Spiritual Gifts

Wisdom

Acts 6:3, 10 • Acts 15:13-20 • 1 Corinthians 2:1-13 • 1 Corinthians 12:8 • James 1:5-6 • 2 Peter 3:15-16

 

Definition

A Holy Spirit-empowered ability apply the teachings and principles of scripture to specific situations in order to help others make Godly choices.

 

Common Characteristics

  1. A keen ability to perceive the practical implications of abstract ideas
  2. A tendency to be sought out by others for advice on personal problems
  3. An interest in applying spiritual principles to situations in everyday life
  4. An capacity to distinguish not just between “right” and “wrong” but between “better” and “best”
  5. A tendency to see straight through to the heart of an issue
  6. An ability to communicate thoughts clearly and effectively
  7. A recognition of what outside resources may be usefully called upon or applied to a situation
  8. An understanding of the limits of one’s own knowledge and experience 
  9. A discomfort with discussion that remains on a theoretical level for too long

 

Ways to Grow in Christ’s Likeness

  1. Recognize that listening itself is a gift and that not every problem needs an immediate solution
  2. Rely on God’s Wisdom in Scripture and not simply on your own personal judgment 
  3. Allow others the freedom to experiment and fail sometimes 
  4. Practice humility in being open to receiving counsel from others
  5. Offer insights graciously and openly, without patronizing or browbeating
  6. Be patient with those to whom the solution seems less obvious than it does to you
  7. Dispense advice cautiously and only after careful listening
  8. Deliberately seek out the different perspective and experiences of other people
  9. Encourage others to depend on God, not just on you, and to seek God’s wisdom for themselves

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