Inspirational Discernment Quotes On Bible, Spiritual

These discernment quotes will inspire you. Discernment is the ability to judge well or the ability to judge people and things well.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging discernment quotes, discernment sayings, and discernment proverbs.

Best Discernment Quotes

  1. “Discernment is not a matter of telling the difference between right and wrong; rather it is telling the difference between right and almost right.” ~ Charles Spurgeon
  2. “Be courageous and face this moment in time consciously and with all the discernment and clarity within your power.” ~ James O’Dea
  3. “We need discernment in what we see and what we hear and what we believe.” ~ Charles R. Swindoll
  4. “Obscurity is dispelled by augmenting the light of discernment, not by attacking the darkness.” ~ Socrates

  5. “True discernment means not only distinguishing the right from the wrong; it means distinguishing the primary from the secondary, the essential from the indifferent, and the permanent from the transient. And, yes, it means distinguishing between the good and the better, and even between the better and the best.” ~ Sinclair B. Ferguson
  6. “The victim of mind manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him, the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free.” ~ Aldous Huxley
  7. “Some people think they have discernment when actually they are just suspicious. Suspicion comes out of the unrenewed mind; discernment comes out of the renewed spirit.” ~ Joyce Meyer
  8. “He who knows others is clever; He who knows himself has discernment.” ~ Laozi

  9. “This is a time when all of God’s people need to keep their eyes and their Bibles wide open. We must ask God for discernment as never before.” ~ David Jeremiah , Discernment quotes Bible
  10. “When a person goes into a relationship emotionally needy, they are not going to have discernment in choosing people.” ~ Jennifer O’Neill
  11. “God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede.” ~ Oswald Chambers
  12. “Discernment is God’s call to intercession, never to faultfinding.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom

  13. “My choices, including those related to the day-to-day aspects of life, like the use of a modest car, are related to a spiritual discernment that responds to a need that arises from looking at things, at people and from reading the signs of the times. Discernment in the Lord guides me in my way of governing.” ~ Pope Francis
  14. “When you learn what you can live without, you are able to ask life for the very best because you possess the gift of discernment. You are able to create an authentic life because you are able to make conscious choices.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
  15. “Spirit discernment is rare because it is expensive. It means a sensitive conscience, an instructed understanding through study of the Book of God. It means a passion for purity, for truth, for the right, for Christ Himself, and for living uncompromisingly true in the daily habit. All this lies back of a seeing spirit eye. And these things cost. Discernment is expensive.” ~ S. D Gordon
  16. “Don’t fight a battle if you don’t gain anything by winning.” ~ Erwin Rommel

  17. “It’s funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools – friendships, prayer, conscience, honesty – and said ‘do the best you can with these, they will have to do’. And mostly, against all odds, they do.” ~ Anne Lamott
  18. “A process for discernment: God is my ultimate source of truth and wisdom, and dwells forever at the center of my being. Therefore, any thought, emotion, or action that takes me further from my center can be neither truthful, nor wise.” ~ Bill Crawford
  19. “The simple power of prayer can save us all kinds of time and trouble if we will ask God to give us wisdom and discernment in our relationships.” ~ Joyce Meyer , Prayer for discernment quotes
  20. “Some people become so expert at reading between the lines they don’t read the lines.” ~ Margaret Millar

  21. “I have naturally formed the habit of restraining my thoughts. A thoughtless word hardly ever escaped my tongue or pen. Experience has taught me that silence is part of the spiritual discipline of a votary of truth. We find so many people impatient to talk. All this talking can hardly be said to be of any benefit to the world. It is so much waste of time. My shyness has been in reality my shield and buckler. It has allowed me to grow. It has helped me in my discernment of truth.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi , Spiritual discernment quotes
  22. “Emotional discomfort, when accepted, rises, crests and falls in a series of waves. Each wave washes a part of us away and deposits treasures we never imagined. Out goes naivete, in comes wisdom; out goes anger, in comes discernment; out goes despair, in comes kindness. No one would call it easy, but the rhythm of emotional pain that we learn to tolerate is natural, constructive and expansive… The pain leaves you healthier than it found you.” ~ Martha Beck
  23. “Love always seeks for betterment, for ways of making life more workable, joyful, whole, and beautiful. Love examines every option available to bring about an improvement in life. This kind of discernment is an act of decency, not an act of judgment. Rigid philosophies of judgment will seek to establish structure as a substitute for decency, control as a substitute for trust, and the mind as a substitute for higher awareness.” ~ Glenda Green
  24. “The first rule of holes: When you’re in one stop digging.” ~ Molly Ivins

