A Broken Heart
Developing a Heart Like God’s
A Broken Heart
2 Samuel 13-19
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There is perhaps no heartbreak as painful as relational heartbreak!
A Downward Spiral
1. Failure to Confront (2 Samuel 13)
Often when we have sinned against another we will attempt to Dehumanize that person (17)
David’s Inaction (21)
When sin is not dealt with directly and redemptively, it will lead to More Sin
2. Reuniting without Reconciliation (2 Samuel 14)
Vs. 24 - In the city, but not in David’s presence
Sometimes a relational breakdown requires more than a Band-Aid
3. Rebellion and Retreat (2 Samuel 15)
Unresolved relational issues have a way of Resurfacing in different ways and different times
4. Betrayal and Scorn (2 Samuel 15-16)
Ahithopel – The deep wound of Betrayal
Shimei – Some people will Kick You when you are down
Tools for Dealing with a Broken Heart
1. Trust in God’s wisdom, power and love (15:24-26)
When we do not understand God’s ways will we trust Him?
2. Go to God in Prayer (15:30-31)
In the midst of pain and turmoil, don’t neglect to stay in God’s Presence and to seek His Face
3. Receive support from friends
Sometimes support comes from Unexpected Sources (15:19-22)
Expressions of support:
- The power of Presence (15:21)
- Information and Wise Counsel (15:32-37)
- Practical Physical Needs (17:27-29)
- Confrontation (19:5-8)
4. Move forward with Determination (19:8-43)
Sometimes you have to do what you do not Feel Like Doing
“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:29–31)
Jesus Christ Is A Friend To The Broken-Hearted
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Two Great Truths:
- God is With Me
“'Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel' (which means, God with us).” (Matthew 1:23)
- God is For Me
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
Making It Personal
- Where in my life do I most need to trust in God’s wisdom, power and love right now?
- How can I more intentionally seek God’s face and stay in His presence in this season of my life?
- Where in my life do I most need to be open to receive support from others? Who around me needs to receive some type of support from me?
- What do I need to move forward on with the determination and strength that God supplies?
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