Why is brokenness such an important attitude to develop? - Brokenness - TouchPoints

Why is brokenness such an important attitude to develop?

Psalm 51:17The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.

Repentance often begins in our emotions (“heart”) when we realize how offensive our life has been to the holiness of God. But it is the breaking of our will (“spirit”) that frees us to move toward God.

Psalm 147:3He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.

God promises to draw close to you when you are brokenhearted about sin in your life. When you turn to God in brokenness over your sin, he begins to heal and restore you.

Job 2:8-10Job scraped his skin with a piece of broken pottery as he sat among the ashes. His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.” But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.

Job’s wife was in the perfect position to realize her brokenness, but instead she became bitter. Bitterness leads to dissatisfaction and irritability. Bitterness never allows God the opportunity to heal, for a bitter person looks inward, not Godward.

Isaiah 66:2I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word.

Brokenness can express itself as humility: the realization that you can neither fix your sinfulness nor meet your deepest needs. Acknowledging your dependence on God allows him to help you in every way.