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What is the Gift of Discernment?

Literal meaning  Literal meaning 
To separate; to differentiate; to make a distinction.

Description  Description 
The gift of discernment is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to distinguish between truth and error, and to know with assurance whether certain behavior purported to be of God is in reality divine, human, or satanic.

Bible references  Bible references 
Theory Practice
Romans 12:2 Matthew 16:21-23
1 Corinthians 12:10 Acts 5:1-4
1 John 4:1,6 1 Corinthians 2:12-16

Distinctives  Distinctives 
People with this gift:
  • distinguish truth from error, right from wrong, pure motives from impure;

  • identify deception in others with accuracy and appropriateness;

  • determine whether a testimony attributed to God is authentic;

  • recognize inconsistencies in a teaching, prophetic message or interpretation;

  • are able to sense the presence of evil.

Personal traits and behaviors  Personal traits and behaviors 
A person with this gift is usually:
Perceptive Insightful
Sensitive Challenging
Decisive Intuitive
Truthful Discriminating

Cautions  Cautions 
People with this gift:
  • may struggle with how to express their perceptions, feelings or insights;

  • could be harsh when confronting others, instead of speaking the truth in love;

  • need to confirm their perceptions before speaking.

Mobilizing for ministry  Mobilizing for ministry 
People with this gift are needed in the church for:
Counselling Spiritual director
Church elder Nominating committee
Preaching Giving Bible studies

Related gifts  Related gifts 
This gift belongs to the category EDUCATION. You may find useful to get information on other gifts which belong to this same category. These gifts are:
Knowledge Teaching Wisdom