Mar. 8, 2017

8 Characteristics of Wisdom

From James 3: 17-18 KJV

 

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure...

 

First is pure. If what you are considering doesn’t pass the test of purity, no need to go any further in exploring the other characteristics. The primary mark or indicator of wisdom is purity. To be pure is to be untainted. Without smudge or sludge. Purity suggests cleanliness but it is even more in depth than that. Something that is pure has no irritants. There is no motive or intent to deceive or defraud in any way. Purity carries no falsehoods, no lies, no intentional ommissions in order to gain advantage over other people.

 

...then peaceable...

 

Wisdom has and exercises the ability or the authority of peace.

Col. 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Peace has the ability or authority to rule, exercise dominion. It has the ability to accomplish what other entities cannot. Peace is assigned to us, designated to us and for us. And we are called to it: we have to show up, agree, align and participate with the peace that we are called to in unity. This condition of peace should be our state of being: without friction or fraction. Walking wholly or entirely in peace is a demonstration of godly wisdom.

 

...gentle...

 

Wisdom is easy, kind and considerate. It doesn't rough up people or beat them over the head even with the truth. Truth is only helpful if it is received and employed. Throwing truth at a person's head like a 90 mph fast ball is not usually effective. Wisdom issues what is necessary in doses and methods that can be accepted.

 

...easy to be entreated...

 

Wisdom doesn't just talk, it also listens. A healthy relationship with wisdom is smooth. Wisdom is easy to talk with and easy to listen to even when the lessons are not always easy to receive. Wisdom is willing to share and welcomes a sincere approach. There is no reason to fear consulting wisdom about any issue.

 

...full of mercy...

 

Wisdom abundantly issues the gift of pardon. Wisdom doesn't live in the past and doesn't hold a person in their past. The heart of wisdom is warmed by mercy. It delights in letting a person off the hook as opposed to holding them over the fire. Wisdom doesn't gain any pleasure in seeing people squirm and suffer. Wisdom is happy to offer people relief.

 

...[full of] good fruits...

 

There is a visible manifestation of good fruits in wisdom. The positive impact of wisdom cannot be truthfully denied. Good fruit is easily recognized. A person doesn't need any special qualifications to recognize good fruit. Even a child knows when fruit is good. A person doesn't have to be a bible scholar or a college professor to distinguish good fruit from bad. Wisdom only produces good fruit and that fruit is produced in abundance. The fruits (plural) that come from wisdom are many and varied. A wise person will never be bored with wisdom!

 

These first six characteristics describe what wisdom is. The final two, in this passage, share what wisdom is not.

 

...without partiality...

 

Wisdom is fair and just. It doesn't side with one or the other for unjust reasons. Wisdom looks at the whole matter and judges rightly, without prejudice. Wisdom can be trusted. Wisdom will say the right thing and do the right thing. Always.

 

...without hypocrisy...

 

Wisdom is consistent in judgment, in counsel and in correction. Wisdom's words and ways are in harmony. It doesn't say one thing but does something that is contrary to what was said in principle or deed. Wisdom's actions and words match each other. Disharmony causes damage and friction. Wisdom helps and heals. Wisdom is authentic and genuine. There are no two sides to wisdom. Wisdom has one face. That face is always true and always consistent.

 

According to James 3:17-18, these are the eight characteristics of wisdom. Wisdom is a virtue. It is to be valued and greatly appreciated. Two sources of godly wisdom have been made available to us: The Word of God and the Holy Spirit of God. All the wisdom necessary to successfully navigate through this life is here. But it only works if it is sought and utilized. Wisdom is A Person. He is the Spirit of God and He is the Word of God. Allow Him to speak to you and then speak through you. He has something to say...are we listening?