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Fragmented at Heart: Broken People Made Whole - Part 3

If you have been following this series with me, we've looked at the reality that we are complete in Christ, yet we have some unhealed wounds that need to be dealt with before we can walk in the wholeness and victory we have been called to.  (If you you haven't been following along you can go back and read the previous posts linked above)

Today I want to share some good news that will hopefully quite the raging lies brought on by living in guilt and shame. It's news that I need to be reminded of quite often: we are not too broken, too shattered, too wretched, too sinful, too far gone, or too much of any other accusation we have faced or offense we have committed to be used by and loved by God.

  And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be  able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.   
                 Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)

Too many times, we believe the opposite is true becasue our fragmented heart often backs up the thinking that we have fallen out of God's grace as it haunts us with failures, unnamed sins, missed opportunities, unmet dreams, and more. They call out from the depths in which we have hidden them and remind us that our blemishes have no place in the presence of God much less doing any work that counts. Truth counters that and affirms that God can use it to our good and His purpose.

 And we know that God causes everything to work 
     together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.  
                                       Romans 8:28 (NLT)

So the next time we are tempted to let the guilt and shame stained pieces of ourselves sideline us, let's instead, surrender those tainted pieces to the artistic hand of God and live like the masterpieces we are.

 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in        Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. 

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