If I can engage a whole classroom of students with my lessons, but do not have love, I am only scratching nails on the chalkboard or a fire alarm incessantly sounding. If I can craft exemplar lesson plans and differentiate lessons for 10 different ability levels and if I have can raise all test scores by two grade levels in one year, but do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give all of my time, talents and resources over to my church, my school and my favourite charity but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is long- suffering, it puts up with one another.  Love is gentle and kind and pleasant.  It isn’t jealous and it is not a brag, there is not even a hint of pride with it. It honours others, thinks nothing of itself, showing loving deference and anger is not swift in its coming.  When harm comes and offenses pile up it is not kept permanently in a ledger, the records and files are deleted. Love takes no pleasure in evil or gossip. Love rejoices, celebrates and exults the truth. It never ceases to protect, trusts at all times, bound to continuous hope, and LOVE WINS. Love wins every time: at home, in the classroom, and anywhere else. It has grit and it is doggedly determined.

Love never fails. Everything we think we know will either pass away or be made fully known in His time.  No matter how much time passes or what comes and goes these three will remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

The sermon I heard yesterday solidified what I wanted to share with you.  The Pastor read from Ephesians, remarking that it is often referred to as the epistle of unity.  He read a passage from Ephesians 4 with the focus on verse 2 and 3. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

In His Service,

 Mr. Bouwers