Rarely do we learn from people except that we feel that they love us. If we feel they love us, we can handle their rebuke. We can accept their criticism. We play along when they ask us to do something a little goofy and hands-on. We can receive the word they have for us.

If we don’t feel they love us, nothing else matters. We don’t want to hear anything they have to say.

There are two issues. The teacher must love the student and the student must perceive he is loved.

Jesus was an effective teacher, in part, because people knew that he loved them. Even outsiders observed Jesus and said, “Behold how he loved.” (John 11.36)

If you would teach like Jesus, you must begin by loving like Jesus. As the old saying goes, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”