Giving thanks for a heart that breaks

Have you ever prayed that God would break your heart with what breaks his? I have. My flesh can be very selfish and self focused. Some time ago I realized that if I was ever going to see people as God sees them then I would need His help.

I pray that I He would give me His eyes to see as He sees. I pray to have His heart so that I can love as HE does. I want my heart to break over those things that break the heart of God.

Ask yourself, “Do I really let my heart break for the same things that break God’s heart?” Do I really care about the lost, the brokenhearted, the poor, and the defenseless or am I just going through the motions? Am I too wrapped up in my own life, too busy to notice?”

When you begin to pray for a heart that breaks with God you begin to see the world differently. It’s not about me anymore, even though sometimes I really do try to make it about me. But God awakens my heart to see people as He does, to love them as He does.

Don’t misunderstand, I still struggle ALL the time with my flesh and so often I forget and I must go to God in confession and then pray once more, “God break my heart for what breaks Yours.”

A Scott Krippayne song asks,” God, what breaks your heart, what makes you cry, what will I see if I look through your eyes?” So, what will we see? Ask God and let him open your heart and eyes to what He sees.

So what does break the heart of God?

God’s heart breaks for those who reject Him. Luke 13:34"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it!35"Behold, your house is left to you desolate; and I say to you, you will not see Me until the time comes when you say, 'BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD !'

"Luke 19:41 When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it,

God’s heart breaks for those who are treated unjustly. Duet 25:16"For everyone who does these things, everyone who acts unjustly is an abomination to the LORD your God

Jeremiah 22:3,5 Thus says the LORD, "Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow ; and do not shed innocent blood in this place. …"But if you will not obey these words, I swear by Myself," declares the LORD, "that this house will become a desolation."

Unfaithfulness, harlotry and adultery breaks the heart of God. Jeremiah 3:6-10 Then the LORD said to me in the days of Josiah the king, "Have you seen what faithless Israel did ? She went up on every high hill and under every green tree, and she was a harlot there.

Hosea 5:4Their deeds will not allow them To return to their God. For a spirit of harlotry is within them, And they do not know the LORD

Hosea 6:10 In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing ; Ephraim's harlotry is there, Israel has defiled itself.

Sin breaks God’s heart. Genesis 6:6 The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.

Psalms 78:40 How often they rebelled against Him in the wilderness And grieved Him in the desert.

These are a few things that break the heart of God. Although sometimes it’s hard and painful, I am thankful that God does break my heart over what breaks His.

Questions that I ask myself. Does my heart break when I see injustice? Sin? Does it break when I see the hungry, poor and broken hearted? Does it break when I see the lost?

If it does break, how do I respond? How should I respond?

I’d like to leave you with the words to the song Broken by 4Him.

I live and breathe
I am alive
Beholding with my eyes humanity
I'm overcome I must confess
By all this hopelessness
Surrounding me
Confronted with the face of desperation
I will not turn my back and walk away
I mourn I weep
For the least of these I'm broken
I hurt I feel
For the homeless until I'm broken
Broken by what breaks the heart of God
I'm throwing caution to the wind
I will not be content with complacency
For God Your heart is my desire
Come fill me with your fire
Lord move in me
Consume me with a passion and conviction
Until I have Your burden for the lost
I mourn I weep
For the least of these I'm broken
I hurt I feel
For the homeless until I'm broken
Broken by what breaks the heart of God

1 comment:

  1. Sharon, often I’ve prayed for God to break my heart for what breaks his. The closer we get to his heart, the more we love what he loves and hates what he hates. We have the mind of Christ (sometimes;-)
    It’s a moment by moment drawing near to him. Thank you for bringing back to mind this lesson.
    ~ Blessings
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