“Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart…” Acts [2:37]a
When we discover that our actions cause others pain, it impacts us emotionally.
In Acts 2, after people in the crowd heard that they were guilty of rejecting and killing Jesus the Messiah, it impacted them in a deeply profound way. Luke writes, “They were cut to the heart…” They experienced deep hurt for their actions. They were overcome with emotional anguish and grief. For the first time in their lives they understood their sin and rebellion against God. They understood their brokenness and knew there was nothing they could do to fix it. That is why they responded, “what shall we do?”
When I was 5 years old, while visiting my grandma’s house, I ran through the hallway and knocked over a vase that was a family heirloom. When it hit the ground, it shattered into a million pieces. I knew that I had messed up, and my heart was broken. I frantically tried to put the pieces back together, but I couldn’t. When I took the broken pieces to my grandma she was overwhelmed with sadness and began to cry. I begged her to fix it, but she told me there was no way fix the broken vase.
Since then I’ve learned that sin produces brokenness and pain that we are incapable of fixing. The best we can do is bring our brokenness to Jesus and allow Him to forgive and heal. Jesus promises in Psalm [34:18] that He “is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit”. Stop trying to fix your brokenness and simply bring your brokenness to Jesus.
Dear Heavenly Father, today I am reminded that my sin causes pain and brokenness that I am incapable of fixing. Thank You for sending Jesus to heal my brokenness. Help me today to trust in Your grace and forgiveness. Amen.
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