If we truly appreciated God’s love in all its beauty, we wouldn’t go on sinning. But that’s the horrible truth about us. Our hearts are broken. The prophet Jeremiah says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”

It’s true, though, isn’t it? Our hearts are broken. They are capable of so much sin and we do so much sin. And who among us can do anything about it?

I know a doctor, and I think you know him, too. He fixes broken human hearts. He understands your problem of sin because he lived it. He lived your life. He knows the damage of sin. He saw it with his own eyes: he felt it on his back, his hands, his feet, his head. He saw hatred. He saw lust. And his heart hurt for us. His perfect heart ached with love and concern at the broken hearts he saw everywhere. So he took sin upon his own heart and was punished for that sin and died.

In that moment, when darkness covered the land, he exchanged your broken heart with his perfect heart. The perfect life that he lived was charged to you. And when he rose from the dead, he proved that he had saved you and me. You know this doctor very well. He is Jesus. And his heart opened your heart. That’s what open heart ministry looks like.

Open heart ministry is all about opening our hearts to God’s love. So take hold of that love and live that love.