“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”
I’ve never heard wisdom defined by other adjectives before; usually, it stands in its own category. This verse helps us to discern between worldly knowledge and godly wisdom. To avoid selfishness, we have to surrender everything to the Lord. When our attention and affection are only for Him, we become pure.
I used to believe I could only ask God about big things in my life, and I would be so disappointed when I would not “hear” from Him. When I learned to pray for little things like “Lord, should I take this road home or another?” (yes, I’m serious), I started to know what it was like to submit to His will in little things. Now, as I ask weightier questions like “Lord, do you want me to spend time with ____ even though I don’t get along with them?” the Holy Spirit brings me back to wisdom and convicts me when I make the easy/selfish choice.
"TO AVOID SELFISHNESS, WE HAVE TO SURRENDER EVERYTHING TO THE LORD."
LORD, you are impartial. Thank you for giving wisdom to those who ask for it. Thank you for your kindness and mercy towards me. Please forgive me for trusting the world’s ways and walking away from the directions of your Holy Spirit. Please help me to hear your voice and seek your will in every area of my life.