24 Feb 2014 by Adeline Lum CM-
All around us, we see people with a smiling face, whose lives seem great without any problems. But if we were to only visit a person’s mind or hear a person’s thoughts, I wonder what we would see or hear.
Would we see the distant thoughts of a past lover or the reminiscence of a deceased parent? How about a joyful moment with old friends? Or a dream of what could have been now?
The truth is that we do not need to hide; all of us are broken, some way or another. None of us is perfect. This world is fallen; everyone is a sinner (Romans 3:23). And you know what?
That’s okay because God loves you even before you know Him (1 John 4:19). He loves you even though you are broken. He says that His power is made perfect in your weaknesses (2 Cor 12:9). His grace is sufficient for the thorns in your life (2 Cor 12:7-9). And He promised that He would carry and sustain you through hard times (Psalm 55:22).
God is a God of restoration (Deut 30:3). He promised in His Words that He would heal your broken heart and bind up your wounds (Psalm 147:3). He will not despise your contrite heart but would revive it into wholeness (Psalm 51:17; Isa 57:15). He is near the despair and depressed (Psalm 34:18)!
When we come to the Lord in our brokenness—in plain sight of who we truly are with all the past hurts and pains—the power of the past no longer hold us down. Our broken pride no longer hardens our hearts against the Lord! That is why the kingdom of Heaven belongs to the ones who are poor in spirit (Matt 5:3). Misconceptions and lies built to cover the true self all also crumbled down to reveal who we truly are—sinners in need of God’s grace through Jesus Christ (John 1:16-18). And only through the loving and gracious hands of our savior, we can find completion in this broken self.
If we could accept this broken self of us, we can also accept the brokenness of other people. Open your eyes to see beyond the smiling face. Listen to the heart of the person next to you. I wonder what we will see or what we will hear. All I see is brokenness, even behind a harsh remark, an angry look, an inconsiderate action, a selfish act, a frown, and a scorn. There must be something, which holds the person a prisoner of his negativity.
If we see a person beyond what they appear, perhaps we can also be more considerate, loving, and kind, even to those who are inconsiderate, unloving, and undeserving. Remember that everyone is God’s creation (John 1:3) and that He desires everyone to come to Him but none should perish (1 Tim 2:4). Such is the depth, width, height, and breath of God’s love! True love only exists in the full sight of all ugliness and brokenness. Yet, that did not deter our Father in Heaven to love us with an everlasting (Jer 31:3), steadfast (Psalm 86:13), unfailing (Psalm 52:8), and binding kind of love (Rom 8:38-39). His Love is unconditional! It’s not based on our achievements, talents, skills, wealth, moral values, or good acts that make us deserving for His Love. But while we are still sinners, God has sent His Son to die on the cross for us (Romans 5:8), so that we will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
Would you like that? Would you like to receive this greatest love on earth—true, unconditional, and perfect?
It is the love we are all looking for. It is the love that will complete your brokenness! It is the love that will never leave you nor forsake you (Heb 13:5). It is the love that is with you till the end of times (Matt 28:20)! It is the only love that can quench the thirst in your heart through Christ Jesus (John 4:14).
The Lord is here… even now with you. He has always been waiting, always been ready, and always been looking for you to return to his side.
Come back, my love.
In brokenness, I come.
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