Understanding is a word that can have an almost identical meaning as either a noun or an adjective. Most people probably wouldn’t give that a second thought, but I think it’s a very cool and interesting fact.
Ponder for a minute or two just how small we are compared to God. It should make you very thankful of how much time He’s spent on understanding our needs, wants, and desires. We may be small, but we’re anything but insignificant to Him. In fact, He thought we were worth sacrificing His life. The source of sovereign intelligence and eternal life took it upon Himself to pay the debt for all sin. That’s after He had spent 4,000 years talking to us, meeting our needs, and understanding our struggles.
Because God showed us how to love…we should. And what does love require so much of the time? Whether we’re ready and/or able to give it, love requires understanding. You don’t have to buy anything, make anything, or even always actively DO anything to show and give love.
Here’s an awesome example of what I mean…you can use your ears to show love. Valentine’s Day is a day most people would probably think you show love with your words, flowers, and chocolate. But sometimes all it takes is a pair of caring, listening ears. When you give your full attention to someone who’s hurting, you’ll reach a level of understanding that can turn a day or even a life around.
On this Valentine’s Day I’d like to send out love and understanding to you…especially if you disagree with my worldview. You can let it soar past you and land in someone else’s heart if you prefer. But my hope is that you’ll read these words and be glad there’s someone “out there” who truly cares what happens to you…I do, and I can guarantee this…I’m not the only one.
In Faith, Hope, and Love…