Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. James 3:13
Wisdom, which is commonly defined as the ability to use or apply knowledge in an appropriate way, is associated in Scripture with God. Proverbs 8-9, wisdom is personified. Describing itself, wisdom declared: “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength” (8:12-14).
When people act with wisdom, they secure God’s favor and show respect for God! God is the source of wisdom. Wisdom comes from above! The Bible says in James 1:5, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Proverbs is my favorite book in the Bible because it entails on how you can gain wisdom from above. We as individuals have to lay aside our own desires and ambitions and live as God has prescribed. We cannot do this if we are living envious lives. We can only do this if we seek to apply the wisdom from above to our lives. “By pride comes nothing but strife, but with the well-advised is wisdom” (Proverbs 13:10). God’s way is always right. Our task is to embrace it and apply it to our lives.
Wisdom and knowledge are the two greatest gifts we can have! Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
There are TWO types of wisdom you can have: Earthly wisdom or Heavenly wisdom:
If it is possible to live in a way that reflects God’s wisdom, it is also possible to live in a way that lacks it. This path is characterized by envy and selfishness. Those in leadership positions must especially be wary of the corruption that accompanies these desires. “But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth”-James 3:14 Worldly wisdom must be rejected and avoided. Those who apply the wisdom from above show themselves to be God’s children; those who follow the wisdom from below display their rebellion.
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy”-James 3:17 God’s wisdom is “holy” and is “above all set apart from the world, sin, and Satan. God’s wisdom and the world’s wisdom have nothing to do with each other. It is impossible for a factious spirit and a fractious disposition to issue from a pure heart….. Because the wisdom which is from above is “peaceable’, it not only instills peace in the hearts of its possessors, it also exhibits itself in peaceful pursuits in life”.
The one who lives according to God’s wisdom will be meek, reasonable, merciful, fair, and upright. Ultimately, those who possess these qualities help to provide a stable atmosphere for the church. “The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace”-James 3:18 Those who make peace, sow in peace; that is they do everything in a way that is peaceable and that creates peace in the community. They know that anger does not produce God’s righteousness.
God expects His followers to live in a consistent manner when it comes to their speech and their actions. Those who live according to God’s wisdom must not be hypocritical, for duplicity has no place in the life of a Christian. We must not speak one way in person and another way on social media; no matter the platform, we should speak with kindness and grace.
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