December 13, 2016 10:40 AM Broken together devotional

I love casting crowns music… This song is a beautiful song but I have a bit of a problem with it… It alludes to the permanent solution to brokenness but I’d like to go a bit further…

The analogy that comes up to mind is that, what you do when something or someone is broken… Bruised… Battered… Harmed in any way emotionally physically or spiritually… You can bandage the wound… Tape holds things together… It’s a temporary fix… Tape can look like or a bandage can look like counseling, a friend talking to us, crying, diving into being a work-a-holic, alcoholism, drug abuse, self-harm, etc

The Band-Aid falls off when challenged, as when getting wet… The challenges would include the stress of a lost family member to death, a job loss, a divorce, a child’s death, sickness, chronic headaches, pain in the body, chronic anger. When these things strike at you, the Band-Aid will fall off no matter how much the Band-Aid has been helping you.  The only permanent cure is to break the chains that broke you in the first place… Deeper issues need to be addressed with the Only One who gives perfect healing…

The one that binds us together permanently is Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. He alone can hold you together permanently. As long as you lean into him when the storms strike your life, then you will allow the bandage of the love of Jesus Christ to stick. It is your choice, though! Jesus is someone that you choose to allow to help. You can throw the bandage of Jesus Christ off because it gets too tiring to try, in the midst of turmoil, to lean in and ask God to protect you from the world and continue in faith.

It is difficult to remain hopeful during the healing process but the bandage’s job, if it is the bandage of Jesus Christ, has a healing balm attached to it.  The Holy Spirit would be like an antibiotic ointment on the Band-Aid.  It penetrates deeply into the wound and heals it from inside out. Protecting it from further infection, the Holy Spirit’s job is to comfort and to guide and heal. The ointment, when applied to the pad, applied as faith in Jesus Christ and not counseling alone is the permanent cure.

You will never find anyone in this world who is not broken. We are all broken and in need of a Savior. We need to stop trying to trust the false bandages. We need to enlist and accept and embrace the love of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

He alone is the permanent fix to brokenness. He came ready to be broken, to break the power of the brokenness of sin and heal our broken hearts. We need to break off the power of sin off of our lives in submission to him. We can only do that through the power of the Holy Spirit.

There are many reasons for brokenness. Selfishness, greed, anger, un-forgiveness, past abuse, sickness, hardheartedness, inpatients and lack of compassion. In addition, offense is the enemy and a big reason for brokenness.

The only one who can restore a broken relationship is the Lord, our Savior Jesus Christ’s, love. His offer of mercy and forgiveness, that we offer to others, is the way the truth and the life. We love because he first loved us. It is all about love. We put ourselves to the side and cry “death to self.”  We know that through Him we have strength and hope that He has us in his hands, that “He is for us not against us”, and that “nothing formed against us shall stand.” When we allow Christ to be the leader of our marriage then, yes, counseling makes sense. Christian counseling will be needed when you are broken but Godly counsel will bring the fullness of Christ into your situation and heal you from the inside out.

May the Lord God be merciful and come quickly!