The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. – Psalm 34:18
Would you think it odd if I said in 2017 I want a broken heart? I think the term means something different in the world than it does in this context. I want a broken heart and a contrite spirit within me. I want the Lord to be close to me. He can’t help me on a daily basis if I keep getting in the way.
The broken heart, and the contrite spirit, are two essential characteristics of true repentance. – Adam Clarke
I think the world sees contrition as a kind of low self-esteem or self-loathing. While it is me saying that I’m less and Christ is more, it also acknowledges God’s power – His control, in my life. A heart has to be broken and a spirit has to be contrite for a soul to repent – otherwise, one just goes through the motions.We repent when we are first saved – and we repent for the sins we commit (yes, we will commit sins – being saved doesn’t make us perfect). We can run this race with minimal scrapes and bruises if we will remain broken-hearted with a contrite spirit.
Did you know that angels in Heaven rejoice when a person gets saved? I love to watch baptisms and imagine angels partying and high-fiving in Heaven. I wonder if our loved ones in Heaven get to see that side of things? I don’t know – maybe.
Yep – that’s when the angels REJOICE! I want a broken heart this year. I will make the LORD my choice in 2017. I’m giving Him first place – are you? 🙂