Love’s classroom

img_04801 John 4:7-9 teaches us about love. This is John’s specialty — the disciple whom Jesus loved (John 13:23).

7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

I was thinking about this God-love when I saw the following quote in an article about hospice and the last words of the dying.

If God is love, and we believe that to be true, then we learn about God when we learn about love. The first, and usually the last, classroom of love is the family. [1]

Families are imperfect. I know that. It’s inevitable because we are imperfect. However, I encourage you to take a moment, right now, to contact your family. They may be across the street or across the globe. You may call to say a simple thank you. You may need to repair a broken relationship. Never mind fault; offer an apology and move forward. It’s the classroom of love and may we never stop learning!

Love you.


About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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