Why Do We Have Broken Hearts?

He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds
— Psalms 147:3

Nothing is as painful than that of a "broken heart" whether it comes from a broken relationship or the death of a loved one. Everyone must deal with a broken heart at some point in life because we live in a sinful and fallen world, and, as a result, we are constantly faced with shattered dreams, unexpected losses, and hurting relationships.

I’ve been in the ministry for many years and I’ve seen people with pain beyond measure. Many times, the pain can be so deep, and so excruciating that people tend to repress and deny the anguish rather than handle it properly. Don’t repress your feelings, that will only make matters worse.

But God gives hope to all those who suffer from a broken heart by promising both His presence and His overflowing peace. Psalm 34:18 says that the Lord "is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." In John 14:27 Jesus states, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you . . . Do not let your hearts be troubled."

Right now, God can use you even in your heartache. One of my all-time favorite verses is 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Paul writes, "Praise be to God . . . the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God."

Don’t miss what you just read from 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. Sometimes the very reason pain has been allowed into our lives is so that we can be more effective in our ministry to others. Let that sink in!

I want all of you to think about this: Can a woman who has never felt rejection and isolation understand the plight of a woman who battles depression and loneliness? Can a parent who has never lost a child empathize with a father or mother who has just lost their child?

God's purposes in allowing pain in our lives are multi-faceted. Not only does He teach us about His love and faithfulness in the midst of sorrow, but after our grieving has ended, He gives us strength to offer words of comfort to others who are experiencing similar trials.

I Peter 5:9 says, " . . . Your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings." So, we serve as both a support base and a hope for those who are walking through difficult situations proving that with God's help even what seems to be hopeless, overwhelming, unbeatable, insurmountable obstacles can be overcome.

If you are struggling with emotional pain, take comfort in the fact that God has your situation as well as you in the palm of His hands. He will not let you go, and He will not let you down. A great word of comfort can be found in I Peter 5:10, " But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you." I’ve used this phrase many times, “the pain you experience today may be your platform for ministry tomorrow”. So, take heart, God’s perfect will is being carried out and He WILL heal your broken heart.  God Bless!