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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Brokenness (2 Corinthians 5)

When you see people who are dealing with brokenness, what do you do? I guess maybe the more important question is, what does God want us to do? God obviously wants us to encourage, comfort, and pray for them. But is that all or is there more we are to do?

Our prayers, encouragement, and comfort are good. But they won't help someone get out of brokenness. There is more that is needed to actually rescue them.

In fact, the only One who can truly rescue us from brokenness, no matter the cause, is Jesus. Let's look at it through the 3 Circles diagram above.

God's design for us is perfect. But we all, at various times, turn away from living life God's way to do things our way. God calls this sin. Sin leads us straight into brokenness.

We realize we are in brokenness and try to get out of it in many ways (alcohol, drugs, relationships, working more hours to make more money, or even just checking out and living life like a zombie). But none of those things fix the problem. The brokenness just gets worse.

That's why God stepped off of his throne in heaven and took on human flesh as Jesus. Jesus, being fully God and fully man, was the only one who could live the perfect life we couldn't live. Jesus died in our place, was buried, and 3 days later rose from the dead, defeating our sin, and making a way out of brokenness for us.

All we have to do is let go of our sins and turn towards Jesus, trusting in Him alone. The Bible calls this repenting and believing in Jesus.

When we do this, Jesus helps us recover from brokenness and pursue God's design for our lives. Then as we start following and obeying Him, He sends us back out into the world to tell others how they can escape brokenness by trusting in Jesus.

As God puts people in front of us who are struggling, we share our own story of how Jesus got us out of brokenness. In fact, in 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Paul describes this as God giving us a ministry and a message to share:

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

God calls each of us to share the hope we have in Jesus with those around us who are in brokenness.

Is there someone who is close to you and far from God who you need to share the hope of Jesus with today? Is there someone who is dealing with brokenness, who really needs to know how Jesus can rescue them and restore them to God's perfect plan for their life?

Dear Lord, I remember when I was in brokenness and despair, feeling very alone and like my life did not matter to anyone. I remember living in a shell, going through the motions each day, feeling like my life had no purpose. But then You put someone in my life who was dying of leukemia but absolutely full of joy and hope because of her relationship with Jesus. I knew I needed the hope and joy that she had. She told me that it was Jesus who could fill me with that hope and joy. Not long after that, I drove to a church I had visited a few times, walked down the aisle at the invitation, and told the pastor, "I need Jesus." He prayed with me and two weeks later baptized me. That was my beginning of turning to Jesus and trusting in Him. Since then there have been many battles to face (relationships, job, health, deaths). But Jesus has walked with me through all of them and has always been there to get me through each battle when I trusted in and relied on Him. Lord, thank you for forgiving me, sustaining me, and filling me with the joy of your presence every day as I draw close to You. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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