Ohhhhhhh Noooooo! Not brokenness!
Please don’t talk about brokenness.
Let’s talk about love or God’s grace or hope or peace or heaven.
But Not brokenness. That’s one of those icky topics like the blood of Jesus. We don’t want to read about brokenness. We don’t want to hear our preacher talk about it. We’d like to avoid it altogether if we can. . . . . .but, we can’t.
We’d like everything to be hunky dory. So when someone at church asks us how we’
re doing, we can say, “Oh, fine. Just fine. Really” Chances are we’re lying. Everyone, EVERY one has something they’re dealing with in their lives they’d rather not be dealing with. It most likely is sin. You see, we don’t have degrees of sin. We just have sin.
Some of us think our quick temper is not a sin, our selfishness is not a sin, our gossiping in the name of sharing “prayer requests” is not a sin. Some think it’s not a sin to avoid or ignore someone who has different beliefs than we have. Some of us think it’s not a sin if we resent the husband who leaves his wife for a younger woman. Some of us think it’s not a sin to criticize and judge the behavior of those outside our fellowship.
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21
Some of us think if we stay away from the top seven — wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony, we’ll be okay. We’ll be good enough to get by.
We fail to realize that in some way we break at least one of the top seven every day.
But we don’t want to talk about it. We don’t want to admit it. We want to glaze over it. But if we’re ever going to deal with our sin, the only way is for us to be broken.
Psalm 51:17 teaches us:
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”
Brokenness is a spiritual imperative.
It’s necessary if we’re going to have the kind of relationship with Jesus that He wants to have with us. Brokenness hurts. It can be humiliating, humbling, painful, agonizing. The anguish during the breaking process can seem unbearable. It may seem as if the brokenness will never end.
But if we avoid going through the breaking process we will diminish our relationship with Christ. We will continue struggling with whatever in us needs breaking.
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The next post in this Brokenness series, “If At First You Don’t Succeed, Give Up” will appear next Tuesday.
Calvary Road, © by Roy Hession, 1950, Roy Hession Book Trust, England, was the inspiration for this blog post.
8 thoughts on “Brokenness”
Sure, Damion, thank you so much for your comment and encouragement. God bless.
Great message, Steve! I know when God is dealing with a specific sin in my life because it hurts. Brokenness hurts. It’s like a wound being opened up. But knowing it’s necessary for healing to occur can encourage us to allow God to break us free from it. I look forward to this series!
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A broken heart opens many cracks through which the Holy Spirit may enter!
Amen, Granbee. Thanks for your encouragement. I can’t tell you how glad I am to be back blogging God’s word again. Bless you. Nice to see your comments and read your stuff. Hope you have a blessed day.
Excellent. So very true. Enough said.
Thank you, Sandy.
Hi Steven! Good to see you back, refreshed… and broken. Interestingly, I’m currently working through a write by Jeff Goins titled, “Wrecked.” He stresses that even beyond the brokenness we must find ourselves in to be redeemed by God, there is a level of wrecked-ness that must exist always if we are to contnue to daily look more and more like Christ. He provides the reader with ample evidence of why we should be broken… because the world is broken around us. Even in our repair in Christ, we find compassion for the broken we are called to be a ministry to.
Sorry to ramble on… great seeing you back in action, good friend. Blessings!!!
Fahtastic. Wrecked is good. It is so good to be back blogging and reading all my blogging friends’ stuff. Thanks for the comment.