True Discernment (Part III)

Nowadays, people have their own versions of good and evil. As a result, their discernment is skewed, and it is not a Godly discernment. The Bible gives us insight into true discernment and God’s work in us first.

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

The Bible teaches us the importance of the word of God being the great discerner of the issues of our hearts and thoughts.  This is the foundation of being a discerning person . When we allow God to do it in us first, we are in a healthier position to use our discernment and judge the good and evil outside of us. 

What the above passage describes, is God’s skillful operation in a believer’s life.  That means the patient needs to remain still and surrendered to the process, so the great physician can do His work. While this kind of process can be painful and requires further healing. it is the best way to have the kind of discernment that is Biblical and pleasing to the Lord!

Do we allow His scalpel to do His deep work in us and uncover the good and evil in our thoughts and hearts!? We are on dangerous grounds when we try to define good and evil and judge it according to a carnal standard.

Samson was an example of someone who had not allowed God to deal with him internally. His desires and natural strength drove him to do whatever he wanted to do.  As a result, he was not discerning of Delilah’s manipulation and continued to fall for it, which finally cost him his eyes and eventually his life.

Some of us try to question people’s motives and wonder why they do what they do. The question is, are we aware of our own motives!? Or do we do things because they have worked for us and we have been successful in getting our way with them?

For example, some people can be very manipulative, but they may not be aware of what they are doing. They can be very nice and friendly with those who benefit them. However, if they don’t like someone, they can become cold, rude, and distant. I wonder if these individuals allow the word of God to separate the good and evil in their lives and expose duplicity in handling people.

Jesus told us that we should take the log out of our own eyes before we can take the speck out of our brother’s eyes. The above scripture tells us that the word of God is a two-edged sword. So if we are going to apply the word of God appropriately, it will examine and cut some things out of our lives as we attempt to discern the good and evil in those around us.

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