Everyone has felt the pain of a broken heart. It can be painful, long-lasting, depressing and ruin your self-confidence. However, it does not always have to be a terrible ordeal. In fact, it can be a great time to learn more about you and grow as an individual and in your faith.
God is there for you when your heart feels like it is shattered into a million little pieces. The most important first step anyone can do during their time of sorrow is turn to Him! God will not only fix your broken heart, He will open it up to the amazing things life has to offer for your future. You will learn to trust in His plan for you. God works in mysterious and awesome ways!
Here are the seven ways that God can heal your broken heart. You just have to let Him in!
I ‘met’ Jesus when I was about 11 or 12. Dad was a new Christian and bringing the family to church. Everyone was always excited at church and the tears that flowed when someone received Christ – well, I wanted that.
Yet, there was still a hole in my heart. I don’t think I FULLY understood why it was there and how to fill it.
My teenage years were rough. I was very active in church & youth group. I even made my own purity pledge, yet I still craved the love of a man – mainly my earthly father.
I looked everywhere for that love & acceptance, only to miss it. After being shunned by my church family, I grew angry with God. How could He let this happen to me? If I couldn’t rely on my church family, who COULD I rely on? All the while, God was whispering to me however I was TOO angry to hear Him.
Eventually, my self-respect went out the window. I let men treat me like garbage because I believed that I was garbage. My earthly father didn’t love me, my church family didn’t want me… obviously my Heavenly Father gave up on me.
I turned towards sex & alcohol to numb the pain. Let me tell you – they were only temporary fixes. The pain always came back worse than before. My mind was open for the Enemy.
I am afflicted with depression. There is some debate as to whether depression is a medical condition or a spiritual condition. I am of the mindset that it IS a medical condition HOWEVER Satan can and will use it to defeat you spiritually. And dear one, HE WILL!
God’s whispers began getting a little louder in 1993 when He answered a simple prayer – He reunited me with the man who would eventually become my husband. That doesn’t mean that healing was immediate. I had hardened my heart to God – but slowly He was softening it.
Over the years, He continued to pursue me. He blessed me with a godly man, 2 beautiful children, a home; He has reunited & repaired family relationships. He still pursues me – He pursues you too.
There are still days where the Enemy tries to find a foothold. Most days he’s unsuccessful. God has taken those ‘tragedies’ of my life and brought good out of them. He took my broken heart & bound it back together so that I can love Him and love myself.
Love amplifies vulnerability.
Sometimes love equals bliss and sometimes it hurts . . . a lot.
And we are left with a broken heart. I know. My heart has been broken. Maybe yours has been broken too.
God made us with a desire to be loved and accepted. But since the Garden, rejection is part of life.
But God wants us to know, really know, that we are not defined by our rejection. We are not less because someone chose to refuse our love.
So to the:
- girl who’s hurting because her crush is crushing somewhere else.
- teen boy who just doesn’t feel he fits in anywhere.
- momma whose child walked away.
- spouse who has been left for someone else.
- abandoned child, friend, or parent.
Anyone with a broken heart, God wants you to know He is able to heal your pain. He can take shattered pieces and reshape them into something beautiful. He loves you, and He is able to turn your unimaginable pain into something greater than you could ever hope or imagine.
Read the following verses out loud, putting your name in the blanks:
Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about ____________. 1 Peter 5:7
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate ___________ from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. Romans 8:38-39
How precious is your unfailing love, O God! _________ finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 36:7
O my Strength, to you I sing praises, for you, O God, are my refuge, the God who shows __________ unfailing love. Psalm 59:17
For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in __________ with gladness. With His love, He will calm all __________’s fears. He will rejoice over __________ with joyful songs.” Zephaniah 3:17
“For God loved _________ so much that He gave His one and only Son… John 3:16
See how very much our Father loves ____________, for He calls ___________ His child, and that is who ___________ is! 1 John 3:!
Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold ___________ close. Psalm 27:10
He loves you.
“Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God’s love encompasses us completely. … He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken.” ~ Dieter F. Uchtdorf
And He is in the business of repairing broken hearts.
He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.
He counts the stars and calls them all by name.How great is our Lord! His power is absolute!His understanding is beyond comprehension! Psalm 147:3-5
February was Mend a Broken Heart Month. So before you step into March, surrender your broken heart to the One best able to restore it with His perfect love.
Let’s Talk: How has God shown you His love recently?