Proverbs – News From The Source – Knowledge and Discretion
“My son, pay attention to my wisdom; lend your ear to my understanding, that you may preserve discretion, and your lips may keep knowledge.” Proverbs 5:1-2
Knowledge and discretion are two of the greatest gifts parents can impart to their children and two of the most desirable character traits any one can possess. Knowing when and how to exercise discretion is a gift of wisdom. It is not something native to the heart of children. Therefore, it must be taught. It is the blessing and reward that comes through test and trial, failure and success. The man or woman who understands and employs knowledge and discretion in all things possesses an intrinsic and outer attractiveness and beauty reflective of the light and presence of the Lord as the guiding force in their lives. Their actions display His glory.
Knowledge and understanding is evident in the conversation of the wise. Their speech is measured and clear, devoid of guile, deception, insincere flattery and foolish jesting. They are guided and constrained by discernment and the strength of character to choose their words wisely and to walk before God and men with meekness, dignity and grace. Wherever they go they bring the refreshing fragrance of the knowledge of God and the sweet fragrance of Christ.
“But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory] and through us spreads andmakes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere, for we are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which exhales] unto God, [discernible alike] among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing…” 2 Corinthians 2:14-15 AMP
When knowledge with discretion mark the things we think and say as the ordinary conversation of our hearts, we show that we are filled with the knowledge of God and by His Spirit we demonstrate that we are His people, living according to His purpose and plan to bring Him glory.