Brokenness

December 8, 2017

“Brokenness is never an easy experience…There is no other way into the deep things of God but a broken spirit.” (Michael Youssef, Smith Wigglesworth)

 

“Until we can honestly accept the broken reality of our lives and desire our true humanity and natural movement toward God, our lives will remain in this downward spiral.” (Kevin Scherer)

 

“God-dependence only begins when self-dependence ends. And self-dependence only comes to its end, with some of us, when sorrow, suffering, affliction, broken plans and hopes bring us to that place of self-helplessness and defeat.” (Miles Stanford)

 

“The Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” (1 Corinthians 11:23-24)…Jesus allowed Himself to be broken so that He could heal our own brokenness through our union with Him.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

 

“I am in love with how God loves our messy world. In all our sloppy journeys, soul-worn seasons, good intentions gone belly-up, in all our stubborn tenacity to find the gold at the end of the rainbow, we are, every one of us, at some point, just messy people. You can dress us up and parade us around, but hidden under our well-coifed exteriors often lies a soul in disarray. Yet we are loved. Loved in spite of our messy lives. Loved in the midst of them. Loved through the very places that cannot be explained away.” (Bonnie Keen)

 

“The Lord Jesus reveals that seeing God belongs only to “the pure in heart” (Mt 5:8) – those whose egos are so broken through purification, repentance, and poverty that God can reveal Himself to them.” (OCPM 10/12/2017)

 

“Brokenness causes us to persevere in prayer.” (Tim Walter)

 

“Peter is emblematic of each of us…He wishes for each of us to come face to face with the brokenness in our lives and admit to the distorted persons we’ve become. Each of us has a real history of self-love and treason against God. We have denied God in our actions, words, and thoughts…We are all broken. Let’s allow God’s grace to heal us and makes us like Himself.” (Kevin Scherer, Father Barnabas Powell)

 

“If we conceal our wounds, out of fear or shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others…When we surrender our suffering and brokenness to God, we are on the path to wisdom and might.” (Brennan Manning, Marlena Graves)

 

“God is a specialist at making something useful and beautiful out of something broken and confused.” (Charles Swindoll)

 

“The constant bombardment of images shapes the perceptions of a whole generation and results in altered beliefs and lifestyles that make even the aberrant seem normal." (Ravi Zacharias)

 

“Does any we need any more evidence that brokenness exists in the world? We see it everywhere: in business, government, education; even in churches, synagogues, and mosques. Brokenness also exists among individuals called to noble conduct: judges, lawmakers, law enforcement officials, medical practitioners, military leaders, religious personages, teachers and more. No level of society or occupation is exempt.” (Father George Morelli)

 

“We have to be very discerning and insightful, especially about our own brokenness. That is why Christ warns us to take the plank out of own eye before we try to remove the speck of sawdust from someone else’s eye. (Matthew 7:3-5). We have to continue to see reality sacramentally and not deceive ourselves regarding our own brokenness, and not see brokenness in general as normal.” (Sacramental Living Podcast)

 

“The brokenness of our human existence is abolished as we are incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, through which we are saved. We are no longer left to live out our lives alone, to suffer and die a meaningless death. Rather, in the Church, our suffering and death become a means to victory, following in the footsteps of Christ, His death on the cross and His resurrection.” (Dr. Paul Meyendorff)

 

“It’s only through our deep and real continual union with Christ that we have any hope of discernment to not confuse brokenness with normalcy, both within ourselves and others, and then act mercifully and lovingly in to perpetuate healing.” (Sacramental Living II)

 

“We all are poor in some way or other. The person who thinks money is the measure of success suffers from a kind of poverty of the imagination and intellect as well as of the spirit. Others suffer a kind of poverty of the emotions, unable to intertwine their lives affirmingly with the lives of others. And the Bible tells us we are all poor before God. God offers us all of creation and a relationship with Him and we have only our brokenness to offer back. (Thankfully, that is all that He requires.)” (Daniel Taylor)

 

“The brokenness of heart is the point of convergence for God and the broken hearted…” (Rev. Eugen J. Pentiuc, Th.D., Ph.D)

 

“Christ our Lord continues to heal those broken in spirit and restore the Father's love those who are lost….Divine light [Christ] penetrates the depths of our soul to reveal our sins, purge our iniquities, heal our brokenness, illumine our intellect, strengthen our will, and gladden our heart.” (Rev. Thomas Fitzgerald , Rev. Alkiviadis Calivas)

 

“God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume. It is Peter, weeping bitterly, who returns to greater power than ever.” (Vance Havner)

 

“God loves brokenness and its accompanying humility. It draws Him near to us, and us to Him, like a magnet and metal…Brokenness beckons His attention and moves His hand. He becomes actively involved in the lives of the brokenhearted. He comes to bind up their wounds.” (Robin Smith)

 

“What is brokenness? Where does it come from? Brokenness is the term that describes the fundamental disorder that exists in creation that affects a person's relationships and creative activity. We experience it inwardly in a way that St. Paul described as that pull between right and wrong where we know what is good but choose the opposite.” (Father George Morelli)

 

“The word “broken” conjures up uniformly negative images: broken bones, broken hearts, broken toys. You don’t want something you value to be broken. Conversely, in God’s dictionary, brokenness is not only good but also essential. He uses only people whose hearts, volition, and pride have been broken.... Those who cast themselves on Jesus, submitting their wills and all that they are to Him, will be broken by Him of arrogance, hard-heartedness, and self-centeredness. It is not a pleasant process but an absolutely necessary one.” (Life Application Study Bible, Luke 20:18)

 

“The Lord supports all who stumble, and restores all who are broken down.” (Psalms 144:14 (LXX), Psalms 145:14)

 

“...we cannot get through the periods of brokenness and darkness in our lives without God and hope in Him…A person without God cannot make sense of evil and brokenness in the world.” (Father George Morelli)

 

“When faced with crushing troubles, we can have faith that God is using our trials for our good and for His glory… When our lives fall apart, we also should turn to God for direction and help” (Life Application Study Bible, 2 Thessalonians 1:4, Life Application Study Bible, Joshua 7:6)