1 Corinthians for Teachers and Students

Dear Teachers and Students,

In the school of life, no matter our age or status, you will always be both the teacher and the student.

Whether you are the one making the lesson plans, the speaker on the stage, the professor with the highest degree or the pastor of a church, you will always have something to learn. Do not think more highly than you ought just because a paper framed on your wall says you have an authority.

Rather think of yourself with humility and the realization that there are always things you can learn, and people you can learn from.

1 Corinthians 13 for Teacchers and Students

Also remember you are always a teacher. You will always have something you can pass on to other people. Whether you know it or not, your life is teaching those around you.

Just because you aren’t the person explaining an assignment, the charismatic speaker on the stage, or don’t have a paper saying you achieved the highest degree, doesn’t mean you are disqualified from a reaching the hearts around you. When you reach, you teach.

For both the teacher and the student pride is bound to make it’s attempt on your heart. The best way to make a change in your little corner of the world is to simply live out love.

When you live love out loud, you tell people they matter. When your life tells people they matter, you’re bound to make a much greater impact than you could ever imagine.

Love doesn’t care whether you are the top dog or the low man on the totem pole.

Love doesn’t care whether you failed the test or passed it with flying colors.

Love doesn’t care if you color outside the lines or paint a masterpiece for all the ages.

The bottom line is this:

People don’t care how much you know. They just know how much you care.

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So for students and teachers alike, be humble, be wise, be love to one another.

Below is are versions of 1 Corinthians 13, the famous love chapter, rewritten for both teachers and students. I found the teacher one a while back, then wrote the student one to go with it.

You can find a link to the free PDF printable for each version at the bottom of this post.


People don't care how much you know. They just know how much you care.

1 Corinthians 13 for Teachers

If I teach with the best educational techniques, and provide stimulating and motivational lessons,

but have not love,

I am but a time-wasting information processor.

If I spend hours preparing my lesson plans with the clearest instructional objectives,

but have not love,

I am just an over-organized ideologue.

If I utilize the most eye-catching visual aids and the latest classroom technology,

but have not love,

I am just a high-tech visionary.


A loving teacher is kind and patient with every student,

regards each student as an important individual,

and treats their personal problems with confidence.

A loving teacher does not merely talk at, but relates to, the students,

and provides a exemplary model of life to those in the classroom.


A teacher’s love is not condescending,

does not play favorites,

does not gossip,

does not publicly humiliate,

is not easily agitated or discouraged,

and does not blow-up or give-up on misbehaving students.


A teacher’s love bears the responsibility of instruction,

Believes that student’s minds should not be wasted,

Hopes that every student will achieve their potential,

and endures all disturbances in the process.


The latest text-books will soon be out-of-date.

Contemporary teaching methods will become outmoded.

Educational technology is obsolete before we know it,

but a loving teacher can affect a student’s life forever.


Now abideth preparation, instruction, and love,

But the greatest of these is a teacher’s love

that seeks the highest good of the students.

~ Jim Fowler


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1 Corinthians 13 for Students


If I listen and follow directions, respecting my teachers and school property,

but have not love,

I waste my time trying to gain knowledge.

If I work many hours in order to return my lessons on time,

but have not love,

I am just an overachieving perfectionist.

If I receive the highest educational award,and pass all my classes with A’s

or better,

but have not love,

I am but a knowledgeable person with no wisdom.


A loving student is kind and patient with every classmate,

regards each teacher with honor and appreciation.

A loving student not only listens to the teachers

and principals of the school, but speaks kindly

to them and of them, even when others don’t.


A loving student is not rude,

does not wish all teachers were like his/her favorite,

does not gossip about the teachers,

does not get angry at extra homework,

does not blame the teacher when a lesson is hard to understand.


A student’s love tries to patiently understand the lessons,

Believes the teacher truly has his/her student’s best interest at heart,

Hopes each day will bring a new opportunity to learn something new,

and endures the times when learning is hard.


The highest score on a test will soon be forgotten.

The most elaborate science project soon be outdone.

The most knowledgeable answer soon seem archaic,

but a loving student can affect the legacy of a school forever.


Now abideth respect, diligence and love,

But the greatest of these id the student’s love

that sought the good of his/her teachers, principals and classmates.

~ Kaylene Yoder


Download a printable version of each here: 1 Corinthians 13 for Teachers and Students



  1. Heather @ My Overflowing Cup says:

    Kaylene, as a teacher and a daughter of the King, I love the heart of this post! I love the reminder that we are all teachers and students.

    Love these lines:

    “When you reach, you teach.”

    “The best way to make a change in your little corner of the world is to simply live out love.”

    Thanks so much for this encouraging reminder! Blessings to you and yours.

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