What kind of people are you?
I’ve only met two kinds.
- Those who have acknowledged that they are broken and wounded from the effects of sin (their own, the sin of others, and sin in general).
- Those who haven’t.
The only kind of person I’ve never met in my entire life is one without wounds.
You may experience brokenness because of unhealthy and only choices you’ve made in your life. We are, after all, our own worst enemies.
You may also experience brokenness because of the sins of others that have an effect on you. In other words, it’s likely that you’ve been hurt before, and as humans, we talk a good talk about moving on but the fact is, we often carry these hurts with us throughout life.
And you may experience brokenness because of the general effects of sin in the world. The existence of disease, death, and war are illustrations of this kind of brokenness.
We’re trained to say we’re okay. We’re fine. But deep inside, the brokenness is there, and it is often a life-sized crisis that brings it screaming into the light.
How do I know with such certainty that we’re all so broken? At least in part, I’ve witnessed first hand five false beliefs that are nearly universal to people.
- We believe we’re unacceptable.
- We believe we’re worthless.
- We believe we’re unlovable.
- We believe we’re unforgiveable.
- We believe we’re incapable of living life as we are.
Here’s the big question we each have to answer.
Will I keep believing the lies that come out of my brokenness, OR will I embrace God’s truth, offered by grace, for my healing?
Jesus said, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32 NLT)
And Romans 12:2 says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” (NLT)
God shows us grace »
By revealing his truth »
Which changes our beliefs »
And re-shapes our thoughts »
So that we can live, healed from our brokenness.
That’s why it’s so vital to, as Spurgeon said, “lie asoak” in God’s Word.
Let me just offer these five words of truth from God’s Word that literally correct what is broken within us.
1. Because of God’s grace and truth, I have been declared acceptable.
Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.
Romans 15:7 NLT
2. Because of God’s grace and truth, I have been declared valuable.
All of you, slave and free both, were once held hostage in a sinful society. Then a huge sum was paid out for your ransom.
1 Corinthians 7:23 MSG
3. Because of God’s grace and truth, I can know that I am lovable.
For even if the mountains walk away and the hills fall to pieces, My love won’t walk away from you, my covenant commitment of peace won’t fall apart. The GOD who has compassion on you says so.
Isaiah 54:10 MSG
4. Because of God’s grace and truth, I have been declared forgivable.
Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free!
Ephesians 1:7 MSG
But I, yes I, am the one who takes care of your sins—that’s what I do. I don’t keep a list of your sins.
Isaiah 43:25 MSG
5. Because of God’s grace and truth, I am capable of handling life.
Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.
Philippians 4:13 MSG
If you really want to live in the center of God’s grace, you need to acknowledge your wounds, your sins, and your brokenness. You must ask for forgiveness from your sins and a fresh start as a new creature. And then you can courageously access the freely available grace and power and love of God every day!