Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12 (NIV)
In relationships the failure to communicate can be extremely frustrating. But, the failure to commune leads us to despair.
Communication is usually about sharing information; at its most basic level, the transmitting and receiving of meanings.
Communion, however, is about sharing life. It’s about knowing and being known, caring and being cared for on a deep and personal basis.
Perhaps the most pressing need each of us has is to know that we are fully known and, yet, still deeply loved. That, despite our failures and weakness, regardless of our successes and strengths, we are still unconditionally loved.
Some of our families did a fairly good job of this while others failed miserably.
But God, the Father, is perfect in his love, and we are already fully known by him. He created us with a desire for that “fully known” love and so he draws us to himself, where we are face-to-face with him, where one day we will know fully even as we are now fully known (1 Corinthians 13:12).
And our objective-in-Jesus is to carry this fully known love into our relationships, modeling for others a Christ-like communion that that emerges in a place where it is safe to be fully known and still be loved.
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