“But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.” [James 3:16-17]
Did you know that wisdom is a spiritual gift? In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul says that God gifts people with the ability to give wise advice. And I really believe that it is a gift that God loves to give graciously and extravagantly, especially when we ask for it. So, if Godly wisdom is something that you desire, ask for it!! God is a good Dad who loves to give good gifts. And wisdom is a good gift for sure, so ask ask ask!!
However, how do we know if we have wisdom that stems from God? In today’s verses, James lays out what Godly wisdom looks like. And it says that wisdom looks like this: pure, peaceful, gentle, humble, merciful, righteous, loving, sincere. But how do we actually measure if we are seeing these things in wisdom in our lives? I think that there are two ways that are easy to measure if we are living in the gifting that God has given us.
Do you live out the advice that you give to others?
Do you see these fruits in your own life? Do you seek peace over chaos? Do you give your friends one piece of advice but then go and do the exact opposite out of pride? Or do you stick to your word even when it’s hard?
A great mark of a truly wise person is his or her character. And a great mark of character is not only talking the talk, but also walking the walk. And while this concept may seem so simple (because it is), that doesn’t devalue the importance of walking out the truth that you claim to others.
How do you give advice to others?
When giving others advice, do you give it out of a place of love or judgment? James gives us the marks of love in these verses. If you are real with yourself and truly believe that you are sharing advice in a way that loves others well, expresses God’s heart for them, and calls them higher, then I think that you are in a good starting place.
If you truly want to be seeing the marks of God’s wisdom in your life, use this verse as a checkpoint. Are you loving others well? Are you seeing the fruits of the wisdom that you give to others in your own life as well? If so, amazing. And if you’re not, that’s okay! There’s a grace for that. Now is the time to ask God to help you see more of these fruits in your life and to grow and mature you in spiritual wisdom. This is the time to hear that God is calling you higher and to walk into that with Him hand-in-hand. Remember, if we ever realize that we haven’t been walking perfectly in God’s will for us, there is so much grace. Of course, it’s not an excuse to continue to live in less than His best for us. But there is no shame, just more God!! So walk into more wisdom, walk into more freedom, walk into more GOD!!!! He and His abundance are always so worth it.
God, thank You!!! Thank You for being merciful. Thank You for giving good gifts. Dad, I just ask that You give me more and more of the spiritual gift of wisdom. I ask that You will convict me where I need growth but also show me where wisdom is a good fruit in my life. I just want more of You, Lord. I love You!! In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.