Broken is Beautiful to God

January 30, 2014 | Tags: , ,

The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit.
God, You will not despise a broken and humbled heart.

-Psalm 51:17

When we are hurt, what do we tend to say to ourselves? Do thoughts like, I don’t care or it doesn’t matter, sound familiar? We harden our hearts and press on, all the while keeping the anger, frustration and bitterness inside. Then one day, it all explodes around us, and many get hurt.

I know I’ve been there. Many, many times. What I failed to recognize is that I was listening to the wrong voice about how to handle my hurt and frustration. I was listening to my own voice, which led me down a greater path of more hurt and frustration, instead of freedom and healing. I needed to stop pretending I didn’t care and it didn’t matter, and stop hardening my heart to my own pain. I instead needed to be honest about what I was feeling and facing, and turn to God instead.

You see, the world is a liar, and guess what? So are we. Left to our own ways, we will lie to ourselves and convince ourselves that everything is okay, when it is painfully obvious it is not. We will pretend, lie, and blame others. Then, when the pain strikes, we won’t deal with it and instead turn to ways to numb it. We think that numbing it is somehow helping it. But numbing something that’s broken doesn’t fix it–it instead delays the real healing that must take place on the inside.

Beloved, God loves you. That is why the second part is a message of hope. God knows your pain. He knows your struggle. He knows exactly what has brought you to the place you are in now. And He is waiting for you to come to Him and receive every ounce of healing and grace He has personally for you. But the first step is to acknowledge your brokenness before Him instead of hardening your heart to Him. God is not your enemy. The enemy is your enemy. The enemy will disguise himself to sound like God, then he will cause you to blame God. Don’t listen to him any longer and listen to the truth found in God’s Word instead.

God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to save the broken. He said it Himself many times, like in Matthew 9:12-13–“Those who are well don’t need a doctor, but the sick do…For I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.” The first step to receive Jesus into your life for healing is to acknowledge your brokenness before Him–to acknowledge your sin before Him. It is the first step, and it is the most difficult step. Why? Because the enemy knows that when you call your sin what it is, sin, and when you acknowledge your brokenness before a Holy God, Jesus will literally reach out to you and do the rest. And you will experience His grace, forgiveness, and healing.

Jesus came into the world as the perfect God-Man and died on the cross for all our sins. He took the wrath and judgment we deserved upon Himself. The work has already been done. We just have to humble ourselves by acknowledging our sin and believe He died for our sins. Then we believe He rose from the dead to new life, so that we too, experience a new life in Him. And this free gift of God’s forgiveness is available to all who will call upon the name of Jesus.

We receive Jesus’ free gift of salvation once, and we are saved. But we need to continue to grow closer to Him, and inevitably, we will continue to make mistakes because we live in a fallen world. No matter what position you are in now, you can come to Jesus freely and receive His forgiveness and healing for your hurt. I pray that you do, because God will receive you with open arms, and you will be set free.

By Courtney Silberman

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