Discernment

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Discernment: A Blessing For All? What is discernment? Is it something only the old and wise can have? Or is it something more at hand, something we can all have? Discernment is an important part in a Christians life, as it is in every persons life. The dictionary defines discernment as the ability to judge well. Discernment, to me, means the ability to decide between truth and error, right and wrong. The Bible does not speak of discernment only once but it does so multiple times. It teaches that it is the responsibility of every Christian to be discerning “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil." (First Thessalonians 5:21-22). Unfortunately discernment is an area where most Christians struggle with. It is something that intersects our lives at every point. The question we all ask is how do we gain the ability of discernment? There are two different ways of looking at it discernment made easy, if you will. The fist being STOP and the other one being the Three D’s that define discernment. The Three D’s that define discernment are to detect, to define, and to discriminate. The first to detect is to be observant, to open our eyes, simply to pay attention. The second step of discernment is to Define. It is to define what we see, to see whats around us and then think about what defines it. Why is this particular thing happening? Why do I want this thing, this certain goal? And the last step is to discriminate. First we detect something, then we define it, then finally we have to decide about it. You should be thinking “I have thought about this thing this decision, this is why I want it, and now I have to decide if I want to go through with it.” And now you should ask what does the bible think about this. What does my reasoning tell me about this decision? Would God approve of this decision? This is…...

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