Glossary of Heart: Judgment vs. Discernment

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Judgment is labeling yourself or another person as somehow worth less because of their behavior or attitude. It reflects an attitude of exclusivity and impaired fear. Judgment is a form of trying to stay safe and not be taken advantage of.

Discernment is seeking to see clearly the attitudes and behaviors of another for the purpose of making trustworthy decisions in relationship. Discernment has a questioning attitude of healthy fear and appropriate doubt. Discernment grows out of seeking truth, not safety.

This Glossary of Heart presents a daily choice for us. The first option keeps us where we are. The second option takes us on a journey into our hearts. It’s the hardest yet most courageous choice we can make. I hope you take the risk.