Broken

If you’ve been single for any period of time, you may have seen all of your close friends find “the one,” get married, have a family, and appear to have the perfect, happy life. While we know deep down that nobody has a perfect, happy life, when you experience this, you want to be genuinely happy for your friend, but can’t seem to shake that nagging doubt in the back of your mind that simply says, “You must be broken, nobody wants you.” I’ve dealt with that thought more times than I can count and I know all too well what it feels like to be broken.

There are many ways that we can be “broken.” Sometimes it comes in the form of self-doubt, making you think that you’re broken. Other times it comes when someone you really like and hope to have a future with spurns your affections and stomps on your heart or starts dating someone else. Sometimes it comes after a bad break-up or a nasty divorce that makes you question everything that you’ve thought about yourself and your relationship with that other person. Yes, my friend, there are many ways to be “broken,” but there is only one way to become whole again. The answer you desperately want and need is that Jesus is the only one who can make you “unbroken.”

In 2 Cornithians 5:17, Paul writes “…therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” Because of Jesus’s sacrifice, WE get to be made new. Our brokenness is healed and we get to be a new creation made in God’s image. That brokenness we may feel or see when we look at ourselves in the mirror is washed away. The big crack in your soul gets not only filled with Spackle and painted over, but it gets replaced with a newer, stronger model.

We no longer need to dwell in our brokenness because God has given us an option to repair it by the master craftsman, Himself. The repair comes at a great cost, but this cost has already been payed by our savior, Jesus Christ. He bore on Himself all of the sin, the shame, the ugly gunk, the brokenness that we all carry around (despite not needing to do so) when He was nailed to the cross. And His sacrifice payed the ultimate price for our salvation. All we need to do in order to receive this generous gift that was bought with His blood, is have faith and believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord and savior.

In 1 Thessalonians 5: 23-24 we learn that God is the one who gives us peace and because of Jesus’s sacrifice, we are made blameless and no longer considered broken.

“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” Notice how the verse says “ the one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”

God is faithful and He will make over our souls so that we can spend eternity with Him. Now why would someone go to such great lengths to make it so that we can spend ALL ETERNITY with him if we are broken and unworthy of love? Jesus IS love! God IS love! When you feel broken and unworthy of human love, I want you to take a moment to remember that there IS a God of the universe who desperately wants to have a relationship with you because He LOVES you!

He made a way, through the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, for you to be with Him eternally in heaven because He doesn’t see you as a broken window in a shack that is beyond repair, but as His beautiful creation that He made for a purpose to spread His love to others (Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time”). Remember, you are still beautiful on the inside and lovely on the outside even though you may be broken and God wants to help you heal that brokenness from the inside out (Psalm 147:3 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds”). So won’t you humble yourself and allow the loving God of the universe to make you whole again?

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