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Good Judgment

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ARE you pleased with all the decisions you have made? If you're like me, the answer is sometimes yes, sometimes no. Sound judgment is essential to every aspect of daily living. Good sense and wisdom are necessary in making good choices.

It may seem as though some people have better judgment than others, and we may feel that poor judgment on the part of ourselves or others has caused problems. It's important to recognize, however, that we possess the ability to express good judgment. The true nature of man is wholly spiritual and intelligent as God's likeness, not limited and unwise as mortals often appear. Since omniscience is a quality of God, and man is created in His image to express His qualities, wise discernment and intelligence are inherent in our spiritual nature. This fact, acknowledged and appreciated, unlocks the possibilities of better exercising this natural ability.

Christianity teaches that daily prayer, quieting the material senses and listening for God's guidance in thought, is a key element in expressing good judgment. The Bible clearly articulates the benefits of such prayer and trust--protection, abundance, fulfillment and health, to name a few. We can be spared danger-- entering into unproductive relationships, pursuing unsuitable careers, sinking into debt, or mistreating our bodies--by cherishing the sound judgment and spiritual discernment daily prayer brings to light. We can claim this promise of God's care and guidance found in Proverbs: ``He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path. When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee'' (2:8-11).

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