To be broken is to have a distorted view of God, ourselves, and others, which leads to beliefs, emotions, and behaviors that are destructive to others, ourselves, and derails us from God's purpose in our lives
Why are we broken?
Our own self-inflicted sinfulness
We are depressed because we are doing things on our own and without God.
We are distancing ourselves from His presence.
Seeking joy in things other than God. Finding satisfaction in good gifts that were never meant to satisfy.
a good thing became a God thing
The sins of others inflicted on us
Bully at school, parents who are being unfair, friends who betray us
Living in a broken and fallen world
The world we live in is broken and in need of restoration
"We now live in a fallen world, and all creation “groans” under the consequences of our sin (Romans 8:22)."
What to do about it?
"Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it"
-> "Peace is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of God"
Honestly acknowledge and express our emotions to God
"Emotions are the most honest window into our hearts"
You can't stay here, otherwise you are just doing self pity. Self pity is prideful because its only concern is one's self.
"I'm not going to help you unless you're willing to help yourself" - story about my cousin
Seek God's understanding and help
Trust in God's goodness despite our present circumstances
Surround yourself with godly people who can help you lament in a healthy way
go to someone who is more spiritually mature than you
don't turn to technology ("I don't need you, I have WiFi")
don't turn to people or friendships
don't turn to addictions
“We are all mere beggars showing other beggars where to find bread.” - Martin Luther
A lot of times people think brokenness and trials means that God doesn't exist, is far away, or doesn't care. But it could actually mean that God cares intensely
Hebrews 12:6-7 - discipline
Romans 5:3-5 - perseverance -> hope
Romans 8:28 - ATWT
Hope through Jesus Christ
"But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ." - Eph 2:11-22
"'He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death'or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." - Revelations 21:1-8
"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." -Psalm 34:18