There is a so-called wisdom that comes from ourselves alone. The Bible is clear that that wisdom is “earthly, unspiritual, and devilish.” This wisdom comes from “bitter jealousy and selfish ambition.” It results in “disorder and every vile practice” (James 3:14-16).
While all wisdom apart from God cannot and should not be described in this way, it describes much too much of what is paraded as “good advice” and “wise decisions.”
There is a much better way to making good decisions. That is seeking the wisdom that comes “from above.” That way of making decisions produces a harvest of righteousness. It is characterized as “first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity” (James 3:17).
What does this mean?
This is wisdom which is above all else “pure,” that is, it is holy. It is free from any contamination. Since this wisdom is from above, it is wisdom that is undefiled.
Then, the wisdom from above is peaceable. It does not cause strife or disorder. When people pursue God’s wisdom, the result will be peace among brothers.
The wisdom from above is gentle, meaning that it is considerate, kind, and free of harshness.
Godly wisdom is reasonable. It is open-minded and willing to listen. Who doesn’t want to discuss with people who are reasonable, but who wants to discuss with someone who isn’t?
God’s wisdom is like Him. It is full of mercy and compassion.
Since wisdom comes from God, it produces an abundance of good actions and wise decisions. The results of those kinds of decisions are self-evident.
Finally, the wisdom that comes from God is impartial and sincere. God’s wisdom causes us to care for everyone and to treat others with genuineness and honesty.
Who would not like to be treated in these ways? When we seek God and His wisdom we experience the goodness that comes from God and His guidance as we look to Him to lead us in our decision making.