Learning through Pictures

Steven Laman

READ : 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

This is how God showed his love among us: he sent his one and only Son into the world. (1 John 4:9 NIV)

When I was working as a teacher’s aide, I was put in charge of teaching English to Spanish-speaking students using the Rosetta Stone computer software. The program was named after an Egyptian stone discovered in 1799 that was carved with hieroglyphics – early picture forms. The creators of this software found that people learn best if they look at familiar pictures to learn new vocabulary.

God also uses pictures to teach his people new concepts. When the Lord wanted to teach us how to love, he sent the picture of ultimate love in the form of Jesus Christ. In his famous love chapter, Paul lists fifteen characteristics of love. As we read the Gospels we can see where Jesus modeled out every one of these. “Love is patient,” says Paul; think of all the times the Savior was patient with the apostle Peter. Or turn to Matthew 14 for an example of Jesus’ kindness. After a long day of teaching, Jesus had compassion on the
people. Instead of sending them away, he miraculously fed the five thousand.

There are a host of other examples where Jesus shows us what love looks like in action. But the greatest of all is the cross, where he died for us.

Is your love lacking? Whose isn’t? Let’s look at Jesus – the perfect picture of love. He will show us how to love again.


Lord Jesus, as we look to you, inspire us to love as you love.