Fractures of the Heart
Normal human beings do experience any amount of setbacks or upsets in this life—some much more than others. These cause us heart aches and are sometimes brought on by the self or others, in even the most normal of families and groups of friends and it is especially going on in the COG today. However, in today’s world the “normal” of yesterday is gone; only to be replaced with something far inferior and that is also true of most in the COG today, sad to say.
For example; Two normal people—from men and women, may deal with heartache over how to learn to truly love each other in a right way for a marriage and then to make it work. This takes work, effort and commitment. Some people only look for a great “sexual experience” and others only a good friend they can “talk to about things of life”—neither of which is a good solid proper approach that will keep a marriage together. That kind of relationship has now descended into living together, same sex marriages and transgender relationship of various kinds—all violations of the Ten Commandments and evils in the sight of God. That and other reasons is why the divorce rate has gone so high today. Some just give up and quit on one relationship—finding a new partner only to have the same thing happen all over again. Equally, parents may have much heartache over various things dealing with their children, as they grow up and even when they are adults. One parent may want to have the children grow up learning certain things of value today while the other parent doesn’t really care how they grow up, as long as they get gone and out of the way of what they themselves want to do.
Parents and children, or the other way around, tend to get alienated from each other because of these physical character flaws and it all comes down to what I have termed as fractures of the Heart, which is the title. Some children in our world today deal with heart ache over their parents, having a hard time grasping that parents are human and have weaknesses or various character flaws as well as everyone else. Some struggle with these far more than others who seem unaffected. These are the normal things of this physical life on planet earth today and conditions of living are not getting any better for the majority. The god of this world, Satan the devil is able to get into the mind and blind it to reality, just as he did with the first humans even before they became parents. (See Gen.3) Let us consider for a moment this evil spirit who is able to get right into the mind, blind it and take it astray! The apostle Paul tells us in 2 Cor. 4:3-4 “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.” Most people who get into a fit of anger do not even think about having just opened the door to Satan—and suffer the consequences. We are all subject to this influence today and must be on our guard to avoid letting Satan get in. That is the way of the carnal mind.
But what about those who also struggle to be Christian? Nearly two thousand years ago, did Christ not say this? “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:11-12 NKJ) So why is there so much trouble even between those who profess to be Christians? As the title suggests these “Fractures of the Heart” are real and at times can be devastating. But I want to go just a little deeper into your thoughts and ask the question; can there be such a thing as a spiritual fracture of the heart? Christ said in Matt 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Those who are struggling to be Christian seem to have an even greater battle against these things at times and can get down; even want to just give up because of the pressure of serious trials that seem to tear at and break the heart.
It is common knowledge that people in this world today are all of the time experiencing some heartache or deep disappointment—leading to what we may lightly term as being broken hearted. For the average person, we tend to have our time of sorrow and grief only to pick ourselves up and go forward—sad though we may be for some time—depending on the situation or the circumstance. However, these kinds of things can get to some and make them feel so bad that there is no desire left to go on and they may even commit suicide. This also happens all too often. Looking at this from a Spiritual and biblical point of view, how many understand that there can and is, what I am going to term as Spiritual fractures of the heart? These fractures can be far more difficult to deal with and overcome, even for those who look to God for direction and rely on His help. Does God Himself, the great Creator, in type at least, experience a kind of Fracturing of the heart? How often do we think about that and what we may cause Him? How disappointed does God get with us and our short comings? Can a true Christian ever tug at God’s “heart strings” so to speak or have they been given a pass on fractures of the heart?
Most people understand to a certain degree what a compound fracture is. The medical and dictionary definition is simply this; “a broken bone in which a part of the bone sticks out through the skin”. To go a little further, this type of fracture may occur when a bone has an outside force exerted upon it, like a blow or a fall. From that there is potential that it (the bone) cannot withstand the amount of force and it breaks. Depending upon the amount of force and the nature of it—the bone may be shattered or caused to protrude through the skin and be visible. This is what is termed a compound fracture. But now let us think about that for a moment and relate it to certain things that affect the heart by emotion. The heart is not a bone but actually a muscle that is working all the time. However the word we use when extreme trauma through emotion makes our heart hurt is that it has been broken. This sometimes is so devastating that we feel the heart has been shattered—like a bone in a compound fracture and the pain is very visible to others. We may (and most of the time do) try to hide this from others and hope it is not as visible as it really is. Of course there are many of these things that people are faced with all the time also, as already mentioned, but now let us think about this from the Spiritual perspective.
