Thursday, May 21, 2015

May 21, 2015 … Healing Broken Relationships

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 141

Devotional Songs: ... GO TO THIS LINK  … Please take the time to take in a video of Wayne Watson singing Friend of a Wounded Heart, proclaiming the healing nature of our Savior, Who is the Healer of broken hearts and relationships … and THEN TO THIS LINK where Queen Latifah sings, Fix Me Jesus, a prayer to the only One Who can truly mend broken hearts.

Highlight Passage Isaiah 61: 1 [ESV] … 
1 … He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted … 
… The Messiah Who come to repair mankind’s relationship with God and mend the hearts of the brokenhearted.

Highlight Context - Isaiah 61: 1-2 [ESV]USE THIS LINK
… The prophesy of The Messiah, the One Who would come to heal the sin wounds of all mankind. 

Reference Passage #1 - Psalm 23 [ESV] USE THIS LINK
… From the valley of the shadow of death … our Lord is there to comfort and heal the broken hearted.

Reference Passage #2 - Matthew 11: 28-30 [ESV] USE THIS LINK
… Jesus invites any/all to bring our brokenness and burdens to Him

Reference Passage #4 - Luke 4: 18-21 [ESV] USE THIS LINK
… Jesus came to fulfill the ancient prophesy of Messiah.

Reference Passage #5 - 2nd Corinthians 12: 9 [ESV] … 
9 But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 
 … Jesus declares that His grace is sufficient to cover the weakness in any of us who seek His healing for our broken hearts.

Reference Passage #5 - 1st Peter 5: 7 [ESV] … 
9  … casting all your anxieties (cares) on Him, because He cares for you 
… Jesus cares deeply for all, especially those with brokenness to bring to Him for healing,

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread author, David C. McCasland, wrote of a museum in Zagreb, Croatia, … The Museum of Broken Relationships [see attached photo]. McCasland writes that the museum,   is filled with anonymously donated remnants of love gone wrong. There is an axe that a jilted lover used to destroy the furniture of an offending partner. There are stuffed animals, love letters framed in broken glass, and wedding dresses all speak volumes of heartache. While some visitors to the museum leave in tears over their own loss, some couples depart with hugs and a promise not to fail each other. 

 These displays certainly are a testimony to the brokenness that many - if not all - experience when relationships go sour. I certainly can attest to this broken heartedness, because my marriage was almost destroyed by my revealed infidelity a dozen years into our marriage. By all worldly standards - especially today - Elly and I should not be married. But my wife and I experienced what Jesus declared that He, as the Messiah, had come to do for mankind, and that is (see Isaiah 61: 1-2 and Luke 4: 18-19) to come with the anointing of the Holy Spirit to heal the broken hearted and set at liberty those who are oppressed. And our Lord has certainly done that for my wife and I … as we are just about to celebrate 50 years of marriage, 31 of those in Christ. No one can tell Bill and Elly Berry that Jesus can’t heal broken hearts and relationships.

 As Wayne Watson sings (linked above for your hearing) in the “Friend of a Wounded Heart;” and as Queen Latifah so poignantly sings, our Lord can AND WILL fix broken relationships if those with broken hearts are willing to bring them to Him for healing. Jesus is our Good Shepherd, as well as Jehovah Rapha (our Healer); and He can AND WILL lead the broken hearted from the shadow of the valley of death to that garden of healing He promises in Psalm 23. He is there to carry the burdens of brokenness (see Matthew 11: 28-30); but we’ve got to be willing to bring our cares to Him because He cares so deeply for us (see 1st Peter 5: 7 and 2nd Cor 12: 9.

 How about we take our brokenness to Him today and let our Lord do His healing thing.

My Prayer Today: Oh Lord, … I pray others experience Your healing touch the way my wife and I have. Amen

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