Genuine love is attractive and creates a more conducive environment for one to blossom. Mentoring relationships are no exception. It is possible to discipline yourself and relate to a mentor who does not care much because of what you stand to gain but it is best to be with someone who shows concern.
Naomi was very selfless when she asked her two daughters-in-law to go back to their homes. All the concerns she raised show she was ready to place their interest ahead of her own needs and that is love. 2 Corinthians 12: says that love is not self-seeking. At her age and in the situation she found herself, a companion was very necessary for Naomi but she also concerned herself with the future of the young ladies. Ruth and Orpah also displayed a lot of affection for their mother-in-law as they wept at the thought of parting company.
Mentoring is meant to bridge the gap between programmes, sermons, prayer, etc. with love. It is through mentoring that young Christians get a sense of belonging. It also serves as a platform where nurturing takes place. If we love one another, we will seek to assist in whichever way possible to bring out the best in each other. Since mentoring is a helping relationship, it is maximized in the realm of love. The sacrifices and demands of mentoring are done wholeheartedly where there is love.
John 13:34-35 reads “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another”. Our ability to provide love within the body of Christ is what distinguishes us from the world as Disciples of Christ. The love of God should compel us to demonstrate to love others, especially those within the family of God.