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I am understood

Posted by Chance on April 25, 2009

I had an English professor one time who said (paraphrased) “the greatest need is not to be loved, but to be understood.”  I don’t know if I agree with him; he said a lot of things that sounded “cool” in a philosophical sense but not necessarily true.  But I think being understood is important in one sense or another.  The last post and the comment section on the one before that touched on the importance of someone’s political viewpoints being understood.  I think a great struggle in male/female relationships is understanding, just because the two sexes can see things so differently.

Whether being understood is mankind’s greatest need or not, it is a need that God can fulfill.  God can appear to be so far from us, that he doesn’t understood our human experience.  But God understands exactly what we go through, through the incarnation of Jesus Christ.  Hebrews 2:18 says

Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Hebrews 4:15-16 says

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Whether our greatest need is to be loved or understood, God does both through Jesus Christ.

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