Seek To Have A Large Heart

Seek To Have A Large Heart

In 1 Kings 3:16-28 we have an example of Solomon's wisdom. Two prostitutes stood before him for judgment one day. They were living in the same house and had delivered babies within a few days of each other. One night, one of them accidentally rolled over her child while sleeping, and killed it. When she realized what had happened, she immediately exchanged her baby with the living one. In the morning, when the other woman realized what had been done, she claimed her living child back. An argument arose between them then, as to whom the living child belonged to. How was Solomon going to decide in a situation like this? God gave Solomon wisdom. Solomon suggested that the living child be divided into two, and one half given to each woman. The first woman, whose child it really was, said, "No, please don't kill it. Give it to the other woman." But the second woman said, "No, kill it. You can have half and I can have half." Immediately everyone knew who the true mother was. Then Solomon said, "Give the child to the first woman." All Israel heard of that judgment and feared the king because they saw how God had given him wisdom.

In Chapter 4:29, "And God gave to Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart as the sand that is on the sea shore." Remember Solomon was a very young man. So young people can ask God to give them all these four gifts mentioned here. Not only wisdom, discernment and breadth of mind but also "largeness of heart, like the sand that is on the seashore". This means (for us) a large heart that can take in all of God's people who are like the sand on the seashore (Genesis 22:17).
 

We all need largeness of heart. When we are young, we tend to be zealous and narrow-minded, narrow-hearted, and we accept only those who agree with us on every issue. I am ashamed to say that I was like that when I was young. It was one of the many foolish attitudes I had. But as I grew older, and knew the Lord better, I discovered that I needed to have largeness of heart.

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