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Gift of Wisdom


Written by James Nored

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Wisdom

Wisdom—This gift equips one to makes wise life choices and to help others do the same. An example of leading through wisdom is correctly choosing the right course of action when faced with multiple options (1 Kings 3:16-29).

Spiritual Gifts Passages on Wisdom 
"8 To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom" (1 Cor. 12:8). 

Characteristics of Those with This Gift:

- Are able to make good choices when faced with multiple paths
-  Others seek them out when faced with difficult choices
-  Live good lives, filled with humility, self-control, and dependence upon God
-  Can help bring peace to situations through their insight
-  Are able to objectively differentiate between competing pathways or points of view

Application
Application for World/Workplace/Neighborhood Settings
-  When people at work, neighbors, or seekers seem to be needing guidance and direction, offer to talk with them about their life issues
-  Seek to be a peacemaker in the workplace, helping to resolve conflicts
-  Help your company be wise in its decisions, which includes doing the right thing and having honest policies

Application for Church Ministry
-  Receive training as a "lay counselor," further refining your counseling skills
-  Look for people who are struggling and spend time with them; over time, they may ask you for help and insight
-  Offer to get together with church leaders, members, or new Christians that are facing struggles or major decisions; informally, over coffee, help them think through what they are facing
-  Teach a class on Wisdom literature (Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Solomon, Ecclessiastes, Esther, Job)

Application for Family
-  Share with your family life choices that you made and why; help them think through their life choices
-  Study the wisdom literature with your family
-  Work "teaching moments" of daily wisdom into your family interactions and conversations; model the life that you want your children to live


Testimony/Example of How People Have Used This Gift:
Brandy M., college student--“There are many people in my life, Christians and non-Christians, that come to me for advice when facing a difficult decision or time in their lives. I had a friend who needed advice about an abusive relationship she was in. I helped her look for a job, and get things straightened out so she could get back on her feet for her and her daughter. I've always been there to listen, and I try to give the best Christian advice to them that I can. I try to live my life in a way that people my age with whom I interact can see that I'm a Christian. That can be very hard in this day and age to be a 20-something and have negative pressures and influences around you that comes with this age group. Having someone to relate to can make a huge difference. It wasn't long ago when I graduated from high school, and thought I knew everything. I was trying to find out who I was, and I made a lot of bad calls. I think now I'm in a good spot in my life, and I've repaired a lot of damage with the help of God. Even though some of those things weren't good, I am glad I went through them, if it means that I can help someone else through them and maybe even show them Christ.”

 

Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 April 2017 06:23

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