CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Broken Hearts 1/27/2020

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by Ruth O’Neil

How wonderful to worship a God who is full of mercy! Many biblical characters received God’s mercy. It feels good to know that many people who that received that mercy were so much worse behaved than we are; at least sometimes. There are days I need every ounce of mercy God can give me. Fortunately, His mercy is limitless. 

There are times we are walking with God and all is well. Then we fall out of fellowship. The not so good days. God . He knows our hearts need to be broken to restore that fellowshipWhile this may sound painful, keep in mind that God only breaks the hearts of those He loves. God is chastising us as a loving parent would their precious child. 

We all sin. We can’t help it. Sin gets in the way of our relationship with God. Sin is in our nature. Our parents were sinners and they passed that trait along onto us. We will do the same with our own children. God knows and understand this, but that doesn’t make us any less…sinful. It doesn’t make our rejection of His love any less hurtful. But He never fails to love us, in spite of the fact that we don’t deserve it.   

To restore that relationship with God we have to be honest with Him and admit our sin. This can be one of the hardest things for people to do. “Wait. I have to admit I’m wrong?” Yeah, that’s not something we actually like to do. However, if you are going through a sinful time right now you will find that admitting our sin can be liberating. Admitting you have a problem is the first step and half the battle. As soon as you go to God and give Him your burden, you will feel a great release. God can help us deal with any and all of the difficulties that come up in our lives if we only allow Him. 

Once we admit our sin we can then be truly happy. That can’t happen until our hearts are broken. Once we’re truly broken only then can the healing begin. Broken hearts are painful. There is no way around that. But if we can bear to live with the pain for just a little while, our hearts and our relationship with Christ will be healed once again.  

God is merciful. 

About the Author:

Ruth OneilRuth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications. She loves to touch the emotions when she writes. “If I can make one person laugh or cry, I’ll consider myself successful.” Her first novel “Come Eat at My Table” has just come out in ebook form and can be purchased on her website. She homeschools her three children (well, one now, as two have graduated). She and her husband have been married for 20-plus years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, crafting, and reading. You can visit her on her blog at ruths-real-life (dot) or her website at ruthoneil (dot)

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