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
The complexity of leadership in today’s ever-changing contexts calls for wisdom from Him who is its source. Kingdom leaders desperately need wisdom as they seek to navigate the many issues of our day.
But, what does godly wisdom look like? James describes seven characteristics that paint a picture for Kingdom leaders on how to gauge your leadership (and others) against the standards of wisdom from heaven.
The seventh and final manifestation of godly wisdom is that it is sincere.
This word, ‘sincere,’ means “without hypocrisy.” Godly, wise leaders walk the talk. They never say, “Do what I say, not what I do.” They are authentic and genuine in all their ways. They are always seeking to model for others what they want them to be and do.
This kind of wisdom is not duplicitous either in word of deed. There is consistent integrity of words and deeds in every situation. Jesus’ enemies used His integrity to try and trap Him, “They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” (see Luke 20:20ff ESV)
What an amazing testimony to Jesus’ integrity in that His enemies tried to use it against Him! If you had enemies, would they choose your integrity as a tool to oppose you?
By reflecting upon these seven manifestations of godly wisdom in the life of an individual, we can know if we are making progress in our pursuit. While we may never arrive, there is always more growth and maturity needed, we can note progress.
These qualities are mile-markers that enable us to see increments of change as we seek to grow in wisdom and help others do the same. Are you on the journey of intentionally pursuing godly wisdom for your life and leadership? Are you making progress?