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May 5, 2014

Rebuilding Broken Bridges

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

Matthew 5:4 (NIV)

If “blessed” means pure joy and happiness, than how can this Beatitude make sense? “Blessed are those who mourn…”  It’s like saying, “Happy are the sad.” Sounds like a paradox, doesn’t it? So much of what Jesus said was counterintuitive. The truth He is revealing is the second step of restoration. Happy are those who know they are broken and come to the only one who can heal their brokenness. You see, there are two types of people – those who know they are broken and those who don’t know it yet. The fact is we are all broken. In this second Beatitude we find the second step in restoration:

“I admit my pain over my brokenness and loss. I look to God, believing He can comfort and restore me.”

This is what I call “The Hope Step.” To take this step I must:

Stop running from my pain and turn to God. The trouble is we often want to live in denial and cover up our pain. God has a way of moving us out of denial. Sometimes He will use a crisis. It could be a crisis in our health, our career, our family or marriage to get our attention. It could be through a confrontation of loving friends or family that get in our grille about the direction of our lives and see the self-destructive path we are taking. They risk loving us enough to confront us. If we still refuse to stop running from our pain and turn to God, He will ultimately allow the full consequences of our actions take effect. This is what I call the collapse phase. Proverbs 20:30 puts it like this, “Sometimes it takes a painful experience to make us change our ways.” (TEV)

Once I stop running from my pain and turn to God, I must believe God can restore and rebuild my life. The Bible says, “It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that He exists and that He cares enough to respond to those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6 MSG)

Finally, give God your brokenness and let Him begin restoring your life. This will be a daily process. His grace gives us the desire and the power to change. It takes more than willpower. It takes God’s power; and that power is manifest in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says that “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God…and He holds all creation together.” Colossians 3:15-17 (NLT)

Let Him hold you. Grace is not about your ability to hold on to God so much as it is the grip of God when you let go. You discover He is holding on to you, and He will never let go! Let Him begin rebuilding the broken bridges in your life.