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How can I control and love my students?

In Romans 1:18-20 we can see that God’s wrath has raged against ungodliness and unrighteousness. This is true whether we are discussing a saint or sinner. Note His wrath is against the behavior not the person. (See Galatians 5:16-18). Prior to the release of His wrath (see Romans 1:20), God reveals Himself to His created people. Everything about this created universe (not man’s corruption of it) speaks of a Creator with enormous power and wisdom. The creation reveals His sense of order and purity. This He gave to His highest created beings — mankind — as a gift. This reveals God as love. The point is, before God lowered the boom on ungodliness and unrighteousness on anyone, He revealed Himself so that we could make a choice of submission or rebellion.

If we choose submission, then to one degree or another we grow into disciples through a series of “faith” stages: Faith in God’s power (Fear of the authority), Faith in God’s position (Respect for His position), Faith in God (Confidence in Him because He is worthy of it). Please see the attached sheet.

If we choose rebellion, then He hands us over to our lusts (accelerated, out of control appetites) (Romans 1:24) and Satan that our flesh (independent, rebellious ways) may be destroyed (1 Corinthians 5:5). If we then choose to submit to the authority of God then we are received back in fellowship.

Note this: At no point does God’s love abandon us. In neither case is there a loss of salvation, but there is an interruption in fellowship (1 John 1:9).

As a teacher (one in authority) reveal yourself (Christ through you) as someone who values these kids. Some will test you. Some will receive you. Some will reject you. Do not demand perfection of yourself but seek to stand firm in the Lord and His love and strength and wisdom. Remember that it is ok to remove or isolate rebellious people for the sake of orderliness. In a since what you are doing is separating the submissive unto yourself much as God has separated His chosen ones unto Himself. He does not love the unruly ones any less but He uses the submissive ones as a light to them.