And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we
may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His son Jesus
Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

1 John 5: 20

The famous New York City coffee company Chock full o’Nuts uses a marketing tune that
refers to their product as “Heavenly Coffee”, and it, no doubt, is
quite good; yet, even when brewed with care and perfectly served, there can be
no comparison to the rich and full truth about God that John provides for us in
these two short sentences. These words are chock full o’life!

Understanding is the thing that I believe we need most. Ultimately, it matters more than
wisdom, for understanding is what directs, focuses, and applies the wisdom that
God gives us. Through understanding we are able to pour out love, grant grace,
and apply truth in our daily lives. God increases our comprehension of Him and
of His ways as we pour our selves out onto His altar of transformation and open
our hearts to the filling of His Spirit. Without the unveiling of God’s true
self that was accomplished through Jesus, people do not have the ability to
fully and completely grasp the totality of God and of His gracious love; thus,
the Lord remains a veiled mystery.

Through Christ our lives are filled with the gifts that God desires for us to have. Among
them are peace, joy, comfort, wisdom, grace, purpose, protection, and courage,
and by the interaction of Christ’s Spirit in our lives we are granted the great
gift of understanding so that these other gifts can be used to truly
bless us and the lives of others. Somehow, I think that this is a picture
of the true heavenly coffee, and the aroma of this brew can fill the world
with the one eternal fragrance.