What is biblical wisdom?

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BIBLICAL WISDOM is knowing and understanding the truth, obeying the truth, and making decisions based on the truth. Wisdom helps you be more like Jesus in your actions, thoughts and attitudes, by loving God and your neighbor. Here are eleven examples of wisdom in action:

LOVE is giving willingly of whatever I have to meet someone’s need.

HUMILITY is knowing that everything good in me is from God alone, and is not for my benefit first, but for serving God and others. I should not put myself first.

SELF-CONTROL is the ability to say no to my wrong desires and yes to what God wants me to do.

PATIENCE is accepting problems without complaining, trusting that God will care for me.

LISTENING is giving careful attention to another person. Listening shows someone love and respect.

GENTLENESS is using only the strength or force that is appropriate.

FAITHFULNESS is being dependable, so that others can trust what I say and do.

TRUTHFULNESS is telling information accurately, without exaggerating or misleading.

DISCERNMENT is seeing the difference between good and bad — or good and best — so I know what to do to please God. 

CONTENTMENT is being satisfied because God is working everything together for my good and for his glory.

COURAGE is doing what must be done, even when I am afraid and I think it is too hard.

From Get Wisdom! by Ruth Younts

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.