A Christian Perspective on Bitter Breakups

Posted: May 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

Most of us have experienced a difficult breakup in our past and many have experienced this more recently than others. Some might even be going through the pain of this experience as you read this. We all know that “hindsight is 20/20” and might even conceptually understand that Garth Brooks isn’t a bad theologian when he says “some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.” We’ve been told “there are other fish in the sea” and “if it’s meant to be, it will work out.” And yet in the midst of any difficult circumstance, well intentioned catch phrases don’t comfort in the way they are purposed to. What we need as Christians when our circumstances don’t make sense is not clever sayings, tubs of ice cream, wild nights out with our friends, or to express ourselves in late night social media rants. What we need is a rock solid foundation in the gospel of Jesus Christ and a friend who will be a shoulder to cry on and listen to us while softly and tenderly reminding us that King Jesus is still on the throne and in a way we don’t understand right now, God is working for our ultimate good. As we walk through this experience we should avoid the ditches of insensitive fatalism and emotional self-esteem building while encouraging our brother and sister to lean into Christ with all they are. And slowly but surely, the fog will lift, the pain will subside, and we will have walked through a trial empowered by the truth that God is still in control.

In this article, we are aided in thinking biblically about what this looks like: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2014/05/14/bitter-breakups-and-divine-closure-our-pain-and-his-providence/

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