If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. (James 3:13 NLT)
Do You Know These 3 Keys to Wisdom?
The Bible says much about wisdom. In this passage, James provides 3 key concepts to understand about wisdom.
1. Wisdom is living
Wisdom lives itself out in life. If you want to know if someone is wise, take a good look at their life. His life will reveal whether or not he is wise. And if you discover you are not wise, observing a person who is wise is a great first step in becoming wise. Watch and learn.
2. Wisdom is honorable
A wise person gains respect by his life. Interestingly, the context of the verses that preceded this verse is about the tongue. Wow. We can certainly do damage with what we say. Wise people are not silent. They speak from humility in a manner and time appropriate for the situation. Their honorable lives bring about respect and weight.
3. Wisdom is humble
Wise people are the last people to boast about being wise. They are not the first person to speak. They pause. They wait. They are not about promoting themselves.
Do you want to be wise?
This passage doesn't answer how to get wise. Rather, it provides a wisdom litmus test. But if you are interested in becoming wise, find someone who lives an honorable, humble life. Once you have found him (or her), find a way to learn from him.