The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bing up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…Isaiah 61 (NIV)
The world around us is filled with the brokenhearted and the causes seem endless. Divorce, homelessness, disabled veterans, post-abortive women, victims of sexual exploitation, modern day slaves, the sick, the unemployed and the list goes on.
An article by NBC News states that in 2011 the number of homeless in the United States is over 630,000 and according to the Polaris Project there is an estimated 27 million slaves in the world today and according to the APA the divorce rate in the US is about 40-50% of married couples, if this doesn’t indicate that there some broken hearts who need a dose of unconditional love I don’t know what does.*
Maybe that is you, maybe you need an unconditional embrace from your Heavenly Father whose love for you goes deeper than any ocean and is more passionate than we can imagine. God is there and waiting.
Yet, the love isn’t for storing up. Love is meant to give. As the body of Christ, the world needs us. It needs to know the greater message, not one of condemnation or shame, but the message that a love which is greater than we are is pursuing them. A love that heals, saves and delivers. A love that provides for every need, comforts those who mourn, is patient, never fails (because we do) and is waiting. We need to allow God to fill us overflowing with this love and in turn go out into the world and pour it out. God doesn’t need us, but wants to partner with us to reach the brokenhearted.
There are so many areas we can get involved in and reach out. So, what are you waiting for? The world awaits….better yet, a heart awaits.
Organizations who reach out to the brokenhearted:
*World Relief http://www.worldrelief.org
*Agape International Missions www.agapewebsite.org
*Feeding America www.feedingamerica.org
*Salvation Army www.salvationarmyusa.org
Be sure to check out your local church to see what they are doing to reach out to the community! You can also partner with For Such a Time Ministries and the work Kelly is doing in the community for the sexually exploited.
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