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.
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.