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“一个充满甜水的杯，不管你如何地摇晃，也洒不出一滴苦汁来。” 这是一个经验丰富的传教士说的非常有智慧的话。事实上，“善人从他心里所存的善，就发出善来。 恶人从他心里所存的恶， 就发出恶来。”（太12:35）。我们要小心我们说的每一句话。更重要的是，让我们祈求神在我们的心里作工，不管有多难，有多久，直到没有一滴苦汁洒出。
Genesis 38 [Read]
Genesis 39 [Read]
Genesis 40 [Read]
Matthew 12:22-50 [Read]
Words, some people have a lot and some have few. I enjoy being with both kinds. For those who have a lot, they often lighten my mood, assuming they are not gossiping of course. For those who have few, the few they speak are usually full of wisdom. I am glad that we have both in our church.
But words cause problems if they were not spoken with care, especially when we are dealing with Kingdom matters. In today's NT reading, Jesus used unusually harsh words against the Pharisees, warning them about blaspheming against the Spirit who cast out the demons. Through the centuries, there were many interpretations about Matt 12:31-32. Is there such thing as "unforgivable sin"? Apparently so based on what Jesus said. But the definition of "blaspheme against the Spirit" was not clear, and it would not be wise to define it loosely with our own mind. Just take that as a warning, a serious one, and let that be our guide in speaking about the Kingdom matter.
However, 12;33-37 seems to say something slightly different. Jesus was talking about "careless words", words that came from an idle mind, words spoken without considering the consequences. Those words will be remembered by people and by God, and we will be held accountable for every one of those careless words we said. In some sense, this is even more horrifying than 12:31-32. We may be able to guard our tongue not to say things against the Spirit, but how hard it will be to watch every word we say to our spouse, our children, our spiritual family, and our friends. That is too hard, but that IS what Jesus was saying.
"For a cup brimful of sweet water cannot spill even one drop of bitter water however suddenly jolted." This is a very wise saying by a seasoned missionary. Indeed, " The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him" (Matt 12:35). Let us be careful of every word we say. But more importantly, let us ask God to work in our heart, no matter how hard and how long, until there is not a single drop of bitter juice to spill.
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