The Vine of Love.
Sometimes we are prompted to give our testimony here, there and time again…
And with that said… what I would like to say is that when I asked the Lord the question of why I kept on going in and out of fellowship with him he told me that it was because of love.
As I said sometimes we are called to give our testimony many times.
So, here I tell it again…
The Lord said that if I didn’t learn to love him with all of my heart, with all of my mind, with all of my soul and with all of my strength I would never stay in fellowship with him.
He said also that I would never understand how to love myself or to love anyone else for that matter either.
Beloved… we must be rooted and grounded in love.
But the love that I am talking about must start with the love of God.
We must be rooted and grounded in his Agape Love if we are going to have a proper relationship with the Lord, ourselves… and with others.
Keeping Our Hearts Healthy.
The Bible says that we ought to keep our hearts with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life. That verse you can find in Proverbs 4:23.
Life is about love… so please bear with me if I change a word in the verse as we read it like this…
We must keep our hearts with all diligence for out of it flows the issues of love.
The Abiding Fruit of Love.
Jesus said that he is the Vine and we are the branches he also said that… if we abide in him then will we bear much fruit.
Well, as a matter of fact, he actually put it this way…
I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing. John 15:5.
He also went on to say that…
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will… and it shall be done unto you.
But get this… He said this first…Every branch in me that bears no fruit, he… (The Father) takes away: and every branch that bears fruit, he prunes it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
God wants us to bear the fruit of love and he wants our fruit to remain and be plentiful.
Beloved, I don’t know about you but when I think about fruit…
I think about the virtues and character traits that God wants to build up in us.
These are virtues and character traits in which we as Christ-followers know as the Fruit of the Spirit.
The Fruit of the Spirit must begin first and foremost with love… and love is the vine that all other fruit gets its nourishment from.
I say without the love of Christ flowing through us and abounding in us there will be no joy, no peace, or longsuffering.
There is neither any gentleness nor goodness, faithfulness, meekness, and temperance as the Bible says against such there is no law.
As we move forward I wish to set you up and urge you to begin meditating on love. But first I want to talk a little bit about Christian meditation.
The Christian Meditation Mantra.
There are many forms of meditation and there are many different ways of how meditation is practiced.
But I believe Christianity provides a greater mantra so to speak when practicing meditation.
Why do I say that? I’m glad you asked…
Well, my friend, I say that because Christianity provides a plethora of thoughts and principles to meditate upon.
Do other meditative practices offer thoughts and principles to meditate upon?
Yes… I’m sure they do, but nothing like what Biblical Meditation offers.
And to be quite honest…
I believe a lot of the other meditative practices such as Yoga, Mindfulness, the Hindu and the Budhist all are attempting to achieve the same results that God has purposed for us as Christians… Yet they wish to eliminate God in the process.
Where Do We Begin?
When taking up the practice of meditation, one must ask him or herself…
Where do I begin?
Meditation is like anything else that we participate in when we are learning something new.
You have to start at the beginning.
Meditation is just as an individual and personal practice as praying.
I’m reminded of what the disciples of Jesus said to him… when they asked him to teach them how to pray.
I’m also reminded of the instructions that he gave to us when he told us to pray to the Father in secret and in doing so… we would be openly rewarded.
So, I say all of that to express how similar meditation is to prayer… They both go hand in hand.
Prayer should ultimately lead us to meditate and our meditation should encourage us to pray.
Jesus promises that whatever we ask the Father in his name… that it would be given unto us.
Here is one of those things that we should be asking for…
The Holy Spirit As Our Guide.
The Lord Jesus has taught us some very important things to remember about the Holy Spirit… and these are things that we should incorporate into our meditative practices.
A few of those things are found in the Gospel of John 14:26.
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
This is a very special verse to me and I’m pretty sure it is to a lot of followers of Christ as well.
At least I believe it should be anyways…
This is the verse of scripture that the Lord impressed upon my heart to commit to memory as a reminder that the Holy Spirit is our teacher.
But not only is the Holy Spirit our teacher…it is he in whom we rely on to bring to remembrance the word of God.
In other words, it is the Holy Spirit that teaches us and helps us to remember the scriptures.
So, I highly and strongly recommend that you let this be one of the verses that you commit to memory and meditate on.
It’s a good thing to desire Peace and Compassion.
Most of us as rational thinking human beings seek peace and compassion.
As I have researched other meditative practices I have found something very similar in just about all of them.
And as I stated above those that practice Yoga, Mindfulness and other Eastern forms of Meditation are all seeking peace and compassion in their lives.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting peace and compassion in our lives…
But as a follower of Jesus Christ, I am reminded again and again of what he told us in the Gospel of John concerning peace.
Here’s what he told us…
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
There’s a lot in that verse, but I won’t go into it now though… I’ll give you a chance to meditate on it for yourself.
But let’s look at one more thing that the Lord had to say about peaceful living in John 14:27.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Jesus is the Prince of Peace.
The Lord Jesus is the Prince of Peace and His Gospel is the Good News about how He has bridged the gap between God and man.
He died a horrible death on a rugged cross for the sin of the world… And anyone that will accept this truth and receive him (Jesus) as the mediator between themselves and God shall be saved and have peace with God.
You see my beloved God is not in heaven keeping a scorecard on what we do wrong as his children so to speak…
The Bible tells us that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son; that whosoever believes in him shall not perish, but shall have everlasting life.
Unlike mankind… God desires to bring us to perfection for his glory, and if we confess our sins and shortcomings he will forgive us and clean us up from all of our unrighteousness.
Now that’s good news…
Here’s some more good news along with that… And it is that the Bible promises us a peace that passes all understanding.
Philippians 4:6 thru 7.
The peace that the world has to offer us is found only in the material things that one can possibly possess or accumulate.
Yet those things can only provide a temporary peace.
The peace that the Bible talks about can only be found in a healthy relationship with our Savior and God… The Lord Jesus.
The Abiding Vine of Love and Abounding Fruit.
In the coming lectures of the New Day Meditation website and the NDM Roku TV Channel, we will be delving into 9 of the most important virtues and character traits that pertain to us as believers and followers of Christ.
Again I remind you that I am talking about what the word of God calls the fruit of the Spirit.
And as the Bible tells us… they are… as follows… But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness.
Meekness and temperance against such…there is no law.
That’s really good stuff and it’s really good news.
But did you know that there’s more promised to us in the word of God concerning the fruit of the Spirit?
Would you like to know what I am talking about?
Come with me to the 2nd Epistle of the Apostle Peter where we discover these great words of promise and admonition.
We will start our reading in 2nd Peter 1:4 thru 8.
And it reads as such…
Whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Verse 5. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
Verse 6. And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
Verse 7. And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, charity.
And verse 8. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that you shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I really love these verses of scripture…
As a matter of fact, it won’t hurt you to incorporate them into your prayers and meditative practices.
But do you see the encouragement as he talks about allowing the fruit of the Spirit to abound in us richly?
And do you see the blessed promises that if we do this that we would be able to have much better knowledge and understanding of God?
Therefore giving us a much closer and a more passionate relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Beloved that’s going to do it for this part of the vine of love meditation video series.
Be sure to check out each of the episodes as time will allow you too.
And as always.
Keep up the good practice…
And experience the power of God working to give you a new life…
through … meditation.