The Tender Mercy of Jesus: Healing the Brokenhearted

Psalm 147:3
He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

Our Lord is ever so merciful! His heart is tender towards the broken-hearted. It has been said of our Lord that He died of a broken heart on the cross for you and me…I can't argue with that! He is touched with the feelings of our infirmities! He feels our pain! Consider the following verses: John 1:11 tells us that "He came unto his own, and his own received him not." Isaiah 53:3 says, "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not." Jesus said in John 10:30, "I and my Father are one." Then, in verse 31, "...the Jews took up stones again to stone him."

It doesn’t take long after studying the life of Jesus to find that He spent a lot of lonely hours during His earthly ministry! He was despised, rejected, mocked, and threatened on every hand. Even his very best friends on earth (his disciples) forsook him, except for John.

Yet, we are reminded of the purpose behind it all when we find our Lord in the synagogue reading, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18.

No one can better minister to those that are crushed, bruised, battered, and broken by the billows of life than one who has himself been through the same. Our Lord’s infinite wisdom alone, without any personal experience, would have been sufficient, but He chose the path of suffering so that His mercies would be all the more tender for us!

Oh, bless the name of the Lord for His goodness! It is amazing how the Lord is able with exact precision to find the most torn and damaged part of our heart, and make it whole again! Dear reader, is your heart broken and in need of healing? Take it to Jesus, and He will apply the balm of Gilead to your aching soul! No one else may even look your way, but He stands there with anticipation, just waiting for your heart’s cry for His healing touch. Tell it to Jesus, and He will surely bring you solace and strength.

~ Pastor Gary Caudill
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