Last week, we looked at the subject of a broken spirit. And then, we went ahead to look at the cause and effects of that on the human body or soul.
Today, we want to switch gears on that and talk about dealing with a broken spirit or how to overcome it. Brokenness is not a new phenomenon- it is common to man. We all experience it at one point or another. The thing is, learning how to not let a broken spirit break us to the point of not moving forward again.
With that in mind, let us arm ourselves with this keys on overcoming a broken spirit.
“A merry heart does good, like medicine…” Proverbs 17:22
1. Joy– you will have to read my past article on joy. In this article, I defined that word, looked at certain features and how to experience it. It will take more than happiness to overcome brokenness and let me add this, joy and happiness are mutually exclusive. One of the many effects of joy is, you will have a merry heart which does good like medicine. Good, inner merriness is like healing to your body.
“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad.” Proverbs 12:25
2. Your company– brokenness can also come from people, not just life. We have to be careful who hangs around us or keep company with. The last sentence of this verb talks about how a good word can prop you up. How do you think a word will come to you? By a person. If that is what will take to lift you up, don’t you think a word can also cause anxiety which leads to depression? For the sake of your health, form good relationships.
“Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty [conceited, self-important, exclusive], but associate with humble people [those with a realistic self-view]. Do not overestimate yourself.” Romans 12:16
3. Humility– this virtue shows in your expectations and your self awareness according to this text. People are sometimes broken because of high and lofty expectations which are unattainable. Dream as big as you can and stretch your imagination far and wide, but also be realistic and have an awareness of self too. When you dream to the point of overestimating yourself, you are setting yourself up for a broken spirit. The problem is not about the size of your dream, but the overestimation of yourself.
Finally, let me leave you with this encouraging thought.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalms 34:18
The Lord doesn’t just sympathize to your plight if you are currently in a broken state, He also empathizes and is willing to rescue [heal] you. Call out to Him in prayer and reach out.
I pray for all my readers this day that may they experience joy and peace in addition to keep moving irrespective of the setbacks. May God be with us all!
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