your, his, etc. heart is in the right place

(one's) heart is in the right place

(One) means well or is good at heart, even if they don't always do the right thing; (one) is well intentioned. His speech at the wedding was horribly embarrassing, but his heart was definitely in the right place. I know your heart is in the right place, but you're actually being very unhelpful at the moment.
See also: heart, place, right

your, his, etc. heart is in the right ˈplace

used to say that somebody’s intentions are kind and sincere even though they sometimes do the wrong thing: I know she gets angry sometimes, but basically her heart is in the right place.
See also: heart, place, right