What Does It Mean to Have Understanding?

What is understanding?

The only thing we can all agree on is that people are often quick to say that some have it and even faster to say that others don’t.

However, the lack of a common consensus as to what understanding really is comes from the fact that understanding is so often talked about fondly yet never practically explained in everyday life.

While many good parents will instruct their children to admire and respect the concept of understanding in their youth, very few are mindful enough to explain to their children what understanding truly is or how it can be used to allow them to better engage the world around them in their adulthood.

Even the Bible which often speaks of understanding as good and righteous qualities for a person to have is generally vague on what the practical and conceptual side of understanding actually encompasses.

Despite this, the practice of understanding is actually quite easy to comprehend and even easier to implement into everyday living as all anyone has to do to make use of understanding is simply ask themselves the simple question “why?”.

Why do the people whom I love often upset me so much?

Why do I sometimes feel as though my friends have better lives than I do?

Why do feel that I deserve so much, yet receive so little?

Certainly, when it comes to these “why” questions that we are so often confronted with, we have one of two options.

We can either face these questions head on with the intent of unearthing their absolute answers or we can carefully avoid them in the hope that if we simply refrain from giving these questions any considerable amount of thought, they will eventually go away.


All that it means to practice understanding is to be a person that both actively searches for the difficult questions of life as well as take the time to answer them because in this noble act, while we are not always guaranteed to find the answers that we may prefer or even find any answers at all, we at least take steps to ensure that if there is any considerable truth is able to be had in the midst of any circumstance, we will eventually find it.

Yet in spite of its simplicity, this process is often considered to be obtrusive unsavory for many different people for a plethora of various reasons.

Some may have subconsciously taken a nonchalant approach answering such serious questions by convincing themselves that their answers are simply whatever they decide they want them to be and that therefore to pursue any sort of different conclusion would be both redundant and a certain waste of time.

Others who are perhaps more painfully aware of such serious questions may have come to develop an intuitive fear of the answers and the harmful truths about themselves that they may bring to their attention so that they only response they can comfortably take is to avoid asking such intrusive questions in the first place.

The problem with such wishful thinking and therefore accepting an answer that is both unjustified and unproven is that the possibility of such an answer being false or misleading is always present in the minds of those who accept them, whether they care to admit it or not.

Similarly, those whom simply avoid finding the answers to such important questions will eventually have to accept an answer if they care to be able to enjoy daily life undisturbed and more often than not, the answers they find are the ones that are given to them by others.

Yet the danger in this phenomenon that the answers that any mass of people is swayed to believe are rarely, if ever, without considerable deception.

Therefore, everyone should strive to the ideal of understanding by confronting their most serious questions head on.

However, this does not have to be a painful process.

A person who strives for understanding has more resources than ever before in human history as the use of books, churches, and even local communities can serve to make answering some of our life’s most difficult questions a way to bring us closer together.


Hebrews 10:25

Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.


Thanks for Reading!


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