Proverbs 15 begins with a description of the use of the tongue.
When people go about their business of holy living, others can be offended by the lack of wickedness in your life style. You do not participate in their form of twisted humor. You do not laugh at their stories because of the content. You do not back up their distortions of truth.
When they display anger at you in their response, “A soft answer turneth away wrath:.” This is a proper use of the tongue. But if you reply with “grievous words” you will stir up anger. Watch the response of those with whom you speak. Their response will help you evaluate if you have made proper use of your tongue. Have you used knowledge aright?
The mouth of the fool pours out foolishness. Their response is perverse. It turns away from truth or responsibility in some way. It will handle truth in a light hearted and insincere way as though it really does not matter.
You may say in your heart, it does not really matter. No one will see! But “the eyes of the LORD are in every place beholding the evil and the good.”
You call yourself holy? If you really are, you will be concerned about your tongue and its use. “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach of the spirit.”
There is a logical process by which intellectual thoughts rise from statistical observations to the level of wisdom.
Data – Data is collected statistical observation or a record of an instance or sequence of experiences.
Information – Information is data that is organized into some kind of form or shape. It must be sufficiently recognizable that one might be able to make meaningful sense of it.
Knowledge – Knowledge is the interpretive view of information. Therefore information plus a world view raises this intellectual concept to the level of knowledge. But if the wrong world view is referenced, the product becomes compromised. True knowledge is information which is evaluated according to the view and perspective of the Creator God. I.e. Are you looking at things according to God’s world view? This is the first manifestation of the proper exercise of intelligence. Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”
Understanding – Understanding is the ability to evaluate or separate knowledge into its qualities. Is it good/bad; true/false; right/wrong; just/unjust; useful/vanity; pure/defiled; or holy/unholy? Proverbs 1:4 “…receive instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, equity…”
Wisdom – Wisdom is making right decisions which result in right actions which glorify God both as to the process (means) and goals (objectives). These decisions are morally correct.
If one understands the thought process of how to arrive at wisdom, then wisdom is not so hard to achieve. Life can be very straight forward. It is only really difficult when one does not think God’s thoughts after Him.