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Keiki Kahu Siddalee Amaral KSH’23 and KS Hawai‘i Kahu Waihona Keikilani Meyer lean on the words of John to remind us that we are able to love others because ke Akua loves us.

Advent week 4: Love others as God loves us

Dec. 16, 2022

Kamehameha Schools has created a series of Hawaiian-focused devotionals for Advent, to honor the deep Christian faith of our founder Princess Pauahi. The devotionals were designed to be used by staffers, students and others to celebrate the coming of Christmas, so please feel free to share them.

Heluhelu Baibala – Scripture Reading
Ke aloha aku nei kākou iā ia, no ka mea, ua aloha mua mai kēlā iā kākou. – Ioane I 4:19

We love because He first loved us. – 1 John 4:19

Ka Manaʻo o Kahu Waihona Keikilani Meyer, KS Hawaiʻi
When I read this scripture, I think of my mom and dad, my grandma and grandpa because they loved me. I think of my son and my moʻopuna because I love them, and they love me. I am secure in the knowledge that I am loved and, therefore, able to love. As a Christian, knowing that I am loved by Our Heavenly Father gives me a sense of inner peace because “…He first loved us.” Knowing His love is unconditional no matter how much I mess up. Jesus loves me.

This is my prayer for our Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana, especially our haumāna, and Kamehameha enterprise. I pray you find peace in the knowledge that you are loved unconditionally by Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Like me, it doesn’t matter how much you mess up. Jesus loves you.

Ka Manaʻo o ka Keiki Kahu Siddalee Amaral, KS Hawaiʻi Ka Papa Hiʻiakaikawaiola ‘23

Without a doubt, God has loved us more than anyone. Only because God created us in His image, are we able to love others as God loves us. I believe that there are all sorts of love: family love, friend love, and romantic love; but God's love rises above all of those.

When I was little, I was constantly exposed to the idea that to love others you need to be able to know and love God. I still believe this today as my love for others stems from my love of God. John 15:12 perfectly summarizes my relationship with God and love saying, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” Although this may seem insignificant to many, I grew up hearing this “divine instruction” almost every day, from parents, grandparents, and even teachers. So much so that I can recite it in my sleep. Either way, I have concluded that I must first love God, then to love others, I need to love them the way God loves me.

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