As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man. (Prov. 27:19)
Applied to teachers, Proverbs 27:19 would say, “so a teacher’s heart reflects the teacher.”
As teachers, we need to do the right things, but our hearts need to be right as well. “All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs the heart” (Prov. 21:2).
I already wrote an article on the MinTools.com site about Why the Condition of a Teacher’s Heart is So Important. Now I want to consider some traits that ought to be in a teacher’s heart.
Teachable Heart (attentive, listens, observes)
Prov. 10:8; 22:17; 23:12; 24:32
Enlightened Heart (wise, discerning)
Prov. 15:14; 16:21; 23:15
Aligned Heart (walks in truth; trusts in God, not self)
Ps. 86:11; Prov. 3:5-6
Caring Heart (loves, compassionate)
Prov. 3:3; 1 Pet. 1:22
Humble Heart (not proud)
Ps. 51:17; 131:1
Earnest Heart (sincere)
Col. 3:22; Heb. 10:22
Righteous Heart (pure, maintains integrity)
Ps. 15:1-2; 51:10; 119:80
Steadfast (firmly established)
Ps. 57:7; 112:7
Remember, “a teacher’s heart reflects the teacher.”
So, what’s in your heart?
To answer that questions, start by praying something similar to the following verses:
Test me, O Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind. (Ps. 26:2)
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. (Ps. 139:23)
Then get specific in your prayers about each of the heart conditions in the above acrostic, particularly in how it relates to your teaching. Ask:
- Do I have this kind of heart?
- Why do I need this kind of heart in teaching?
Then ask God to more fully develop this heart within you.