The Spiritual Gift of Wisdom


Literal Meaning: To apply truth practically

Description: The gift of wisdom is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to know the mind of the Holy Spirit in such a way as to receive insight into how given knowledge may best be applied to specific needs arising in the Body of Christ.


  • Focus on the unseen consequences in determining the next steps to take
  • Receive an understanding of what is necessary to meet the needs of the Body of Christ
  • Provide divinely given solutions in the midst of conflict and confusion
  • Hear the Spirit provide direction for God’s best in a given situation
  • Apply spiritual truth in specific and practical ways


 Sensible Could fail to share the wisdom that God
 Insightful has given them
 Practical Need to avoid having others develop a dependence
 Wise upon them, which may weaken their faith in God
 Fair Need to be patient with others who do not have this gift
 Common sense  
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References: Acts 6:3, 10; I Corinthians 12:8; James 1:5,6; II Peter 3:15

For more about spiritual gifts see these posts:

Spiritual Gifts from the Holy Spirit

Let Your Spiritual Gifts S–T–R–E–T–C–H You

Gifts + Passion = Ministry

New Month/New Theme

September is a time when our thoughts turn to learning. School is starting, or in some cases, has already started for youngsters. Young adults are heading off to college. Even for older folks, continuing education classes, Bible studies and other kinds of classes are gearing up. So, I thought this might be a good point to consider the topic of wisdom. What is it exactly? What does the Bible say about it? How does it differ from knowledge? How do we gain wisdom? These are some of the questions we’ll be considering as we move into fall.

Of course, as usual, I’ll be reviewing books (for both adults and children), watching movies, listening to music and seeing where the Spirit leads me. I’m hoping you’ll hear from some other authors as well.

So, put on your thinking caps, readers! Consider what you should be doing to “gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12).