Bruised, Battered and Broken
John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Simply known as the three B’s. Take into account their meanings for one second. Most people see these words in only their negative connotation rather than in their positive or more simply put seeing the glass half empty rather than the glass half full. But can these words even have a positive connotation? Well, I’ll let you decide whether you tend to see the glass half empty or half full.
Life is not always easy, matter a fact it’s never easy. There are happy moments, sad moments, and in between but most of us find it difficult to achieve a lasting peace that doesn’t come and go when situations come and go. There are always trials and testings, situations that pursue one’s character and try to not only to taint it but try to get the best of us when we’re already down. We all know this very well and it’s a testament to how much we all desire an everlasting peace that devours and conquers the hardships that may try to come our way. I don’t know about anyone else but I want the problems that come my way to hit a brick wall of peace turn around and say let’s move on because this Christian right here has that everlasting peace and our plans won’t work.
Then, there’s the Christian life, which for those who are Christians indeed know that the trials and testings don’t stop when you give your life over to God but increase because you made an eternal decision to live for Christ rather than a temporary decision to live for the world. Yes, no one said that living for God would be easy but who knew it would be this hard? Nevertheless, we switch our focus back to the three B’s and how they shift from a negative darkness to a positive light (only possible with Christ).
When someone is bruised, battered and broken they are at the lowest of the low, down to the ground with no where to go but up. Totally vulnerable and accessible to anything and anyone that may try to kick them when they’re down. The good news about that alone is that there is no where but up to go. Rather than being on the top of the mountain falling because of pride, your down in the valley walking up in humility to victory.
Many may see this as a bad thing but it is in that utter desperation, when all the life that you once had has been punched out of you, down on your knees in surrender, it is then and only then you lose sight of who you think you should be and Jesus is right there to remind you of how he sees you, how he loves you, and how he is there, no one else, to pick you up, dust you off and carry on, not by yourself, not in your own strength, but in his. We often lose sight of who is in control in our lives and wind up in a position of surrender, the same position we should always be in for God to be able to work in our lives continuously. There, on our knees, surrendering all we are all we have because we can no longer fight with in our own power is where we are most bruised, battered and broken, allowing God to be the savior, the author and the finisher of our faith and not ourselves.
There is nothing wrong with being in a place of brokenness, allowing God to completely take over and let him use you because soon you will find yourself whole in him, but until we find that place of brokenness we won’t find the peace we so fervently seek. The world sees being bruised, battered and broken as weakness but God sees it as humility.