We love because he first loved us. -1 John 4:19
Ministry is all about love. We are driven to help students and lead them to the Lord not because we are bored, want a new challenge or want another pat on the back, but because we love. At least, that’s the hope for people doing ministry. It is purely a blessing to know that we even have the ability to love. In our fallen, human capabilities, love is an abstract idea that was created by God. Being image-bearers of God, we have been given this capacity to love on some level as well.
But before we had the ability to love–before any man was ever created–God first loved us. God knew each and every person that he would bring into the earth, and he loved each one the same. This is the kind of love we should strive to show. Love that does not see people’s faults, mess-ups or struggles, but love that sees the image of God in each person.
My reflection today is that I would express God’s love instead of my own. I cannot display love perfectly because I am clearly not perfect, but luckily my God is. I pray that I would be a vessel for love to flow through as I think about and minister to my students today and the rest of this week.