Who is the wisest person you know?
It’s funny isn’t it? I’m guessing you had to stop and think for a minute.
If I’d asked you who had hurt you or to name the most foolish person, several faces may have popped to mind . . . but the wisest, that’s harder.
I’ve been blessed with several wise mentors who are always ready to point me back to the truth of God’s Word and live accordingly.
So, one more question…
What Should You and I Look for in a Wise Mentor? or
12 Important Characteristics Found in Wise People
1. They are seekers of Truth.
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Wise people spend time in personal prayer and Bible Study.
2. They know right and wrong and live appropriately.
Fools live to see what they can get away with . . . believing the only wrong is getting caught.
Wise people set safe boundaries for themselves and want to honor God with their lives.
3. They value learning and the wisdom of others.
The mind of a person with understanding gets knowledge; the wise person listens to learn more. Proverbs 18:15
Wise people never stop listening to and learning from other wise people.
4. The take responsibility for their actions.
“It’s time to care; it’s time to take responsibility; it’s time to lead; it’s time for a change; it’s time to be true to our greatest self; it’s time to stop blaming others.” ~Steve Maraboli
Wise people admit their mistakes, confess their sins, and ask for forgiveness.
5. They learn from the past but don’t let it define them.
“We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.” – Frederick Douglass
Wise people humbly and gratefully receive God’s forgiveness, desire change, and reject the enemy’s negative labels and taunting about past circumstances.
6. They value their relationships.
“How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.” ~Stephen Covey
Wise people don’t just say the people around them are important to them, they show them, and schedule their lives to match their words.
7. They make an effort to help others.
The man who gives much will have much, and he who helps others will be helped himself. Proverbs 11:25
Wise people know the importance of teamwork at home, at church, at work, and in their community. They know that by helping others they make the team stronger and bless the whole.
8. They are understanding and compassionate.
“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.” ~Henri J.M. Nouwen
Wise people listen to understand, do not make assumptions, care about the feelings of others, and offer compassion rather than quick judgment.
9. They work to improve society.
“Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” ~Vince Lombardi
“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world is leaves to its children.” ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Wise people care about and serve their community. They work for the good of society as a whole. They vote for wise leaders, individuals who demonstrate these characteristics, and they care for their neighbors.
10. They are the same both privately and publicly.
“Integrity is not so much what we do as much as who we are.” ~John Maxwell
Wise people don’t adjust their actions for the people around them. They are consistent in their desire to honor God with their lives.
11. They prepare for the future but do not worry about it.
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” ~Corrie ten Boom
Wise people do what they can to prepare for an unknown future and then leave the rest to God. They refuse to worry about things over which they have no control.
12. They acknowledge their emotions but control how they express them.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22–23
Wise people know and admit they are emotional, but they surrender their emotions to the power of the Holy Spirit. They control their words and actions and ask for forgiveness when they fail.
Wise people trust God’s love and believe His promises.
Wow! That is a humbling list. Oh, how I need the Father’s love, the redeeming power of Jesus, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
What a wonderful reminder to know…
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. James 1:5
Ask Him to help you find a wise mentor and faithfully study His Word. He will keep His promises and give you His wisdom.
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