“God reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, so that by our example, we may bring others to Him.”
(2 Corinthians 5:18-AMP)
What if I told you I had a heart condition? What would your reaction be? Would you respond with gasps of “Oh no!”, “Are you okay?”, or “How are you managing?” Would you feel sorry for me? Well, the truth is, I do have a serious heart condition and I need help!
My heart is grieving the loss of my relationship to my step-son. An answer of “no” to a request he made to us, as his parents, caused such a break in our relationship, that he hasn’t spoken to us in over a year. I have reached out to him on several occasions, sadly with no response. As a mother, this completely breaks my heart. How can he not speak to us, when all we’ve tried to provide is our best? How can he not want to know his beautiful baby sister? How can he not want to have a relationship with her? How can he not miss us? How can he not…?
Everybody has had their heart broken in some way – maybe by disappointment, fear, failed expectation, shame, or rejection. What does God do when we are hurting and heartbroken? The Bible says in Psalm 34:18, “The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” God draws close to us during these times of brokenness to re-shape, re-mold, and re-store the condition of our hearts. God says, “For the heart that’s guilty, I’ll give you a heart that’s forgiven. For the heart that is resentful, I’ll give you a heart that’s full of peace. For the heart that’s lonely, I’ll give you a heart full of love. For the heart that is angry and bitter, I’ll give you a heart that forgives.” That’s it! He gives a heart that for-GIVES!!
It is forgiveness that releases us to have a heart that wants to give and give and give until the object of our giving is at a loss to do anything but, finally, accept God’s love. Sound familiar? That’s exactly what God’s heart does for us. I can clearly see now what God does!! He re-shapes and re-molds our broken hearts into His forever giving heart. Only His heart gives and gives and gives, even when the object of His giving does not respond like He would expect. Only His heart restores! Only His heart reconciles! Only His heart eternally for-gives! Only His heart!
Maybe you are grieving a broken marriage, a broken friendship, a broken relationship with your mother or father, a broken relationship with your children or your siblings. Only God can mend this brokenness. He is the Potter and we are His clay. His specialty is re-molding us, re-shaping us, and re-storing us. Only He can un-break the broken. Only He can un-break the heart to give and give and give. Only He can change our heart’s condition. Let’s choose this moment to surrender and allow Him to un-break our hearts in exchange for His heart.
My relationship with my step-son is still broken but my heart no longer is! I accept God’s heart that for-GIVES!!!!
by Hawa Johnson
1. What is the current condition of your heart? Is it broken, anxious, hardened, faint, content, or whole?
2. Who needs to forgive YOU? Who do YOU need to forgive?
3. How can God change your heart’s condition?