Knowledge is built on facts, like a house is built brick by brick. True wisdom is the mortar that makes the bricks useful. So, what’s true wisdom? Where can you find it? How will you know you have it?
True wisdom isn’t knowing something others don’t. It’s not clever words and pithy sayings. It’s right-living. It’s know-how plus show-how. It’s teaching God’s word and living according to it (James 3:13). Therefore, you discern the truly wise more with your eyes than your ears.
True wisdom is skill in godly living. It’s living for God like Mike Trout crushes a baseball or Stephen Curry swishes three-point shots with a basketball. Since the essence of God’s will is to love Him and your neighbor as yourself, true wisdom is skill in godly loving. What does that look like?
True wisdom doesn’t flaunt itself. It doesn’t covet the spotlight. It doesn’t need the spotlight at all.
Where envy and selfish ambition are present, true wisdom isn’t (James 3:14). Earthly wisdom covets others’ attention and praise. Those who teach or serve to bring glory to themselves aren’t truly wise, no matter what words they use or deeds they perform. The truly wise lift up others, not themselves.
Behind earthly wisdom is the desire for personal gain. It’s not spiritual. Satan is its ultimate source. It’s the currency of those who haven’t been born again or those who live like they haven’t been born again (1 Corinthians 3:3). It results in “disorder and every evil practice” (James 3:16, NIV). Earthly wisdom brings turmoil to the church. You might be able to list ten reasons a green carpet is better than a blue one for the church, but that’s not true wisdom. Competing camps each armed with earthly wisdom cause many church fights.
True wisdom is pure (James 3:17) without self-seeking and self-exaltation. It’s not I-centered. It’s God-centered and others-centered.
True wisdom is peace-loving. It doesn’t compete with others spiritually. It doesn’t have to win. It’s gentle, considerate, and forbearing. It doesn’t insist on its rights. It isn’t stubborn. It yields to others. It’s compassionate. It’s ready to help the needy. It doesn’t play favorites. It’s sincere.
Earthly wisdom bears no spiritual fruit. True wisdom produces a harvest of righteousness. Truly wise people promote peace through their right words and right living. They’re lubricators, not agitators.
True wisdom comes from God. The truly wise skillfully apply God’s word to real life decisions and situations. True wisdom produces spiritual fruit. It’s marked by self-giving, not self-exaltation. It’s worth far more than gold (Proverbs 16:16). It’s yours for the asking (James 1:5)! #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources
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