每日诗歌: 在祂沒有難成的事 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpPRjck19bg)
那么我们怎样可以做正确的事而不丧志呢？我想起保罗教导加拉太人的两件事。首先，我们需要“顺着圣灵撒种”（加6:8）。气馁往往不是由于对正确的事不清楚造成的，而是由于不能顺服去作正确的事。关键是要刻意地跟随，且不要销灭圣灵的感动 （帖前5:19）。其次，我们必须借着鼓励，造就，代祷（帖前5:11）來达到“各人的重担要互相担当”（加6:2），这样就完成了神在他百姓身上的旨意。要记得, 做正确的事从来不是容易的。
Jeremiah 3 [Read]
Jeremiah 4 [Read]
2 Thessalonians 3 [Read]
The morning walk is very important for people my age. Whenever possible, my wife and I would take a 30-minute walk around our community. The route we take starts with a long and gradual slope before turning flat, and the initial climb is always the hardest for me. Although I know such exercise is good for my heart, it still takes determination every time to stay the course and finish the walk. Doing the right thing is never easy.
“And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right” (2Thess 3:13). For a young church like the Thessalonians, staying with their newly received faith through persecution is by no means easy. We get a glimpse of the hostility of their environment from Acts 17:1-9, and even Paul was chased out of the city by those Jews. One can imagine the pressure those new believers were experiencing at the time (1Thess 2:14-16). Therefore, it’s understandable that Paul would boast about their perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials they are enduring (2Thess 1:4), and he sees it as evidence that they will be counted as worthy of the kingdom of God (1:5).
However, not all believers are ready for such trials. When persecutions come, the belief in biblical truth is usually the first thing to wobble (2:2). If the truth I received does not provide me with the good life I expected, then why not just twist the teaching somewhat to fit my need? Such thinking is then typically followed by deviating from the teaching in their daily lives (3:6), and, as a result, they started to cause problems in church (3:11). This naturally discourages those who try to live their lives by abiding the biblical truth, but this is exactly the time they need to “stand firm and hold to the teachings” (2:15). Doing the right thing is never easy.
How can we not be tired of doing the right things then? Two things Paul teaches the Galatians come to my mind. First, we need to “sow to please the Spirit” (Gal 6:8). Discouragement is often not caused by confusion about what the right things are, but by failure of submission in doing them. Consciously following and not quenching the Spirit (1Thess 5:19) is the key. Second, we must “carry each other’s burden” (Gal 6:2) through encouragement, edification, and intercession (1Thess 5:11). Such is the fulfillment of God’s will for his people. Keep in mind, doing the right thing is never easy.
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