Love

Ephesians 3:14-21

In the last devotion several weeks ago, we learned about the mystery of God’s new family, in which the Gentiles are welcomed as sons and daughters of God alongside the Jews. Paul knows that the Jews and Gentiles in this church will have difficulty treating each other as brothers and sisters, so he prays that they will understand the love of Jesus and treat each other with this same love. Paul knows that if Christians understand better the “breadth and length and height and depth” of Christ’s love, they will be able to overcome their differences and problems as well as love all of those people who are not yet a part of God’s family. Paul knows that God’s love is transformative, meaning that it changes us and helps us to love other people as God loves us. God’s love is unconditional. No matter how many times we go to church, read our bibles, or pray, he will not love us anymore than he already does. Finally, God’s love is relentless, meaning that it never gives up on us. No matter where we go or what we do, God will continue to pursue us with this love. Nothing will ever separate us from this love. Jesus showed us this love most when he died on the cross, sacrificing himself for our sake.

How can we show our students that we have been changed by this love? How do we show our students that nothing they do will ever make us love them less or more? How do we show them that we will never give up on them and that we believe in them? We can encourage them when they are struggling to understand their school work. We can explain a concept for the 20th time even after students have not been listening well. We can help them see the love at work in us.

Ntate Neo

 

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~ by randallkoehler on May 15, 2012.

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