Monday, February 6, 2012

Broken Heart Survivor

Some thoughts on yesterday's message.

Your heart actually refers to your will (decisions you make), your intellect (what you think), and your emotions (how you feel). Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.

A broken heart means a person makes broken decisions, thinks broken thoughts, and feels broken feelings. A broken heart requires a master surgeon who has a quick, powerful, sharp tool. That sounds familiar. Hebrews 4:12 says that God's word is that tool. Jesus is the master surgeon who uses his word to bring healing.  Getting in the word is not just a devotional practice, it is powerful. Your heart will mend when you live by the word.

The word affects your thoughts, your decisions, and your feelings.  Let the word heal your broken heart. It is not a side benefit to being a Christian. It is central to Jesus' plan for your life. Luke 4:18 "The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has sent me to... bind up the broken-hearted."

Quality of life after heart surgery is much better than before. There is a freedom available to the person who is willing to experience the crisis of change. Find what God says and adjust accordingly.

Don't try to change the other person. No matter how wrong or hurtful the other person is, you can only work on yourself. 

It's your move. Let's do something. Repair the relationship or move on. Refuse to keep living in the pain and brokenness. "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalm 139:23, 24

Hold firm in faith to God's word, not to your broken thinking. Don't respond in anger or by isolating yourself.

"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." Hebrews 4:15, 16

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."

Psalm 34:18 "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

Why were you placed on this earth? What is your purpose? Let that be your focus rather than letting your hurt rule your decisions, your feelings, and your thoughts.  God will heal your broken heart.

There is abundant life beyond your pain. You need a healer. You need Jesus.

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