The Spiritual Gift of Discernment Defined
to clearly distinguish truth from error by judging whether the behavior or teaching is from God, Satan, human error, or human power
Servant #1: Church doctrine mattered to her. She was on a committee to develop doctrinal statement and was quick to see issues in wording that others didn’t pick up on. What might have been termed nitpicking resulted in an accurate representation of truth.
Servant #2: When people with needs would come to the church, she was quick to spot a scam, seeing through lies and manipulation. What might have been termed skepticism ended up being true.
Servant #3: As a pastor he frequently counseled members in the church with deep-rooted issues. Not long after hearing their life stories he was able to pinpoint lies they were believing that caused them to react certain ways. He would help them understand when some of what they were experiencing was a spiritual attack from the Enemy. What might have be termed directness got to the core of the issues and helped people when they accepted the truth.
People with the gift of discernment are often quick to see things that others don’t see or don’t see right away. They can therefore be misunderstood.
Lessons to be learned:
When you identify someone in your midst with the spiritual gift of discernment, pay careful attention to their perceptions. Don’t be too quick to write off what they are saying because you don’t understand or agree.
If you have the gift of discernment, pay close attention to how you share your perceptions with others. Though you are usually right, don’t become arrogant and obnoxious about it. Remember to speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:15). Seek to emulate Jesus who was full of both grace and truth (Jn. 1:14).