Define It!- Wisdom

 

Define It!

Word: Wisdom

Definition:

  • According to Googlethe quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment.

  • According to Dictionary.comknowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.

  • According to TheFreeDictionary.comThe ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight.

Defining It:

All the definitions above are very similar. To me, some of them are untrue. For example, knowledge and wisdom are not the same thing. Knowledge is knowing what’s right and wisdom is knowing and doing it correctly. Also with the word experience. Just because you have experience doesn’t mean that you have wisdom. In some cases like a baby compared to a 12 year old, the 12 year old has a lot more experience and is more wiser, but it’s not like the baby has wisdom and can choose right from wrong. You may be wondering what discernment is since it talks a lot about it above. In my own words, it means to use God’s wisdom to choose between good and evil. We have been talking about this in our BRIGHT Lights meetings and it really spoke to me. I realized how much every day things try to tell us that life is all about us or that we need the best, which is why we need to discern God’s truth from “worldly wisdom”. So my definition for wisdom would be to use or have discernment; to use God’s truth to make a smart decision.

Godly Perspective:

The book of Proverbs is an important book that talks all about wisdom. Lots of verses talk about what wise people do and what foolish people do. We need to have wisdom so we can make choices that Jesus would choose. Wouldn’t you rather be wise than foolish?

Why Wisdom?

Wisdom is a really hard thing to understand. A lot of people don’t know the difference between knowledge and wisdom. It also is the theme of the month.


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