The best wisdom is the wisdom that comes from heaven. It has God as its author, it carries his point of view, and it never fails. God’s wisdom will always point you in the right direction.
Most of us are quick to say “knowledge is power.” But, the fact is your knowledge is only potential power until you put it to wise use. Knowledge is about facts and wisdom is about the decisions you make with those facts—one complements the other and both are needed.
Your wisdom—for better or worse—is the extension of your knowledge. Wise people make good decisions and they do well in life.
But 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.
The wisdom that comes from heaven, the best wisdom, contains the following eight qualities.
First of all pure. Having pure motives is the first and primary characteristic of godly wisdom. To be pure is to be free of corruption. Do what is good and honorable throughout your workday. Follow an ethical career path. Proverbs 3:7 tells you to “shun evil.”
Peace-loving. Seek unity within your organization. Restore any broken relationships with your coworkers. Mitigate strife. Lay aside revenge and resentment.
Considerate. Listen to and learn from your fellow stakeholders. Know how your individual actions affect others at your place of employment.
Submissive. God is never wrong and obedience to him is never a mistake. Stay true to your Christian values.
Mercy. Kindness, compassion, and benevolence are all Christlike qualities. The wise keep moving forward in life while the foolish waste their time holding grudges.
Good fruit. Careers span decades. They are like fruit because they take time to mature. Plan for the long haul. The wisest choices are the ones that bring the best results by the best means over the longest period of time.
Impartial. Go where the facts lead you. Operate in the realm of reason rather than emotion. Be free of prejudice.
Sincere. Truth and light will always win the day. Be free of deceit and free of hypocrisy. Choose transparency over deception.
Applying James 3:17-type wisdom throughout your career will yield returns that are better than gold. (Prov. 3:14)