As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him. Psalm 103:13, NIV
As Christian educators, we have the privilege of being called to be like Jesus to our students. And one of Jesus’ most precious attributes is compassion. He is tender and sympathetic and there is never any doubt that He will be there for us.
Have you evaluated your compassion level in your classroom recently? Does it rise when your students are acting up? Or does it fall? Have you considered that many of your students’ behaviors and disrespectful ways are a result of their struggles and hurt?
Consider adding more compassion the next time you need to discipline a student. Try speaking to them with extra grace and allowing the Holy Spirit to work through you to handle the confrontation.
Father, thank you for the compassion You daily extend toward me. Help me as I seek to extend that same compassion to my students today. Give me Your grace when my patience runs out.
Copyright Karen Seddon.
Karen is the Florida Director for Christian Educators and the author of several books encouraging educators in prayer.