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6 Promises for a Broken Heart


We’ve all had our heart broken in some way — maybe by disappointment, fear, shame, rejection, or ridicule. If you find yourself with a broken heart today, I’m so sorry.  

No blog post or devotion is going to fix your broken heart and take away all your pain, but my hope is that this will encourage you a little and point you to the one who CAN restore your broken heart and heal your pain. Only God can do that.

So, here are six things God does for those who experience heart break.

1. God draws you close to himself.

Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and he saves those whose spirits have been crushed” (NCV).

When you grieve, you often feel like God is a million miles away. But what you feel and what is real are not always the same thing. God’s not a million miles away. In fact, he’s never been any closer. The Bible promises us that it is in your pain that God is closest to you, whether you realize it or not.

2. God grieves with you.

The Bible says Jesus was “a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief” (Isaiah 53:3 NLT).

When you come to Jesus with your grief, he knows what you’re talking about, and he understands your pain. God is a suffering God, and he is a sympathetic God. He’s not aloof; he’s not apathetic. He’s not standing on the sidelines.

3. God gives you a church family for support.

We’re meant to grieve in community. Healing comes in groups. Healing comes in the church. Healing comes in community. You don’t have to go through your pain alone.

“In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others . . . Be devoted to each other like a loving family . . . Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:5, 10, 15 NIV/GW).

 4. God uses grief to help you grow.

God uses grief and even pain to help you become more like Christ. He never wastes your pain. If you allow him, he will bring good out of bad. Only He can do that.

5. God gives you the hope of heaven.

There are many people who grieve without hope. Your life on this earth is short, but if you believe in Jesus Christ and trust him for your salvation, then you have the hope of spending eternity in heaven with God, and that hope will sustain you through your time of loss. The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 4:13, “We don’t want you to be ignorant about those who have died. We don’t want you to grieve like other people who have no hope” (GW).

6. God uses your pain to help others.

This is called redemptive pain. God does not want you to waste a hurt. “[God] comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us” (2 Corinthians 1:4 NLT).

Like I said, no blog post can heal a broken heart. I do hope that this will encourage you to bring your hurt to God and allow him to heal your heart. He created your heart, only he can make it whole.