Discernment


Laced up Lutheran

Discernment is one of those great churchy words that people know what it means, but have a hard time defining it. It’s also often one of those churchy words that gets used and abused.

There are times when discernment is just not an appropriate word to use. A better word is usually – decision.

And there are times when discernment is really the only word that makes sense to describe what you are attempting to do.

One definition I found is: The act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment.

That’s not too bad. But it’s missing a couple of key elements – God and listening.

Maybe my definition of discernment would sound something like this: The act or process of listening to God and being aware of the Holy Spirit in order to gain keen insight and good judgement.

Pastors use the term discernment when they are…

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