You for the good friends You have placed in my life, but above all, I thank You for Your friendship.
Một người bạn yêu quý đã gửi cho tôi một tin nhắn nói rằng: “Tôi
rất vui vì chúng ta có thể nói với nhau về những điều tốt, điều xấu và
điều tồi tệ của chúng ta!” Chúng tôi đã làm bạn với nhau nhiều năm, và
chúng tôi đã học cách chia sẻ với nhau mọi niềm vui và thất bại của
mình. Chúng tôi nhận ra rằng mình không hề hoàn hảo, vì thế chúng tôi
chia sẻ với nhau những tranh chiến của mình, nhưng cũng vui mừng trong
những thành công của nhau.
Đa-vít và Giô-na-than cũng có một tình bạn vững bền, bắt đầu bằng
những ngày tươi đẹp khi Đa-vít thắng Gô-li-át (1 Sam. 18:1-4). Họ chia
sẻ với nhau những sợ hãi của mình trong suốt những ngày đen tối khi cha
của Giô-na-than ganh ghét Đa-vít (18:6-11; 20:1-2). Cuối cùng, họ cùng
nhau chịu khổ trong suốt những ngày tháng tồi tệ khi Sau-lơ lập mưu giết
hại Đa-vít (20:42). Bạn tốt không từ bỏ chúng ta khi hoàn cảnh bên ngoài thay đổi. Họ
đứng bên chúng ta trong những ngày tươi đẹp cũng như những ngày tồi tệ.
Bạn tốt cũng hướng chúng ta đến Chúa trong những ngày đen tối nhất, khi
chúng ta thấy mình bị cám dỗ cách xa Chúa. Tình bạn chân thật là một món quà từ Chúa bởi vì tình bạn đó minh họa
cho Người Bạn hoàn hảo, Đấng vẫn ở bên chúng ta trong những ngày tươi
đẹp, những ngày tồi tệ và cả những ngày đen tối. Như Chúa nhắc nhở chúng
ta: “Ta sẽ chẳng lìa con, chẳng bỏ con đâu” (Hê-bơ-rơ 13:5).
Lạy Chúa, con cảm tạ Ngài về những người bạn Ngài đặt để trong cuộc đời con, nhưng trên hết, cảm ơn Ngài về tình bạn của chính Ngài.
Bạn hữu là người đầu tiên chạy đến với ta khi cả thế giới quay lưng.
Un amigo querido me mandó un mensaje de texto que decía: «¡Me
alegra tanto que podamos contarnos lo bueno, lo malo y lo feo!». Somos
amigos desde hace muchos años y hemos aprendido a compartir nuestras
alegrías y fracasos. Reconocemos que estamos lejos de ser perfectos, por
eso hablamos de nuestras luchas, pero también nos regocijamos en las
victorias del otro.
David y Jonatán también tenían una amistad sólida, la cual comenzó en
los días buenos, cuando David derrotó a Goliat (1 Samuel 18:1-4).
Compartieron sus temores durante los tiempos malos de celos del padre de
Jonatán (18:6-11; 20:1-2). Finalmente, sufrieron juntos en la época fea
en que Saúl planeaba matar a David (20:42).
Los buenos amigos no nos abandonan cuando las circunstancias externas
cambian. Permanecen a nuestro lado en las buenas y en las malas.
También nos aconsejan acudir a Dios en los momentos feos, cuando quizá
nos sintamos tentados a alejarnos de Él.
Los amigos auténticos son un regalo de Dios porque ejemplifican al
Amigo perfecto, el cual permanece fiel en días buenos, malos y feos. Tal
como nos recuerda el Señor: «No te desampararé, ni te dejaré» (Hebreos 13:5).
Señor, gracias por lo buenos amigos que has colocado en mi vida; pero, por sobre todo, te agradezco por ser tú mi amigo.
Un amigo es aquel que aparece cuando todo el mundo desaparece.
Ich will dich nicht verlassen und nicht von dir weichen. Hebräer 13,5
Eine gute Bekannte schickte mir eine SMS, in der es hieß: „Ich bin
so froh, dass wir über alles reden können, das Gute und das Schlechte!“
Wir sind schon lange befreundet und haben gelernt, über das, was uns
freut, genauso zu reden wie über unser Versagen. Wir wissen, dass wir
längst nicht vollkommen sind, deshalb reden wir über unsere Probleme.
Aber wir freuen uns auch, wenn der anderen etwas gelingt.
David und Jonathan waren seit den guten Tagen, in denen David Goliath
besiegt hatte, auch enge Freunde (1.Sam. 18,1-4). In den schweren
Tagen, als Jonathans Vater eifersüchtig wurde, teilten sie ihre Ängste
(18,6-11; 20,1-2). Und sie litten gemeinsam, als Saul plante, David
umzubringen (20,42). Gute Freunde lassen einander nicht im Stich, wenn sich die äußeren
Umstände ändern. Sie halten zu uns in guten wie in bösen Tagen. Gute
Freunde können uns auch wieder auf Gott hinweisen, wenn wir in schweren
Tagen versucht sind, uns von ihm abzuwenden. Echte Freundschaft ist ein Geschenk von Gott, weil sie ein Symbol
ist, das uns auf den vollkommenen Freund hinweist, der uns in guten und
in schlechten Tagen treu bleibt. Er hat gesagt: „Ich will dich nicht
verlassen und nicht von dir weichen“ (Hebr. 13,5).
