To be fully known

To be fully known

One of my favourite verses in the Bible is in a well-known passage – quite often read at weddings: 1 Corinthians chapter 13 verse 12. It says this about love and knowledge: For now we see only a 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.

Sometimes we despair that no one truly understands or knows us, especially when we are struggling with sadness or difficulty. This passage talks about Jesus or God knowing us fully, and the Christian hope that one day we will meet him face to face. All our struggles and our questions can then finally be resolved and we will know fully, as we are already fully known by God.

In other places people have written that God fully knows us, knows our movements and our thoughts, for example Psalm 139 (Google it!). Perhaps the thought of God knowing us is creepy and unsettling, but to be known fully and still be loved is hugely liberating. We often keep our deepest darkest thoughts to ourselves, because we worry people won’t love or like us anymore if they truly knew us. But God knows us and loves us nonetheless, as Jesus has made clear.

Mental health has been rightly receiving much attention lately. We hear that it is good to open up and talk to others. It does require trust and a safe place of love and acceptance. Prayer to God is one way to begin to open up, speaking with someone another. Many churches will offer pastoral care via ministers/priests, elders or other volunteers. The main purpose of this is to listen well, so people will experience that they are known and loved. We can all give this care to one another, by listening well and without judgement or rushing to give advice.

Our church has set up a pastoral visiting team, if you want to know more, check out our website (www.stmacharsranfurlychurch.org.uk) or contact the minister.


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