Sunday, October 08, 2006

1 Corinthians 2:6-16

Have you ever wondered what your kids were thinking? I know I have. Sure, sometimes the rolling eyes, heavy sighs or huffy breaths are a dead give-away to their thoughts, but there are other times when I look in my kids eyes and have absolutely no idea what they are truly thinking or feeling. More frustrating for me though is when my kids are diligently trying to communicate with me and I just don’t get it. Sometimes it is VERY difficult to really understand someone.

Paul talks about this in today’s reading. He says, “For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him?” (1 Cor 2:11a)

Isn’t that the truth? I can relate to this as I’m trying to understand my children, but I also know from personal experience that often I keep my thoughts and feelings to myself – very few people really know my thoughts or feelings. Even when I articulate what I’m thinking, I am seldom able to fully communicate them.

Paul uses this question in the context of discussing how we can know the things of God; or to paraphrase the portion of the passage in my words: If we have so much trouble understanding each other, how can we possibly understand the heart of God?

Fortunately for us, God has given us a special gift to help us understand. Paul describes this gift as the Spirit of God or the mind of Christ. God does not intentionally hide his truth from us. It is His desire to be known by us and for us to know him fully.

Let us choose today to let the Spirit of God, the mind of Christ, draw us closer to the heart of God. Perhaps as we better understand God, we can also better understand each other.

Alan Davenport

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