When someone says that God heals broken hearts, are you a little skeptical? Do you wonder where the proof is? Has your heart been broken? Do you need some hope?
I could tell you my story but there are many other women who have walked this road and know the power of God’s healing in their lives. The good news is that together, our testimonies of God healing broken hearts should encourage you.
Bible verses about God healing broken hearts
“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 ESV
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26
“Cast your burden on the LORD, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22
God has great compassion for those broken in spirit. He knows that our hearts are fragile and never scolds us for the messes we end up in.
God does warn us about certain relationships, but never says, “I told you so!” When we come to Him broken, crushed, and weary, He gently carries us until we can stand on our own two feet. How does He do that? That is the topic of this article.
Testimonies of God healing broken hearts
I would like you to meet Bella, Victoria, and Olivia. Their testimonies of God healing broken hearts should encourage you.
Bella experienced a breakup after a six-and-a-half-year relationship. Prior to this, she had been married for a short time. It ended in divorce for the safety of Bella and her son. These two relationships left huge wounds in her broken heart.
It was through caring, listening friends that Bella was reminded that she was still loved. She also read a book from Francine Rivers that helped. Worship music helped lift her spirits, and she wrote in her journal regularly. The scripture that was especially meaningful to her was Jeremiah 29:11.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” ESV
The one thing that did not help Bella’s healing process was being told that there was someone out there for her. The longer she waited, alone, the worse she felt. She wondered if she was damaged or if no one would ever want her.
Bella tried to fill the hole in her heart by going out, meeting guys, drinking, and just staying busy. None of that helped. It was only through Jesus that she finally realized healing.
Bella would like you to know that it is ok to be single. It doesn’t make us unwanted or unloved. God can use us in amazing ways. Being single can actually be a blessing. Get busy. Do what God is calling you to do right now.
Don’t sit around waiting for a man when you have healing that needs to take place. God’s plans are good so follow His direction.
Divorce was never an option in Victoria’s mind. She believed that being married would be pleasing to God. And besides, she didn’t want to face life without a partner.
Yet, divorce was what happened eighteen years ago. She learned that her husband had a dark side that involved young girls. She endured many difficult times. But the process had started way before this revelation took place. He was treating Victoria and their children disrespectfully. By the time the divorce happened, she had come to believe:
- I am not lovable
- There is something wrong with me
- I will never find love again
In time and with God’s help and God’s word, Victoria’s broken heart was healed. The healing power of God began in Psalm 31 and the Gospel stories of broken women in the Bible. Her love of God grew. She also took advantage of Divorce Care. Songs that helped the pain of a broken heart were “Through it all”, and “There is Coming a Day.” These songs are based on God’s promise.
The most beautiful part of Victoria’s healing was the way that God used two older, godly ladies who were divorced. The spirit of the Lord led them to Victoria. In fact, one of them accidentally went to Victoria’s house, not knowing she lived there much less the situation she was in. These women spoke to Victoria from the heart of God because they knew the words of God well. They knew that He was the God of all comfort.
It was a long time coming, but Victoria’s broken spirit and broken heart found her prayer request answered in the unfailing love of Christ Jesus.
Victoria admits that the one mistake that she made in the healing process was pulling away from people and not doing more fun things. However, she knew healing was taking place when one day she realized that she did not need a man to walk alongside her because she had Jesus. He is her Rock and will never leave her.
Like many young women, Olivia felt an emptiness inside and tried to fill it with a relationship. With an empty love tank, she ignored red flags and took the first step towards a broken heart by getting married.
Her entire marriage was one hard time after another. He was not a good man. Rather than filling an emptiness, he was verbally abusive and secretly drugged her. It wasn’t long before he was having affairs with other women. She was caught in this nightmarish, heartbreaking world for 7 years.
Once out of the relationship, Olivia questioned herself. “How did I not see this? How did I let this happen?” She struggled with feeling angry, betrayed, and inadequate. She felt embarrassed because she was called damaged goods. She needed the power of Christ to see herself the way God saw her, But that would come.
Olivia’s broken heart was healed through Bible study, help from a best friend and counseling. She admits that what did not help her was talking about it too much. She had to lean heavily on God’s way described in this Scripture:
“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’ ” Romans 12:19 ESV
Today Olivia wants to tell you:
“God’s love and healing is real. Know that you are worthy, so make better choices for your future, your children or children to come. Your circumstances may or may not change but who you are can. How you respond, how you live and what you believe, will shape your life.”
How to heal a broken heart spiritually
God puts together the broken pieces of our hearts in different ways. Sometimes it is in very unexpected ways.
The stories above are a fraction of the many testimonies of God healing broken hearts. In doing research for this article there are 7 main things that God used to heal broken hearts just like yours. I call this the healing prescription from Jesus, the Great Physician. Each is a tangible way that God’s hand works.
- Scripture and prayer
- Christian music
- Friends who love Jesus
- Christian books and websites
- Serving others
1. God uses Scripture and prayer to heal broken hearts
Consistent Bible reading is essential in the Christian’s life, but especially for those whose hearts are broken. When our spirits are crushed, we are extremely vulnerable and can easily end up in situations that will lead us down the wrong path. We must know what Scripture says and what to avoid. That does not happen without consistent time in the word of God.
To avoid entering relationships that will be detrimental, we need to be in love with Jesus. This most important relationship helps guard our vulnerable hearts. Falling in love with Jesus requires time to get to know Him through Bible reading and prayer.
