Smelling & Discerning Truth

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Discerning GOD’s Truth

Our noses are a powerful, if not underrated, sense. On one hand they allow us to enjoy life, taking in vibrant multi sensory details that connects perfectly to our other senses. Just think about any delicious meal – how much does smelling the spices and seasonings enhance the meal? On the other hand, our sense of smell also warns us of dangers, like a gas leak or toxic chemicals. In this way, the physical sense of smell can be thought of as a metaphor for our spiritual sense of discernment.

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you maybe able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:9-11a).

This passage is rich with nuances, so let’s break down discernment’s role into a few pieces.

As we grow in love with Christ and more of His character is revealed to us and we grow deeper in our faith, we are more clearly able to sense GOD’s presence in and around us. When we are able to discern where GOD is leading us, we find the “life and life to the full” that Jesus offers and a desire for purity through Christ. As we experience such deep fulfillment, we are filled and overflow the fruit of the Spirit and righteousness that we receive through Christ.

At the central crux of Paul’s prayer is discernment. We must actively sniff out where GOD is in our lives and follow his fragrance towards a deeper romance with Him.

It’s tempting to think if we merely add another devotional or another small group or say a particular prayer, we will be able to discern GOD’s presence effortlessly. While these aspects of faith-life are valuable, discernment comes from deep quiet reflection on where GOD is moving in our every day lives – conversations, coffee breaks, work, play, meals, and everything in between. What aspects of our daily life fills us with joy or peace or fulfillment? On the opposite side of the spectrum, what draws us away from the fulness of life promised to us in the Gospel?

This active processing and intentional focus on our daily life is the core of discernment as we start to sense GOD around and in us and strive to follow Him wherever He leads. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″ css=”.vc_custom_1422323455062{background-color: #f7f7f7 !important;}”][vc_column_text css_animation=””]

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