If I am an entertaining and articulate teacher, but have not love, I am nothing.
If I have all wisdom in dealing with student and parent issues that arise, and have not love, I am nothing.
If I give my free time grading, creating exciting lesson plans, and designing stellar bulletin boards; and have not love, I am nothing.
Love is patient
It does not get annoyed with the drumming pencil or the millionth time a student asks, “what page are we on?”
Love is kind
It speaks to students with kindness, even in times of discipline. It looks for little ways throughout the day to show students care.
Love does not envy or boast
It does not “show off” bulletin boards, lesson ideas, etc. to show up other teachers.
Love is not arrogant
It listens respectfully to the opinions of others and is willing to admit that it is wrong. It is even willing to ask forgiveness from students or other faculty when necessary.
Love is not rude
It finds ways to discipline students without belittling or embarrassing them.
Love does not insist on its own way
It does not get out of sorts when its lesson does not go according to plan or when scheduling does not work out in its favor. It does not consider its way the only way to do things.
Love is not irritable or resentful
It gives students a clean slate daily and doesn’t hold grudges. It doesn’t take student behavior personally. Its mood is not dictated by outside circumstances.
Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth
It looks for the positives in the students instead of focusing in on their weaknesses. It doesn’t feel smug or justified when the student “gets what’s coming to him”. It is heartbroken when a student makes wrong choices, not because those choices affect the day, but because those choices are displeasing to God.
Love bears all things
It sets aside its constant to-do list to really listen to what’s on students’ hearts and minds. It finds time to listen to the looong stories, pray for a pet guinea pig, and counsel the friendship drama at recess. These problems that seem so trivial to most are very real and heavy burdens on our students’ hearts.
Love believes all things
It believes the best about the students.
Love hopes all things
Even after a rough day, it is still hopeful knowing that it was a day in which God was working His grace and perfect plan.
Love endures all things
It keeps going day in and day out. It doesn’t give up on any child because God never gives up on us .
Love never ends.
If you are like me, I see so many areas that I failed in loving my students today. Can I tell you a secret? There is no way that you or I can daily show that kind of love to our students without God’s grace! We need God to work in our hearts and give us that spirit of love.
II Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
When I realize that I am not loving my students as I ought to be, I need to look back to the love of God for me. He has loved me despite my sinfulness, and He has offered me grace to love my students in the same unconditional way. It’s all grace!