Healing a Broken Heart

How does one heal a broken heart? Disappointments in life and the combination of wounds, baggage and stigma can be overwhelming. “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?” (Proverbs 18:14). What is a Christian to do?

First, concentrate on Heaven. This world provides evil enough to occupy us with gore, violence and horrors unspeakable until the day we die. What we think about defines who we become (Philippians 4:8). David cried out, I am severely afflicted; give me life, O LORD, according to your word!” (Psalm 119:107). Jesus tells us, I came that they may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10).

Second, clean up your life. Sin brings us grief; it separates us from God (cf. Isaiah 59:1-2). “Good understanding giveth favor: but the way of transgressors is hard” (Proverbs 13:15). Life is full of enough blight without added, self-imposed consequences. Know that our God is a forgiving God. David cried out: As for you, O LORD …your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me! (Psalm 40:11).

Finally, focus on today. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble (Matthew 6:34). Satan wants you to believe that because of yesterday’s sins, you have no hope today for a decent tomorrow. Not true! It is the lie the Devil has been telling since the Garden.

One of the greatest gifts God ever gave was hope; it will heal a broken heart. This hope began in the Garden (cf. Genesis 3:15) and continues until Judgment (Hebrews 10:29). YOU can have hope because yesterday is gone, you are breathing today, and tomorrow is promised in Christ Jesus (John 3:16-19).

—JDS