Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- December 28, 2011
“My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ…” Colossians 2:2
We tend to trust those who understand us. Understanding is a bridge to belief and intimacy. This is one reason it is wise to first seek understanding of the Lord’s ways. When we seek to understand our Savior we see the path of His Providence more clearly and we trust in Him. Understanding scouts ahead of God’s will looking for opportunities to follow Him.
One facilitator to gaining understanding is fear of the Lord. This is foundational for faith, salvation and growing in grace. An education in eternal consequences requires humility, attention and application. We seek to understand the Lord and thoroughly trust Him, so we can better understand others. When others feel understood they are open to influence.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7
So seek first to understand others, and you will earn the right to influence them because they trust you. Listening leads to learning what another thinks and feels. For example, mature emotional intelligence requires sensitivity to your spouse’s dreams and desires. Your seeking to understand your children and team members contributes to tremendous relational deposits. Expectations without understanding lead to frustration.
Children need to know you care as you correct their behavior. They trust you have their best interests in mind when they believe you understand them. In the workplace, understanding is quick to collaborate and slow to dictate. There is a respect for other’s thoughts and opinions that is patient and fair. Understanding creates community.
Are you overdrawn in your relational requests? Do people trust you, or are they suspect because you draw conclusions without clearly understanding the context? Take the time to understand, and trust will transfer into a growing relationship with God and others. Ask God first for understanding and He will reveal the truths found in His son Jesus.
“To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.” Job 12:13
Where do I need to apply better understanding, so I can build trust and competence?
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