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)
Christian maturity begins with simple obedience to God‘s law. Simple laws like “thou shout not commit murder“ or “thou shall not commit adultery“ are easy to understand. Jesus expanded on these simple laws by pointing to the condition of the heart that tempts us toward these evils. Hatred leads to murder, and lust leads to adultery. Our ability to discern between good and evil in these fundamental commands sharpens our ability to discern more complex matters. The deeper our walk with God, the more responsibility God will entrust to us and the more difficult and complex situations we will face. When we practice discernment in smaller matters, we will gain greater wisdom for more difficult situations and the better leaders we will become.
Lord grant me the wisdom of simple obedience so that by being trained in small matters, I might become more discerning with greater responsibilities.
Every day we are faced with the challenge of discerning between right and wrong, and we should never shy away from this responsibility. The conclusion of our moral discernment is to name something good or evil. Naming something as good or evil concludes the matter and moves us into action. So don’t be afraid to say that something is wrong whenever the Holy Spirit guides you to that conclusion. Neither should you be afraid to name something good when it is good. Get in the practice of naming things good or evil when the Holy Spirit reveals God’s truth about the matter. You will find the truth to be refreshing.