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Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2008 13:11:50 -0700 (PDT)
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COLUMN: GUEST WRITERS

Broken
 by Paula Harrington

Broken Families

Can you think of a family in the Bible more devastated 
by sin than David's family? From cheating spouses, to 
rebellious children, rape and incest, something 
terrible was always happening in his family. David's 
sin led to serious consequences. The Lord told David, 
through Nathan, that the sword would never leave his 
house and it did not (2 Samuel 12:10).

Do you know families like this? Families so entrenched 
in sin that the consequences will appear for many years. 
If you don't know them personally, you've probably seen 
them on television or read about them in the newspaper. 
Torn apart by sin, these families struggle day to day  
in worldly chaos. We know them and may even be them.

The world offers broken families while Jesus offers 
peace. "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. 
Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your 
heart be troubled" (John 14:27). Later in John 16:33, 
he reminds us that he has overcome the world. In a 
broken home, with Jesus, we can have peace.

Broken Hearts

When one thinks of broken hearts in the Bible, the 
story of Mary and Martha at the sickness and death of 
their beloved brother is one of the saddest (John 11). 
Can you picture these two sisters kneeling beside 
Lazarus in agony praying for his recovery, praying 
that Jesus would arrive before it was too late?

We have all had to contend with broken hearts. 
Whether it is the loss of a loved one or the 
disappointment of misfortune, we have experienced 
the pain and heartache of this world.

The world offers broken hearts while Jesus offers 
completeness and love. In Colossians 2:10, the apostle 
Paul tells us that in Christ the Lord makes us whole. 
Christ tells us, "He who has my commandments and keeps 
them, it is he who loves me and he who loves me, will 
be loved by my Father" (John 14:24). Only Jesus can heal 
our broken hearts.

Broken Promises

Can you hear Peter in Mark 14:29 say, "Even if all are 
made to stumble, yet I will not!" Later he says, "Even 
if all your followers turn their backs on you, I won't!" 
Sadly, we know what takes place shortly after he makes 
this declaration. He stumbles and denies his friend. 
In Luke 22:61-62, Peter realizes what he has done.

Tears come to my eyes every time I read this passage. 
On some level, I can relate to the pain of Jesus, but 
mostly I can identify with the shame of Peter. We are 
no different than Peter. We, too, have broken promises 
to friends. We have even broken promises to Jesus.

Jesus does not break his promises. He tells us that he 
has gone to prepare a place for us and he will return 
for us (John 14:1-6). He provides us with an assurance 
so true and real that we can base our entire lives on 
it. When all have turned away from us, when we have 
been disappointed and been a disappointment, when all 
is lost, Jesus is ready to affirm his love, his peace, 
and comfort.

We are a broken people living in a broken world full of 
shattered families, hearts, and promises. Only Jesus can 
cure our brokenness. Seek him today.

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