The decisions we make not only affect us, they affect others, as well.
Before making a decision, we try to distinguish, and examine the reasons behind our choices. We pray for discernment...the ability to properly discriminate and make determinations. It's related to wisdom. The Word of God itself is said to discern the thoughts and intentions of one's heart (Hebrews 4:12).
The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. We have to consciously surrender our mind, will, and emotions (soul) to God. What we think, and what we feel must line up with God's Word. A discerning mind demonstrates wisdom and insight that go beyond what is seen and heard. For example, God's Word is "spiritually discerned". To the human mind without the Spirit, the things of God are "foolishness" (1 Corinthians 2:14). The Spirit, then, gives us spiritual discernment.
Paul prayed for believers "to discern what is best...until the day of Christ" (Phil. 1:10).
A discerning person will acknowledge the worth of God's Word: "all the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse. To the discerning all of them are right; they are faultless to those who have knowledge" (Prov. 8:8-9). Seeking discernment is a goal for all who desire to walk righteously: "Who is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand them. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them". (Hosea 14:9).
We are commanded to "hate what is evil; cling to what is good" (Romans 12:9). Discernment helps us determine what is evil and what is good. Wisdom also guides us to discriminate between what is "best" and what is merely "good".
"I am your servant, give me discernment that I may understand your statutes". (Ps. 119:125)
It is our hope, as believers, that we understand that what is laid on our hearts is meant for blessing. We desire to be used as vessels to share the Good News, and help others in their walk with Jesus Christ.