A Broken Heart

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"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7).

Is it more difficult to grow up without parents than with loving parents who do all they can to make life good for you? Is it better to go through crisis with a friend, a friend who loves you, than to go through crisis alone? Is it better to go through life without having a relationship with God, or be spiritually born into His family and have Him with you for all eternity? The answers to these questions are No!, No! and No! Surely it is better to have loving parents, good friends and a self-sacrificing God.

Today's Proverb addresses two types of people. Those who are in God's family and those who are outside of God's family. If you have been born of the Holy Spirit and you experience hardship, illness and difficult challenges, including death of a loved one, you have inner strength to draw on. "Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day." (2 Corinthians 4:16).

If you are not a member of God's family, which means that you do not know Him, you can experience irreparable despair. This is truly a broken heart, a broken spirit, a broken soul. However, you describe it; you are effectively alone without God. Your friends and family may try to help but inside, you are empty...missing that which surpasses all comprehension.
Proverbs 18 - Teaches us today?

Proverbs 18:14 "(14) The spirit of a man can endure his sickness, But a broken spirit who can bear?"

Psalm 76:1-3 (Theme: God's Victory). "(1) God is known in Judah; His name is great in Israel. (2) And His tabernacle is in Salem; His dwelling place also is in Zion. (3) There He broke the flaming arrows, The shield, and the sword, and the weapons of war."
Today's question. A broken heart?

The broken heart in the non-Christian can lead to severe unhappiness. You see people respond to challenges every day in all types of ways. Some may redouble their efforts to help make the pain go away. Some try to drown their thoughts in work, drugs or alcohol. Some try to keep themselves so busy they try not to think about it. Some look for happiness in others or material things. If they can get one more thing, they think, this would finally make them happy and content.

After awhile, it is very easy to conclude that all is vanity. That life is meaningless. This is a broken spirit.

Lastly, the non Christian is also susceptible to evil. In weak moments, Satan attacks and brings evil into their lives. Satan's purpose is to destroy and to go into the presence of God and say, ‘see, your creation is no good'.

For the Christian through our spirits and the Holy Spirit we can endure anything and still keep our joy. "But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor thing to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:37-39).

Dear God, thank you for loving us. In You I have my joy. Amen.

The Newness Of Life Daily Bible Message is designed for those who like to take a short respite from the day's responsibilities to enjoy the contemplation of God's word. This daily message is based primarily upon the belief that to read some of Proverbs and some of Psalm everyday will provide us with great spiritual growth and development when done consistently with discipline.  Phillip Saxton and contibute to Newness Of Life Ministries (NOL) Phillip Saxton, www.NewnessOfLife.com. Phillip can be reached at saxton AT MiTowne dot com

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