The work of the Holy Spirit is an awesome mystery for us. Because of the way these spiritual gifts are given to us and manifested in individuals, it is better to provide a description rather than a narrow, one-size-fits-all definition. Like the spiritual gifts assessment, these descriptions are not definitive but paint a beautiful tapestry of the Holy Spirit at work in God’s people.
The spiritual gift that allows the receiver to sort through opinions, facts and thoughts in order to determine what solution would be best for an individual or a community of believers.
People with this gift are usually: sensible, insightful, practical, wise, fair, experienced, possessing common sense.
Cautions for people with this gift: failing to share the wisdom that God has given them; being patient with others who do not have this gift.
Biblical references: 1 Corinthians 2:6–13, James 3:13–18, 2 Chronicles 1:7–11
Adapted from Gifts for You: Opening Your Spiritual Gifts and used here with permission. Copyright © 2011 Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Written by Valora K Starr. www.womenoftheelca.org/filebin/pdf/resources/SpiritualGifts.pdf