Winter and summer breaks are unique seasons for Christian college students. Those who minister to them have an equally unique opportunity and responsibility to meet these breaks with seasonal love — personal care that considers the dynamics of the season and the corresponding needs of the person.
However, seasonal love does not begin with strategies but with affections. We must love people enough to love them always. With school breaks in mind, consider Paul’s full-hearted affection and driving concern for the believers he loved and ministered to:
- Paul had a strong desire to see them face to face (1 Thess 2:17; 3:10).
- Paul remembered them with gratitude for God’s work in their lives (Eph 1:16; Phil 1:3-4).
- Paul longed to know what was happening in their lives (1 Thess 3:6).
- Paul was deeply impacted by their growth and failures (2 Cor 7:6-7; 11:28-29; 1 Thess 3:6-10).
- Paul had a humble eagerness for mutual encouragement (Rom 1:11).
- Paul did everything in his power to encourage and purify their faith (Col 1:28-29).
- Paul’s love and service was driven by gospel obligation (Rom 1:13-15).
- Paul ultimately trusted God for their well-being and growth (Acts 20:32).