  25. “My choices, including those related to the day-to-day aspects of life, like the use of a modest car, are related to a spiritual discernment that responds to a need that arises from looking at things, at people and from reading the signs of the times. Discernment in the Lord guides me in my way of governing.” ~ Pope Francis
  26. “Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance, your understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to each other.” ~ Stephen Covey
  27. “The practice of discernment is part of higher consciousness. Discernment is not just a step up from judgment. In life’s curriculum, it is the opposite of judgment. Through judgment a man reveals what he needs to confront and learn. Through discernment, one reveals what he has mastered.” ~ Glenda Green
  28. “Sound judgement, with discernment is the best of seers” ~ Euripides

  29. “At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
  30. “Discernment is a power of the understanding in which few excel. Is not that owing to its connection with impartiality and truth? for are not prejudice and partiality blind?” ~ Sir Fulke Greville
  31. “We should not fret for what is past, nor should we be anxious about the future; men of discernment deal only with the present moment.” ~ Chanakya
  32. “The more validation I need, the less discernment I have.” ~ Kurt Hanks

  33. “If you yourself do not cut the lines that tie you to the dock, God will have to use a storm to sever them and to send you out to sea.
    You have to get out past the harbor into the great dephts of God, and begin to know things for yourself….beg in to have spiritual discernment.
    Beware of paying attention or going back to what you once were, when God wants you to be something that you have never been.” ~ Oswald Chambers
  34. “It is an unquestionable truth, that the body of the people in every country desire sincerely its prosperity. But it is equally unquestionable that they do not possess the discernment and stability necessary for systematic government. To deny that they are frequently led into the grossest of errors, by misinformation and passion, would be a flattery which their own good sense must despise.” ~ Alexander Hamilton
  35. “The key to maturity is time and community. Discernment and godly wisdom develop in a community that spans generations. The church is called to be this place where the [God’s] Spirit uses normal patterns and rhythms of the Christian life in a community, so that we may bear fruit like a well-watered tree. Despite common appearances, the church is the place where God’s new creation is coming into existence and being sustained by the Spirit like a great vineyard.” ~ Michael Horton
  36. “Everyone is prejudiced in favor of his own powers of discernment.” ~ Pliny the Younger

  37. “True knowledge is a virtue of the talented, but harmful to those without discernment. Springwater free of impurity, entering the ocean, becomes undrinkable.” ~ Akkineni Nagarjuna
  38. “There seems to be no part of knowledge in fewer hands than that of discerning when to have done.” ~ Jonathan Swift
  39. “God gives His deepest discernment and sharpest marksmanship to men who aim to expose His truth before an enemy’s lies.” ~ Criss Jami
  40. “Education, properly understood, is that which teaches discernment.” ~ Philibert Joseph Roux

  41. “Enlightenment is construed as seeing things as they really are rather than as they appear; it is a direct insight into, and discernment of, the nature of reality that is apprehended only by wisdom, which transcends and is prior to the activity of discriminative thought. In this view, delusion is defined as all that is opposed to enlightenment.” ~ Kim Hee-jin
  42. “Leaders are people who can discern the inevitable and act accordingly. When people talk about business acumen, discernment is a big part of it. It’s a bit like gut instinct, but a little more developed.” ~ Donald Trump
  43. “A great deal may be done by severity, more by love, but most by clear discernment and impartial justice.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  44. “Don’t be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.” ~ Arthur Miller

