Friday, January 2, 2009

Brokenness and Love

Brokenness, a commonality among all humans. When I look around at the world it is impossible to not see all the faults, the wrongs, the hurts. They seem to abound and overshadow any good that may be left in the world. What makes God's greatest creation, one that was created for the sole purpose to love and bring joy to Him, continue to sin and cause pain? We are all broken.

As humans we tend to categorize others brokenness, judge one less "wrong" than the other, whether this is to minimize our own brokenness and make us feel better compared to others or just the neurotic human need to create order in an orderless chaos. Either option distorts the truth, the truth that God sees all sin as just sin, sees all brokenness as just brokenness.

What remedy do we have for this brokenness? We try to bandage it, cushion it, to numb it. Only creating a thick plaster cast protecting an unset fracture. Is there hope of becoming whole? Hope of not just caring for a wound, but actually healing it to the point that there is no trace of it?

I believe that our loving creator did not leave us alone in a broken world, only to survive broken ourselves. I believe he left us the the most important remedy of all, Love. Tue love embodied by His son, Jesus. Not the human selfish love that only gives to receive, but the Godly love that loves to bring others joy, peace, happiness.... healing.

This love is the only thing potent enough to crack through the layers of plaster, pierce the skin and nett the brokenness back together making it whole once more. This love is freely given by God to all of us, and only through Him are we, in turn, able to give that same selfless love to others around us. With out God it is impossible to fully love, or truly forgive, only through him is it possible.

To those that are broken, it is unfathomable to even consider that someone, some human would be able to give us this type of love, though we may know God is capable, we find ourselves unworthy to receive this healing love from human, and all to often God.

Feeling this way seems logical by human nature, but when we step back and look at it through what God has already said and done for us, reconsideration is necessary. Didn't God still create us even though he knew the current conditions of the world, of our lives? Didn't God give his only Son as the only way to restore us to Him? Didn't Jesus already pay the ultimate price, and die a death so gruesome for us? Hasn't our entire debt already been paid? If we can accept this, this most amazing, unquantifiable, outpouring of love and forgiveness, then why is it so difficult for us to receive even a fraction of that love that would mend our brokenness?

We still find our brokenness too much, our sin too much. We have yet to forgive ourselves. How do you forgive yourself? Only through God, only through his grace, only through his love. Accepting fist His love from Him, then we are able to accept His love through others in our lives.

Yes, we are all broken. But God has provided a remedy, Love. The next step, and there is only one, is to accept this love, let if fill, let it warm, let it mend, let it work.

"Now I give you a new commandment: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other." - John 13:34

"And most of all be warm in your love for one another; because in love there is forgiveness for sins without number." -1 Peter 4:8 (Bible in Basic English)

"Three things will remain forever - faith, hope, and love - the greatest of these is love." - 1Corinthians 13:13

Learned? I am not sure if I have really "learned" anything...yet. Maybe these thougths are just beginning to sink in.

1 comment:

pretendingsanity said...

That's the thing about love. None of us deserve it. That's why it's called grace. None of us are better than anyone else. None more holy or deserving or worthy. But what a gift - to be loved without deserving. And what a freedom to actually accept it.