Right choices begin with right thinking! It is not enough to hope that you are making the right choice, you must base your decisions on right information. And most of all, your timing must be right!
When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you…
Discretion is not something you can determine that you will develop just because you think you can act intelligent and all knowing. Godly discretion comes from God, not from human ingenuity. You cannot in and of yourself determine to be discreet in everything you do. Your human wisdom will not sustain you through an entire week of life without making an error in judgment. Timing is often more important than time! As you walk in the Spirit and you are filled with the fruit of His Spirit, then you are able by God’s Spirit to communicate from a sincere heart the right thing at the right time.
First, discretion is the ability to know the right action for each occasion. But, how would you know the right action to take every time? You won’t!
God, however, is not confused about what you ought to be thinking, saying, doing, or with whom you should spend your time. God is not confused about giving you wisdom. If God is the source of wisdom and discretion, how critical is it for believers to be up to date with God? It is absolutely critical because you do not know what is going to happen next! You do not know when you are going to be caught off guard by a verbal or even physical attack. You do not know when a crisis is coming your way, whether a car accident, a bad health report, or a broken relationship. Right decisions made in the right way and said in the right timing will come from a daily walk with the Lord.
Second, Godly discretion “makes [one] slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression” (Proverbs 19:11). If you are the kind of person who responds the moment that someone says something a little abrasive–that is not a mark of good judgment. Discretion is the mark of a gracious and gentle Spirit. It keeps our minds and our focus on sound judgement. It’s the mark of Christian maturity. Some people have no discretion. Feelings, instead of Godly discretion, rules their hearts. They do not know how to defer–they react first. They react because they are not walking in the Spirit–they are walking in the flesh! But if you are walking in the Spirit what comes out of your life or what comes out of your mouth will proceed from a right Spirit. It’s the Spirit of Christ living within you. [Continue Reading]