Characteristics of Godly Wisdom (Part6 of 8)

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(James 3:17)  But the wisdom from above is first (1)pure, then (2)peaceable, (3)gentle, (4)open to reason, (5)full of mercy and (6)good fruits, (7)impartial and (8)sincere.

(6) Full of Good Fruit

Producing positive or beneficial results or outcomes

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. True wisdom exhibits these fruits in daily life not just situationally. Wisdom is evident through the deeds that accompany it. I believe the good fruit here refers to the good that comes from wisdom being included in the situation. True Godly wisdom should be accompanied by true Godly outcomes that resemble those of the spirit. God’s wisdom yields Godly results. If poor results come from what we consider Godly wisdom we must see where that wisdom falls short of God’s standard. The best wisdom is fruitful wisdom. God proves on a daily basis that His wisdom is perfect and it is the reason we are allowed to be loved by Him and reconciled to Him.

Characteristics of Godly Wisdom (Part 5 of 8)

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(James 3:17)  But the wisdom from above is first (1)pure, then (2)peaceable, (3)gentle, (4)open to reason, (5)full of mercy and (6)good fruits, (7)impartial and (8)sincere.

(5) Full of Mercy

compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power

Wisdom is full of mercy which is the opposite of judgement. Judgement is left to God, the only true judge. Wisdom must be a light designed to draw people from the darkness of this world. No person is perfect and all imperfection is equal in the eyes of a Holy God. God is the only source of good, and our best version of good is considered filthy rags in comparison. Our position on this earth is to show the mercy given to us daily to others. We are not to judge, wise counsel never judges. Wise counsel shows compassion to our sinful brethren so that the light of God can shine on the dark earth. Only condemnation comes from judgement. Without the love of God and His mercy, we are all deserving of condemnation. We are not better than anyone else. We must be merciful in our common position.

Characteristics of Godly Wisdom (Part 4 of 8)

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(James 3:17)  But the wisdom from above is first (1)pure, then (2)peaceable, (3)gentle, (4)open to reason, (5)full of mercy and (6)good fruits, (7)impartial and (8)sincere.

(4) Open to Reason (willing to yield-NKJV)(submissive-NIV)

(of a person) having sound judgment; fair and sensible

No person, no matter how wise is perfect. The word talks about the wise not being above reproach and that a person willing to learn is wiser still. An open ear and a still tongue could be the difference between imparting wise counsel and creating a barrier with a person who feels judged, condemned and misunderstood. All of which reduce the connection and trust required to lead people to Godly wisdom. Being locked into a position and being unable to receive relevant information hurts every party involved in potentially wise and healing interaction. Even if all information is known, an open ear can lead to a connection that serves future purpose for God’s glory.

Characteristics of Godly Wisdom (Part 3)

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(James 3:17)  But the wisdom from above is first (1)pure, then (2)peaceable, (3)gentle, (4)open to reason, (5)full of mercy and (6)good fruits, (7)impartial and (8)sincere.

(3) Gentle (considerate-NIV)

(of a person) mild in temperament or behavior; kind or tender

Gentleness is the outward manifestation of kindness. We as believers are secure in the Lord’s power. We possess the same Holy Spirit that Jesus did. Because we are sure of that power and the strength of God we can be gentle with the way we impart wisdom to those who seek the light but are scared and frustrated as they work through their sinfulness. We must rely on gentleness found in wisdom to draw people to God and His light. Moving away from gentleness drives people away and depends there fallen position.

Characteristics of Godly Wisdom (Part 2)

James 3:17)  But the wisdom from above is first (1)pure, then (2)peaceable, (3)gentle, (4)open to reason, (5)full of mercy and (6)good fruits, (7)impartial and (8)sincere.

(2) Peaceable (peace-loving-NIV)

inclined to avoid argument or violent conflict

Godly wisdom always seeks peace. It always has peace at its core. Words meant to hurt or injure don’t create peace. Words of wisdom are meant to build up and never tear down. Peace is attained through kindness. Imagine a situation where we come alongside a lost soul as opposed to standing across from them. Imparting wisdom from a position of partnership instead of opposition allows peace to flourish. Human emotion allows wisdom to become tainted with hurt, resentment, and ideology. Poor wisdom seeks an outcome at the expense of peace. True wisdom allows peace as the words are allowed to grow the recipient over time.

Characteristics of Godly Wisdom (Part 1)

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(James 3:17)  But the wisdom from above is first (1)pure, then (2)peaceable, (3)gentle, (4)open to reason, (5)full of mercy and (6)good fruits, (7)impartial and (8)sincere.

(1) Pure

not mixed or adulterated with any other substance or material

Godly wisdom is not tainted with the sin and emotion of man. Humans are born into selfishness. They feel the need for retribution and are quick to anger. They do not have the same qualities as God, which makes the act of humanizing God to fit a human standard laughable. The purest way to have wisdom as a fallen human is through love. Not the human version of deserved love, but the unconditional love God has for His creation. A love that is not based on the recipient and their actions but on the provider and their steadfastness found in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Fellowship

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As believers we are called to fellowship. It is tremendously difficult to cultivate and grow your faith unless you are involved with people with a common pursuit who can help you during struggles as you do the same for them. (Colossians 2:2) My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ. Fellowship can also be viewed in its ability to sanctify us. As we deal with other children of God it is inevitable that we will face disappointment which requires us to view people with the eyes of God and subsequently grow in our Christ-likeness. Part of fellowship is leaning on another person or group as we struggle through the difficult existence as God’s light in a dark world.

In my naive spiritual immaturity I found myself let down repeatedly as I sought mentorship to guide me through this unfamiliar walk. I know that my hungry mind would be looking to soak up and explore my walk. I feel that reading and trying to dig deeper into scripture is my way of worship. I soak up the light of the Lord and I grow in faith as I see how His way is greater than what I could have dreamed. His provision is vastly more than I could have imagined let alone find. It is hard to explain how it feels to know that you are holding the hand of God and letting Him guide you through this maze of tribulation. Growing in faith and maturity as we walk allows us to close our eyes during the times the darkness becomes too much. Fellowship is still a struggle for me as I wait for the mentors God has designed to help me grow. My faith in His plan gives me the patience to let those plans unfold, and not over reach. I have to realize that moving forward in my own power will leave me guided by people who might make a crooked path.