靜修之道 二之二 認識軟弱

淨空自我,一切困苦,起於自我。

無時無刻,汲汲營營,行屍走肉,自由何在?

稍遇逆境,善念頓失,怒火中燒,自由何在?

稍有冒犯,懷恨在心,如陷地獄,自由何在?

 

「主的靈在哪裡,那裡就得以自由。」(林後3:17)

 

We must empty ourselves, therefore, of the immoderately high faith we have in ourselves. Often it is so deeply rooted in us that we do not see how it rules over our heart. It is precisely our egoism, our self-centeredness and self-love that cause all our difficulties, our lack of freedom in suffering, our disappointments and our anguish of soul and body.

 

Take a look at yourself, therefore, and see how bound you are by your desire to humour yourself and only yourself. Your freedom is curbed by the restraining bonds of self-love, and thus you wander, a captive corpse, from morning till eve. “Now I will drink,” “now I will get up,” “now I will read the paper.” Thus you are led

from moment to moment in your halter of preoccupation with self, and kindled instantly to displeasure, impatience or anger if an obstacle intervenes.

 

If you look into the depths of your consciousness you meet the same sight. You recognize it readily by the unpleasant feeling you have when someone contradicts you. Thus we live in thralldom.

 

But where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (11 Corinthians 3:17).

 

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