Knowledge is facts and information you have learned and stored. Wisdom is how you apply it in life’s situations. God tells us there is a difference between His wisdom and the world’s wisdom. Here is a litmus test God gives to distinguish between the two (Proverbs 9:10):
- First, worldly wisdom can produce in our lives bitter jealousy and selfish ambition. Jealousy is focusing on what someone else has with a growing desire to have it. Selfish ambition is when my life becomes consumed with ME and my ways above anything or anyone else. Both of these end up bringing confusion and make life cheap (James 3:14-16).
- On the other hand, God’s wisdom (truth from His Word) comes from above. When applied to our life, it produces what is pure — clear, without contradiction; peaceable — not disruptive but calming; gentle – not harsh but kind; reasonable — respectfully engaging; full of mercy — not demeaning but forgiving; and unwavering without hypocrisy — more than just a slogan we stand for… but something we live daily. (James 3:17)
Your ability to be an influence at your work comes as you adapt in your heart and apply through your life…God’s wisdom. (PMC) Consider: James 3:13; Colossians 1:9-10.
This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.