Discretion

February 19, 2016

 

Discretion

Proverbs 5:1-2

My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight, that you may maintain discretion 

and your lips may preserve knowledge. 

What is discretion and how do we use it?  

Proverbs 2:11-17 tells us, “10When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; 11Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: 12To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; 13Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; 14Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked; 15Whose ways are crooked, and they are froward in their paths: 16To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; 17Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.”  The reason we want to gain the wisdom and knowledge of God is so that we can exercise discretion.  Discretion has to do with our judgements based on integrity, prudence and discernment.  As we go through life we are constantly faced with situations where we must use our discretion to make a judgement concerning rather it is the right thing to do or not.  Proverbs is a book based largely on teaching us the value of wisdom and it is the wisdom of God that gives us discretion to make right choices and decisions concerning our lives.  We are constantly assaulted with all forms of divisiveness, subtle temptations and influences that draw our focus and attention away from our commitment to righteousness and godly character.  Just like the flirtations and the flattering attention of a beautiful woman toward a man, so are the ways of darkness that seek to lure us away from our husband, Christ.  Our flesh loves attention, recognition, appreciation and adoration.   Most all of us love the things that stroke our ego and make us feel good about ourselves.  This is a primary device of satan to lure us to him.  Look at how he spoke to Jesus in the wilderness when he came to Him and tempted Him.  Satan’s intent is to get our eyes on ourselves rather than upon Christ and the Word.  When we are walking in the flesh we are much more prone to have indiscretions, poor judgements and decisions that negatively impact our lives and the lives of others.  Indiscretion will lead us down the pathway to hell and destruction.  

Proverbs 3:21-26 tells us, “21My son, let not them (wisdom and knowledge) depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: 22So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. 23Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. 24When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. 25Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. 26For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.”  Sound discretion is gained by seeking out the riches of God’s wisdom and His knowledge.  He has given it to us in His Word and He has given us the Holy Spirit to help us discern and understand its meaning.  As we are faithful to continually read and study God’s word it will give us the ability to have discrection and exercise sound judgement throughout our lives.  Since God in His sovereignty and wisdom has chosen to give man a will and a choice to make his own decisions then it becomes obvious that we are accountable for the decisions and the choices we make.  We must live with the consequences of those decisions rather they be good or bad.  We want to make our decisions responsibly, with integrity and uprightness.  In order to do this we need God’s wisdom and the mind of Christ.  Discretion aligns itself with God’s mind and His will based on the wisdom we receive and exercise from Him.  It is the power to make decisions responsibly and prudently. Are we exercising discretion in all of the choices and the decisions that we make?

Blessings,

#kent

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