God loves a broken spirit…
Reflecting upon how for a heart to open, it must first be broken. While understanding why this is ,we must become aware of how our hearts have become hardened over time and how to break through this hardness of heart, our hearts must be broken.
Not in a physical sense, but in an emotional and spiritual sense.
Such noteworthy figures have commented upon this idea from Shaun Hick to the Sufi poet Rumi.
“You need to spend time crawling alone through shadows to truly appreciate what it is to stand in the sun.” — Shaun Hick Sufi
The poet Rumi wrote, “You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.”
Wherein this idea is also reflected upon within spiritual texts, particularly within passages of the Bible. For it is written, how God prefers a Contrite Spirit and a broken heart.
Such statements within the Bible may be difficult to understand or comprehend, perhaps pondering upon the idea that God is deliberately breaking our hearts as we ascend toward him, to know him better.
For our notions of God and our reality may be false, wherein we may only follow God at times simply because we think we are going to benefit in some sense and therefore God may be deliberately breaking our heart to test our love and to show us what true love is.
Here, the following are a few passages from the Bible which demonstrate how God favours a broken heart and a contrite spirit.
Psalm 51:17: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Psalm 34:18: The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Isaiah 66:2: For all those things hath mine hand made, and those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
Isaiah 57:15: For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Hardened hearts. Ephesians 4:18: Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
Hebrews 3:8: Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
Exodus 9:12: And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had spoken unto Moses.
Mark 8:17: And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened?