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 above. Kingdom leaders desperately need wisdom as they face the many challenges of our fast-paced world.
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 fifth manifestation of God’s wisdom is that it’s full of mercy and good fruit.
Leaders with this wisdom have compassion for the hurting and seek to help others in their difficulties. As they move through life and leadership they are sensitive to those around them who are hurting and, when appropriate, move to bring healing. They model the life Jesus described in the parable of the Good Samaritan. (see Luke 10:25-37)
This type of wisdom loves others unconditionally as God loves us. Wise leaders are able to separate the person from their performance. They love others just as they are and they seek to enable and empower them to reach their potential for greatest contribution in the Kingdom.
Godly wisdom does what is right, not what is culturally expected or expedient. They do not seek to offend, being very aware of possible cultural offenses, trying to minimize them so that the only stumbling block is Jesus and not the messenger. Wise Kingdom leaders courageously speak the truth in love and entrust themselves and their leadership to God for the outcomes.
Wise Kingdom leaders live a life that is blameless and do not give others opportunity for slandering the King or His Kingdom. They seek to live a life that is above reproach. (see Titus 1:6-7)
Wise leaders are full of mercy and bear godly fruit.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide… John 15:16 ESV