Ordered all his actions by the rule of God’s word, and delighted in so doing, which is understood from the opposite clause – Proverbs 15: 21 ” Folly is joy to him who lacks sense, But a man of understanding walks straight. “Discernment: is calling on the Holy Spirit to lead or give direction on a matter. It is how the Spirit shows the Body of Christ or its people what God wants them to do and be: there is discernment of: gifts, spirits, actions, intents, the course of the times we live in. Discernment is more than just a skill. Discernment is a gift from God before it is anything else. Yet there are clearly skills you can put to use when using your gift and you can become better at it through training and experience – Hosea 14: 9 ” Whosoever is wise, let him understand these things. Whosoever is discerning , let him know them for the ways of the Lord are right, and the righteous will walk in them, but transgressors will stumble in them. “
However, discernment is more than just a process, even for the most ” material ” or nifty gritty ” matters “, there is a spirit at work nudging us, leading us, even putting us by the nose ring. Then again, even for the most spiritual matters, there are disciplines, methods, processes, lessons, means, and tools which the Spirit can work through to help us discern rightly. Discernment isn’t usually a sudden zap from beyond, but something which emerges from hard work and close attention ( faith ingredients: silence, prayer life...).
The Body of Christ ( Church ), have a paramount role in the spraying of the culture of Discernment. When the Church was starting out, there was only one way. The Church could learn the faith: On her feet. The Church had to learn while she was doing. The Spirit had to teach the Christians how to love at the same time, as moving them to act on that love, and teaching them, mercy at the same time, as empowering them to live merciful lives.