Godly wisdom as described in James 3:15-18, is a valuable and sought-after trait that can bring about great blessings in our lives. It differs from earthy wisdom; which is often motivated by selfish ambition and pride. Rather, godly wisdom is pure, peace-loving, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy, bears good fruits, impartial, and sincere.
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What are the qualities of Godly wisdom
Purity of Wisdom
By being pure, it implies that it is free from any impurities or corrupting influences. It is not swayed by personal gain or selfish motives but rather seeks to do what is right and just.
Wisdom is peaceable
Pure wisdom is also peace-loving, meaning that it promotes harmony and reconciliation rather than strife and conflict. Titus 1:15-16 declares “to the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled”. (ESV)
Godly wisdom is also gentle.
It is kind and understanding and seeks to help and uplift others rather than tearing them down. Remember, God detests a haughty spirit. Wisdom is open to reason, meaning that it is willing to consider different perspectives and viewpoints. It is not stubborn or inflexible but rather seeks to understand and learn from others.
Godly wisdom is merciful
Godly wisdom is full of mercy and good fruits. “Mercy triumphs judgment to those who are merciful” (James 2:13). It is compassionate and seeks to help those in need, bearing good fruits such as love, joy, and peace. This wisdom is impartial, meaning that it does not show favoritism or partiality towards any one person or group. It treats all people with justice.
Wisdom is sincere
Finally, godly wisdom is sincere, meaning it is genuine and authentic and does not seek to deceive or mislead others. It is a wisdom that is rooted in truth and integrity and brings blessings to those who possess it. Proverbs 28:10 declares, “whoever misleads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance”. (ESV)
Proverbs 4:7-9 exhort us to embrace wisdom. “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee”. (KJV)