Allowing God to break our hearts over what breaks God’s heart is painful. Why? Most likely, what breaks your heart doesn’t match up with what breaks God’s heart. Reprogramming what we personally view as success is challenging.
So what breaks God’s heart? Four items from scripture come to mind:
- When His people do not worship him. “Ascribe to the LORD, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.” Psalm 29:1-2
- When His people do not love each other. “Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” John 13:34
- When His people’s heart does not break for those outside His Love. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 May our hearts love the world with the same intensity God’s heart loved the world.
- When His people do not seek justice for the communities they live in. “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” Isaiah 1:17
When you think of “church” and what it is supposed to be doing does your heart break over these issues?