Whether you're new to Christian meditation or not you need to know how the foundational pillars of humility and love work.
Throughout the Gospels, it's repeatedly described that Jesus is completely humbled to God, His Father. Jesus is so relinquished to God that on several occasions He states with great conviction that His words and actions are not His own, but God's.
His words provide clear insight into the spiritual activity of Jesus. The Lord's mind was void of ego or personality, so the presence of God may present itself unhindered.
Millions of people pray when times are tough and are in need of help. More often than not, we get on our knees and pray for God's help. Sometimes we find solutions, and sometimes we don't.
One of the reasons why so many prayers fail is because prayer is only part of the equation to receiving help from God. Prayer is only part of the solution. Jesus, His miraculous actions, and words disclose the message that we must be humble also. We often overlook humility as part of the disciplined Christian life. Jesus provides us with the perfect example of humility and power.
High levels of humility allows God's to work His highest and best grace over our lives. (Matthew 23:12) In fact Proverbs 22:4 tells us that "By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honor, and life (longevity)."
So what kind of humility should we develop? The answer once again comes from Jesus. The Bible states that He had "no beauty that people should desire Him..." (Isaiah 53:2), so He was humble in appearance. In Matthew 9:36 it's stated that He was compassionate to crowds of people in need of help. In Mark 10:45 it explained that He came as a servant, not a ruler.
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By this description, we are not think highly of ourselves or our appearance. Regardless of how we feel or what we're going through we are to be loving and compassionate to others, in fact, our existence should equivalent to a loving servant who obeys with compassion.
That kind of humility is difficult for most people to accept. Except for a few Orthodox Christian friends who live among us as monks, I really don't know of anyone willing to submit to God with that level of humility.
What if I told you that God physically designed you to benefit from that level of humility? Did you know that Orthodox monks are some of the healthiest and longest living people on the planet?
Their lifestyle consists of daily meditative prayer in humility, rigorous work, and a good diet. God designed you to benefit from being kind, loving, and humble. Along with a good diet and exercise you too can live a long and healthy life.
Everything I'm sharing with you is not all hype. There is substantial scientific research that shows how the example of Jesus to be loving and humble changes our genetics.
In March 26, 2008 a research volume titled Regulation of the Neural Circuitry of Emotion by Compassion Meditation: Effects of Meditative Expertise conducted by Antoine Lutz, Julie Brefczynski-Lewis, Tom Johnstone, and Richard J. Davidson, confirmed that emotions change the chemistry of the body.
They discovered that just the sound of a human distress call causes biological changes like dilation of the pupils and the activation of limbic system in the brain.
Interestingly they found that meditation increases activity in the brain when distress calls where heard. When we meditate we are more sensitive to people and their needs. The results support the role of the limbic circuitry as an emotional sharing system in the brain.
In simple terms, your brain is wired to experience love, compassion, even selfless love in humility. Isn't that the picture of Jesus in the gospels? Every human being is designed to be like Jesus, humble to God in love for Him and others.
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"Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you." ~ Ephesians 4:32
Ephesians 4:32 contains the perfect instruction being spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and even physically blessed by God. (Matthew 23:12)
Meditating on love and being compassionate through that love is the way we become more like Christ. Love and compassion are how God manifests His holiness in the world.
Christian loving-kindness meditation is how we cultivate the love of God in the world. The biblical principle also comes to us from Leviticus 20:26 and 1 Peter 1:16 which calls us to be holy as God is Holy. In Matthew 5:43 - 48 Jesus goes further and explains that embodying a love beyond our selves perfects the soul with God.
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This meditation is about the Lord's unconditional love for you and all people. God's love has no conditions. (Matthew 5:43 - 48) God's love graces all people whether they deserve it or not. God's love has no restriction and neither should we. Jesus even explains that loving people who love us has little value and that higher value comes from when we love our enemies.
Pure love comes to us from God without restriction. By closing our eyes and relaxing with a few deep breaths, we can sense God's enormous love. When that love touches our soul, we can more easily love others with God's love.
The activity, of course, requires us to let go of our ego entirely so God may become more spiritually present. Practicing this meditation will gradually effect on your life experience with others. You will become more peaceful, tolerant, loving, compassionate, understanding, temperate, and kind.
As you travel on the path of loving kindness, your heart will soften in Christ's humility. Here's what the Bible has to say about the path of humble love:
"Love is long-suffering and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away." (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
Humble love has the power to imbue us with God's perfect and powerful presence.