Wisdom, Discernment, and Discretion

Proverbs 2:10-11 says, “When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee.” I am sure that you have heard it said before that there is a right and a wrong way to do things. Sometimes we have the right idea concerning a matter, but the way we approach the issue is counterintuitive. A lack of wisdom, discernment, and discretion comes from a heart that is not in tune with the knowledge and will of God. Wisdom, discernment, and discretion does not come merely from education. It comes from experience and trust. Experience in successes and failures. Trust in the Lord, who alone can grant true wisdom. Doing things in haste, having ulterior motives, vying for position, making emotional decisions, gossip, a lack of prayer; these are just a few evidences of a lack of wisdom. A lack of wisdom in the life of a Christian is a sign of a weak relationship with God. To increase in wisdom, discernment, and discretion one must be found faithful in spiritual disciplines. Daily Bible study, a consistent and continuous prayer life, faithful church attendance, meditating on God’s Word, giving, discipleship; these are a few of the spiritual disciplines that produces wisdom, discernment, and discretion. Wisdom brings peace and satisfaction, whereas, foolishness brings heartache and disappointment. Pursue wisdom, discernment, and discretion. Ask God to give you these things. Apply them to every circumstance in your life.

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