Philippians 1:9-10 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ…
Discernment is a vital trait for every Christian. We must be able to judge between what is right and what is wrong. We must have the wisdom to know when to speak and when to remain quiet, when to act and when to wait. Discernment keeps us from making mistakes. It keeps us from supporting things we shouldn’t or speaking the wrong words at the wrong time. It keeps us from making rash decisions we’ll regret later.
Discernment directs us to stand for what pleases God, to speak and act in ways that please Him. Discernment teaches us to love as God loves rather than the way the world loves. Discernment teaches us to think as God thinks rather than the way the world thinks. It directs us to live in Christ-likeness rather than worldliness.
Where do we gain the knowledge to apply such discerning wisdom? The knowledge we need can only be found in the word of God—the Bible. We can’t lean on our own understanding and expect to be discerning people. We have to learn from the Book of Wisdom and then apply that knowledge to every facet and relationship of our life.
Like Paul, I pray every one of you abounds in love that comes from an ever increasing knowledge of God’s Word, a knowledge that gives you great discernment.
Have a God Filled Week,