Gregory Palamas: “If your attention is occupied with what is holy”   4 comments


This is from the blog Dover Beach:

“If you put something fragrant on to burning coals, you motivate those who approach to come back again and to stay near, but if instead you put on something with an unpleasant, oppressive smell, you repel them and drive them away. It is the same with the mind. If your attention is occupied with what is holy, you make yourself worthy of being visited by God, since this is the sweet savour which God catches scent of. On the other hand, if you nurture evil, foul and earthly thoughts within you, you remove yourself from God’s supervision and unfortunately make yourself worthy of His aversion.”

–St. Gregory Palamas, The Homilies

Posted February 8, 2020 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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4 responses to “Gregory Palamas: “If your attention is occupied with what is holy”

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  1. “For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ…”
    2 Cor. 2:15


    • Amen.

      Ezekiel 20: 41: “I will accept you as a sweet aroma when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you have been scattered; and I will be hallowed in you before the Gentiles.”

  2. Yep, we’re supposed to ‘work out our salvation with fear and trembling’
    It seems that so many modern believers just dont think striving for holiness is all that wonderful.

    • Another good scripture would be Luke 9: 23: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

      The more we separate ourselves from the world system and worldly, lukewarm Christians, the more we become a savour of life unto life to those who are called to eternal life and a savour death unto death to those who are perishing (2 Corinthians 2:16).

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