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“Heart Men”

by on February 5, 2014

 

What does it mean to be a heart man? Jesus was a heart man. Jesus was touched with the feelings of our infirmities. He was touched. He is touched. He is touched with our problems. He is touched with our feelings. His feelings are touched by our feelings. How amazing is that.

Not only was/is Jesus concerned about our salvation. Not only did He purchase our redemption on the cross. Not only did He die for us. He was, and currently is, touched with our feelings. He hurts where we hurt. He hurts when we hurt.

To be “heart men” in our world today is to allow our feelings, as men, to be touched by the feelings of those around us. Our wives, our children, our extended families, our congregations, our friends, those in need – need our heart.

That does not mean being soft on sin. It does not mean not dealing with difficulties. It does not mean allowing injustice. Jesus was none of those things. He was not soft on sin. He dealt with problems and He did it in a just and righteous way and loving way.

We can be just and righteous and we can still be heart men. He was, and we need to be.

How can we be heart men? Love is the answer. Love does not think wrong. Love does not speak wrong. Love does not do wrong. Real love is the answer. Real love is always expressed in the context of truth. Truth with love and love with truth. That is God. That is Jesus. That must be us. We must love.

Love the message and love those who receive the message. That makes the difference. We have all had teachers who loved their lessons. Some of those teachers also loved us. That is the difference.

You impact people every day. Love them – even the ones who are hard to love. They need love the most. Love them and love the message you have for them. Speak and live truth and love into their lives.

If you do that, you will be a heart man.
Like Jesus.

For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Hebrews 4:15

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