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  Broken to bless others

 

We are reluctant to bear

Trials and sufferings,

But they are testings

Which GOD permits,

To draw us closer to HIM.

 

Unless we die to Self-will,

We will be unable to understand HIS HOLY WILL;

Driven by our Self-love and Self-interest,

The basic nature of PRIDE and EGO in us

We cannot truly love GOD or others! 

 Something GOD desires we do.

 

CHRIST wants to open our eyes

To the pitfalls of going our own way;

HE wants to show us the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE

Which leads back to eternal joy with HIM.

 

Until the grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies,

It cannot bear fruit,

So until Manís character has been transformed by GOD

Until he learns the truth that

GOD does not want sacrifices and burnt offerings

But a clean and contrite heart,

He cannot bear  moral and spiritual fruit

God cannot use  him to serve others.

 

When GOD tests us beyond our ability to handle

Then we realise our human  frailty,

Then we realise the limits of our strength;

 Brokeness leads us to turn to CHRIST.

We learn to depend on HIS STRENGTH,

We depend on HIM for loving support,

CHRIST becomes PRE-EMINENT in our lives

Our world revolves around HIM, no longer ourselves!

 

Christ, who may be distant before, becomes our reality,

We begin to see HIS awesome power

HE becomes our defender and shield,

HE becomes our personal Comforter;

HIS HOLY SPIRIT guides us into all truths

HIS angels are sent to help  and assist

GOD becomes REAL in our daily life!

 

Like bread that is broken, LORD

Use our lives to help others;

Brokeness is essentialfor growing in spiritual maturity;

Our selfish hard heart has to be softened

To empathise and feel for others;

It  has to be moistened with tears

It has to be nutured with faith and hope;

It has to be disciplined with pruning

By a loving Father,

It has to be trained with power of endurance;

Our heart has to be cleansed by CHRISTĒs redeeming blood

It has to be fortified with stronger faith.

 

Broken to accommodate CHRIST GOD

Our heart has to become HIS sacred sanctuary

The temple of the LIVING GOD!

Remember, when we share in the sufferings of CHRIST,

We also share in HIS GLORY.

                                 

                                                       By Shirley Lau

 

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