Do you have firm convictions about faith? Good, but do not allow those convictions to make you rigid, pushy, or judgmental. Deep convictions are about what you would be willing to die for. It used to be for most folks that “The Bible says it; I believe it; that settles it!” Today, the person on the street says, “I don’t care what the Bible says; I doubt; that settles it!” The Bible is not taken seriously by those outside of the Christian church today. The authority of Scripture is the foundation of what we believe. If we do not protect it, everything will eventually crumble.” Biblical truth is foundational. We must defend this Word, live by this Word, and stand uncompromisingly on this Word!
Gordon MacDonald, in Going Deep, lists firm convictions about faith without judgmentalism as a characteristic of “deep people.” Such people have developed DISCERNMENT, but not judgmentalism. Mel Lawrenz in Spiritual Influence writes of discernment that it is a critically important spiritual ability and gift It is a seeing that goes deeperdown to peoples strengths and weaknesses, values and motivations. If you lack discernment you can do tremendous damage in a short amount of time. Lawrenz goes on to say that Discernment is delicate work. The discerning leader looks at a situation, not rushing to judgment but being bold enough to eventually make a judgment by separating reality (truth) from perception. While errors will happen, they should never be because we were too quick or too lazy to do the scanning, probing, testing, balancing, consulting, praying work of discernment. He continues, Discernment is perception, insight, and correct judgment about the people wanting to influence us (p.122). How different this is from judgmentalism: Deep people must exercise judgment (discernment) but we must not be judgmental.”
Some may think they are pulling things over on us, but the discerning person knows how it feels, and resists when it feels like it is happening. Discernment goes all the way down to the level of motivations. A discerning person can even tell when a person’s motivations do not feel right. If the other person has everything to gain and you have everything to lose, he or she may think they have you fooled; but without saying a word, you are on to them. This is the delicate work of deep, discerning people. Discernment can be a real advantage in just about every arena of life.
Dr. David F. Nixon
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