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《静夜亮光》三月二十日

三月二十日

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经文: 你们作丈夫的要爱你的妻子,正如基督爱教会。(以弗所书五:25)

很少教师敢说:“倘若你要实践我所教导的,就效法我的生活。”但是耶稣的生活是完美德行的写照,因此,祂能自承为圣洁的典范,是圣洁典范的教师。基督徒不应当以低于基督的形像来作为他的模范。在任何环境下,我们都不应当满足。除非从我们身上能反映出在祂里面的恩典。身为丈夫的基督徒要仰望基督耶稣的形像,并且要按照这个形像而活。丈夫的爱应该是特殊的。主耶稣对教会有一种特别的爱。祂说:“我为他们祈求,不为世人祈求。”(约十七:9)。教会是天国所宠爱的,是基督的宝贝。教会是祂头上的冠冕、是祂腕上的手镯、是祂胸前的护心镜、是祂爱的中心。丈夫应该以不停的爱去爱他的妻子,因为耶稣就是如此爱祂的教会。祂爱的表现可能在形式上有不同,但是爱的本质永不改变。丈夫应该以持久的爱去爱他的妻子,因为没有一件事物“能叫我们与上帝的爱隔绝,这爱是在我们的主基督耶稣里的。”(罗八:39)。一个真正的丈夫对妻子的爱是从心中发出、是热情而强烈的,不只是嘴唇上的奉献。基督已作了一切来证明祂的爱。耶稣对祂的新妇有喜税的爱。祂珍视她的爱情并喜悦她。在你的家庭关系中,“正如基督爱教会”是你爱的原则和量度标准吗?

Evening, March 20
Scripture: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church.”(Ephesians 5:25)

What a golden example Christ gives to his disciples! Few masters could venture to say, “If you would practise my teaching, imitate my life;” but as the life of Jesus is the exact transcript of perfect virtue, he can point to himself as the paragon of holiness, as well as the teacher of it. The Christian should take nothing short of Christ for his model. Under no circumstances ought we to be content unless we reflect the grace which was in him. As a husband, the Christian is to look upon the portrait of Christ Jesus, and he is to paint according to that copy. The true Christian is to be such a husband as Christ was to his church. The love of a husband is special. The Lord Jesus cherishes for the church a peculiar affection, which is set upon her above the rest of mankind: “I pray for them, I pray not for the world.” The elect church is the favourite of heaven, the treasure of Christ, the crown of his head, the bracelet of his arm, the breastplate of his heart, the very centre and core of his love. A husband should love his wife with a constant love, for thus Jesus loves his church. He does not vary in his affection. He may change in his display of affection, but the affection itself is still the same. A husband should love his wife with an enduring love, for nothing “shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” A true husband loves his wife with a hearty love, fervent and intense. It is not mere lip-service. Ah! beloved, what more could Christ have done in proof of his love than he has done? Jesus has a delighted love towards his spouse: He prizes her affection, and delights in her with sweet complacence. Believer, you wonder at Jesus’ love; you admire it-are you imitating it? In your domestic relationships is the rule and measure of your love-“even as Christ loved the church?”

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