Broken

by Denise Snyder

I wrote this post on my personal blog about three years ago. It was during a time when it just hit me about how broken and disruptive sin makes us. I was discouraged as I started the post, but as I continued to look up Scripture — verse by verse — I was reminded that God redeems. God restores. God’s plan wins in the end! So, I hope this is an encouragement to you today, dear church!

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Today I feel sad and disheartened and sickened. I am tired of what sin does to us — how it divides and breeds hatred, fear and accusations. I am disappointed with how I contribute to this evil through my thoughts, words and actions. I am frustrated with the lack of compassion in my life and in the lives of others — we are so slow to listen, quick to speak and quick to become angry. We hurt one another, and in a desire to protect ourselves and our own interests, we allow ourselves to spew hatred and fester in bitterness.

Non-Christians do it.

Christians do it.

We all do it.

In this past week I’ve heard and read and seen things that make my heart ache. The topic really isn’t that important because the source is all the same.

Sin.

We are ruined by sin.

It overtakes and lies and controls.

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What is most painful in my own life, and what is the most disheartening when I see it in other believers, is that we so often allow sin to devour. We see the enemy prowling, waiting for a chance to pounce, and we call him over with glee. Instead of rejoicing that Jesus has freed us from sin, we snuggle up with heavy chains, shackling ourselves back into a life of slavery. The things we know we shouldn’t do, we do. The things that we know we should do, we reject.

We are just like our ancestors. We always resist the Holy Spirit.

What wretched people we are.

Liars, thieves, murderers, accusers, idolators. We are prideful, judgmental, arrogant, condescending, rude. We justify, complain, defend. We are bitter, angry, hurt, frightened, abusive, dangerous.

But by the grace of God. But by the grace of God.

We have been washed, sanctified and justified — so let’s live like it. The Spirit of the Living God — the God who raised Jesus from the dead — is at work in us.

The God who raised Jesus from the dead.

So let’s not grieve Him. Not with unwholesome talk, not with bitterness, rage, anger, slander or malice.

We are children of the Most High. Adopted, bought, heirs. Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to sanctify. Let’s share the shalom of our God. Let us hear together:

Well done.

Yes, I am disheartened and saddened by myself, by others. But even in the midst of this, my heart skips a beat.

And it leaps for joy.

One day.

He will make all things new.

He will restore and heal and bind up. He will redeem what we have broken. He will invite believers in Jesus to dwell with Him. We will be His people, and He will be our God. Every inclination of our hearts will be to worship Him in purity.

And we will no longer be ruined by sin.

Because He was ruined for us.

So let’s join Him now. Let’s be part of His kingdom coming, right here, right now. He has invited to join with Him in sharing the redemption that began with the death and resurrection of Christ.

Truth. Come, Lord Jesus.

2 Comments on “Broken

  1. It is good to remember what Jeremiah 17:9 tells us “The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?”…. but as those that have been born again we also need to be reminded : “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭2‬ NASB) …….. For me that is humbling myself (remembering Jer 17:9) staying in His word daily and praying continuously because ……1Peter 5: 6-11 says “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. (‭1 Peter‬ ‭5‬:‭6-10‬ NASB)

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