Title : The Broken Heart of Father God
This write up was from my heart. I pray that you will be blessed. I have submitted this sermon to Christian Leaders Institute as my assignment paper. Stay joyful! Bro Chim.
Scripture Passage : Ephesian 4:30 (NIV)
“Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption”.
The Father’s great delight is in relationship with his people and like a father on earth He weeps when we reject His love and make destructive choices. Some have said we should not imagine that God has emotions like us but we must take the Bible at its plain and reasonable meaning. The point is not that he is like us, rather he made us like Himself (Gen 1:26-27). If we have emotions, it is because God gave them to us.
The Holy Spirit is easily grieved. The Apostle Paul warns us in the above Scripture passage (Ephesian 4:30) that our words and relationship problems can affect God’s emotions, not because we are big and important but because we are His children and He loves us tenderly and relentlessly. He has made Himself vulnerable to us, opening His very heart to us as His children. Rather than seeing Him continually grieved over this world, we want to bring joy to heaven over the repentance of all sinners and also the beauty of lives transformed to the glory of God.
Let us examine the Scriptures together to discover the broken heart of God:
1. He grieves over our sins (Gen 6:5-6).
Genesis 6 on the flood in Noah’s time contains one of the saddest passages in the Bible. Sin had taken over to such an extent that the only solution was to wash the earth clean and start over again with one family. We see that God judges sin but He does so in deep sorrow. God has a broken heart and we are the ones that broke it.
The Lord grieves when church leaders became proud and unteachable, when marriages break apart, when children are abused, and when poor and defenseless people are exploited. Because He is a just God, He must eventually bring judgment on sin but it gives Him no pleasure to punish sin. He feels the pain of a rejected father who can no longer shield rebellious children from the consequences of their actions.
2. His grief over judgment (2 Sam 18:33)
Absalom caused his father King David immense suffering and pain but David’s greatest grief occurred when his rebellious son was found dead hanging in an oak tree. As a man after God’s own heart, David’s anguish mirrored the pain God feels over the loss of his children.
King David could have been relieved at the death of his son who had become his bitter adversary but he felt only intense grief and brokenness. Our loving Father also does not feel any relief when those who revile Him and rebel against Him are lost for all eternity. God takes no pleasure in condemning the guilty. He longs for all prodigal sons and daughters the world over to be restored to relationship with Him.
3. The burden of discipline (Psalms 81:6-16)
Psalms 81 is a powerful expression of the Father’s heart to bless and care for His people. He longs for fellowship with His people, pleading with them if they would only turn back to Him. He wants to bless and to give His people “the finest of wheat, with honey from the rock” (verse 16), but He knows he cannot. His people were disobedient. Blessings at this point would only encourage them further to sin.
The Lord is angry at sin, but grieves for His people. The prophet Amos tells us that the Lord also sends judgment to get the attention of His people so that they will return to him (Amos 4:6-10). Like a good father, He disciplines His children in sorrow and in love.
4. God still loves his unfaithful people (Hosea 3:1)
Prophet Hosea must be astonished when God instructed him to forgive and be reconciled to his wife Gomer who had deserted him for a life of prostitution and only was returning now because time had rendered her undesirable and destitute. Humanly speaking, how could God ask Hosea to take her back?
God was revealing His broken heart to Prophet Hosea and the people of God about sin and rebellion. God wants us to understand how he feels about sin. It breaks His heart when one of His children is torn apart because of sin.
The Israelites were doing to God exactly what Gomer was doing to Hosea. And that is exactly what we do to God when we sin today. Even tough we have strayed far away from God, He is willing to forgive us and welcome us back into His family.
5. The sorrow of all ages (Mark 14:31-37)
The worst things a human being can experience – abandonment, betrayal, false accusation, scorn, cruel torture and death – all faced Jesus within a few hours. So great was His agony that tiny blood vessels in his skin may have burst under the stress as he perspired large drops like blood in the garden of Gethsemane.
What man did to Jesus on the cross of Calvary was the ultimate expression of humanity’s rebellious heart toward God. All the sin, selfishness, unbelief and rebellion of the ages came crashing down on Jesus, the Son of God and it broke the Father’s heart as well. Because Jesus and the Father are one in heart and character, we know that the Father suffered all this sorrow right along with Jesus Christ.
6. Crying out for our Cities (Luke 19:4-44)
As Jesus approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it. Judgment is coming but the heart of God as revealed by his Son is broken. God would have far preferred to gather the people of Jerusalem together under His protection but they refused His expression of love. With deep agony and pain, He must leave them to the consequences of their actions.
Many prophets, both past and present, are angry at the state of the fallen world with good reasons and they bring messages of judgment, the need for repentance and the living hope in Christ Jesus.
Even when God must send judgment on a city, in His mercy He always sends warnings. Here it is the Son of God who gives powerful and direct warnings to the city of God. Those who listen can escape. Unfortunately, many today in the world and in all modern cities, have hardened their hearts as did the city of Jerusalem in Jesus’ time. The city of Jerusalem was destroyed by a Roman army in A.D 70.
We are created in God’s image. We have the responsibility to choose how we live our lives and God respects our choices. As a father patiently waits for a prodigal son or daughter to return, so our Heavenly Father lets us live out our lives as He waits for us to seek and return to Him. Whether on an individual or national level, the consequences of sin and rebellion hurt…and they don’t hurt just us as humans but also the Father’s heart is hurt too.