2. God uses Christian music to heal broken hearts
Music has a way of reaching deep into our souls. It can change our moods and affect our entire day. It can breathe into us the peace of God. God has used praise and worship music to heal the broken hearts of women just like you. Since individual music tastes vary so much, I would say listen to Christian Radio to find what resonates with you. These are a few songs that women did list as being therapeutic to them.
- Who am I, by Casting Crowns
- God will make a way, by Don Moen
- 10,000 reasons, by Matt Redman
- Through It All, this version by the group Selah
- “There is coming a day when no heartaches will come”, this version by the Heritage Singers
3. God uses Christian friends and family to heal broken hearts
Confiding in other women who love Jesus helps us gain perspective about the reality of our situations. At the same time, it helps us feel understood and loved. It is God’s plan that we are in community with others and not try to deal with our own heartbreak alone. Scripture says that we are to encourage and comfort one another in the name of Jesus. (2 Corinthians 1:4, 1 Thessalonians 5:11)
I will never forget our Pastor’s wife telling me, “You can let this situation make you bitter or better.” That was advice straight from the word of God, which says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2). The world says, “Get even”, which leads eventually to bitterness. The Bible says, “let God take care of it.” Putting our situations in God’s hands makes us better women. (Romans 12:19)
4. God uses Christian books and websites to heal broken hearts
I am ever grateful for some of these books that contributed to my personal healing. Through them, I met new friends that really cared about my healing.
- You can survive Divorce
- Your Restoration Journey: discovering yourself and your falth after divorce – this is a great book and journal combination to help you apply Biblical principles to your life.
- New life after divorce: The promise of hope beyond
- Widow’s Might: Finding peace and purpose after the loss of our spouse
- Grace for the widow: A journey through the fog of loss
- He whispers your name– 365 devotions for comfort and hope
- Beauty for ashes: receiving emotional healing
- Redeeming Love, by Francine Rivers
Likewise, there are many great websites and their sister Facebook pages/groups that have helped many women.
- A Widows Might website and Facebook group
- Lily’s group coaching community for Christian Single Women Facebook group
- Divorce Care
- Surviving and thriving after divorce
5. God uses journaling to heal broken hearts
Let me caution you at this point. Journaling is not for the purpose of constantly going over the wrong that has been done to us. We must set a limit to how long we will allow ourselves to verbalize our pain. Yes, it hurts. BAD. But placing blame and condemnation on others serves only to bring us down. It only makes us re-live over and over the very thing we want healing from. Having said that, let’s talk about how journaling can benefit us.
When used correctly, a journal can help us grow in our relationship with God, and ultimately heal our broken hearts. Our journal should be a place where we say “I hurt, but thank you God that you are healing my broken heart. Thank you that you are meeting my needs. And for the things I don’t understand, thank you LORD that you do and you will lead me.”
In a sense, journaling is another form of prayer. It is also a place to record what we are learning about ourselves and about God. It becomes solid evidence that we are moving toward healing. Finally, a journal is a place to thank God for ALL the blessings you still have in your life. Gratitude goes a long way toward healing.
When we routinely journal, it becomes our own testimony of God healing broken hearts. What a gift to pass on to someone else when they need it.
6. God uses forgiveness to heal broken hearts
Please don’t check out at this point. There are too many misconceptions about what forgiveness really is.
Forgiving the one who broke your heart is NOT:
- Hugging and getting back together with someone who has been abusive to you
- Condoning their bad behavior
- Setting them free from the consequences
Instead, forgiveness is:
- Giving up your desire for revenge by turning it over to God
- Trusting that even in this horrible situation, God will use it for something good
- Believing that God’s plans for us are good
- Looking forward to the day when your broken heart is healed and you will be able to encourage others who need it.
When we can forgive, it is one of the many testimonies of God healing broken hearts. In fact, if we don’t forgive, it often leads to health issues.
7. God uses service to others to heal broken hearts
The point of service is to get our minds off ourselves and how miserable we feel. The Bible talks about encouraging others. There are endless service projects available that can give an opportunity to share God’s love with a lot of people. When we plant seeds of hope in others, we will eventually reap a harvest in our own journey. Serving others can be a wonderful experience.
Victoria found that when she became single she could go on trips to be a translator for groups going to Mexico. She also says that God will bring new people into your life to support you along your journey and one day you might be that beautiful person in another person’s time of need.
Bella will be using what she learned through her healing process to help and encourage young single moms who have aged out of the foster care system. This ministry is still in the planning stages. In the meantime, Bella works with the homeless as well as leads a community group for single women.
Final thoughts on God healing broken hearts
It is unfortunate that hitting a brick wall is often a part of life. Perfect love is not available from those around us. You may have experienced past hurts that left you in broken pieces. Few can heal in their own strength. But the good news is there is plenty of help available. The best thing is that most of it is free.
Jesus has been called the Great Physician. In the Book of Luke, it reads:
“And Jesus said unto them, ‘They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.’ ” Luke 5:31 KJV
While Jesus was referring to spiritual matters in this verse, He also was deeply concerned about the physical and emotional needs of people. He physically healed many who needed it. And Jesus is still the answer today.
To help you remember that Jesus can heal our broken hearts, I want to give you this Scripture Card. Simply download it as it is free. No email is required.
Additionally, if you like to color, there is a 14-page Bible verse coloring book available that was inspired by this article. God Heals Broken Hearts will give you many hours of coloring, as well as reminders of God’s healing power. It is available here:
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