Jul 28, 2019
148 Forgive as The Lord Has Forgiven You A Guided Christian Meditation on Colossians 3:12-14
I’m Chaplain Jared and I work as a hospice chaplain and an ICU chaplain, my purpose in making this podcast is to help you find more peace in your life and to be more open for your heart to be changed by the Spirit of God. By using centuries old form of Christian Meditation named Lectio Divina:
Outline: Relaxation, Reading, Meditation, Prayer, Contemplation and Visualization.
Get into a place where you can sit comfortably and uninterrupted for about 20 minutes.You should hopefully not be driving or anything tensing or unrelaxing. If you feel comfortable to do so, I invite you to close your eyes.
Guided Relaxation / Guided Meditation:
Breathe and direct your thoughts to contacting God. Let your stomach be a balloon inflate, deflate.
Bible verses for Meditation:
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness
12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
Meditation on Scripture:
In the circles I work in I hear discussion of compassion as being the cutting edge of cognitive research. Compassion has an amazing outcomes in better health and peace for those who practice it. I find this highly ironic since compassion has been a central aspect of so many ancient religions. Implicit in the discovery of compassion is that it is new or that it has not been vital for thousands of years. As though, now that it is discovered by the intellect of modern science it is valid.
Compassion is and has always been the core of Christianity. If we cannot practice and understand compassion, what do we truly understand about God? Our aim should be to live compassionately as Jesus did and as He taught.
How humbling it is to be called the chosen or elect of God. What have we done to be chosen? We were touched by the favor of a loving God who created a plan whereby we could overcome the effects and natural consequences of our sins. Our propensity for sin is not what impressed God to elect us but His goodness and knowledge that we can become far more with His help.
On the positive side now, Compassion is the core of the greatest commandments that Jesus taught. Loving Him and Loving each other. Love binds everything together. Love binds the universe and binds our hearts to God’s. Spend a moment to embrace his love.
Now spend a moment to consider the phrase forgive as he forgave.
Meditation of Prayer:
Pray as directed by the Spirit.
Dedicate these moments to the patient waiting, when you feel ready ask God for understanding you desire from Him.
Meditation of God and His Glory / Hesychasm:
I invite you to sit in silence feeling being patient for your own faults and trials.
Summarize what insights you have gained during this meditation and meditate and visualize positive change in your life:
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Who can you forgive to experience more purely the love of God?
I pray that you have found encouragement not chastisement in this message. If you have been deeply hurt by someone then I hope you do not feel guilt for bearing that in your heart. The message that I am hoping and praying that you walk away with is this. Because you are chosen and forgiven of God beyond what you deserve, you can forgive and love beyond your ability. Our lives will expand and be more full of peace as we learn to truly live this way. We all struggle with it. The more we are able to reject the unholy desires of our heart and we learn to forgive, the more we will understand God.
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