351 Judgment v. Discernment

“‘Teacher’, said John, ‘we saw a man driving out demons in Your name and we told him to stop because he was not one of us.’ ‘Do not stop him,’ Jesus said… ‘for whoever is not against us is for us’” (Mark 9:38-40).

This is an important warning not to judge others who are serving You, not to allow my pride to think my way is the only or the better way that theirs. We can so easily be demeaning the Holy Spirit this way just because it is not the way He has led us. But I am often not certain of the difference between judging and discernment. Surely we need the latter.

Judgment is a function of natural wisdom, maybe influenced by My Word but also from your culture, upbringing and experience. Not always reliable. Discernment is a gift from Me, and with it comes the godly wisdom to know what to do about the situation. Often it will not include talking about it to other people who are not involved! You have often said this is not one of your gifts. Why don’t you ask Me for it (Matthew 7:7)?

There is another truth for you personally in these words Jesus spoke which will help you with this. You tend to get discouraged when others make such judgments about you. This causes you to lose confidence even if I have gifted you and called you to that pursuit. It is good to remember that you are accountable only to Me, and if with a humble heart you seek to follow Me, I will make sure you do not stray into error.

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