Help For Broken Hearts

June 25, 2013

Help For Broken Hearts

            Modern man has found innumerable ways to reduce labor and increase pleasure.  For most of us, life is much easier than it was for our ancestors.  However, there is still a serious problem.  When we mingle with people in shopping malls, or wherever people gather, we see sadness written on the faces of many people.  Why is that?  In this article we are going to seek an explanation and a solution for that.

Our colleges and technical schools have turned out a great number of graduates who are keen on finding remedies for diseases and physical pain, but where are those who are seeking remedies for broken hearts and emotional suffering?  In this regard, it appears as though we are still with the same problem Jeremiah spoke of in Jeremiah 8:11.  “For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” The best that most specialists can do is offer drugs that calm our nerves, but they don’t offer a solution to our problems.  Many in mental hospitals are there because they broke under the load of the burdens they were carrying.

We are overlooking the fact that man is not just a physical being.  He is also an emotional and spiritual being.  Jesus said “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”(Matthew 4:4).  Neglecting man’s spiritual nature leaves him with almost no defense against the fleshy desires that war against his soul.  “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul” ( I Peter 2:11).  The Bible calls it sin.  “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).  In great measure, it is sin that hinders us from enjoying the wellbeing we long for.

The philosophy of modern man is that there is a scientific explanation and solution for every problem.  Their explanation for irrational behavior is that there must be a hormone imbalance, or perhaps a fear that stems from something that happened in one’s childhood.  They say that sin is an antiquated explanation for problems of human behavior.  In their opinion, the Bible is a collection of religious writings that have no modern day application.

Many times even God’s people are too much influenced by this philosophy.  Instead of going to God and his Word in search of a solution for their problems, they read scientific journals and consult with psychologists.  I don’t want to discredit all that modern science has to offer, but we should  also do what Matthew 6:33 tells us  to do.  “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” When we are faced with a problem, we should ask, “What does God say about it?”  A sincere and contrite Christian believes that what God says is superior to human reasoning.

A serious problem we are facing in our day is that sin is no longer dishonorable.  Jeremiah 8:12 says, “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.” Sins are being sanitized by the fact that they are so widely practiced.  Many now have the attitude of the adulterous woman in Proverbs 30:20.  “Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.” Some modern Christians boast of what they call “Christian liberty.” By that they mean they have liberty to sin without being ashamed of it.

Most problems in human relations can be attributed to sin.  Marriage problems are nearly always because of sin.  Conflicts between parents and their teen age children are most often because of sin.  Sin brings heart aches, brokenness, pain and poverty.  Many times the best solution to these problems is to deal with the sin problem.  We need to get back to God and Biblical Christianity.

The Bible says, “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:   Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.   For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.   For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.   For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands” (Isaiah 55:6-12).

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