The value of encouragement

This term we will remind our students regularly that, as bearers of God’s image (Genesis 1:26), they need to “consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works” (Hebrews 10:24).

Why? Because being made in God’s image implies that we have been created with essential worth. If every human being has essential worth, it follows that we treat each other with honour. One of the ways we can do this is by choosing to love each other unconditionally, and unconditional love encourages us to find ways to help others become better versions of themselves. What better way is there to accomplish this than to do good works!

The word in the original text that is translated as “good” in the English Bible is the word “kalos”. Kalos has a variety of meanings which include “beautiful”, “good”, “valuable”, “virtuous”, “better”, “fair”, “honest”, “well” and “worthy”. We need to encourage our children to consider how they can bless other people with “works” that fit these descriptions.

I believe an intentional effort to love others and to do good works, without the promise of a reward, will not only transform our school culture but also our homes and our communities. Jesus said “Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it” (Luke 13:18-19). Little acts of kindness may seem insignificant, but with God’s help they can become powerful agents of change.

I have great faith in Jesus’ promise: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it” (John 14:12-14). Let us pray together and ask God to show us everything that He has in store for our students and our schools. The future of our schools is wrapped up in our ability to pray and work together as a community.

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