In the second part of the “Our Living God” series, we are going to discuss the phrase, “beautifully broken.” When you hear the phrase, “beautifully broken,” is the first thing that comes to mind that this is an oxymoron? Surely, something cannot be broken and beautiful. yet, we are. We are made that way, broken to be beautiful. As a matter of fact, Galatians touches on this very subject. Read below.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20 (ESV)
You might be reading that and wondering, what does this possibly have to do with brokenness and it being beautiful? Well, as we progress through the Bible’s verses on Jesus’ life, we begin to understand that Jesus was constantly breaking himself down, humbling himself where he could instead have used his position to his advantage. He allowed himself to be crucified. This verse does not deal with the literal crucifixion of our body, but rather the metaphorical crucifixion that we allow ourselves to come to when we bring our heart to Christ.
Our sins make us broken and unworthy of the kingdom of God. Our spiritual healing through Christ makes us beautiful again, washing our sins away and giving us a new lease on life.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9 (ESV)
To forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. That is very important. It isn’t just what we have committed in the past, but the sins that we will commit in the future. How do we know this? When we read Matthew 18:21-22, Jesus tells us not to forgive seven times, but seventy times seven. The literal meaning of this would imply a little over 400 times, but Jesus did not always speak in literal terms. God loves infinitely, gives infinitely, forgives infinitely.
We are all beautifully broken.