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. James 3:17 NIV 1984
Leadership in today’s ever-changing contexts calls for wisdom from Him who is its source. Kingdom leaders especially need wisdom as they seek to navigate the social and legal ‘land mines’ of our day.
James describes seven characteristics that paint a picture for Kingdom leaders on how to measure your leadership (and others) against the standards of wisdom from heaven.
The third manifestation of godly wisdom is that it’s considerate.
Godly wisdom in Kingdom leaders shows itself as kindness and gentleness when dealing with others. These leaders seek to honor Christ with their leadership and therefore are trying to model a life of love as Christ loves them. “And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness…” 2 Timothy 2:24-25 ESV
Godly wisdom is not harsh or mean-spirited. It does not seek vengeance or pay back. It does not flaunt its rights, but rather yields its rights to others, sacrificially serving at one’s own expense.
It is sensitive to its own weaknesses when seeing weaknesses in others. These leaders recognize their own weaknesses and that tempers and sensitizes them to not criticize others. “How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.” Luke 6:42 ESV
It is not judgmental and seeks the best for others. In personnel decision-making they consider both what is best for the work and what is best for the person. If there is any doubt between the two, what is best for the individual rules, for they trust God to provide whatever resources are needed to accomplish His work.
Wisdom seeks to place others before self in all areas of life and service. It is not self-promoting. These godly, wise Kingdom leaders give credit to others for work done. They continually push the spotlight of attention onto others instead of themselves.
Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men. Titus 3:1-2 NIV 1984