Opposite of Discernment

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Daily Reading: Judges 13:1-14:20, John 1:29-51, Psalm 102:1-28, Proverbs 14:15-16

Daily Verse: “The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.” Prov. 14:15

Opposite of discernment.

Gullible people believe everything they hear.  And usually, they only hear what they want to hear.  Learning to listen well takes effort, intention, and the ability to discriminate critically.  In other words, apply discernment to people’s comments.

Today’s verse contrasts gullible people and prudent ones.  Unsuspecting people believe whatever someone tells them, but discerning people realize you can’t believe everything. 

For instance, when a salesperson tells me their product’s features, I know he has an ulterior motive.  Ultimately, he wants to sell me something and will say anything to get me to buy his stuff. Discernment means I do my research and believe only some of what the salesman says.

Selfish people have selfish motives, and everyone battles selfishness.  Looking for the motivation behind someone’s words will help you discover the truth and not fall prey to their ploys.

Looking for people’s intentions will help you avoid falling into their trap.

Lord, forgive us our gullibility.  Help us develop discernment and look behind people’s words for the truth.  Let us speak words of integrity, not try to manipulate people with our words.  Help us honor You with our words in all situations. IJNIP. Amen

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