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Cherishing, Listening, Learning, To Understand As the Learned

I’ve been tinkering with a meaning of lowliness, and miracle on the off chance that it’s the readiness and capacity to persistently continue mortification in the trust of a decent result inevitably.

The individual leaving on modesty is absolutely a significant other, an audience, and a learner – and their prize is to end up one of the organization of the educated. The educated get it:

“It is quite clear that between love and understanding there is a very close link. He who loves understands and he who understands loves. One who feels understood feels loved and one who loves feels sure of being understood.”
– Paul Tournier (1898 – 1986)

Understanding is conducive to love. If we understand someone, we can love them. If they feel understood, they can love us. Yet if we choose to love, understanding is sure more often than not to follow. And would it matter if it didn’t follow, if we were committed to love? Such a love finds its greatest contentment simply in pleasing God.

To please God is to live as the obedient – as best we can hope for, within our brokenness. The LORD requires no perfection from us, except for the perfect diligence of considered preparation.

“The Lord GOD has given Me
the tongue of those who are instructed
to know how to sustain the weary with a word.
He awakens Me each morning;
He awakens My ear to listen like those being instructed.”
– Isaiah 50:4 (HCSB)

What better understanding is there than the one who understands the LORD, and His Words? Such a person waits on God in the awakened seconds of serenity that light up the morning. (And if that’s not an accurate depiction of morning, set it as a goal to attain, because otherwise you’re missing out. Praise God you’re alive.) As we wait, we’re given the Words, and those Words are a salve for the weary. But we must wait and then listen as those who are instructed. Humility of surrender must come first.

Those who wait learn to listen. Those who listen learn to understand. Those who love humility learn to love.