"My sacrifice to you, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, you, God, do not despise." Psalm 51:17
This has long been a favorite verse of mine. Because it spoke straight to my soul the first time I read it, I wanted to fully understand what a broken and contrite heart was.
A contrite heart is one humbled by its own brokenness and guilt, it makes no excuses and is fully aware that it's righteousness comes from God alone. It is a heart that embraces the need for God's mercy and truly desires a more holy life.
So what does a broken and contrite heart look like?
I studied this for quite some time and here are just a few examples to reflect upon during the week.
A broken, contrite heart is:
~ overwhelmed with the awareness of their personal spiritual need
~ can forgive because they have been forgiven
~ genuinely wants to serve others
~ truly cares about the success of others and lifts others up
~willing to get close to others and take the risk of developing deep, loving relationships
~lives transparently and allows others to see their weaknesses, flaws, and sin
~ elated when God chooses to use them and sees their worthiness through God's redemption in their life
Is this your heart today?
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