Meditation Affects Our Christian Growth in Christ by Robert HaldaneWhat the Bible says about Godly Meditation through the Word
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Every believer should take to himself all the consolation which this verse contains, and with Paul he may with confidence say, “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Many, however, will say, We should be happy indeed if we could, with Paul, adopt this language; but what assurance can we have of being free from condemnation, and of being in Christ Jesus, since the flesh is so strong in us and the spirit so weak,—since we are still prone to so many sins, and subject to so many defects? Assuredly if a man is satisfied in sinning and following carnal desires, and is not desirous to turn from these ways, he has no ground to conclude that he is freed from condemnation, for such is not the state of any believer. But if, on the other hand, he groans on account of his sins, crying out with the Apostle, “O wretched man that I am;” if they displease him, if he have a godly sadness on account of having committed them, and earnestly prays to God to be delivered from them, he may be assured of his salvation. For the Christian is not one who is without sin and evil inclinations, as is abundantly shown in the preceding chapters; but one who resists and combats against them, and returns to God by repentance. His groans on account of his sins, and his meditating on the word of God,—his earnest endeavors to be holy and to grow in grace, although not with all the success he desires,—are proofs of his regeneration. For if he were dead in his sins, he would not be affected on account of them, nor would he resist them. And whoever resists the flesh by the Spirit of God, will in the end obtain the victory, for the Holy Spirit in us is greater in goodness and power than all that is against us,—Satan, and the world, and the flesh. All this should inspire the believer with courage to fight the good fight of faith, and to follow the movements of the blessed Spirit, and the Lord will say to his soul, “I am thy salvation,” Psalm 35:3; “My grace is sufficient for thee, for My strength is made perfect in weakness,” 2 Corinthians 12:9; and he, on the other hand, may say with confidence, “O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord,” Psalm 16:2.
Robert, Haldane, (1996). An exposition of Romans (electronic ed., pp. 327–328). Simpsonville, SC: Christian Classics Foundation.