Do You Have Wisdom?--by Kimberly B. Southall

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Do you have wisdom? Do you know what wisdom is? One of the simplest definitions of wisdom is "good sense." Do you have good sense? How can you know? The words "wisdom," "wise," "wisely," "wiser," and "wisest" are found in no less than 380 verses in the Bible. That means the subject of wisdom is an important one. But for now, let's use the book of James to measure whether or not you have wisdom:

  • If you live a good life and do things in humility, you have wisdom. (See James 3:13.)
  • If you keep bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, then you do not have heavenly wisdom. (See James 3:14-15.)
  • If you are pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere, then you have wisdom. (See James 3:17.)
How did you do? According to the guidelines we find in the book of James, do you have wisdom? If you don't, there's still lots of hope! There's one more thing the Book of James tells us about wisdom:
  • If you lack wisdom, then you should ask God for it, because He gives wisdom generously. (See James 1:5.)
There are still many other facts about wisdom in God's Word. The best way to learn how to be wise is to read and study God's Word. Remember, you can have wisdom if you truly desire it and ask God for it.

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