God is okay with our brokenness because our brokenness is exactly the reason He came to earth! He died for us so He could look past our brokenness in love.
I know this is hard to understand and even harder to explain so I’m just going to drop it down right here. God knows we’re broken. Yet, He leans down to tend to His wounded sheep. He doesn’t condemn us for our sins. He understands that we are just dust. I didn’t say, He endorses and applauds our sinfulness, but He knows we will sin and that He has already dealt with it.
Let me just offer these verses from the Psalms and a few more from Romans; God is compassionately understanding of our frailties. In fact, He has done everything that needed to be done to save us from being cursed for our failings.
Verses To Meditate On
Psalm 103:1–14 (NASB): “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things…
"The Lord is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. [this is looking forward to the cross] He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
"For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.”
Romans 8:1–4 (NASB): “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
Application #1: We don’t have to fear that God will reject us based on our brokenness! Not even our broken brains! Not even our sinful selves.
God already knows our hearts (Foundational Truth). He loves to show mercy and compassion (Foundational Truth). He is patient and longsuffering with us (Foundational Truth). God has already accepted us based on the fact that He accepted the sacrifice of Jesus as sufficient to pay for our sins (Foundational Truth).
Application #2: We are no longer condemned for our sin.
It is a very important verse to cling to while you are in the throes of depression: “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!” If you can’t believe this, you cannot live under the condemnation of your own inner voices and the voices of others who judge and shame you. You are not condemned for anything you do in depression (whether it is a symptom of your sickness or an evidence of a sinful nature)! You are forgiven either way!
Application #3: God is okay with you right now.
Instead of having to work to perform to make God happy with me, there was utter relief in finding that all the performance that needed to be done had already been done on my behalf. I no longer needed to try to earn what had already been granted. Pretending that I was more perfected than I really was was only trying to convince God that my good efforts and successes were what were making me acceptable and righteous. I believe that deeper than our desire to be loved is our desire to be loved in our brokenness, in our secret places that we try to keep hidden from the world and from God.
Application #4: There is freedom in believing that God is okay with us.
Right now, “Brokenness Theology” is getting a lot of bad press. Some people are tired of hearing all about our brokenness. It’s distasteful to them. While I won’t put words in their mouth and say what their motivation for this is, all I know is that some of us who have felt like utter failures have found more freedom in Christ in our brokenness than we ever felt while trying to find fulfillment in our successes. It is because it was through our brokenness that God became so tender and real to us. His kindness, in spite of our brokenness, caused us to fall in love with Him more!
How do I know that God is okay with our brokenness? Because it is His kindness in my brokenness that drew me to Him. He used it to accomplish miracles in my heart! I believe brokenness is one of God’s greatest tools in changing people’s hearts from the inside out.
God is okay with our brokenness. My brokenness and yours is why Jesus came to earth. He died for my sins so He could past my brokenness in love.Tweet
Some of us who have felt like utter failures have found more freedom in Christ in our brokenness than we ever felt while trying to find fulfillment in our successes. It is through our brokenness that God became so tender and real to us.Tweet