Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Discernment . . .

For those of you who have taken my Proverbs or Wisdom Literature courses, I think you'll find this interesting. And if you haven't taken those courses, it is still useful and something to think about and pursue ...... how do you define discernment (i.e., wisdom applied to one's thinking and cognitive activities).

Defining Discernment
Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009
(By John MacArthur)

In its simplest definition, discernment is nothing more than the ability to decide between truth and error, right and wrong. Discernment is the process of making careful distinctions in our thinking about truth. In other words, the ability to think with discernment is synonymous with an ability to think biblically.

...... Discernment intersects the Christian life at every point. And God’s Word provides us with the needed discernment about every issue of life. According to Peter, God “has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence” (2 Peter 1:3). You see, it is through the “true knowledge of Him,” that we have been given everything we need to live a Christian life in this fallen world. And how else do we have true knowledge of God but through the pages of His Word, the Bible? In fact, Peter goes on to say that such knowledge comes through God’s granting “to us His precious and magnificent promises” (2 Peter 1:4).

Discernment — the ability to think biblically about all areas of life — is indispensable to an uncompromising life. It is incumbent upon the Christian to seize upon the discernment that God has provided for in His precious truth! Without it, Christians are at risk of being “tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine” (Ephesians 4:14).

You can read the entire article here >> Defining Discernment


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Bill H.

*** "For the Summer, for the summer" (A break, sort of ...): For the rest of the summer, I will be taking it easy, offering little original thinking, most of my posts will be hijacked from other blogs (and I'm sure will be far more interesting than my own thoughts). I'll get back at it as school reloads in August. In the meantime, enjoy!

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