Sometimes we don’t know everything. That’s a hard truth to admit too, but it’s true. We are limited in our knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. We are also sinful rebellious people who have prejudices and biases that keep us from seeing things as they really are. No matter how hard we work to remain objective and to be wise and discerning, there will be things that stand in the way of total objectivity and perfect wisdom. The Apostle Paul calls that seeing through a mirror dimly.
For now we see in a mirror, dimly but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.
- 1 Corinthians 13:12
Paul means that our knowledge and our wisdom are incomplete. We can’t possibly see the whole picture. There are too many obstacles in our way. But, we don’t always act humbly when it comes to what we know. Our tendency is to assume that we are right when we have a difference of opinion and then fight as hard as we can to defend our position. Sometimes we are right. Sometimes we should fight. But sometimes, we aren’t right and we fight when we should love and listen.
We need to be humble enough to understand that we do see through a mirror dimly. One day we will know all things beyond a shadow of a doubt. But, I promise you that today is not that day. We should all be humble with our thoughts and in our interactions. We should be mindful that we don’t know everything. We should seek greater understanding and Godly wisdom. Our aim should be kindness, gentleness, and love, while we show grace and mercy to others.
Questions for Reflection:
- When you are in dialog with a person, do you listen so that you can make your next argument or do you listen to understand where the other person is coming from?
- Do you value other peoples opinions as much as your own?
- Do you value the opinions of others even when they may differ from your own?
- Do you tend to assume the worst of others that disagree or assume the best about their intentions?