Lieber Herr, ich danke dir für gute Freunde. Du hast sie in mein Leben geschickt. Aber am meisten danke ich dir für deine Freundschaft.
Ein Freund ist der erste, der kommt, wenn alle anderen gegangen sind.
Je ne te délaisserai point, et je ne t’abandonnerai point. Hébreux 13.5
Une de mes précieuses amies m’a envoyé
un texto pour me dire : « Je suis si heureuse que nous puissions nous
dire le bon, le mauvais et le laid ! » Nous sommes amies depuis de
nombreuses années, et nous avons appris à partager nos joies et nos
échecs. Reconnaissant être loin de la perfection, nous nous confessons
nos combats, mais nous nous réjouissons également de nos succès
David et Jonathan s’étaient eux aussi
étroitement liés d’amitié, dès les beaux jours de la victoire de David
sur Goliath (1 S 18.1‑4). Ils se sont raconté leurs craintes durant les
mauvais jours où le père de Jonathan jalousait David (18.6‑11 ; 20.1,2).
Finalement, ils ont souffert ensemble durant les mauvais jours où Saül
planifiait de tuer David (20.42).
Les bons amis ne nous abandonnent pas
lorsque la situation se corse. Ils restent à nos côtés dans les bons
comme dans les mauvais jours. Il se peut aussi que nos bons amis nous
incitent à lever les yeux sur Dieu durant les jours de laideur, lorsque
nous serions tentés de nous détourner de lui.
Les véritables amitiés sont un don de
Dieu, car elles nous servent d’exemples de l’Ami parfait, qui nous reste
loyal durant les bons jours, les mauvais jours et les jours laids.
Rappelons‑nous les paroles du Seigneur : « Je ne te délaisserai point,
et je ne t’abandonnerai point » (HÉ 13.5).
L’ami est le premier à entrer quand le monde entier est sorti.
Я тебе не покину, ані не відступлюся від тебе! — Євреїв 13:5
Одна моя люба подруга надіслала мені повідомлення наступного
змісту: “Я дуже рада, що ми можемо розказати одна одній добрі речі,
погані й жахливі!” Ми дружимо вже багато років і навчились ділитись як
приємними речами, так і своїми помилками. Ми зрозуміли, що нам далеко до
досконалості, тому не боїмося зізнаватись у своїх духовних поразках,
але й щиро радіємо нашим духовним перемогам.
Давида і Йонатана теж зв’язувала міцна дружба, що почалась ще в ті славні дні, коли Давид переміг Голіята (1 Сам. 18:1-4). Вони ділились своїми страхами в поганий період, коли Саул, батько Йонатана, був сповнений заздрості й підступності (1 Сам. 18:6-11; 20:1-2). Нарешті, вони разом страждали в ті жахливі дні, коли Саул намагався вбити Давида (1 Сам. 20:42). Справжні друзі не кидають нас, коли наші життєві обставини змінюються
не в кращий бік. Вони завжди з нами як в щасливі наші дні, так і в
погані. У жахливі дні, коли відчуваємо спокуси, друзі можуть вказувати
нам як триматися Господа. Справжня дружба – то Божий дар. І Сам Бог є прикладом найкращого,
довершеного Друга, Хто залишається вірним нам у будь-який період нашого
життя – добрий, поганий або жахливий. Господь нагадує нам: “Я тебе не
покину, ані не відступлюся від тебе!” (Євр. 13:5).
Дорогий Господи, я дякую Тобі за хороших друзів, що Ти посилаєш у моєму житті. Але понад усе дякую Тобі за Твою дружбу.
Друг – це той, хто першим приходить на допомогу, коли весь світ відвертається від нас.
«Не оставлю тебя и не покину тебя». — Евреям 13:5 Близкая подруга прислала мне сообщение: «Я очень рада, что мы
можем рассказывать друг другу хорошее, плохое и даже ужасное». Мы дружим
уже много лет и научились делиться всеми радостями и печалями. Мы
признаем, что далеки от совершенства, поэтому делимся своими неудачами
и, конечно же, радуемся успехам.
Давид и Ионафан также близко дружили, начиная со дня победы Давида над Голиафом (1 Цар. 18:1-4). Они делились друг с другом страхами, когда отец Ионафана терзался завистью (1 Цар. 8:6-11; 20:1-2). Наконец, они вместе страдали в те ужасные дни, когда Саул хотел убить Давида (1 Цар. 20:42). Настоящие друзья не бросают в беде. Они
остаются рядом и когда хорошо, и когда плохо. Добрые друзья также могут
направить нас к Богу в ужасные дни, когда мы испытываем искушение
отступить от Него. Истинная дружба – дар от Бога, потому что в ней отражается
совершенный Друг, Который остается с нами в хорошем, плохом и ужасном.
Как сказал Господь: «Не оставлю тебя и не покину тебя» (Евр. 13:5).
Господь, я благодарю Тебя за добрых друзей, которых Ты послал в мою жизнь. Но больше всего я благодарю, что Ты назвал меня Своим другом.
Друг останется рядом, даже когда весь мир отвернется.