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Three Aspects of the Value of a Broken Heart

Life has a way of confronting us with difficult challenges.  Suffering spiritual abuse in a church is one of those challenges.  When we’re thrown into an intolerable situation, our emotions play havoc with us.  The shock of such behavior from the perpetrating Christian that we trusted, can truly devastate us.  

In the middle of it all, it’s easy to focus on the emotions that we’re feeling, because they’re front and center.  If we’re not careful, we will have let those feelings rule the day.  While we do need to pay attention to the anger or sadness or exasperation, or whatever the feelings are, if we only behave in the heat of them, then there’s a day coming when we may well wish we had reacted differently than we did.

Invite Jesus into Your Emotions.

The key to finding the first value of a broken heart is inviting Christ into our emotions from the beginning of the difficulty.  A lot of our “churchy” language tells us to invite Jesus into our heart.  In a way, I suppose that could be the same as inviting him into our emotions.  But saying it with this different twist just might give a new insight. 

For example, have you ever prayed, “Lord Jesus, come into my anger and resentment right now.  I invite you into the middle of my mess.”  Remembering to invite Jesus into our emotions while in the heat of strong emotions is a challenge.  Wanting to do that in the heat of the moment is a challenge, because the emotion has hold of us.  But I can promise you, it’s the first step into finding the value of your brokenness.  Invite him into your emotions.

Jesus Brings Comfort, Healing, & a Sense of Direction.

The second value of a broken heart becomes evident when He responds to our plea.  In his compassion, the Lord will bring comfort, healing, and a sense of direction.  One of my favorite Scriptures is II Corinthians 1:3-4

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."

Goodness knows we need comforting.  The Lord pours oil on our wounds and stays with us as long as we let Him.  The secret:  Continue to invite him in, no matter what your emotions are telling you.  If you do, you will find healing in the middle of the brokenness.  You will find Him in the middle of the brokenness -- the Lord walking with you.

Spiritual Growth & the Blessing of a Wiser Maturity in Christ

The third value of a broken heart is this:  The longer we continue “in Christ,” inviting him into our emotions, the more we will experience inner growth that can eventually lead us into a wiser maturity in Christ.

Therefore there is hope in the brokenness because we know the brokenness won’t have the last word.  There is value in the brokenness, because in Christ, we are led into that wiser maturity in Him.  It may take a long time to realize that wisdom, but it will come.

Have you ever asked Jesus to come into your emotions before? 

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