Remember when you were a kid and brought your Valentine box to school? Remember decorating it the night before and getting all your cards ready. Remember wondering if you should take literally the words, “I Choo Choo Choose You” written on the card you opened?
It’s Valentine’s Day. So in the midst of dinner reservations, flowers, and (for some of us) basketball games in Faribault, we thought it was a great time to revisit “Loving Relationships” as defined in our Body of Values.
Love, as a standard and context for learning, is one of our values at Liberty Classical because it’s the standard that Christ gave us. And if we, at Liberty Classical, can equip our students with an understanding of love as it was demonstrated to us by Christ, then we can truly say we’re giving them what they need for the rest of their lives.
Love…Between God and Us
If we forget the redemption of man through the suffering and resurrection of Christ, we lose sight of life’s purpose. God redeemed us so that we can live. He redeemed us so that we could know Him, and in that, cease our striving. He redeemed us so that we could interact with Him in the way we read, write, sing, create, explore, discover, study, imagine. He redeemed us so that we could learn love as He knows it.
Love…Between Each Other
Relationships are a tough business, especially within the context of learning. Friendships grow and fade. Competition reveals weaknesses and character flaws. We’re always second guessing; always wondering.
Living and learning within a context of love allows students to connect what’s being taught in the classroom with everything happening around them. Just as the apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 8, “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” Love gives students an understanding of who God is so that they can clearly see who they are.
Without the context of love in our classrooms, hallways, and fields of play or competition, we lose something critical. We might still be high achieving and highly academic. We might compete and perform at the highest levels. We might be able to fathom all mysteries and all knowledge and even speak in strange tongues.
But if we lose the context that Christ gave us, we haven’t really done our jobs.
To read more of Liberty Classical’s Body of Values, visit our site.