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  • Blessing and Responsibility 祝福與責任

    1 John 3:1 NIV
    [1] See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

    約翰壹書‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭CNV‬‬
    [1] 你們看,父賜給我們的是怎樣的愛,就是讓我們可以稱為 神的兒女,我們也真是他的兒女。因此,世人不認識我們,是因為他們不認識父。

    1 - Understand the tension 認識壓力

    2 Corinthians 8:12-14 NLT
    [12] Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don't have. [13] Of course, I don't mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves. I only mean that there should be some equality. [14] Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need. Later, they will have plenty and can share with you when you need it. In this way, things will be equal.

    ‭‭哥林多後書‬ ‭8:12-14‬ ‭CNV‬‬
    [12] 因為人要是有願意作的心,按照他所有的,必蒙悅納,不是按照他所沒有的。 [13] 這不是要別人輕省,你們受累,而是要大家都均等。 [14] 現在你們富裕,就要補助他們的缺乏,到了他們富裕的時候,也可以補助你們的缺乏,這樣就均等了;

    2 - Invest your heart 投資在你的心

    2 Corinthians 8:17, 23 NLT
    [17] Titus welcomed our request that he visit you again. In fact, he himself was very eager to go and see you…. [23] If anyone asks about Titus, say that he is my partner who works with me to help you. And the brothers with him have been sent by the churches, and they bring honor to Christ.

    ‭‭哥林多後書‬ ‭8:17, 23‬ ‭CNV‬‬
    [17] 提多一方面接受了勸勉,但他自己更加熱心,自願到你們那裡去。... [23] 至於提多,他是我的同伴,為你們的緣故作了我的同工;還有我們那兩位弟兄,他們是眾教會所派的,是基督的榮耀。

    3 - Live in that tension with a sustained energy for the long term 在壓力中仍長時間保持精力充沛

    2 Corinthians 8:20-22a MSG
    [20-22a] We don't want anyone suspecting us of taking one penny of this money for ourselves. We're being as careful in our reputation with the public as in our reputation with God. That's why we're sending another trusted friend along. He's proved his dependability many times over, and carries on as energetically as the day he started.

    ‭‭哥林多後書‬ ‭8:20-22‬a CNV‬‬
    [20 - 22a] 免得有人因為我們經管的捐款太多,就毀謗我們。 因為我們努力去作的,不僅是主認為是美的事,也是眾人認為是美的事。 我們還派了另一位弟兄與他們同去;我們在許多的事上多次考驗過他,知道他很熱心。