THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Did you ever notice, in the study of grammar, how some words are pronounced differently?
For instance, one of the words in the title above: discernment.
Usually, words beginning with “di” are pronounced with a long “I,” like dissect.
Sometimes, words beginning with “di” are pronounced with a short “I,” like dissident.
Words that have the consonants “sc” are usually pronounced with a hard “c,” like dissent, or descent.
Yet, the word “discernment” is pronounced “di zern’ ment.”
Seems the more I study grammar, the less I understand it!
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,
Knowledge is the amassing of factual information.
Your brain does that.
Discernment is perceiving and comprehending.
Your heart, or spirit, does that.
Paul says his prayer is that the church at Philippi, will “abound still more and more” – or GROW in:
“knowledge” and “discernment.”
He prays they will grow in factual information about God and their relationship with God.
He prays they will grow in comprehending God and their relationship with God.
The reason for this prayer, Paul says, is:
“That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ...” (Phil. 1:10)
Without both knowledge and discernment, we cannot make good decisions.
It is important to study the Word of God and learn how we are to relate to God and godliness.
Are you “abound(ing) still MORE and MORE in knowledge and all discernment”
concerning God and your relationship to Him?