Got Wisdom?

James 3:17 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

Our world is in dire need of wisdom.  We survive off fragments of information, distorted by the perspectives of those who spout them.  Truth is treated as a variable, dependent on the situation, rather than an absolute to guide our thinking and our walk.  Our knowledge is overflowing, but we struggle to know what to do with the avalanche of information that overwhelms us each day. The appropriate use of knowledge is guided by wisdom, but what does wisdom look like?

According to James 3:17, wisdom is pure – untainted by the whims of human flesh and the foibles of mankind.  It comes from God, and it is characterized, at least partially, by what is missing from it – no envying or strife. In other words, wisdom is not about making me look good or getting my own way.  It doesn’t seek harm for others.  Wisdom from God focuses on the good, the right, the righteous. Philippians 4:8

Wisdom is peaceable.  It doesn’t look for an argument or an opening in the conversation into which it can insert itself.  Wisdom allows time for thought and is not combative in nature.  It does not seek to prove a point, because it is the point.

Wisdom is gentle.  The correction it brings is offered with love and seeks the best for the other.  It works to encourage rather than tear down.

Wisdom is easy to be entreated or to reason with – reasonable.  It doesn’t put up fences of self-preservation and defensiveness, because it relies on truth.  Given truth, wisdom sits up and pays attention.

Wisdom is full of mercy and good fruits.  A person operating in wisdom won’t be found hiding in darkness.  Instead he will be open and generous, looking to serve. A wise person shares light and mercy.

Wisdom is without partiality.  It serves everyone.  There is no preferential treatment or one-up-man-ship with wisdom.

Wisdom is without hypocrisy.  What you see is what you get…today, tomorrow, whenever.  It works without pretense.  Wisdom does not consider political correctness, or the ‘right’, or the ‘left’; wisdom operates in truth, unfettered by the interpretation of current trends.

When you look at the characteristics of wisdom, they look a lot like the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

That’s because wisdom comes only from God.  We can’t learn it in a university or through an online course.  It grows in our lives as we yield our will and our thoughts to the truth of the word of God.

The good news is that wisdom is free.  Do you need wisdom?  Check out James 1:5, 6 – 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. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

God wants us to have the wisdom we need to navigate the hard places of this life.  We look for it in self-help books and talk shows.  He says, “Ask Me. I will give it to you.”  The one condition that He gives is that we ask in faith.  If we read the rest of the book of James, we find that faith results in works.  In other words, when we ask in faith, we are asking with the intention of acting on the wisdom that God provides.

I think about that old commercial “Got Milk?” when I read James 1.  I look at my life and ask, “Got Wisdom?” James tells me what wisdom looks like, so that I can evaluate the characteristics in my life.

Are you in need of wisdom in the situations you face today?

God has an unlimited supply.  Just ask.

 

Photo Courtesy of Eduardo Brago on Pexels

While working my way through the book of James, I was reminded of this post from 2018. This seemed like a good time to repost it with a few modifications.

Comments

16 comments on “Got Wisdom?”
  1. mitchteemley says:

    Reblogged this on Mitch Teemley and commented:
    My Featured Blogger this week is Beth Mims of Gracespeak. Beth is a seasoned educator who draws from decades of study and teaching. But hers isn’t just head-knowledge, it’s heart-knowledge, not just facts (though she certainly knows her facts) but, as the title says, Wisdom.

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    1. gracespeaker says:

      Thank you for the kind words, Mitch. Blessings!

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      1. mitchteemley says:

        The honor’s mine, Beth. And blessings to you, as well.

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  2. pastorpete51 says:

    Beautiful post. Doesn’t this list of James remind us so much of Paul’s list of the qualities of love in 1 Corinthians 13?

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    1. gracespeaker says:

      The more I read the Bible, the more I see connections between the themes and concepts. Love is a fruit of the Spirit. Wisdom comes from God. As a friend of mine used to say, it is all connected. Blessings!

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you

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    1. gracespeaker says:

      Thank you for reading. Blessings!

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  4. Gary Fultz says:

    Keep this post around Beth. Wisdom seeps into the very bones of those who stand and operate from our solid rock, God

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    1. gracespeaker says:

      I can always use a little/lot more. Thanks for reading. Blessings!

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  5. Indeed we are all in great need of wisdom, especially in such troubled times. Thanks for summing it up so beautifully.

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    1. gracespeaker says:

      Thank you for joining me by reading. Blessings!

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  6. Nancy Ruegg says:

    Love how you extrapolated on each characteristic of wisdom. Can’t help but notice James chose “pure” to be first. Wisdom without the purity of truth, goodness, and rightness ceases to be wise. Well done, Beth! (Visited here from Mitch Teemley’s blog; will be visiting again!)

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    1. gracespeaker says:

      So glad you are visiting. Thank you for the encouragement!

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  7. This is one of my favorite promises in the Bible, and wisdom is something I ask for every day – for myself, for my children who are raising my grandchildren, and for our leaders who need to sift through all the lies to try and run our country.

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    1. gracespeaker says:

      I know. And to think He said if we ask He will give it!! Good news!

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