Gift of Discernment

John 16:13-14

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.

Discernment is knowing right from wrong.  There are things that are universal, that goes across all religions, such as murder is wrong.  We don’t need discernment when it comes to issues like that when it is black and white.

Discernment comes into play when dealing with shades of grey.  It appears to be becoming a more and more valuable gift as the lines between right and wrong become more blurred.

Discernment will allow someone to know if something that is said is of God or Satan.  Satan is the father of lies but often those lies are skillfully crafted to appear as truth.  Discernment is needed to seek out the falsehood and expose it.

Much like wisdom, this gift can be grown as a person becomes more rooted in God’s word.  One can say that something is wrong because they know it is in the Bible and they can direct others to the passage.

Discernment is valuable not just for personal morality but for guiding others.  People with discernment should be sought out when making decisions or when wise counsel is required.

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