Have you ever felt truly loved and known after receiving a particular gift? Have you ever felt unloved and unknown even though given a gift? While it’s true that some of the best gifts are handmade, the truly best gifts are those that are timely and fit who we are, because they were given out of love and according to knowledge and not simply out of duty or expectation. One of the keys to loving is knowing.
“To be known is to be loved, and to be loved is to be known…” —Chris Kinsley and Drew Francis in “The Woman at the Well”
3Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: 4And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. —Proverbs 24:3, 4
If wisdom is the right application of knowledge, then knowledge without application must be foolishness. And even more foolish still is to have the knowledge available but never take advantage of it.
“Knowledge without wisdom is a load of books on the back of an ass.” —Japanese proverb
“[The] opposite of love is not hate. The opposite of love is apathy. Love and hate both engage the emotions. Apathy demonstrates a lack of concern.” —BJ in The River Walk: Weeping and Laughing
When you fall in love, don’t you want to know everything about that person? Don’t you want to spend as much time as possible with them? Don’t you try to think of ways to make them smile? In order to do that, you have to spend time with them and learn to know what would make them smile, right?
“Nothing is desired that is not known.” —Latin proverb
“There is no shame in not knowing; the shame lies in not finding out.” —Russian proverb
“Lack of knowledge is darker than night.” —Hausan proverb
With today being Christmas, Jesus’ birthday, people sometimes wonder what they can possibly give Him as a birthday present. The Westminster catechism based on several verses from the Bible says that the chief purpose of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Don’t you enjoy people who enjoy being with you? Part of the reason Jesus became a man was so we could know and understand God better. He came to demonstrate His love for us and invites us to live with Him.
“Come live with me and you’ll know me.” —Spanish proverb
“Knowing about Him is a necessary precondition of trusting in Him, but the width of our knowledge about Him is no gauge of our knowledge of Him.” —J.I. Packer
“Christianity is not an action; it is a reaction. The Bible is not a list of requirements, but a list of results after experiencing God’s love.” —Peter Haas, pastor in his sermon Pharisectomy Part 2 – Joy Driven Christianity
The apostle Paul, who had a list of religious credentials, wrote in his letter to the Philippians that he counted everything as loss and even as poop in comparison to really knowing Jesus. Because Paul had had an encounter with Him and experienced His mercy, grace and love, Paul had a desire to know Him more.
Since Christmas is really about the birth of Christ, the best way to have a truly merry Christmas is to find peace with it. Usually the best way to find peace with something is to understand it, and to understand we first need to learn and gain knowledge. So the best gift we can give Jesus, as well as others and ourselves, is to seek to know Him. And if we already know Him, seek to know Him more.
Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!
December 25th, 2013 at 4:15 am
May I add “respond” instead of “reaction”? And add “attitude & motivation”?
December 25th, 2013 at 4:20 am
Of course! I like that better. 🙂 Thank you, Tienny!
December 25th, 2013 at 4:21 am
Rene, you are welcome 🙂
December 25th, 2013 at 4:38 am
As usual, you’ve served us up a Big plate of Good Stuff, Sis! I hope it would be alright for me to share my Christmas Eve blessing– I was jumping from channel to channel, seeking my fave Christmas movies, or a music program I might enjoy. Don’t know if you’re familiar with Alex Boye, but he’s a fab singer–and there was a program featuring his music and story. He had been abandoned by his father, and felt equally abandoned when his mother moved from England to Nigeria–even though he was not a child anymore. So he pressed into God. Later, he was reunited with his mom who assured him that, despite the distance and silence during the years, “there was never a day I didn’t think of you”. He realized that’s how God feels too–that we may not always “see” Him, but He is always thinking of us, not a day goes by that He doesn’t. I had tears rolling down my cheeks, so moved to hear this message so clearly–for I, too, know the pain of abandonment (and neglect). But not a day goes by that God doesn’t think of me–regardless whether I can see Him…. This was my Huge Christmas gift from HIM, the one I didn’t even realize I was still hoping for. When God redeems and restores, it is more than a double blessing. Thanks for letting me blather on–God bless you BIG!
December 25th, 2013 at 4:52 am
Awww, thank you so much for sharing your Christmas Eve blessing and gift from Abba! Although I have never felt completely abandoned, I know the pain of abandonment and neglect, too. What a blessing to know not a day goes by that He doesn’t think of us and will never abandon or forsake us. [teary-eyed]. ((BiG HUGs))
December 25th, 2013 at 5:50 am
Can we do the happy dance together even with teary eyes?
December 25th, 2013 at 8:41 am
Yes!! [dancing the happy dance] 😀
December 25th, 2013 at 8:29 am
Merry Christmas Rene! Great post as always!
December 25th, 2013 at 8:41 am
Thank you, David! Merry Christmas!! 😀
December 25th, 2013 at 2:22 pm
Merry Christmas Rene. Hugs. Ralph xox 😀
December 25th, 2013 at 5:00 pm
Merry Christmas, Ralph! ((hugs)) 😀
December 25th, 2013 at 4:47 pm
Excellent post! Merry Christmas, Rene!
December 25th, 2013 at 5:00 pm
Thank you, Bill! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones! 😀
December 25th, 2013 at 5:20 pm
I love this – To be known is to be loved, and to be loved is to be known…” —Chris Kinsley and Drew Francis in “The Woman at the Well” How true & how sad that people today are too busy to get to know someone in their life. They miss out on so much. Thanks Rene 🙂
December 25th, 2013 at 5:26 pm
Thank you, Randell. Did you happen to click the link to the quote? It takes you to a short monologue video, which is worth seeing. 🙂
December 26th, 2013 at 8:45 pm
Merry Christmas to you too! That’s a really enlightening first paragraph. =>
December 27th, 2013 at 10:47 am
Thank you! 🙂
December 27th, 2013 at 7:22 am
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December 27th, 2013 at 8:56 pm
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December 28th, 2013 at 9:36 am
Wonderful post Sweets. Thank you for the insightful quotes, your own thoughts, and the Bible verses. I believe that seeking to know Him more is the wisest thing we could do in the new year.
December 28th, 2013 at 11:27 am
Thank you, g! 😀