This is the question our teachers were asked during our Fall in-service training. This year we watched the DVD series written by Dr. Paul Tripp that addressed this question.
Our training began with addressing the fact that many times we ask the “law” to do what only grace can accomplish. What does that statement mean… it means we address the behavior rather than the heart issue of the behavior.
Luke 6:43-45 says, “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Then our heart determines our actions and reactions. Dr. Tripp states that “The inner man is the causal core of our personhood, meaning our heart is like a “steering wheel” which guides us.” If the heart issues have not been addressed the behaviors will keep reappearing. We are challenged to check our own “heart condition” before trying to get to the heart issues of someone else.
What is the struggle of our hearts? SIN! Romans 3:23,24 states “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” “The DNA of sin is selfishness. Sin will shrink our world down to our wants, our needs, and our feelings” Sin causes us to focus on ourselves rather than on the needs, wants, and feelings of others. Sin creates selfishness and thus we choose to be the center of our own universe rather and be Christ centered. Dr. Tripp states, “We can’t be followers of Christ unless what is important to Christ is important to me.”
So how does this apply to our students, your child, your grandchildren, yourself? It means if lasting changes are to occur in our life or the lives of our loved ones, the heart issues must be addressed. We need to dig deep to find the root of the problem(s) that are located in the heart. Isaiah 55:10-11 says, ““For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” When the Word of God is used to reveal heart issues, (and those issues are revealed through an attitude of love and grace) God’s Word will accomplish what He desires.
Debra Ward, Administrator
4 & 5—Parent Teacher Conferences
9—Veteran’s Day Chapel
12—No School Veteran’s Day
19-23—No School, Thanksgiving