You often hear the word "heartfelt" when a person is invited to give his or
her heart to the Lord. What does it mean. Let’s talk about it.
say, "I love chicken," that’s not a heartfelt comment. Actually, chicken is something you can take, or leave
alone. You’re not really going to miss it, unless you’re on a deserted island somewhere and you get hungry.
No…for a thing to be heartfelt, you have to mean it, right down to your toes.
The death of a family member or a lifelong friend that brings tears, can be an example. "Heartfelt"
also serves between you and another person when you’re truly "in love." "Liking" another person
is one thing, but when you think you can’t live your life without that one, you’re talking heartfelt love.
You take a person who has heartfelt sorrow for a sinful past, and that same sincerity for Christ, and you
have a person who has truly given his or her heart to the Lord. Now here’s a pause in thought: There are persons who
have never done what we generally call a real sin…a person who has always been good. This falls in the category of
when Jesus was talking about a servant who owed a large debt and another with a small debt, and both were forgiven. Jesus
agreed that the one forgiven most, loved most. But both were forgiven. And it’s that way with the "good" and
the "bad" person. Surely a lifelong, hard sinner will be more thankful (Matthew 18:21:35). And he also gives an
example of a man hiring persons early in the morning, to work the day for a certain amount. He hired more later, and more
when the day was almost over, yet paid each one the same amount (Matthew 20:1-16). That was Christ’s way of telling
us that the mean, lifelong sinner and another who’s always been good who both truly gives their hearts to the Lord,
will both get the same reward.
God understands all this, and we’ll all
be pleased with Heaven. Some have been enjoying it for centuries, and when we join them, we won’t have a thought of
unfairness. That’s why it’s called "Heaven." Think about it.