Judgement Versus Discernment And Finding An Understanding To Lean On

We could put good and evil

On a sliding scale

All the way over to evil is serving yourself

All the way over to good is serving the other

Fear and faith could be just underneath

Fear obviously a motivation for evil

And faith a motivation for good

But the knowledge of good and evil isn’t really ours to have

We aren’t meant to judge and condemn and when we do

We wind up as guilty as whoever or whatever we are judging and condemning

Of course discernment is a different story

The proverbs tell us

hdiscretion will iwatch over you,

understanding will guard you,

12  delivering you from the way of evil,

from men of perverted speech,

So we are not to judge but we are to discern

And yet

iTrust in the LORD with all your heart,

and jdo not lean on your own understanding.

6  In all your ways kacknowledge him,

and he lwill make straight your paths.

So I suppose real discernment is in seeking understanding from God

Beyond our own human will and mind

And judgement certainly isn’t ours to hold

Which I suppose is kissing cousins with the spirit of hatred

We are meant to seek the father with a kind of humble silence that calls for revelation

Without judging or condemning anyone

Including ourselves

It’s kinda confusing to be honest

And perhaps on the borderline of contradiction

Unless we go deeper on what it means to judge versus what it means to discern

The dictionary defines judgement as

the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions.

Where as discernment is defined as

the ability to judge well

But goes onto clarify

(in Christian contexts) perception in the absence of judgment with a view to obtaining spiritual guidance and understanding.

So even the dictionary acknowledges the confusion of these two terms in the context of being Christian

By saying “perception in the absence of judgement”

The distinction between judgment and discernment becomes a little more clear

But only just

It’s as if we come up against the limits of language itself to be able to guide us

In fact we have to discern the difference between judgement and discernment

Because we use our judgement to discern

And our discernment to judge

Those words in many ways mean the same thing.

But using discernment here

I will judge that what judgement means

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

I think I could break it all the way down

To avoiding the temptation to elevate ourselves above anyone else

And thusly disallowing any emotion of condemnation to enter the picture of our own hearts and minds

While at the same time noticing what our own hearts say about right and wrong and moving accordingly

I apologize for the confusing nature of this post

However don’t judge me

It’s a confusing subject

Discernment versus judgement

Let’s break it down like this

We aren’t meant to put ourselves above anyone else (that’s God’s business) while we discern our butts off walking through the storms of life

Moving towards the good and shunning evil.

Good thing it also mentions

To lean not on our own understanding

Because it’s all a bit confusing

However what gives us the ability to discern

Without our own understanding

Another contradiction?

All these contradictions on the surface

Point to multiple operating systems that we hold within

There is a distinction between

The understanding, judgement or discernment that comes from our human will and mind

And the understanding, judgement and discernment that comes from God through silence prayer and revelation

So it is on us to discern the source within

And to live our lives in such a way that the dividing line between these operating systems become more clear

A life of sin and earthly pleasure promotes a lack of clarity and divorces us from relating to God’s voice of revelation within

Where as a prayerful life of fasting and meditation

Brings us closer to the voiceless voice we are meant to follow

Without allowing our egos to feel proud about any of it at all.

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Mathew 6.33

For me seeking the kingdom of God

Is about intention upon waking up

To point my mind in Gods direction and sit in silence asking within for his grace and revelation

And to make a practice of this

It’s difficult to talk about these things

Because they all take place in a place beyond words

They arrive in areas of our souls where language ceases to be adequate or even exist at all

I believe this is the reason that attempting to describe such states and measures

With our words most basic definitions

Seeming contradictions spring up like weeds in a soul garden

For those of us crossing the line between acting in accordance to the will of God

Versus acting in accordance with our own will

The beginning stages of a journey such as this is much more subtle and mysterious

Before these spiritual muscles are developed so to speak

Perhaps with practice

We evolve to distinguish between God’s voice and the voice of the ego

Much more clearly

But the ego is a trickster and will pose as a Saint all day long and twice on sundays

So lean not on your own understanding

And judge not

And somehow discern where your discerning discernment is coming from

Playing hopscotch in Gods playground

As demonic winds blow across the schoolyard of life.