Heartbreak. Just the word itself makes you feel a little sad, doesn’t it? Well as humans, we are exposed to all kinds of suffering. Whether it may be physical, emotional, mental, or even spiritual suffering. In John 13:33, Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Because we live in a broken world, it is inevitable to dodge a heart break, pain, or even suffering. However, no matter how broken the world may be around us or how broken we may feel inside, there is everlasting hope, consolation, and peace in Jesus. Can we avoid heartbreak? Probably not. Can we overcome heartbreak? In God, absolutely. In today’s post, we’re going to dive in to scripture to find out what does the Bible say about heartbreak.
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Heartbreak In Different Areas
As I was brainstorming ideas for this week’s blog post, the word heartbreak came to mind over and over again. And as I was debating whether or not I should write this blog post (I’ve never written a relationship related post before), I realized that heartbreak can be seen in many different areas of your life, not just in a romantic aspect. You can experience heartbreak in your family, friendships, workplace, and even church. And not just that, but your heart can be broken by people and situations.
How many times has a situation broken your heart?
How many times have you been let down by a person you loved?
I’m sure you can think of quite a few times, because whether we like to admit it or not, we’ve all experienced heartbreak in one way or another.
What are some things that may cause heartbreak?
- Lack of love
And the list goes on….. There are so many different factors that can cause heartbreak. And as hard as it is to accept it, we can’t control the way other’s treat us. However, we can control the way we respond to every situation, regardless of how painful it is.
My Own Experience With Heartbreak
I’m not going to get into too much detail but I have personally experienced heartbreak in many different areas of my life. Heartbreak is not easy. I’m not going to lie or minimize anything. Every time I have experienced heartbreak, it has affected me. Getting disappointed by a person, a situation, a dream, you name it, hurts so much.
Some patterns I’ve noticed in myself when I experience heartbreak are:
- Crying a LOT. I can’t help but cry when I feel this way.
- Losing my motivation.
- Isolating myself and trying to cope with my feelings alone.
- Putting myself down.
- Distracting myself with other activities (exercise, work, etc)
But the habit that has helped me the most when I’ve felt this way is prayer. No matter how sad, broken, disappointed, frustrated or discouraged I feel, I always run to God.
Running to God has been my escape and solution to heartbreak.
Being able to bring all of my feelings to Him, talking to Him about what’s going on in my mind and heart, and allowing Him to comfort me is absolutely priceless.
Because of this I know that no matter how bad the situation is, I have a God who has his arms opened to embrace me with love and his ears opened to hear my words.
Heartbreak is Necessary Too…..
Although I would like to avoid heartbreak at all costs (who wouldn’t?), I am convinced that the heartbreaks that God has allowed me to experience were necessary. Why? Because through them I have been able to know God in different ways and see God from different angles. Through heartbreaks, I’ve not only been able to know God as a God of all comfort, but I’ve been able to experience his comfort first hand.
Without heartbreaks, I would have never been able to experience the comfort I have experienced from God. Not because God isn’t a God of all comfort, but because I wouldn’t have seek his comfort the way I did when I had a broken heart.
This is why I whole heartedly believe that everything God allows us to experience has a purpose. Even heartbreak. God allows us to go through heartbreak so that we:
- Can experience his comfort first hand.
- Understand that true comfort comes from him only.
- Comfort others who go through similar situations.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. (NKJV)
What Does The Bible Say About Heartbreak?
Regardless of who or what has broken your heart, God wants to comfort you. Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about heartbreak. Here are 23 key Bible verses!
1. God is near those who have a broken heart.
Psalm 34: 18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit. (NKJV)
2. God heals the brokenhearted.
Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (NKJV)
3. God sympathizes with your pain.
Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. (NKJV)
4. God is a stronghold in the day of trouble.
Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him. (NKJV)
5. God is a very present help in suffering.
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (NKJV)
6. God is able to revive you from heartbreak.
Psalm 71:20 You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, shall revive me again, and bring me up again from the depths of the earth. (NKJV)
7. God is the strength of your heart.
Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (NKJV)
8. God is able to deliver you from any affliction.
Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. (NKJV)
9. God will wipe away every tear from your eyes.
Revelation 21:4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (NKJV)
10. God has a perfect plan for your life.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (NKJV)
11. Take your heartbreak to God and he will sustain you.
Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; he shall never permit the righteous to be moved. (NKJV)
12. Find rest for your heart through Jesus.
Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (NKJV)
13. Leave everything in God’s hands and let him care for you.
1 Peter 5:7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (NKJV)
14. Let your requests (feelings, thoughts, wishes) be known to God.
Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
15. Allow Jesus to erase the pain from your heart.
Isaiah 43:18 “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. (NKJV)
16. You can overcome heartbreak through Christ.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (NKJV)
17. Accept the peace that Jesus offers.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (NKJV)
18. Let Jesus transform your mind and show you his perfect will for your life.
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (NKJV)
19. People or things can disappoint you, but Jesus remains the same forever.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (NKJV)
20. Someday you will understand the purpose behind the heartbreak you’re feeling.
John 13:7 Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” (NKJV)
21. Everything works for good to those who love God.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (NKJV)
22. No matter how broken you feel, you are not destroyed.
2 Corinthians 4: 8-9 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. (NKJV)
23. Heartbreak does not last forever.
Psalm 30:5 For His anger is but for a moment, his favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. (NKJV)
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I hope you found this post helpful and learned a little bit more on what the Bible says about heartbreak. Heartbreak is not easy, but it is possible to overcome with God. Please let me know in the comments below your thoughts on this topic.
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