What Is a Good Heart?

Heart-HaloA close friend asked one of us yesterday, “What is a good heart?” We never had been asked this before. Our response is below. What is your response?

A good heart first has suffered. In the suffering, the person knows that all on this planet are subjected to suffering and so his heart is compassionate, patient, supportive, and loving as best he can in this fallen world. The good heart is forgiving, ever forgiving, vigilant in forgiving. The good heart tries to be in service to others. The good heart is no longer afraid of suffering and has joy because of the suffering, not in spite of it. Having suffered and having passed through suffering, the good heart dances. Others do not understand the good, joyous heart. Yet, the one with the good heart does not compromise the goodness and the joy. It is like a valuable gift received and she knows it.

Dr. Bob

14 thoughts on “What Is a Good Heart?

  1. Jeffrey March 27, 2013 / 12:46 pm

    A good heart always perseveres and does not give up on others…..unless those others want to give up on the one with the good heart.

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  2. Marcy March 27, 2013 / 2:21 pm

    A good heart is one that sees the goodness in others and is not afraid to gently correct those who are on a wayward path.

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  3. Penelope March 27, 2013 / 3:05 pm

    A good heart is so busy thinking about others that it does not know that itself is a good heart.

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  4. Samantha March 27, 2013 / 3:38 pm

    It is warm and loving and goes out of its way to help others be the same.

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  5. Brandon March 27, 2013 / 8:43 pm

    For a theist, a good heart occurs when the person understands God’s laws and then follows God’s will for us to obey those laws.

    For the atheist, a good heart occurs when the person understands the natural laws of evolution and follows them.

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  6. Christine March 28, 2013 / 6:07 pm

    A good heart is one that has been formed over a period of years through striving to be good and intending to love well. This takes time and needs lots of practice.

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  7. Davy March 28, 2013 / 10:19 pm

    A good heart is both a humble and a thankful heart.

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  8. Freda March 29, 2013 / 8:47 pm

    It is the kind of heart that is humble, thankful, and at the same time very strong. The good heart stands in the truth and never gives up.

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  9. Jennifer March 30, 2013 / 8:51 pm

    A good heart is one that wants to help others develop good hearts.

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  10. Buzzkut April 1, 2013 / 12:33 pm

    A good heart is one that knows the truth and stands in that truth no matter what.

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  11. Henna April 2, 2013 / 10:26 pm

    My grandmother used to say that a good heart always makes others feel like they have just arrived home.

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  12. Chris April 4, 2013 / 11:40 am

    A good heart does not just happen. A good heart is a well-practiced heart, one that tries to offer fairness and mercy at every opportunity.

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  13. Jill Yeck April 8, 2013 / 3:38 pm

    A good heart exhibits unconditional love in motion.

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  14. Helen April 13, 2013 / 12:25 pm

    A good heart is one that makes others smile even when the one with the good heart is crying inside.

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