Epistle of the Heart
2 Corinthians 3: 2-3
Jesus warned that no one should covet being a teacher. This is because according to Jesus, a teacher is meant to teach the people the ways and laws of God and His Kingdom; expounding mysteries for the sake of facilitating understanding in the hearts of disciples of CHRIST. So if a teacher teaches wrongly, he would be responsible for misleading people and ultimately generations that are yet to exist if the recipients do not unlearn.
If a teacher’s destination is the heart of the people, then we should fear by not taking the responsibility lightly. Most importantly, the heart of a teacher is the first point of notice. His heart would determine what would come out to the people and find place in their hearts. According to Paul’s inspired letter, the teacher’s heart would determine the lifestyle of the learners or students . . . The students’ lives would take form out of the abundance of his heart. The focus would not necessarily be the content of what has been said but the spirit from which the contents emerge from. This is because it is possible to concoct messages and contents according to the calculated mind without giving attention to the heart (the spirit) but this would not stop the heart from releasing its issues with the words that are coming out of the mouth.
What is in the heart/spirit of the teacher? Is it accumulation of experiences and knowledge outside God that has blended with the amount of God’s virtue that is also present? Are the words we speak merely take roots from the letters that have been read and studied cerebrally while the real words are embedded in the spirit that is responsible for voicing these cerebral words out? How come students/learners/disciples tend to do contrary to what the teacher teaches/preaches vehemently?
Although the students are responsible for either rejecting or accepting the spoken words, teachers should nevertheless, always endeavour to speak from the heart that is connected to the heart of the Father in Heaven. The teachers must endeavour to be faithful and devoted students to the Holy Spirit so that He can imprint in and upon their hearts true Words and Laws of God so that when they speak, they speak from the abundance of God in their hearts.
What will exonerate teachers from the shortcomings of the students would be the embodiment of the epistle of CHRIST they have been given to teach or preach . . .