What is love?

Over the entirety of this school year we are going to be looking at our school values: love, faith, perseverance, forgiveness, and service. Each term we will look at a different value in more depth, truly discovering what it means, and how we can apply it in our lives.

This term we are starting off with love.

In most other languages there are loads of different words for love, but in English we have… love. I love my mum; I love my husband; I love my friends; I love chocolate puddings. BUT I think we can safely say that each of those types of love is different. So what type of love are we talking about when we say that one of our school values is love?

In Greek the words is Agape, and it means a sacrificial love. In the first of Johns letters to the early Church he says

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”

Christians believe that Jesus gave his life on the cross so that we, all of us, may have new life – a life of relationship with God. Our challenge is to show that kind of love, giving up something of ours in order to help out other people. Mother Teresa said

“Love is a fruit in season at all times and in reach of every hand”

How many of you choose fruit if there is a sweet or chocolate or crisp packet nearby? We have to choose to act in a loving way, we’re not expecting everyone to give their lives up but there are other ways we can choose to sacrifice. It might mean walking to the other side of the school to carry something for someone who is struggling; spending time with someone who is upset rather than going and playing football; listening to a friend rather than looking at a screen; helping someone with their work; holding a door open even though it seems every one is walking through.

Loving acts are always available to us, do we choose to pick them?

The most important thing to remember is that you don’t have to like someone to be able to show love to them, and you shouldn’t expect anything in return.

Challenge: try to show a loving action each day this week

Prayer: Father God, thank you that we can see what love is through Jesus Christ; help us tone a glimmer of that love in our communities. Amen

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