Model Behavior – December 13, 2016
John 15:9, “As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10If you keep My commands, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in His love. 11I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
The power of modeled behavior is an impactful teaching tactic. If the learner has a good, quality model, then the behavior has a higher likelihood to stick. Children are the perfect example of this concept. You don’t have to teach your newborn to copy you because babies are born with a natural ability to copy basic facial expressions. When you smile, your baby might smile too. If you stick out your tongue, your baby might stick out his or her tongue in return. Children learn best by watching what you do and then trying it themselves, whether it’s positive or negative.
Jesus said in John 15:9, “As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you…12My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” Christ modeled the importance of selfless love because He knew of its positive impact. If we are to model Christ’s love, the best thing we can do is look to Him. What did Christ do? He cared for the hurting, lifted the downtrodden, encouraged the discouraged and clearly demonstrated a better way so that our joy would be complete. This Christmas season look to Jesus and model His behavior towards others.
Cottonwood Creek and I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D