In Exodus 6:1-9 we read that the Israelites could not hear God’s word that he wanted to deliver them because they had a broken spirit.
Many times because we have been hurt or abused by someone emotionally or spiritually our ears become closed to the truth. Even if the truth is right there in the Bible staring us in the face! We will ignore it or simply outright deny it.
There are two ways to go when one has been abused. We can hold on to the grudge and allow a bitter root of judgment to set in or we can forgive and go to the Lord for healing.
Choosing to hold on to unforgiveness, resentment and unbelief can have effects on us physically. It can cause mental illness like depression, arthritis or rottenness of the bones as scriptures call it, as well as all manner of sickness.
By sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. Proverbs 15:13
God cannot heal us if we refuse to let go of hate, anger and revenge.
The Bible gives us a remedy for a broken heart and a crushed spirit.
Psalms 51:17 tells us that the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit.
Broken in the Hebrew is shâbar. It means to be broken in pieces, to burst, break down, bring to the birth, (trauma,) crush, destroy, hurt, quench, tear apart.
A broken spirit “dries the bones”
A broken spirit causes shame, confusion, disappointment, depression, withering or pining away.
Ruach, is the inner spirit person or heart.
The meaning of sacrifice is to “offer up.”
When we offer up to the Lord our broken heart he will bring healing. The first stage of healing is to see if there is any part we may have played in the offense or abuse. If we provoked in any way we need to repent and stop the behavior.
Then we must forgive. To forgive is to let go of the offense. Don’t hold anything against that person. If we take matters into our own hands by revenge, like slandering, cursing, or putting our hand to the person we will only add more trouble to our grief. The Lord asks us to forgive others so he can forgive us.
We should allow the Lord to revenge or bring correction into the situation instead of playing God by taking matters into our own hands.
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 5:32
And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. Matthew 11:25
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14
The next stage to healing is to draw near to the Lord. As we draw near to him, he will draw near to us.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you... James 4:8-10,
The Lord draws near to one with a broken heart and a contrite or crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
He does not despise them or look down on them.
After the Lord ministers grace, healing, deliverance to each of us as he sees fit because we are all different, then its time to build up the walls around our heart.
Proverbs 15:13 tells us that without control of our spirit, that is without being able to influence or manage our heart, it is like a city with no walls. The heart is not protected from danger.
How is this done? By renewing our mind with God’s thoughts. Whatever scriptures are needed to counter act those negative thoughts and emotion we apply to our lives.
We do this by praying the word of God into our heart, meditating on the word, (thinking on those scriptures) and by praying for those who have hurt us! When we know deep in our heart the truth, the truth will set us free indeed!