1 Kings 3:9 “Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?”
This was King Solomon’s prayer to be a good leader: to have an understanding heart. In the original Hebrew translation, an understanding heart is defined as listening attentively with your feelings and intellect.
This tells us that one of the traits of being a good leader is to have an understanding heart so that you can discern what’s right and what’s not. Listening attentively when another person speaks is to attune yourself to the other person. Listening to what he says and doesn’t say, giving your full attention NOT preparing an answer in your head while they speak; all the while keeping yourself attuned to God’s Spirit. This is an ability given to God’s people.An ability implies that it’s a skill that can be developed.
People everywhere are searching for answers to life’s questions. It’s easy to pretend to listen, but you will not get the result of bringing a solution to the situation faced. We need to hear from God. But hearing the answer from God isn’t enough, people have to know that you care enough to listen to them so that they can listen when you speak with open hearts.
Making a difference in this world is what we are all called to. And making a difference begins with your heart. Only a changed heart can do that. That’s why a changed heart is where God begins.