Be Discerning

Dark times distort judgment.

Psalm 116:11 – I said in my alarm, ‘All mankind are liars.’

How often have you been guilty of the “I always…you never” comment?  They are most generally uttered by children, but adults will use them in times of anger or great disappointment. And, whatever the circumstance around them, the comment is most probably not true. Even in the reverse, “you always…I never,” the exaggeration is a gross misjudgment of the situation.

Today’s verse is a good example of an overreaction. The psalmist had completely lost faith in his fellow man.  Without question, all humankind is born with a sin condition. Lies are an outworking of that inborn status. A complete change in human nature is required.

The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” In Philippians 2, you learn that God is at work in you.  As you are renewed in your spirit, you will “put away falsehood” and “speak the truth” with your neighbor (Ephesians 4:25). When you walk in the manner to which the Lord has called you, you will be far less likely to suffer the distorted judgment of saying “all men are liars,” but will be given the discernment that comes with wisdom from God.

Pray With Us

Righteous Father, I confess to being guilty of taking on extreme positions in trying to defend myself when I am angry. Help me to tone myself down, to calm myself, to rely on Your Holy Spirit as the place to learn when I am frustrated. Remind me of my newness in Christ Jesus, and that You have given me the power to walk accordingly. Thank You for loving me so much,


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