7 Benefits of Being Broken
An Encouragement Journey Book 1
A Small Group Study & Discussion Guide
It is often difficult to see any good coming out of being broken. But, we have many examples in scripture of people being broken in order to be used by God. In Psalms 51:17, “The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God” (NLT). God honors a person with a broken heart. Brokenness is nothing to be ashamed of. Nor is brokenness something to hide. Brokenness is a sign of maturity.
- God is close to those who have been broken, “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed” Psalms 34:18 (NLT).
- It is through brokenness that God can show His compassion and mercy, “He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds” Psalms 147:3 (NLT) and “. . . who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” 2 Corinthians 1:4 (ESV).
- You will see God take action on your behalf, “I will search for my lost ones who strayed away, and I will bring them safely home again. I will bandage the injured and strengthen the weak. But I will destroy those who are fat and powerful. I will feed them, yes—feed them justice” Ezekiel 34:16 (NLT)!
- The kingdom of God is given to those who are broken, “‘Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits. And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him’” Matthew 21:43-44 (ESV), and “Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him” Luke 20:18 (ESV).
- God uses things, and people, that are broken to satisfy the needs of people, “And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over” Matthew 15:37 (ESV), and “And they ate and were satisfied. And they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full” Mark 8:8 (ESV).
- You are grafted into Christ, the root of the olive tree, and Jews and non-Jews become one, “But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree . . .” Romans 11:17 (ESV), and “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility” Ephesians 2:14 (ESV).
- It is through broken bread that we remember Jesus’ gift, “. . . and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, ‘This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me’” 1 Corinthians 11:24 (ESV).