10/28 Discretion


Here’s a quick word/verse study for this morning. Your ability to exercise cautious reserve in speech and make responsible decisions in the face of issues will help you chill out and not become angry so fast. This ability will define you as an honorable person who then has the sense to get over stuff.

Proverbs 19:11 says, “The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression” (NKJ).

“Discretion” comes from the Hebrew word “sekel” (seh’-kel) and it means “intelligence; by implication, success.”  The Merriam Webster online dictionary lists the definitions of “discretion” as follows:

1: the quality of being discreet: circumspection; especially: cautious reserve in speech

2: ability to make responsible decisions

3 a: individual choice or judgment <left the decision to his discretion> b: power of free decision or latitude of choice within certain legal bounds <reached the age of discretion>

4: the result of separating or distinguishing

Now let’s take a look at the other major words in Proverbs 19:11 that further help us understand discretion. “Glory” (tiph’arah) means “ornament, beauty, and “that which makes him honorable.” The word “overlook” (`abar) means “to cross over, get over, make partition, or remove.” And “transgression” (pesha`) means “a revolt, rebellion, sin, or trespass.

Taken all together, Proverbs 19:11 is telling us that our use of discretion is an intelligent choice. We are not wimps or sissies; on the contrary, it is an honorable thing to completely remove the remembrance of a wrong done to us from our minds.

Sounds a lot like discretion is akin to forgiveness. Give both a try.


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~ by sanewriter on October 28, 2013.

2 Responses to “10/28 Discretion”

  1. Great post Sharon. Wish our media and politicians would apply this. Thank you for the reminder.

  2. Lord Jesus, please forgive me.

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