But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
— Hebrews 5:14 NIV

Discernment isn't one of the spiritual gifts that you hear about often (or at least it wasn’t ones that me or my friends talked or dreamed about a lot!) But the older and older I’ve gotten I have realized how powerful this gift is. To discern is to distinguish good from evil. To discern is to recognize right from wrong. When I think of discernment my mind is automatically drawn to maturity. To know right from wrong, to know good from evil we actually have to know what right is, what good is but also what right is not and what good is not. 

All spiritual gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12 are for the bettering of the kingdom. We use them to serve others. Therefore, discernment is a gift given from God for the advancing of His kingdom. We are supposed to use it according to His will and His way. But first, we must know what His will, His way and His truth are. I love the gift of discernment and seeing people walk in it because to know what truth is and to flee from what is evil you have to be extremely disciplined in the Word. 

The cool thing about spiritual gifts is that they are gifts from God. He is the giver and He is good. But we also get to pray into gifts. We are told that we “have not because we ask not.” And so my prayer for you is that you would continue to learn about spiritual gifts and then with God ask Him to see growth in the ones that stick out to you.


God, thank you that you are good. Thank you that you allow us to distinguish good from evil, and truth from lies. God I ask that this week we would be more disciplined in your word. Our sole focus would be on your truth. Day to day we would be able to grow in what is true and steer away from what is not. 

- Ashley Gibson