We all suffer from some level of from brokenness in our lives. What is not commonly known is that brokenness is a real condition of our hearts and minds. According to both Scripture and the mental health community, we really can break into separate parts of ourselves. These parts carry emotions and behaviors that we have trouble removing from our lives. They hold emotional wounds, troubling habits and behaviors, and keep us “stuck” in things that we want out of our lives. They cause us to be overcome with emotions like anxiety, depression, fear, and anger, or excitement, drivenness, and pride. They can cause us to retreat from relationships, become overly needy, or turn on others in fits of uncontrolled rage. Brokenness is also at the root of our most serious issues such as drug, alcohol, and pornography addictions, the impact of sexual abuse, many mental disorders, broken marriages, and the cruelties of ritual abuse.
Broken places usually form in our childhood. We break from unmet emotional or developmental needs, stress, or trauma. Our ability to break is a God-given coping mechanism that allows us to unconsciously push the parts of our minds that hold stress and wounds away from our core selves. These places form the “parts of me” that think, feel, or behave differently than my core self. Once a broken place is formed, it may be repeatedly wounded and compounded by difficulties in our adult lives. These parts of ourselves, which are usually carry emotional immaturity, can be triggered and blindside us with troubling behaviors, regrettable speech, overwhelming emotions, and more. In the moment, we may not even realize we’ve been triggered or that we’re acting in a way we will later regret. Triggers can cause an abuse survivor to reel back in response to a spoken word, sound, smell, or touch, can cause decades-old pain to feel as fresh as if it happened this morning, or bring back body memories of the abuse.
The problems that our broken places hold can be the most difficult to remove from our lives. That’s because much of the help we receive doesn’t reach the broken part of me that formed years ago and is holding the source of the problem. This is the reason we can try many different forms of counseling, ministry, and medicine only to have the same problems resurface, even years later.
Brokenness is a biblical condition. When the Bible talks about the broken heart, it is speaking of something that affects or minds (the way we think), emotions (how we feel about something), and will (the choices we make). In depth study of brokenness and double-mindedness in books like Isaiah, Jeremiah, and James confirm that the Bibles views this as a condition that must be healed. And according to Scripture, God recognizes that brokenness is not healed when his servants aren’t looking to him in the right way to heal it. But it says he purposes to heal our brokenness and that he has chosen himself to be the one who does the healing:
“They have healed the brokenness of my people superficially,
Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’
But there is no peace.”
“I will seek … bind up the broken and strengthen the sick.”
“He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted.”
“He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.”
Only God sees all of our brokenness. He was there when everything happened, and he knows our broken places just like he knows the number of hairs on our head. He is the one who most wants us healed.
In the video below we explain in more depth how to recognize brokenness in ourselves, how this relates to mental health, and how those places come to carry the deepest and most stubborn issues of the human heart.As explained in the video above, our fractured parts carry behaviors, thought patterns, strong emotions, and unwanted behaviors. When those parts of us get triggered, they can bring unwanted emotions and behaviors into our lives that are very difficult to control. Strengthening our adult self may help us exercise self-control for a while. To remove those problems, we have to find the broken part that is carrying the behaviors, help them to receive the truth necessary to grow up, and then be returned to wholeness with our core, mature self. That is the purpose of our ministry.
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