"Sometimes I hear my boss promise things I know we can’t deliver. I know he’s just trying to reassure the client and land the sale.... I want to correct him, but I also want to respect him—especially in front of our clients. Is there a way to correct someone so gently it won’t be embarrassing?" - TGC
"Balance matters, because if you only deal with what’s in front of you, you’re not necessarily a leader – you’re a manager. However, if you get so distracted by your big ideas that you take your eye off what’s in front of you – you’re not a leader, you’re a failure." - Phil Cooke
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As we see in passages such as Hebrews 5:14, biblical discernment involves exercising the skill of seeing the differences between good vs. bad, right vs. wrong, true vs. false, and more important vs. less important.
But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. (ESV, Heb 5:14)
But growth in discernment requires more than understanding what it is. Christians also need a heart that hungers for discernment and experience taking practical steps to use it in today’s world.
To put it another way, teaching discernment requires plenty of attention to Scripture—which always feeds both intellect and affections in anyone who is spiritually alive—and plenty of attention to application.
My goal in this post is to feed heart and mind through attention to Scripture. In this case, though, application is pretty built-in also, because a huge part of exercising discernment consists of habitually seeking what Scripture calls wisdom.
Is it enough to pray for wisdom and trust God that we’ll have it when we need it? Consider three facts:
"I want to talk through a super common issue on the internet. I invite your wisdom and input; I also invite your prayer. Because I want and need—desperately need—divine wisdom for whether and how to answer all kinds of internet comments from all kinds of strangers with all kinds of perspectives." - Mark Ward