There was a period of time when my pastor consistently talked about the need for every Christian to be discerning. At the time, I thought- if you are not discerning, you can always talk to those who are. I have also heard people say that only very “spiritual Christians” discern; as though it is something special for a select few. I have found however, that not only is it available to all Christians; it is a big necessity.
This skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong makes us discerning and the bible says it is available to the mature who allow their spirits to be trained by the Spirit of God through His word.
Having considered a few things that have happened in my life and around me, I have found that when we do not have this skill, we can keep going round and round the same mountain in life and never go forward. One may never even know that one isn’t moving forward because there is some motion going on just that it isn’t taking you forward. If you do not have the skill, you will fight useless and/or every battle, you will not recognize the things that you need to recognize in life to go forward e.g. mate, enemies, friends and you will wrongly interpret situations. If one interprets a situation wrongly, you are bound to act wrongly and if you do, you may loose a chance of life forever.