每日诗歌: Onward Christian Soldiers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJgt2ktRJME)
尽管在分娩期间我们呻吟并等候着，我和妻子从未怀疑过我们儿子最终的诞生。同样，那些心中有圣灵的，正带着确据等候着完全救赎的那一天的到来。“神既不爱惜自己的儿子，为我们众人舍了，岂不也把万物和祂一同白白地赐给我们吗 ?” (8:32) 。如果是这样，“ 谁能控告神所拣选的人呢？有神称他们为义了?” (8:33) 并且 “谁能使我们与基督的爱隔绝呢?” (8:35) 。的确，没有什么能叫我们与神的爱隔绝（8:39）。即使正当我们等候，我们已经 “靠着爱我们的主，在这一切的事上得胜有余了.” (8:37).
人生确实是一个旅程，我们学习各样东西来充实我们的头脑和灵魂。但在保罗的心意中，人生主要是一个战场，并且我们的天路旅程是一场持续的争战。我们活着为征服并努力去胜过，不论是外面的敌人，还是里面的诱惑。然而“现在的苦楚若比起将来要显于我们的荣耀，就不足介意了” (8:18). 因此，让我们每天提醒自己，我们已经得胜有余了。
Psalm 82 [Read]
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Romans 8:19-39 [Read]
Childbirth is the most miraculous experience a couple can have. Even today, I still remember the excitement when my wife was ready to deliver our first baby. After 9 months of waiting and preparation, the time finally arrived. Thanks to the new concept of childbirth, the father was allowed and encouraged to accompany the mother through the entire process. Although I could only share a tiny portion of the agony my wife went through, it was enough for me to experience and remember the hope, the wait, the relief, and the joy for the rest of my life.
Appropriately, Paul uses childbirth to describe the state of the creation. “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time” (Rom 8:22). Sin has caused the whole creation to suffer, and all are waiting for the day when God’s sons to be revealed and God’s redemption plan to be accomplished (8:19). Even for those who have the Holy Spirit in them, they also wait with groans (8:26), not in agony, but with hope (8:25), knowing the day of glorification will come (8:30).
Although we groaned and waited during childbirth, my wife and I never had doubts in the eventual birth of our son. Similarly, those who have Holy Spirit in their heart wait with an assurance that the day of full redemption will come. “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all-- how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (8:32) If so, “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?” (8:34) and “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” (8:35) Indeed, there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God (8:39). Even as we wait, we are already “more than conquerors through him who loved us” (8:37).
Life is indeed a journey, and we learn things to enrich our mind and soul. But in Paul’s mind, life is primarily a battleground and our pilgrimage is a continuous struggle. We live to conquer and strive to overcome, not just the enemies without, but also the temptations within. But “our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (8:18). Therefore, it’s good to remind ourselves daily that we are already more than conquerors.
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