These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young.”—Proverbs 1:4 NLT
How can we tell the difference between subjective opinions and statements that genuinely are true? This can be challenging. The fact is that some people can make anything sound convincing, even false statements. Faced with this level of deception, it can be easy to find ourselves deceived.
A poll confirmed that many people find it difficult to tell the difference between fact and opinion. If a statement sounds accurate, many simply believe it is true.
We find this pattern wherever we turn. How do we know if the information reported as news is true or just opinions? How can we be sure if a salesperson is providing facts about a product or just trying to make a sale? What do we really believe?
This pattern presents important problems for believers. The Bible tells us that the devil is “a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). He delights in spreading rumors, encouraging us to believe his lies. At the same time, many people simply want to shape our thoughts, even encouraging us to ignore God’s Word.
In light of this constant barrage, all of us need discernment. But how do we get it? By standing on God’s Word. There, He promises to give you discernment. Don’t just believe everything you hear even if it sounds convincing. Stay on guard against deception. Seek the leading of the Holy Spirit. Trust Him.
Reflection Question: How do you discern between facts and opinions?
Father, give me discernment about what I believe. Help me recognize which statements are true, and which are false. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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