A Broken Heart is Good?
People have wrestled with the problems of sorrow, pain, and grief for ages. It has led to doubts and spiritual questions, yet the scriptures have a different view of suffering –Ecc 7:3-4 “ Sorrow is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.” And also 2 Cor 4:17 “ For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
Then word ‘mourn’ in the scriptures like Matt 5:4, is the strongest word for mourning. It means to wail with unrestrained visible grief. When Jesus said in that verse “Blessed are those who mourn..” what was He teaching? He could mean “blessed are those who have endured the bitterest sorrows that life can bring.” That kind of sorrow breaks us and causes us to understand our total reliance on God. It shows us what is truly important in this life and gives us new perspective. Heb 12:2-3
Jesus could also mean “Blessed are those who are desperately concerned for the sorrows and sufferings of peoples of the world. It is indeed right to be concerned and compassionate with those struggling. Rom 12:15, Gal 6:2
But the main point of Jesus’ teaching is “Blessed is the man who is overwhelmingly sorry for his own sin and unworthiness.” When Jesus started preaching, His message was “repent!” Matt 4:17. Repentance requires a deep sorrow for sin. It requires that we open our eyes to what sin is and to its consequences. When we see the hurt, pain, and disappointments that sin causes, then we can understand Paul’s words in 1Tim 1:15 “here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst. Paul had his eyes opened to the horrors of his sin and its consequences. It should break OUR hearts to realize that it was OUR sin too that caused the death of Jesus. True repentance occurs only when the heart is broken and it shows itself in the new actions that we take. Joy is found in gratitude to God for His forgiveness and grace.
Blessed is the one whose heart is broken by the suffering in the world and his own sin, for out of this repentance will come obedience leading to peace, forgiveness, and comfort from God. Do you have that joy that comes from close fellowship with God? Do you need to rid your life of sin? Acts 22:16
Lesson contributed by: Arlington Church of Christ – Mt. Healthy, OH