Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Broken People. . .

Have you ever done something and thought "I’ll never be forgiven for that"? Do you hide from your past mistakes hoping that they will somehow disappear? Have you ever thought “there is no way God could love me”?

 

We may feel emotionally scarred by events we have experienced, but God finds pleasure in the humility, which results from this brokenness. Being "broken" is caused guilt.

 

The desire of God's heart is never condemnation. It is always restoration.

 

        Isaiah 61:7

Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and  verlasting joy will be yours.

 

When we study the Bible, we learn that many of God’s chosen have sinned. Many of them pleaded deeply and sincerely for God’s forgiveness. They were contrite, true humility in the Bible sense.

 

Psalm 51:1-2

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

 

Are you sorry for your sin? Do you really intend to stop? God is pleased by this kind of humility. Brokenness brings us to our knees. Our knees are never a bad place to be as long as our hearts look upward towards God. Being on our knees also shows humility and a need for something from God.

 

Even though Jesus Christ gave the most perfect sacrifice in every way acceptable to God for human guilt, it will not benefit us unless we are truly repentant, unless we come before God with a contrite and humble heart.

 

Isaiah 57:15

15 For this is what the high and exalted One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy:
“I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly
and to revive the heart of the contrite.