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THE COMPLEXITY OF DISCERNMENT AND JUDGMENT The greatest pitfall in making judgment is prejudice and fear. In our judgments most of us are coloured by our past experiences, bad or good. Negative experiences make us negative towards new situations. Positive experiences make us willing to trust and be more receptive. More often than not it is our fear of the future that makes us judge in a certain way. How, then, do we overcome our prejudices in rendering judgment?
THE LOSS OF FEAR OF GOD AS THE CAUSE OF AMORALITY The loss of the sense of sin is due to the fact that modern man has total disregard for God. As a consequence, he has no respect for the dignity of human life. A healthy fear of God will lead us to value what is truly good and right. It will give us wisdom and right judgment since we see everything from the perspective of God, of truth and of the ultimate end. Such fear keeps us humble and obedient to His Word, relying on His power and grace.
Best Practices for Using the Daily Scripture Reflections
- Encounter God through the spirit of prayer and the scripture by reflecting and praying the Word of God daily. The purpose is to bring you to prayer and to a deeper union with the Lord on the level of the heart.
- Daily reflections when archived will lead many to accumulate all the reflections of the week and pray in one sitting. This will compromise your capacity to enter deeply into the Word of God, as the tendency is to read for knowledge rather than a prayerful reading of the Word for the purpose of developing a personal and affective relationship with the Lord.
- It is more important to pray deeply, not read widely. The current reflections of the day would be more than sufficient for anyone who wants to pray deeply and be led into an intimacy with the Lord.
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