Healing for Broken Hearts: How to Heal a Broken Heart

Healing for Broken Hearts: How to Heal a Broken Heart

We often think of healing in the contest of physical or mental conditions, but Jesus came to also heal broken hearts. Today, I would like to acknowledge the importance of all three aspects of healing — physical, psychological, and emotional. All three aspects are inseparably interwoven framing who we are and how we respond to various situations and circumstances.

Several years ago, a young hockey player who we knew well received a sharp blow to his chest from a fast-moving hockey puck. The impact instantly stopped his heart, depriving his brain of oxygen. At twenty-years of age and in the prime of life, he died.

We have all faced sudden blows that have caused damage to otherwise healthy hearts. Most of us, have never fully recovered. We all live with a measure of broken heart syndrome — wounds of sorrow from the death of a loved one, wounds of rejection or betrayal, wounds of abandonment or separation. Brokenness often results from harmful things done to us or from unmet needs withheld from us.

We have good news, however. Jesus came to heal the broken hearted.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, and he has anointed me to be hope for the poor, healing for the brokenhearted, and new eyes for the blind, and to preach to prisoners, ‘You are set free!’ I have come to share the message of Jubilee, for the time of God’s great acceptance has begun.”
Luke 4:18 TPT


Brokenness leads us to self-protect or to live artificial lives. Many of us adapt to our fragmented conditions, emotionally pushing people away while pacifying our pain through addictions or other artificial means. But God loves us too much to leave us in permanent denial and pain. Sadly, we may choose to improvise and normalize what Jesus came to forever heal.

Luke records Jesus reading from the scroll of Isaiah, making this declaration about Himself.

” … He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted …”
Isaiah 61:1

The Hebrew words Isaiah used here mean “to wrap firmly the break, or to stop the breaking in pieces.” Jesus intends to do for us what we cannot accomplish through self-effort.. He came to wrap our broken hearts with His healing love and to stop the continuous breaking.

Using the same words as Isaiah, the psalmist understood this deeply personal ministry of God’s restorative love.

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
Psalm 147:3

“Praise the Lord,” the psalmist says, “God heals. He has the cure! He mends even the deepest recesses of our being, bringing us to complete wholeness.”

Closer Than You Think

As I flip through the tattered pages of my life, I now see what I missed then — God’s consistent nearness. In my brokenness, feeling distant from Him, He came close. Like a skilled surgeon, He gently and compassionately removed each numbed layer of scar tissue, softening my heart little by little.

Over an extended period of time, I prayed for God to soften my heart. He did. And He still does. He continues to do His miraculous healing in me and the dozens of others I have opportunity to walk beside and minister to.

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
Psalm 34:18

We can all identify, at a certain level, with broken hearts and crushed spirits. Jesus Christ, our hope and our help, comes low to where we are. He bends down to the level of our deepest pain and breathes life, restoring and renewing.

God Speaks

Through the Bible and by His Spirit, God speaks His message of hope to each of us.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
John 14:27

Today, let’s welcome the peace He offers. Whatever the “trouble” imposed upon us, let’s choose to yield it to Jesus, welcoming His healing to areas of our brokenness. Pastors and Christian counsellors are available to also help you. Often, the healing of broken hearts requires a process (similar to mine) of allowing God to expose and mend hearts — piece by piece and little by little.

But that process can begin right now through prayer. The sudden and often brutal heart-impacts we have endured don’t need to rob us of life, love, and hope. Jesus came to heal and restore no matter how deep the blow or how extensive the damage to our broken hearts.

“Lord Jesus, areas of personal brokenness show in my inability to love as You love. Sometimes, my broken heart makes it difficult to live honestly and openly before others. As I acknowledge my need for healing, I welcome You to touch those deeply fragmented areas of my heart. I ask You to reverse trauma and brokenness, restoring wholeness to every part of my being. Please soften the layers where I have become calloused and uncaring. Mend and heal every area where I have been crushed in spirit so that I may live fully and freely. Thank You, Lord Jesus for beginning to heal and my broken heart, restoring hope, joy, and purpose. Amen.”