In Chapter 10 (“The Place of Personal Discipline”) of Jerry Bridges’s The Pursuit of Holiness, he follows a call for discipline in the area of Scripture intake with some thoughts on Scripture meditation.
To meditate on the Scriptures is to think about them, turning them over in our minds, and applying them to our life’s situations. (p.99, 1996 edition)
The objective of our meditation is application—obedience to the Scriptures. This too requires discipline. Obeying the Scriptures usually requires change in our patterns of life. Because we are sinful by nature, we have developed sinful patters, which we call habits. (p.100, 1996 edition)
The most important part of this process is the specific application of the Scripture to specific life situations. We are prone to vagueness at this point because committment to specific actions makes us uncomfortable. (p.101, 1996 edition)
Have you spent time meditating on the Scriptures (not merely reading/studying them)? Do you have any benefits or advice to share about your experience? Use the comments!
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