I will put my law within them, I will write it on their hearts…
Jeremiah 31: 33
Discernment is the spiritual process through which we determine if something is “of God” or “of the ego or false-self.” It is through discernment that we are able to make decisions in our life that lead us toward our highest good and our most authentic self and toward decisions that are life-giving and supportive of spiritual freedom. The reading above, from the prophet Jeremiah, describes the path of discernment. How do we know if something is “of God?” We bring it into our hearts and weight it based on the following criteria:
Is it rooted in and reflective of compassion?
Does it create within us a sense of contentment and peace?
Does it further the cause of peace and justice?
Is it life-giving?
Is it expansive, growing, leading toward greater freedom?
Is it reflective of our gifts and leading toward opportunities through which we are able to use and share our gifts?
Is it loving and joyful?
As Jeremiah reminds us, God’s law is not written in a book or on a tablet, but is written within us in our hearts. Do we take the time to search within for the “law” that God is revealing to us today?
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