God, (consisting of the Word God and the one we now know as the Father—John 1:1&2) both wanted a family and created the human realm to eventually become their spirit born Children. The Bible has many examples that clearly prove that, for those who want to spend a little time to learn from the bible. However in Gen.1:26-28 we can see that God created mankind after the God kind. He also created a beautiful Garden, putting them in it and supplied everything they needed to get started down the right path. To eventually become His spiritual children, all they needed to do is follow His instructions, believing what they were told. However, God created them physical and also knew that for them to develop any kind of righteous character, they needed to make choices and would have to make right choices, based on a right way of living—so He started them off with everything they needed and the two trees. (See the Two Trees for more on that subject) These two choices were set before them and it was explained to them what their Parents (God consisting of the two beings—as God is not a trinity—See Trinity Doctrine for more on this subject.) expected and hoped they would choose.
God allowed Satan the devil to test them as to whether they would go their own way or follow those simple instructions that meant life eternal for them. When Satan was able to deceive them and they brought death upon themselves, (and all of mankind) can we not see how heart wrenching this must have been for God? He knew exactly what He had told them would play out—but for some reason they did not believe Him. No one really has, on their own even to this day, because some things are so gradual—not immediate—but we have been given the ability to read about other people’s mistakes and to learn from them, both in secular writings and the Bible—but do we? Some people allow themselves to be pulled into a spiral of actions that are taking them into many avenues of wrong character development but just keep giving into to those same “pulls of the flesh”. (Gal. 5:19-21) This brings on tremendous suffering and heart ache for some while others don’t really care how much suffering they cause, as long as they are getting what THEY want. When God saw the wickedness of man increasing on the earth, He knew He would have to step in to save His creation from self-destruction, because they had believed the god of this world instead of their loving creator. That same kind of destruction is coming around again and God will have to intervene again by sending His Son back to earth. (Rev.20:1-6) Mankind will destroy themselves without that intervention. Note this from the ASV; Matt 24:22 “And except those days had been shortened, no flesh would have been saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.” A loving God has planned this in advance.
Let us notice what is said about that in scripture, concerning Yahweh Elohim (The one who became Christ) just before the flood. Gen 6:5-6 “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.” This little tidbit of information can tell us a lot, if we are inclined to think about it. The Great Almighty God in heaven in whom we are created in the image of can have what I am terming as fractures of the heart! WHY? Because in His great love, He sees His masterpiece of creation—His very own children hurting themselves—and going the way of death instead of the way of life He intended from the beginning. We as human beings can certainly feel it when we have these fractures of the heart, especially when someone we love dearly is hurting themselves and God is so much greater than we are. God is Love. We can be causing God some great anguish and a fracturing of the heart when we go the wrong way and constantly hurt ourselves, even though we may not realize it at the time, and this can get to the point destroying ourselves spiritually. 2 Peter 3:9 in the ASV says “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness; but is longsuffering to you-ward, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
However, God does not ever force us or compromise with His set standards for eternal life, which is a gift He wants to give every human being that has ever been born or ever will be born! (Rom.6:23, last part) So when we are being careless and thoughtless of the grief we may be causing a close friend, sibling, parent, child or even a partner in marriage, besides ourselves; it is not only causing them a fracture of the heart but God Himself is grieved at the heart when He sees His children suffering needlessly. He allows it because it is the choice we are making by our own actions and unchecked thoughts and words! People, who bring a lot of suffering on themselves and others because of wrong choices, or even a lifestyle that grieves loved ones and others for years, need to come to grips with the clear fact that they are also causing their heavenly Father and Jesus Christ our savior some fractures of the heart! Christ is clearly grieved over this last generation of the COG He is head of. (See Rev.3:14-19 and the article titled Laodicea for more.) A true Christian and anyone ever hoping to be one should strive never to keep going down that road!
(Written by the editor for TCOGMSO.COM)