“A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 19:11
Wisdom of discretion in Christ Jesus is a crucial attribute every believer should possess. It helps you navigate the stormy seas of life, just like a lighthouse guides a ship in the sea away from danger. Discretion is the ability to make sound judgments and decisions, especially when dealing with delicate situations that require careful consideration. In today’s world, where information spreads faster than wildfire, discretion is essential when sharing personal or sensitive information.
Wisdom of discretion protects us from falling into traps set by people who seek to exploit our weaknesses for their gain. The Bible teaches us that we should be wise as serpents and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16). We must be cautious about how much we reveal about ourselves to others and avoid divulging sensitive information unnecessarily. Furthermore, exercising discretion allows us to maintain healthy relationships with those around us. When we look at the word Sekhel in Hebrew term, it means “excellent sense” or “discretion,” which is one of the Wise’s distinguishing features. In other words, a sensible personality is calm and capable of resolving conflicts.
Proverbs 14: 29; A patient person shows great understanding, but a quick-tempered one promotes foolishness.
A person who is patient or self-controlled is regarded to be better than the powerful, and a person who overlooks sins is considered smart by man. Such a guy is discreet, and such a man is wise in his dealings as a man of great wisdom. Being slow to anger, beloved, does not imply that one is a fool; rather, because of one’s discretion, such a person will manage a situation with patience and mercy and be seen as intelligent. People may not always intentionally damage themselves, but a circumstance has resulted in hurt, necessitating reconciliation. But it will take the wisdom of discretion from Christ to provide us with the right key and provides access to a world of new possibilities and understanding that would otherwise remain hidden.
Remember the story of the Sadducees and Pharisees when they came with an offensive accusation to tempt Jesus to anger. But, of course, they all knew the sin of adultery is punishable by the law of Moses, so he should not punish the woman caught in the act, which is saying everyone should commit adultery. However, Jesus, a man of discretion and slow to anger, could handle the matter with understanding. So James 1:5 says; If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
1. Father, I thank you for the virtue of discretion; let the spirit of discretion abide with me daily. Amen
2. Dearest God, fill me with your grace and discretion so I may grow in your light, love, and peace. Lead me by your light to always know where you are headed in Jesus’ name. Amen