Hope for the brokenhearted can be found in Christ's healing love

Hope for the brokenhearted is Jesus' promise to all of his followers, and you can claim that promise, right here, right now.

Don't think that Jesus only healed people in Israel 2,000 years ago. He continues to heal believers today, and thanks to the gift of his Holy Spirit, you don't even have to leave your home to receive his touch.

If you're single, the odds are pretty good that you do have a broken heart. You do, don't you?

Every time you risk loving someone, you also take the chance that your heart will be broken. But sometimes your heart breaks because you haven't been able to find someone to love.

You may feel today that no one and nothing can help you, but I can tell you from my own experience that Jesus Christ can. He can because he's the all-powerful God for whom nothing is impossible. What's more, he knows how it feels to have a broken heart, because his own heart was broken on Calvary.

Your hurt may be so intense that you can't even pray about it. That's all right. God knows. He doesn't miss a thing, and he understands. Because God is a God who works in his followers' lives, there is hope for the brokenhearted.

Nobody understands like Jesus. He understands your problem
even when you don't understand it yourself.

There's more than one answer

Sometimes we get stuck on one answer to our problem. We think that one certain person is the only one for us. Or we think that if only a wrecked relationship were fixed again, everything will be all right. We think hope for the brokenhearted means God will fix things our way.

But God is wiser than us, and he knows that often there's more than one answer to a problem. His solution may not be your solution, but you can be assured that he wants the very best for you, even if it doesn't seem that way at the time. That's where trust comes in.

I had a hard time trusting God when it came to my own broken heart. I thought one girl was right for me, and when the relationship ended, I couldn't see why God didn't answer my prayer to fix it. I was too immature to know that God's judgment could be trusted.

In time, he mended my broken heart and I moved on.

When it's time to let go of suffering

It's cruel and shallow to tell a brokenhearted person to cheer up and get on with their life. No one in their right mind would say that to a widow or widower, someone who has gotten divorced, or someone who has lost a promising partner.

A wise person once said, though, that there's nothing noble about suffering when it can be avoided. We have to want Jesus to heal our broken heart, and we have to trust him enough to let him do it his way.

Didn't it seem odd what Jesus said in Mark 10:51 when he was hailed by Bartimaeus, a blind man? Jesus asked him:

"What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see." "Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

It seemed obvious what a blind man would want. So why did Jesus ask him? Because it takes faith to see. To surrender to God and let him heal you his way takes faith. To accept the responsibility of changing your life after he heals you takes faith. To let go of the past and step into an unknown future takes much faith in God. H

Why there's hope for the brokenhearted

Hope for the brokenhearted exists because Jesus is aware of your need and has the power to address it, if you have enough faith to let him do it his way.

Do you have the faith that blind Bartimaeus had? Can you say, "Lord, I want you to heal my broken heart...your way...in your timing"?

Christ gives hope for the brokenhearted, but sometimes that hope is the next life, with him in heaven. My heart has been broken over dreams I will never realize in this life.

But I still have faith that somehow God will fulfill my dreams in the next life, in heaven, with him. I don't think that's giving up. I think that's submitting to his will for me. But I still have hope. And so do you, because we worship a loving, compassionate God who is also a God of surprises!

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