Having A Heart

There are four types of hearts we need to have as believers. The first is a loving heart. In that category we love God and humanity (our neighbor). When we love God, we put Him first above others and above all things, even plans and ambitions. When we love humanity we tend to show preferences to them even above our immediate wants. etc.

This love, however, never compromises God’s holy standards. It is a love that may seek out other needs, yet never above the truth. It is not as some misguided parents or people practice a permissive love. Rather, it is a love that puts God first and the needs of the soul second.

Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.


In Matthew 20:34; 5:19, we read of another type of heart, that of compassion. Jesus had compassion on the multitude when they followed him and hungered. He had compassion for those he healed. The point being is that our Savior was moved by and to be compassionate of others. To have compassion means to show pity. Literally it means not to just feel sympathy, but to be “moved from the bowel”, one’s center of love. Righteous believers are “moved” to acts of compassion upon others from a heart of compassion.

A third heart for a believer is a “Soul Winner’s” heart. A soul winner loves God, and loves their neighbor. A soul winner is moved to compassion for other’s souls eternal designation (Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.)

The Final heart is a ministry heart. It is not that we are to have a heart for “ the ministry”, but we are to be a ministry. Our hearts should burn to minister (serve) others. Our heart seeks out, like the Savior, those that are lost to minister to or to believers in need.

Yes, a believer has many sides to their heart, but they have a heart similar to out Lords.