I remember sitting in that group of women staring at the few objects on the coffee table. Each woman taking her turn sharing which object was most like her heart at that point. I don’t remember all of the objects that sat on that table. Only one object has remained in my memory. The one thing that reminded me of my heart then. A cracked glass lantern. Shattered pieces put together carefully, but still incredibly fragile. Any slight mishandling would crumble the frail lantern. I think about that lantern today because that is the condition of my heart yet again. Broken. Shattered. In a state of grief. Maybe that’s where you are, too. If so, here are 10 Comforting Scripture Verses for the Broken Heart to help heal your precious heart.
Last week, the Christian blogging community was hit with devastating news. Heart-breaking news of the death of one of the most inspiring and encouraging bloggers out there; Mandy Kelly of Worshipful Living. She, along with her husband and two youngest children perished in a horrific house fire. Mandy and Scott’s two teenaged children survived along with Scott’s mother.
Because Mandy brought the hope of Jesus to so many all over the world, the news of her death has left many hearts shattered. We know where she is. And we rejoice with her, knowing she is exactly where her heart longs to be…at the feet of Jesus. But our hearts are still broken. We are still broken. Because we loved her dearly. And I know that if she could, she would point all of us to Jesus through our grief. She would remind us of the promises in God’s word. So, that’s what I’m going to do today.
God’s heart breaks, too. He understands.
The Lord is near…even in times of brokenness.
Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
He heals our broken hearts. He tenderly wraps our wounds in bandages.
Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
My heart will break. It will break because I have loved. Sometimes I want to avoid loving others, opening myself to hurt again because it leads to a broken heart at some point in some way. But, I cannot allow my heart to dictate my love (no, don’t ‘follow your heart’). I can’t rely on my heart. My heart will fail. My Father is the strength of my heart.
Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart forever.
My heart is troubled. Troubled with grief. Afraid. “What if…” comes knocking. I must hand my anxious heart over to Jesus and receive His peace. Even if it means doing this over and over again several times a day.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
In my brokenness, He promises to remain. Always. He is my helper.
Hebrews 13:5-6 For He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So that we may boldly say, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do to me.”
One day…no more tears…no more death. My broken heart will be completely whole. I can’t wait for that day. This is what our friend Mandy sees now. She is singing and dancing in worship to her Savior. One day I will join her.
Revelation 21:4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.
I am weak. So very weak. But it is in my weakness that Christ shines brightly. I rely on His strength instead of my own. I’m so thankful that I don’t have to do this alone. I don’t have to muster up the strength to put my broken heart back together. In fact, I have learned that the times I have tried to do just that is when I make a big mess of everything and I end up building a wall around the broken shards of my heart. His power and grace rests upon me…and brings my broken heart to rest.
2 Corinthians 12:9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Not only is God beside me, never leaving me or forsaking me. But, He is also ahead of me, making a way for me. He directs my path, my steps. Even in the darkest moments, He is with me. In the tears. In the sadness. And in the grief. All the time.
Deuteronomy 31:8 Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.
Oh, to know that I can come to my Savior for rest. My heart is heavy. So, so heavy. And that’s ok. My Healer is gentle and His heart is broken right along with mine. Our hearts are broken together. He shares in the grief. He is moved by my grief.
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
The last verse that will help bring comfort and healing to the broken heart is the one where Paul instructs us on what we ought to think about. Thinking about such good things…things that are wonderful and lovely…will soothe and calm our shattered, hurting hearts.
I think about that cracked glass lantern again. I realize just how beautiful it looked when the tealight candle inside of it was lit. The soft, gentle glow radiated through the cracks in the most amazing way. The soothing gleam reminds me of the truth of how Jesus shines brilliantly and beautifully through our cracks and fractures. What others would normally throw into the trash, He restores for His purpose. And the broken heart is precious to Him. Because that’s what He uses to bring even more broken hearts to Himself.
Do you need these beautiful reminders today, too? If so, I made this printable for you. Simply download, print and post wherever you will see it every day.
Printable for my blog post 10 Comforting Scripture Verses for the Broken Heart.