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Cinnamon Brow CE Primary School - Our Christian Values

HOPE

Christian hope is grounded in the character of God.  In the book of Psalms, in the Bible, the writer says to God: 'my hope is in you.'  It is a hope rooted in the love and faithfulness of God.  Hope is not wishful thinking but a firm assurance that God can be relied upon.  It does not remove the need for 'waiting upon the Lord' but there is an underlying confidence that God is a 'strong rock' and one whose promise can be trusted.  

COMPASSION

Compassion is much more than simply 'feeling sorry for' someone.  It can be perfectly explained as 'suffering with' someone: putting yourself in someone else's shoes and experiencing what they experience.  Jesus showed compassion when he healed.  His actions were always prompted by compassion for people's suffering.  He wept at the death of Lazarus and was moved to act.

FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness is fundamental to the character of God.  Throughout the Bible, God is described as slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin.  Jesus was uncompromising in his command to forgive.  Forgive, he said, 'seventy times seven' (Matthew 18:21).  In other words, forgive and keep on forgiving without limit.

THANKFULNESS

Thankfulness has always been at the centre of the life and worship of God's people. Songs of thankfulness and praise are at the heart of Christian worship.  Thankfulness is directed towards God who gives and sustains life.  Seeing the world as God's creation underpins the way we approach everything in life, seeing it as a gift and not as a right.

PERSEVERANCE

Perseverance is recognition that life is sometimes difficult and painful, and that it is important not to give up in the face of adversity.  Jesus endured rejection, abuse and the cross, and his followers are warned that they may well have to share that pain as persecution took hold.   Endurance and perseverance are only possible where there is hope and that hope is based on the enduring nature of God's love and faithfulness. 

RESPECT

The word respect is a translation of a Greek word that means 'honour or value'. It literally means 'to place a great value or high price on something.'  To respect everyone, we must be conscious that God has created all people in His image.  

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