What is brokenness?
- Act or effect of breaking; breakage, rupture.
- Infringement of rule or precept; transgression, violation.
What does the Bible say about Brokenness?
Brokenness is sorrow and repentance for sins. Those who have a broken heart are sad because they know they made a mistake and want to fix what they did. God is close to the broken because they are ready to change their lives.
Brokenness should lead us to confess our sins and ask for forgiveness. God always forgives those who repent. He consoles, transforms life and renews joy.
The Lord is near (Psalm 34:18):
those who are brokenhearted
and saves those whose spirit is crushed.
Brokenness is the breaking of our own will so that our actions become governed by God (through the Holy Spirit). Brokenness transforms our natural fear into the fear of God.
The person with a broken heart is weakened, downcast, without strength and the Word of God says that the Lord is close to those who find themselves in this situation.
Man has a hardened heart, he likes to walk within his own counsel and, not infrequently he does not change.
But those who surrender to the Lord, recognizing His lordship, showing repentance for your sins, God will not despise.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to care for the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release from darkness to the prisoners (Isaiah 61:1).
To proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn (Psalm 61:2).
And to give to all who mourn in Zion a beautiful crown instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a robe of praise instead of a depressed spirit. They shall be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, for the manifestation of his glory (Psalm 61:3).
Did not my hands make all these things, and therefore come into being? Ask the Lord. This one I cherish: the humble and contrite of spirit, who trembles at my word (Isaiah 66:2).
For thus says the High and Lofty, who lives forever, whose name is holy: I dwell in a high and holy place, but I also dwell with him who is contrite and humble in spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the contrite (Isaiah 57:15). My body and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my inheritance forever (Psalm 73:26).
He alone heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3).