Love is central for Christians based, as it is, on the self-giving example of Jesus: “Greater Love has no one than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends” he said. It flows in two directions towards God and towards our neighbours.
For Christians love is always community based. Jesus commanded his disciples to “Love one another as I have loved you.”
St Paul writing in the New Testament penned the most famous chapter on love in First Corinthians chapter 13. This is itself part of a longer passage (Chapters 12 – 14) in which he discusses how the people of God are to live, worship and work together. From this we see that Love is how we engage with diversity, work through disagreements, resolve conflicts, help one another to grow and be together. For Christians Love is always practical, involving actions and not just emotions.
As Paul says
“Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not want what belongs to others. It does not brag. It is not proud. It does not dishonour other people. It does not look out for its own interests. It does not easily become angry. It does not keep track of other people’s wrongs. Love is not happy with evil. But it is full of joy when the truth is spoken. It always protects. It always trusts. It always hopes. It never gives up.”
Love is the most important thing for Christians. Love is the most important value in our school.