Psalms 51:12 “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

Manuals, volumes of manuals, exist on the subject of discipline. Teachers study guidelines and methods of classroom control to maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning.

Obedience is imperative; we must train students to obey.  But are we teaching teachers and students the value of a willing heart?  Isaiah 1:19 says “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land,”  Learning to obey from the heart is a valuable development in character.  Yielding my will to follow someone else’s priority is a necessary part of becoming a socially responsible citizen.

Willingness develops inwardly.  The mind, the will, and the emotions work together to bring a child into “true submission”.  The word submission does not mean “slavery. ” It refers to a willingness to follow.  One of the obvious differences in a child and an adult is that an adult has learned (hopefully) when to lead and when to follow, when to stand their ground and not give in and when to release their own ideas and follow someone else for the good of the whole group.  The character trait of “willingness” involves being able to turn away from self-centeredness to make a responsible choice of action that brings the best good for this situation.

When we train obedience, let us also teach about developing a willing heart.  This does not mean blind obedience, but a responsible choice made from the heart and mind because you understand that the choice is the right thing to do.  

The Bible speaks of areas where a “willing heart” is needed.  If interested in a deeper understanding of  willingness, check out  these scriptures:

    Willing to follow Christ (Matt. 4:19)
    Willing to praise (God and others) Ps. 119:108
    Willing to obey Isaiah 1:19
    Willing to listen  Ezekiel 3:7
    Willing to share I Timothy 6:18
    Willing to serve God and others  I Peter 5:2
    Willing to die to your own will if God requires it  Luke 22:42

Father, Develop a willing heart in me.  Give me greater understanding of this heart issue that often affects my outward responses.  I submit my heart for your examination. Give mea willing heart, O Lord.

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