  45. “There are big men, men of intellect, intellectual men, men of talent and men of action; but the great man is difficult to find, and it needs –apart from discernment –a certain greatness to find him.” ~ Margot Asquith
  46. “The kind of “blind obedience” once theologized as the ultimate step to holiness, is itself blind. It blinds a person to the insights and foresight and moral perspective of anyone other than an authority figure.” ~ Joan D. Chittister
  47. “Conscience is all about using discernment, discrimination and assessment, rather than looking to the rather crude form of advice from the judge that’s mostly attacking our sense of worth or value, instead of giving us helpful information.” ~ Mark Coleman
  48. “Her great merit is finding out mine; there is nothing so amiable as discernment.” ~ Lord Byron

  49. “The firmness with which the (American) people have withstood the… abuses of the press, the discernment they have manifested between truth and falsehood, show that they may safely be trusted to hear everything true and false and to form a correct judgment between them.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
  50. “There is a quickness of perception in some, a nicety in the discernment of character, a natural penetration, in short, which no experience in others can equal.” ~ Jane Austen
  51. “On love, not harming others, and respecting all beings. Even animals have these elements in their behavioral patterns. We should start by observing how animals act. They are honest and appreciate it when we are honest with them. If you present something nice to an animal in one hand while hiding a rope in the other, the creature will know your intention. Yet animals have no religion, no constitution. Basic nature has endowed them with the faculty of discernment. It is the same for humans.” ~ Dalai Lama
  52. “Discernment: Corruption’s worst enemy.” ~ George Richard Marek

  53. “True sincerity reveals a powerful form of clarity and discernment that is necessary in order to perceive yourself honestly without flinching or being held captive by your conditioned mind’s judgments and defensiveness.” ~ Adyashanti
  54. “The Holy Spirit gives liberty to the Christian, direction to the worker, discernment to the teacher, power to the Word, and fruit to faithful service. He reveals the things of Christ.” ~ Billy Graham
  55. “If souls can suffer alongside, and I hardly know it, because the spirit of discernment is not in me, then I know nothing of Calvary love.” ~ Amy Carmichael
  56. “To be ‘in the will of God’ is not a matter of intellectual discernment, but a state of heart.” ~ Oswald Chambers

  57. “We see that God has implanted in all things a natural desire to exist with the fullest measure of existence that is compatible with their particular nature. To this end they are endowed with suitable faculties and activities; and by means of these there is in them a discernment that is natural and in keeping with the purpose of their knowledge, which ensures their natural inclination serving its purpose and being able to reach its fulfillment in that object towards which it is attracted by the weight of its own nature.” ~ Nicholas of Cusa
  58. “It is the man and woman united that makes the complete human being. Separate she lacks his force of body and strength of reason; he her softness, sensibility and acute discernment. Together they are most likely to succeed in the world.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
  59. “Look at the means which a man employs, consider his motives, observe his pleasures. A man simply cannot conceal himself!” ~ Confucius
  60. “All people deserve respect, but not all ideas do.” ~ Johann Hari

  61. “I am so tired of criticalness being called discernment. Do you want to know true discernment? Paul said “That your love may abound in all discernment.” When you are willing to die for somebody that is when you are actually discerning them. Jesus could call the Pharisees hypocrites and snakes because he went to the cross and died for them. So the next time you are quote “discerning” about somebody ask yourselves the question could you die for them? If you can`t say yes, you’re critical because the love of God is to lay down your life for them, and discernment is rooted only in love. Got it?” ~ John Bevere
  62. “You can have large projects and implement them by means of a few of the smallest things. Or you can use weak means that are more effective than strong ones, as Paul also said in his First Letter to the Corinthians. […] The wisdom of discernment redeems the necessary ambiguity of life and helps us find the most appropriate means, which do not always coincide with what looks great and strong.” ~ Pope Francis
  63. “Elitism is the slur directed at merit by mediocrity.” ~ Sydney J. Harris

  64. “It is an unquestionable truth, that the body of the people in every country desire sincerely its prosperity. But it is equally unquestionable that they do not possess the discernment and stability necessary for systematic government. To deny that they are frequently led into the grossest of errors, by misinformation and passion, would be a flattery which their own good sense must despise.” ~ Alexander Hamilton
  65. “Thoughts are universally and not individually rooted; a truth cannot be created, but only perceived. The erroneous thoughts of man result from imperfections in his discernment. The goal of Yoga Science is to calm the mind, that without distortion it may mirror the divine vision in the Universe.” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda

Discernment is the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure.

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