GOSPEL MEDITATIONS FOR
THE CONTEMPLATION OF GOD:
Gospel Meditations are both biblically and theologically intense and complex—they are not for everyone. For those who are beginners in the Faith, these might be difficult to grasp. The discipline of examining Scripture and internalizing it requires some spiritual maturity. So then, if at first the going is rough, keep at it and grow in your understanding of both the Bible and theology, while we ask the Holy Spirit to do a “deep” work in us.
So I invite us all to meditate upon, reflect on, contemplate, and consider afresh the Word and Work of our Triune God. Each Gospel meditation will center on a passage of Scripture, and a method of reflection will be outlined each week. Perhaps early in the morning we may rise up and seek Him, as David did, and rejoice at the wonder and beauty of God our Savior.
GOSPEL MEDITATION 14:
"The Golden Rule"
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (ESV)
- 1. Find a place where you can be alone and apart.
2. Be comfortably alert, being still and at peace.
3. Say the Lord’s Prayer.
4. Sing the Jesus Prayer.
5. Pray for family, friends, and yourself.
6. Slowly and carefully read the passage.
7. Reread it.
8. Jesus provides His followers with a way in which they can determine how they may treat others.
9. A prerequisite would be to know how we would like to be treated, and this may not be so easily understood. Indeed, it would require knowing what is best for us, and our judgment may not be reliable.
10. Many might imagine that knowing how to treat others is simple, but even with the Holy Spirit indwelling us and guided by Scripture, we are yet selfish people.
11. Only God knows how to treat us, which is for our ultimate benefit. He deals with us according to His "agape" love, an action towards us for our well being, not only for the here and now but for eternity.
12. Is there an evangelistic emphasis embedded in the golden rule?
13 In light of the narrow and hard way to eternal life and the wide and easy way to hell, which a great many enter, the proclaiming of the Gospel message is what will make the most difference. It is likely at the heart of our golden rule.
14. Being quiet, then, let God speak to you through His Word.