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Aug 25, 2019

 

 

156 The Kindness of God Leads to Repentance A Guided Christian Meditation on Romans 2:1-4

 

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:

 

Romans 2:1-4

 

ESV

2 Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.

2 We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things.

3 Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God?

4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?

 

KJV

2 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.

3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

 

 

Meditation on Scripture:

 

When the scriptures talk of Grace it is active. The grace of God causes us to act and to return to Him. Sometimes we hope that we can passively sit and watch God do the miracle in our lives. We are so interested to destroy the pride of the law that we can become too passive to realize the commands he gives us to love and to follow. What do we do when we make an error? Do we sit and wait for God to fix it?

 

What do you feel when you hear God tell you to not judge?

 

We need to learn to love the truth and virtue of God and embrace it with every heartbeat while also loving those who fail to live it with ridiculous abandon.

 

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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Final Question:

What stories and identities do you cling to perhaps too tight?

 

Final Thought:

 

 

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