Prudence is the Commonsense of Life

Prudence is the Commonsense of Life

Prudence is the ability to govern and discipline ourselves by the use of reason.  Commonsense causes us to automatically have a keen sense of perception, good judgment, and skill in the shrewd management of   our affairs.  Prudence and commonsense are marked by circumspection. A person who is prudent will be cautiously careful to consider all circumstances and possible consequences.

Prudence is a quality that balances compulsive and controlled behavior.  It helps us stay within the budget and frown over indulgence.  It promotes good, quality, decision making.  Most of us have commonsense.  The problem is that sometimes we ignore it because     it interferes with something we want to do.  Think smart.  Use your commonsense.

Proverbs 14:8

“The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way.”

Practical Application and Assignments:

Kathryn Kuhlman said, “What the world needs is a baptism of commonsense.”   However, having commonsense and using it, is two different things.  Knowledge is acquired in the classroom, but prudence is developed through discipline.

  • Ask yourself the following questions: When I know I am not being prudent in a particular situation, do I continue to make wise or foolish choices? What are the undisciplined areas I need to work on?
  • Discipline yourself to use commonsense. For example, commonsense tells you that if you don’t study and prepare for the exam, you will flunk the test. So why ignore the facts?  Sometimes it is a matter of getting your priorities right.
  • Research the word prudence in the book of Proverbs. Its practical advice appears in multiple references.  “A prudent man gives thought to his steps.” Proverbs 14:15 “The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.” Proverbs 18:15 (NIV)

“The wise in heart shall be called prudent, and the sweetness of his lips increaseth learning.” Proverbs 16:21

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