Why is it important to be a broken hearted person? Here is what the scripture says:
“You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Psalm-51: 16-17).
What can we give to God when he has everything? He is not interested in anything that we can give Him but our heart alone. But what does it mean by a broken heart that God wants or what it is to be a broken hearted?
I got a piece of paper from the Church yesterday which had a long list of comparison between proud and broken hearted people. I thought to share it with you. It is not to judge ourselves and feel bad or judge others on the basis of this. It is to evaluate ourselves what kind of lives we are living? Whether we are so proud or broken hearted and humble that pleases God. It is to stop and look at our lives, reflect and pursue to live a life of fullness.
When we give our heart to God, it pleases Him and He restores in us the heart of forgiveness, love, kindness and humbleness. Remember that a strong person is S/he who is humble, forgiving and loving not the one who has pride, power, wealth and might. Here is what the list says:
Proud people focus on the failures of others.
Broken people are overwhelmed with a sense of their own spiritual need.
Proud people have a critical, fault-finding spirit; they look at everyone else’s faults with a microscope but their own with a telescope.
Broken people are compassionate; they can forgive much because they know how much they have been forgiven.
Proud people are self-righteous; they look down on others.
Broken people esteem all others better than themselves.
Proud people have an independent, self-sufficient spirit.
Broken people have a dependent spirit; they recognize their need for others.
Proud people have to prove that they are right.
Broken people are willing to yield the right to be right.
Proud people claim rights; they have a demanding spirit.
Broken people yield their rights; they have a meek spirit.
Proud people are self-protective of their time, their rights, and their reputation.
Broken people are self-denying.
Proud people desire to be served
Broken people are motivated to serve others.
Proud people desire to be a success.
Broken people are motivated to be faithful and to make others a success.
Proud people desire self-advancement.
Broken people desire to promote others.
Proud people have urges to be recognized and appreciated.
Broken people have a sense of their own unworthiness; they are thrilled that God will use them at all.
Proud people have subconscious feeling, “This ministry/church is privileged to have me and my gifts”, they think what they can do for God
Broken people’s heart’s attitude is “I don’t deserve to be a part; they know that they have nothing to offer God except the life of Jesus flowing through their broken lives.
Proud people feel confident in how much they know.
Broken people are not concerned with self.
Proud people keep others at arm’s length.
Broken people are willing to risk getting close to others and to take risks of loving intimately.
Proud people are unapproachable or defensive when criticized.
Broken people receive criticism with a humble, open spirit.
Proud people find it difficult to share their spiritual needs with others.
Broken people are willing to be open and transparent with others as God directs.
Proud people want to be sure that no one finds out when they have sinned; their instinct is to cover up.
Broken people, once broken, don’t care who knows or who finds out; they are willing to be exposed because they have nothing to lose.
Proud people have a hard time saying, “I was wrong; will you please forgive me”.
Broken people are quick to admit failure and seek forgiveness when necessary.
Proud people tend to deal in generalities when confessing sin.
Broken people are grieved over the cause, the root of their sin.
Proud people wait for the others to come and ask forgiveness when there is conflict in any relationships.
Broken people take the initiative to be reconciled.
Proud people compare themselves with others and feel worthy of honor.
Broken people compare themselves to the holiness of God and feel a desperate need for His mercy.
Proud people are blind to their true heart condition.
Broken people walk in the light.
Proud people don’t think they have anything to repent of.
Broken people realize that they have need of a continual heart attitude of repentance.
Credits: Mosaic Church, Leeds