Dear Christian educators,
Romans 2 is about judgment. Oh how easy it is to judge others and not consider the consequences. Anytime we judge another, we are condemning ourselves because we do the very same thing we are judging others for! Thank God for the riches of His kindness toward us. Praise the Lord that He is kind to us to bring us to repentance. Isn't this what Lent is all about?
Each day during this season of Lent, I will post one verse and pray it with you. Consider saying the verse in your quiet time and praying it also. You may use the same prayer or try your own. Each day until Easter (except Sundays) there will be a new post that contains: a verse, a small reflection, a prayer using the Scripture and an image. Feel free to share the images because I made them with the Bible Lens app and took all the pictures. What a creative God we serve!
Romans 2:4 English Standard Version (ESV)
4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
We do not have the legal right to preach repentance in our classroom. We are teachers, not preachers, so what can we do legally? Honesty is one of the highest character values in any school setting. Modeling honesty, teaching the benefits of honesty (Honesty is always the best policy - Ben Franklin) and using quotes to emphasize honesty are all needed. When it's time to confront a lie from a student, you have set the ground work. Our hope is that they will tell the truth. We can pray privately for the Holy Spirit to convict them to tell the truth. Our highest goal is to be like God - extending the riches of His kindness that leads to repentance.
Please forgive us for any presumptions we have ever made about Your kindness. The richness of Your kindness leads to repentance. Thank You Lord. Help us to tell the truth and when we mess up, lead us with the riches of Your kindness to repent quickly for You have said the if we confess our sins, You are right and just to forgive them. Lord, help us to be an excellent example of honesty at our schools and in our homes that we may bring You all the glory. We love You and thank You in the kind name of Jesus. Amen.
The CIPE Team