Monday, February 7, 2011

Training to Discern

We need discernment. We need it badly. The good news is that discernment can be learned.

This good news, though, leads to a new problem: How can we train ourselves, as Hebrews 5:14 puts it, to distinguish good from evil?

Well, how do we learn anything, whether it is mathematics, a foreign language, or a new computer game?

By practice, practice, and more practice.

Discernment is no different. We learn discernment by practicing discernment.

It won’t be easy. We will make mistakes. But we can learn and grow up into the maturity that discernment produces. And that is a reward well-worth the work.

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