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APPLY YOUR HEART TO INSTRUCTION
Proverbs 18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death… and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Words can be irritating, exasperating, discouraging, devastating, and meddling; or they can be encouraging, life-changing, discerning, supporting, and loving. Indeed, death and life are in the power of the tongue. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” This old saying is not true. If I hit you with a stick, it may hurt you for a few minutes or even a few days, but in a short time the wound will heal, and you will be free from every trace of the injury. However, if I call you names, belittle you, or shame you with my words, the wound can live in your memory and heart for the remainder of your life.
Keep short accounts with your students. Choose to clear offenses quickly. Pray for those who irritate you. Congenial students are easy to love, but a teacher must purposefully determine to love the challenging students. Allow the love of God to teach you how to love those students you find unlovely. God has promised that His grace is sufficient for you; he can take your lack of love and transform it into genuine love just by asking Him to do it. Do not live beneath God’s promises. Let God’s love permeate your heart for each student. Pray for unconditional love. God can and will miraculously answer your prayers. I know; I have personally experienced it. It works!
Dear God, Let blessing and not cursing come from my lips today. Remind me to ask for your supernatural love. Prick my heart with conviction if I mistreat my students. I want my heart to be a reflection of yours toward each child. Only you can accomplish such a colossal miracle in me. I submit myself to your miracle-working power.
A Devotion for Teachers for the week of December 9, 2018