After going through the Beatitudes, I feel like brokenness is one of the big holes in our churches today. People - in my observation - just aren't broken over sin or souls much anymore. They are sorry for consequences. They even care for others, but they don't mourn for others. Jesus said, "Blessed are those that mourn." I think when the church gets back to hurting over sin and soul, we will see Revival.

Paul was truly broken in Romans 9...

Romans 9:1 I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit— 2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race, 4 the people of Israel.

Did you hear that? A Penn paraphrase would sound something like this:

"I'm serious about this - God knows how serious I am - I am broken. -B-R-O-K-E-N-

If by going to Hell, my brothers could know Chirst - I would go. I want them to know Him. They must know Him!"

When is the last time you were broken? Lord, help us to mourn.

If you want to read more about this passage check out "Damned for the Beloved" from DesiringGod.org


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