Looking For Brokenness

Brokenness is the one quality God looks for in visiting and enabling the needy:

 

The Lord has anointed me (Christ) 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.” (Isaiah 61:1b)

 

PROUD, UNBROKEN PEOPLE

 

 

BROKEN PEOPLE
Work to maintain an image/protect their reputation

 

 

Die to their own reputation
Find it difficult to share their spiritual needs with others Are willing to be open/transparent with others

 

 

Want to be sure nobody finds out about their sin Are willing to be exposed (once broken, you don’t care who knows as you have nothing to lose)

 

 

Have a hard time saying, “I was wrong; will you forgive me?”

 

 

Are quick to admit failure and to seek forgiveness
Deal in generalities when confessing

 

 

Deal in specifics their sin

 

Are concerned about the consequences of their sins

 

 

Are grieved over the cause/root of their sins
Are remorseful over their sin; over the fact that they got caught/found out

 

 

Are repentant over their sin (forsake it)
Wait for others to come and ask for forgiveness

 

 

Take the initiative to be reconciled
Compare themselves with others and feel deserving of honor Compare themselves to the holiness of God and feel a desperate need for mercy

 

 

Are blind to their true heart condition

 

 

Walk in the light
Don’t think they have anything to repent of Have a continual heart attitude of repentance

 

 

Don’t think they need revival (but everybody else does!)

 

 

Continually sense their need for a fresh encounter with the filling of His Spirit!

 

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