In Christian circles, we often hear the words ‘love one another’. Love your neighbor, love every one around you and even love your enemy! It makes love seem like a feeling we are expected to have.
Being expected to have a ‘feeling’, can seem quite unreasonable. The idea that you love everyone, even those you don’t know, may be considered impossible.
The principle that the Bible is speaking about, may be better understood in today’s language as having an attitude of kindness towards others.
If we live a life with that kind of attitude, we will be accepting of differences, be forgiving, and be willing to help others in need. We will have empathy and will choose our words with care. We will encourage those who struggle and will even show kindness to those we do not really know that well. New students and visitors to the school, will feel the warmth of acceptance and care when they are the recipients of kind words and deeds.
If the majority of our students act this way, they will make unkind behaviour seem out of place and harsh words and deeds not valued in our College.
Some might see this way of living as loving others, others might use different terminology like ‘a practice of kindness’ to describe the same thing. What counts is what it does. It makes the World a better place for all to live in.
It is not just a feeling, it is something we choose to do.
In the Bible we hear the words: 'But as you excel in everything–in faith, in speech, in knowledge, and in all eagerness and in love–make sure that you excel in this act of kindness too' . (Corinthians 8:7) and 'A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another'. (John 13:34-35).
Let us model and grow this attitude in our young people. Let us be known as a community of kind people where unkindness is out of place, and kindness is the norm.
Mrs Antoinette Wilson
Head of Primary