I have issues. Don't let this pretty website fool you. I'm as real as real can be. I don't have life figured out, and I haven't “arrived” in the journey of spiritual formation. I'm still on the journey, glancing left and right every now and then, but I'm trying, more than ever, to look to God for leading.
We all have issues. We have scars that remind us of painful pasts. Mine may be different than yours, but perhaps, they are the same. Scars are a reminder of our frailty. They remind us that life, as God intended, was never meant to be broken.
We are all incredibly broken people. All of us need to be mended, and oftentimes we search for false wholeness in all the wrong places. But only the One who made us has the power to mend.
Our Maker doesn't shy away from our scars or broken pieces. Rather, he affirms us of his love.
God is near to the brokenhearted. (Psalm 34:18)
He strengthens us and helps us. (Isaiah 41:10)
He heals our broken hearts. (Psalm 147:3)
He comforts us and gives us peace. (2 Corinthians 1:4, Isaiah 26:3)
Though we are incredibly broken people, the work of Christ gives life to our brokenness.
“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”
Romans 8:11, ESV
No broken, imperfect soul can grasp how the Holy Spirit works in our lives, but he does. It's part of sanctification, as we continually abide in him. And surely, abiding in Christ is more than a Sunday morning deal. Rather, it's a life-long pursuit of repentance as we choose to abide in him more than the world.
Day after day, God will mend our brokenness. As we abide in him, he will completely transform us. For just as a broken vessel will never look the same as pieces are put back together, neither will we.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.”
2 Corinthians 4:7-10, ESV
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