(Romans 7:25) Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
When I was working on my teaching credential, I had the opportunity to work in a school that dealt with learning disabilities. I was assigned to work with a young lady who was struggling with basic math. She was in third grade but still at a beginning first grade math level. The director explained that though she might seem to learn a lesson, she would not retain the information the next day. Sure enough, the information I taught her that day was gone the next day.
I gained some very useful information during my time at that school. Relationship, patience, and repetition were the three most important things I learned. Patience and repetition go together. Teaching someone who struggles with learning requires abundant patience, which facilitates repetition. Say it, see it, touch it, and then do it again. Sometimes we rhyme it or sing it. Relationship however is perhaps the most useful. Developing a relationship with the student insures that they will hear what you say, and they will pay attention to you. If they don’t understand that you are there for them, and you care about them, information transference will not take place.
I shared all that to first point out that we are all learning disabled. Our sinful nature, the flesh, is with us until we leave this life. It constantly interferes with what Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, is teaching us. He has a difficult task in bring us along the road to Godliness.
Secondly, note that Jesus is applying these teaching methods to help us overcome our disability. He is building a relationship with us that started with our recognizing that he cared enough to die for us. And have you noticed how patiently he continues to teach us? The lessons are patiently repeated over and over again.
I know that I have improved from the lessons Jesus taught me over the last 40 some years, but I often find that he needs to repeat even the earliest lessons. This is when my learning disability confronts me. I am so happy that Jesus cares for me, and that he is patient with me when I need to review previous lessons. Jesus is overwhelmingly patient and kind.