From Pastor Brady
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Psalm 51:17
God receives the broken. He binds them up. He heals them. To Him the one who comes in true brokenness is a sacrifice. The contrite heart is never rejected. Just ask the Ninevites in Jonah 3.
God wants our wounded spirit to become a broken spirit. “A wounded spirit who can bear?” (Prov. 18:14).
The wounded spirit is characterized by blaming, victim mentality, drawing attention to your troubles, and a general tendency to be negative. The broken spirit desperately seeks God, accepting responsibility and desiring grace.
God wants our woundedness to become brokenness so that we will see that our only hope is to go to Him for healing. And when we face our sin and suffering in this brokenness, God will always, always, always receive it. If God never received the broken, he would never receive any of us, because all of us our broken.
So what about us?
Do we receive the broken? The hurting? The wounded? The desperate? Are we a country club or a hospital?
Until you see yourself as a broken spirit and a broken heart, you will never fully receive those who are also broken in spirit. “Sure, it’s nice that our church has all these ministries to help people, and I’m sure glad I’m not one of those people.”
But you are one of those people. You’re just as addicted as the folks in Overcomers. You’re just as desperate as anyone in the Moods Disorder group. Your life needs the same grace that those in Divorce Care do.
What about for you personally? Do you despise the broken? What about that needy person in your life? The one that seems to require a lot of your time. What about that co-worker with all the personal problems? What about your son who can’t seem to get life figured out? Your husband that needs more patience? The stranger that stops you for help? That kid in children’s ministry who is “hyper?” Those loud neighbors? How receptive are you of these people? The broken ones? The ones you see every day and the ones that are a distraction? Have you ever considered that your brokenness might be that you reject brokenness in others?
Do you despise broken people? God doesn’t? He doesn’t despise you. He desires you with His whole heart. He longs for you to run to Him. He longs to heal your brokenness. Yes God loves broken people, but God doesn’t love brokenness. He loves wholeness. He wants your wounded spirit to become a broken spirit so that you will go to Him for healing and wholeness. And in Jesus all of our brokenness is healed.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3