Do you struggle to shine the characteristics of Christ in your life?
My favorite blog posts and podcasts to share are ones inspired by a Bible verse and birthed during my morning quiet times. They’re the ones where God spoke to me through His Word, and then went on to demonstrate the power of it in my life. He does in me what I cannot do in my own strength.
My podcasts are posted under the title: Walking with Hope. Hope is what God gives us, and he desires we share the reason for our hope with others. Today’s message is brought to you by Psalm 147:3 NIV which demonstrates the Lord is a binder instead of a breaker. Pay close attention to these words:
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
When I noticed this verse, I was touched God cares about our emotional health—he acknowledges broken hearts. He doesn’t say suck it up and put on a happy face. He doesn’t say stuff down your grief and count your blessings one by one.
- He chooses to be a binder instead of a breaker.
- He listens.
- He acknowledges.
- He heals.
- He’s our Savior, not our shamer.
There are dozens of ways and opportunities each day for us to be binders or breakers. I recently faced a situation where I purposely chose to be a binder. For I knew what it felt like to be broken and then shamed because of a stumble. I knew the pain of being blindsided by a breaker.
Breakers react with fear instead of with love.
- Love heals, fear hurts.
- Love gives grace, fear casts shame.
As believers and followers of Jesus, we’re called and equipped to be binders of the broken.
Isaiah 61:1-2 NIV spells this out:
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn.
God is near, and holds dear, those who are brokenhearted.
Psalm 34:18 NIV says:
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
- He saves them.
- He doesn’t shame them.
Listen to what 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 says:
And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle,
encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong,
but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.
Hmm… I didn’t see anything in that passage about telling the weak to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. I saw patience and kindness. Maybe there would be less empty pews if the weak were encouraged more.
Maybe kindness is the key to an explosion of evangelism.
One of my favorite friends on this planet has demonstrated kindness and compassion towards me every single time I’ve shared my shame with her. She’s someone I used to look up to because of all the letters after her name. But now the credential I admire most about her is her Christ-likeness.
- She is a binder.
- She is humble in heart.
- She loves in word, in deed, and through her prayers for me.
- And then she allows me to be a servant to her too.
- She asks me to pray into the broken parts of her life so that I can rejoice with her about the marvelous answers to prayer God bestows, because He is the God who cares.
True followers of Christ don’t roll their eyes at the weak,
they roll out a carpet of kindness and compassion.
For Christ set the ultimate example when he spread out a crimson covering of forgiveness for a world who knew not yet what it did wrong.
Jesus is the Binder
Of broken hearts and broken lives
He can heal body and soul
Because he made earth, sea, and sky
Jesus is the Healer
Of broken souls who cannot sing
For He fills our hearts with love
And gives each person wings.
wlm ~ 2017
Do you want to be a binder or a breaker? I’m nosy-to-know.
Blessed be the binders ~ Wendy Mac
P.S. I’ve written about my main motivation for writing here: Writing from the Heart
My HopeStreamRadio podcasts are listed here: Walking with Hope