Proverbs 3:13-18 (NIV)
Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.
1. Don’t trust your own eyes.
Proverbs 12:15 (NIV)
The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.
Proverbs 27:6 (NKJV)
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
2. Hearing and practicing God’s word builds wisdom.
Matthew 7:24-27 (NIV)
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
3. Wisdon has good companions.
Proverbs 13:20 (NIV)
Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.
4. Wisdom chooses its family.
Proverbs 7:4 (NIV)
Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and to insight, “You are my relative.”
5. Wisdom is decisive.
James 1:5-8 (NIV)
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
6. Wisdom starts in having a healthy fear of God.
Proverbs 1:7 (NIV)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
7. Wisdom understands moderation.
Proverbs 23:1-8 (NIV)
When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, 2 and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive. 4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle. Do not eat the food of a begrudging host, do not crave his delicacies; 7 for he is the kind of person who is always thinking about the cost. “Eat and drink,” he says to you, but his heart is not with you. You will vomit up the little you have eaten and will have wasted your compliments.
Proverbs 17:27-28 (ESV)
Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
Proverbs 14:16 (ESV)
One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless.
Proverbs 29:11 (ESV)
A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.
8. Wisdom overlooks offenses.
Proverbs 19:11 (NIV)
A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
Proverbs 18:1 (NKJV)
A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment.
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