How do we become wise?

“The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17). 

What is wisdom? Is it about how much we know?

What is wisdom, if it doesn’t change the way we live our lives?

We may know a lot without becoming more the kind of people we should be.

Where is the wisdom in that?

Here, James makes it clear that wisdom has to do with the way we live.

How challenging are these words from James!

They leave us thinking about the kind of people we are and the kind of people we’re becoming.

How are we to become wise?

As you read these words from James, think about this: Who has lived this kind of life? Who? Not me, not you. We read these words, and we are ashamed of ourselves. How far short we have fallen of being wise! Who has lived this kind of life, this lfe of true wisdom? Jesus is the answer to our question. What we have, in these words of James, is a description of Jesus. Jesus is “the wisdom that comes from heaven.”

Do we need more widsom? Where will we find it? Will we find it when we learn more and more about many different subjects? No! We can have plenty of knowledge without really becoming the kind of people God wants us to become. What we need is Jesus.

When we travel on life’s journey, with Jesus as our guide, we will become more wise. The wisdom that comes to us from Jesus is the wisdom that really matters, the wisdom that makes a difference, the wisdom that chooses the right way of living rather than the wrong way of life. We will choose this way of life when our lives are built upon Jesus Christ. This is the way of true wisdom. May God help each one of us to keep on choosing Jesus and walking in the way of the wisdom that he gives to us.


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