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Broken Hearts

A paradox in scripture involves the brokenhearted. One’s heart must be broken, wounded, contrite in order to find God and his Son. Once found, God and his Son heal the broken hearts that are caused by sin, calamity, tragedy.

The writer of Psalm 51 says in verse 10: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Seven verses later, as though he realized he had gotten ahead of himself, he then said: “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” Before a pure heart can be created, it must be broken and contrite because of our sins.

Once our relationship with God has been established, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18) Similarly, he “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3)

In his ultimate act of healing, binding, and saving, God sent Jesus. In Isaiah’s prophecy about the Messiah, it was written that “he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities…and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) In Isaiah 61:1-2, most of which is repeated by Jesus in Luke 4:18, the prophet wrote: “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor…” In I Peter 2:24, we are reminded that “by his wounds you have been healed.”

Our hearts must be contrite to accept Jesus as our Savior. Then he will bind up our broken hearts and heal our wounds over and over again.

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