Monday, December 13, 2010

Misconceptions about Discernment #1

Misconception #1: I don’t need it.

Truth: Evil exists, so we need discernment more than ever, in every arena of life. "But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil." Hebrews 5:14, emphasis mine.

Satan is wily, crafty, cunning, and methodical. He masquerades as an angel of light and will do whatever is necessary by any means (he loves backdoors) to destroy the followers of Christ. If we don’t have discernment, how we recognize his schemes?

More than that, we live in a fallen world with fallen people—many of whom wish to paint life in shades of gray.

But absolutes exist. There is right. There is wrong. Unalterable truth exists—and so do lies. Both good and evil reside in the world, and often it’s not easy to distinguish between the two.

So we need discernment, for that really is all discernment is: The ability to tell the difference between good and evil, right and wrong.

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