“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are…”
1 John 3:1 (ESV)
Have you ever wanted to go, or have you been, to Disneyland? Perhaps Disney World? Or how about Universal Studios? Well, when I was younger, I went to Disney World. I remember vividly the fun memories I had there. One thing above all else that I loved within Disney World at the time were the toys and souvenirs. Notice that I said “at the time.” About a week later, I had either lost the souvenirs, broke them, got bored of them or didn’t care enough to go back looking for them. This is an example of conditional love, or love with certain conditions or circumstances.
Loving with conditions will always be harsh. For example, could you imagine if your parents only loved you for your running ability? Imagine that, all of a sudden, you broke your leg and lost all interest in running. All of those conditions that your parents loved you for just vanished. Fortunately for all of us, our parents love us so much more. They sacrifice their money, time, their career, their social lives, and their freedom just for us, which is something we must all admire and love. Even in our most stubborn moments, they still come and help us because they love us without conditions.
1 John 3:1 (ESV) says, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are…” This single verse reveals to us God’s unconditional love. God says His love is even stronger than that of our own parents’ love and that because His love is so strong, we should be known as children of God. Now, despite being children of God, our sin nature oftentimes gets in the way. We expect handouts form other people and we don’t always give back to others. Just think of your parents. How often do you find yourself giving back to them? What about God?
In conclusion, I leave you not with a simple challenge, but rather to truly think on whether or not you are loving for the right reasons. Are you loving your parents the best you can? Do you love God for the right reasons? Ask yourself this: what are some ways I can best love others and love God?
As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.
This week’s presentation was given by Austin P., one of our tenth grade students (pictured).
Posted on February 17, 2017
by Laurie Brooks filed under