2018年06月08日

Isn’t there anything wrong?

Isn’t there anything wrong?


In the book written by Harold Fickett, there is a phrase he uses, “isn’t there anything wrong?”  “Isn’t there anything wrong?  When a person taking too long to do something, people say he is too slow.  But when they don’t do things, they say they are too busy to do it.  When a person does things without being asked, they say he is being pushy.  Yet when they do things before being asked to do, they say they are being thoughtful.  A person does not have good manner, he is called as a rude person.  Yet when they don’t show good manner, they call themselves as being unique.  When a person tries to do good things to his boss, people call him as a cheeky person.  Yet when people do good thing to their superiors, they call themselves as being cooperative.  When a person is being promoted, people say he is lucky.  Yet when they are promoted, they think they deserve it for their hard work.  Isn’t there anything wrong?”  These stories make us laugh, and it is true that we are all selfish beings.


In a normal arithmetic, a hundred minus one is ninety-nine.  However, the arithmetic within our mind is not always the same.  For example, if a person gives you 100 of good wills, yet he does one thing wrong, you may say “now I know what kind of person he is.  I will never do anything to do with him anymore.”  This one wrong thing becomes a gigantic “one”, and the original arithmetic formula would be distorted.


Moreover, this formula exists only when we receive one wrong thing, or one evil thing from others.  But we insist using the original arithmetic formula when we do something wrong to them. And we may say “I did so many good things for him. For he does not forgiving me is very unreasonable.”


The Bible says “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Matthew 7:1-2, NIV)”


We are so selfish in the way we judge and measure others.  However, God judges and measures us in such a blessing way with full of true love. Even we commit so much sin within our heart and by our actions, God makes everything becomes null when you accept Christ as your savior who forgives all of your sin. Not only that, He fills us with so much blessing. How amazing!


Why don’t you accept Christ within your heart?


Senior Pastor Masao Nakanishi

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194回 2018年6月のメッセージ「おかしくはないか?」音声で聴く。

「おかしくないか?」


ハロルドフィケット博士の著書に「おかしくないか」という一文があります。

「おかしくないか。他の人がある事をするのに、長い時間をかけていると、アイツはのろいと言い、自分がしないと忙しいからと言う。他の人が言わない事を勝手にすると、出しゃばりと言い、自分が言わない事を勝手にすると、積極的だと言う。他の人がエチケットを破ると乱暴だと言い、自分の場合は個性的だと言う。他の人が上役に気に入るようなことをすると、ごますりと言い、自分の場合は協力的だと言う。他の人が昇進すると、アイツは運が良かったと言い、自分の場合は努力が報われたと言う。おかしいのではないか?」

一寸笑ってしまう話ですが、本当に自己中心的な考えが私たちに住み着いているのではないでしょうか。

算数の計算では100−1=99ですね。でも人の心の計算ではそうなりません。たとえば、ある人から100の親切を受けてきても、その人から一つの悪を受けてしまうと「あの人の本性がわかった。もうあの人とはお付き合いしない!」なんて事になりかねません。つまり100−1=0という1が巨大化した変な計算式が成り立ってしまうわけです。

しかもこれは自分が悪を受けた場合にそうであって、逆に自分が悪をした場合はまた本来の計算を要求するわけです。「あの人には何遍も良いことをしてあげたのに、たった一回の失敗を許さないなんて、あの人も心が狭い」となってしまうのではないでしょうか。


聖書は「さばいてはいけません。さばかれないためです。あなたがたがさばくとおりに、あなたがたもさばかれ、あなたがたが量るとおりに、あなたがたも量られるからです」(マタイ7章1,2節)


しかしそんな自己中心的な計算をしやすい私達ですが、愛と真実の神さまは何と私達に恵みに満ちた計算をしてくださることでしょうか。人生で何度もおかしている罪深い心の思いと行いに対して、神の御子キリストを自分の罪からの救い主とただ信じ受け入れるだけで、その罪を帳消しにし、数々の恵みを満たしてくださるとは…ただ驚くばかりです。


あなたもこのキリストを心にお迎えになりませんか。

牧師 中 西 正 夫

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2018年05月07日

“Before making others to be changed”

Before making others to be changed


In these days, the “human relationship” is becoming the major cause of our stress.  The feeling of exhaustion after the series of National Holidays from the end of April to the beginning of May (the Golden Week) is called the “Satsuki-byo (the May depression).”  And, it is believed that the cause of this depression is related to human relationship.


In many cases, people feel stress when “others do not do as he or she wishes to do.”  For example, if you were a teacher, then you may feel “my student does not want to study, even I try so hard to help.”  So, you may push your student to study against his or her wishes.  Yet your student would hate studying more and more.  The harder you would try, your effort would become useless.


In the book written by Masatoshi Koshiba, the Nobel Prize winner says “a student becomes fond of you who teach mathematics, not because he likes mathematics.  He becomes fond of mathematics, because you are an attractive person to him. That’s how elementary and junior high school students are.  Even, senior high school students are the same.”


I thought “that makes sense.”  The first thing we as adults can do for children is to change our ways of teaching.  Further, we should try to become an attractive adult.  It may seem a detour to create a good and trusting relationship with children, yet it really is the shortcut to success.


And this fact had been taught in the Bible written more than 2000 years ago.  Christ said “Why, then, do you look at the speck in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the log in your own eye?    First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will be able to see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. (Matthew 7:3, 5 TEV)”


We are fast in finding others fault.  Yet, when we observe ourselves closely, we find there are things which we cannot change for ourselves.  “If I change, the world will change”, and it is true. If we want to say something to someone, then think twice to take a look at ourselves.  In the end, that would give us a favorable result.


Youth Pastor

Kenshiro Goto

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