“He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.” – Psalms 147:3.

God delights in transforming lives. Time and time again we have heard real–life stories of people with shattered dreams, shameful secrets, and damaged souls, and the God who makes them beautiful again. I am sure that Louis Zamparini would prefer a different path than the one that ultimately led him to Jesus. I think anyone would. Yet when Louis surrendered all the pieces of his life, Jesus was ready to create something new out of Louis’ life.

The truth is, Christians need to be broken. They need to lose something. They need to be humbled. The self-righteous part of them should be gone. The struggles and hurts of their lives should make us sensitive to the struggles and hurts of others. That makes us approachable. It makes us real. It makes us trustworthy. There’s something in the way faith filled Christians look at you, or the way they talk to you, and the way they serve and love you. But grace comes from brokenness.   

Yes, the concept does not sound particularly appealing. But it is true. Only when we are sweetly broken and surrender our lives to Him, as Jeremy Riddle reminds us,  are we capable to serve God the way He deserves. Only when we are grace-driven, we can love others the way they deserve.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does being broken mean to you?
  2. Humility is God’s prescription for nearly every condition that ails human hearts and relationships. What Scriptures come to mind that support this point? Why do you think this is the case?
  3. How do you think grace and brokenness go together?