Feelings of hurt lead to feelings of inadequacy and, more often than we care to admit, become a barrier to faith in God. The fact is that not only does God love you, but can work in and through a broken heart for glorious purposes.
I love my children. But every time I look at some of my favourite photos of them it breaks my heart. It pains me to know that I am their father because I feel that I am a bad father: I get upset with my children when I have no reason to be upset with them; I don’t always answer their questions completely; I don’t always explain my rules; I make them do chores around the house; I don’t always let them have the lollies they ask for … what kind of a father am I anyway?
Even as my family is dysfunctional in these ways, my own childhood was far worse. And, I suspect, every house on my street contains a dysfunctional families, to one degree or another.
Anyone would be led to despair at such a thought. What saddens me most is that some people take this thought a step further thinking that God will not draw close to such depraved and dysfunctional people. For such as those, let me remind you that even among God’s family are found the broken hearts of dysfunctional people!