But wisdom is proved right by all her children.Luke 7:35 NIV
At the end of Jesus’ discussion about John the Baptist and himself, he makes this comment about wisdom. At first, it appears to be a somewhat cryptic passage. What children does wisdom have? And how can they prove the rightness of wisdom?
The Fruit of Wisdom Identifies Its Source
I believe that James 3:13-18 can help us to better understand what Jesus was saying here. James described two sources of wisdom. One source is God, and the other is earthly. God’s wisdom is peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere. In contrast, earthly wisdom produces bitter envy, selfish ambition, disorder, and every evil practice.
When Jesus mentions the children of wisdom, I believe he is referring to the fruit that wisdom produces. Does the wisdom I have result in good for the people around me? If so, it is wisdom from God, or godly wisdom. Or is it seeking to advance my own position? If it is, then my wisdom is earthly wisdom.
Real wisdom, the wisdom from above, is proved to be right by her children, the good fruit that it produces. Seek after godly wisdom.
Blessed are those who find wisdom,Prov. 3:13-14 NIV
those who gain understanding,
for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.
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