Be-Attitudes for Teachers: A Devotional for Sunday School & Other Bible Teachers
Be a Blessing
We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. (1 Thess. 2:8)
To be a blessing is to be of benefit to someone whether it be in word or deed. You are acting favorably toward them. You are being good to them.
Your students need to hear the Word of God but they also need you to give of yourself to them. That is what Jesus did in coming to earth. John 1:14 says "The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."
Who you are and your attitudes of being affect the kind of blessing you will be. Luke 6:45 says that it is out of the overflow of the heart that you speak. Only a good tree is going to bear good fruit. Your students are recipients of the fruit of your heart.
Are your words a blessing to them? "Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone" (Col. 4:6). "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen" (Eph. 4:29).
Your students will be blessed as you speak words of encouragement and affirmation. Even in disciplining choose words that build up your students rather than tear down or degrade. You need to speak the truth in love.
Likewise, are you blessing your students through the way you respond to problems and disagreements? According to 1 Peter 3:8 you should seek to "live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble." Verse nine goes on to say that you should "not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing."
Sometimes people can be rude, obnoxious, and offensive. They might debate you just to see if they can back you into a corner. They might be disrespectful. This is the time to shower them with blessing. "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good" (Rom. 12:21). "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you" (Eph. 4:32).
When you use God as the measuring rod, you realize that these expressions of grace are unlimited. John 1:16 says that "from the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another." You can never out give the Lord, so be a blessing in all you say and do.
Who you are can be a greater blessing than what you do. As you become more and more conformed to the image of Christ, others will be encouraged in their own walk. That is the greatest benefit anyone can receive from you. Proverbs 10:7 says that even "the memory of the righteous will be a blessing."
For Teachers: Make a list of blessings you have received from God. Next to each one state how you can mirror that blessing in your own life toward your students.
For Leaders: Plan ways you can bless your teachers. Each week go out of your way to bless a different teacher.
For Group Use: Begin with a sharing time of how God used someone to bless them in the past week. From there talk about how they are to likewise be a blessing to their students.Share This with Others:
(Last updated 6/01/17)
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