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Stunned by Grace

I’ve never been surprised by God’s judgment, but I’m still stunned by His grace.

我從來不因為神的審判而感到驚訝,但是仍然因神的恩典而訝異不止。

God’s judgment has never been a problem for me. In fact, it always seemed right. Lightning bolts on Sodom. Fire on Gomorrah. Good job, God! Egyptians swallowed in the Red Sea. They had it coming.

對我而言,神的審判是理所當然的。不管是用閃電或降火毀滅所多瑪和珴摩拉,看起來都是正確的作法。神用紅海把埃及的軍隊吞滅,太精采了!那是他們應得的。活該!

Discipline is easy for me to swallow. Logical to assimilate.

我能夠明白管教的需要。也可以把它合理化。

But God’s grace? Anything but. Do you need examples? How much time do you have? Peter denied Christ before he preached Christ. Zacchaeus, the crook… the cleanest part of his life was the money he’d laundered. But Jesus still had time for him. The thief on the cross, hung-out to die one minute, heaven-bound and smiling the next.

但是神的恩典?怎麼可能。讓我舉一些例子,你有多少時間聽呢?彼得在傳福音之前曾否認耶穌;撒該,一個不折不扣的小人,他最乾淨的部份就是“洗”過的錢。但是耶穌還是要為他留出一點時間。十字架上的強盜(小偷),前一分鐘是個絕望的死人,後一分鐘被允許進樂園,喜樂無比。

Story after story. Surprise after surprise! Search the pages. Read the stories! Find one person who came seeking a second chance and left with a stern lecture. Search. You won’t find it.

一個又一個的故事,一個接一個的驚奇!一頁頁地讀,一個接一個故事地唸。你可以試著在聖經裡找找看,有沒有任何一個人在尋求第二次的機會時,卻只被狠狠地教訓一頓。找找看,你絕對找不到。

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