A godly man or woman will be known by how they react to instruction, teaching, and rebuke. “By your fruits will you be known.” You will see through their response if they are wise and loving or foolish and vengeful.
True wisdom only comes through the fear of the Lord. From a desire to seek to please Him in all your ways. When a word of instruction or even rebuke comes will you stop, consider, and search your own heart to see if you have done wrong if you have offended your righteous and holy God?
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. Proverbs 9:9-10
If you want to be wise in God’s eyes, fear the Lord, love others, seek to obey His commands, follow His precepts, and continually humble yourselves before Him in everything you do.
In this way, you will learn from your mistakes, the lessons God is teaching. By humility, you will quickly repent of your sins. In this way, your wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of the Lord will expand and increase, without the expansion of your own head.
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” 1 Corinthians 3:18-20
Many in this time and age are building up their own wisdom, they are relying on their own knowledge, living without love, yet declaring that they follow and know God. Running to and fro to gain as much knowledge as possible. Even increasing in their Biblical knowledge, to attain some kind of intellectual stature, some lofty grandeur of learning, seeking to know more and more.
And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase. Daniel 12:3-4
But even this is not enough for them. Just knowing all that they know does not satisfy, but needing the accolades of others they puff themselves up with applause. This is not wisdom, but foolishness. In this world, foolishness abounds, but wisdom is rare.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult. Proverbs 12:15-16
If you are not seeking God first, fearing Him at every turn, searching for the Holy Spirit to give you instruction and wisdom, and walking in love, what good is it? If you do great things in this world but it is without God’s love and wisdom it is worth nothing.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
If you want true wisdom, wisdom with eternal value, you must fear the Lord first and foremost and it must be accompanied by love.
Any academic excellence, intellectual ascent, or prodigious reasoning results in loveless pursuits. Increased knowledge puffs up with pride those who seek it and will be of no eternal advantage. Unless you fear the Lord, love others, and seek to honor Him, giving Him all the glory, it will have been all for naught.
We know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, he is known by God. 1 Corinthians 8:1-3