Monday, January 17, 2011

Misconceptions about Discernment #4

Misconception #4: I’m an adult now; gray area won’t affect me.

Truth: Discernment is a mark of maturity. “But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:14, emphasis mine

People who flaunt their maturity are rarely as mature as they claim to be.

For while increasing maturity does bring increasing freedoms both physically and spiritually, mature people also acknowledge they are limited, frail and flawed. They know what they can and cannot do. They understand they have weaknesses. They are aware of how the world around them impacts them and adjust their interactions with it accordingly.

So a mature person is not one who does not require discernment, but one who is aware of the necessity for it and has gone to appropriate lengths to cultivate it.

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