“Hurt people hurt people” We’ve all heard the explanation when someone wrongs us, or at least I have. I don’t doubt it. When we’re broken, we have no way to express goodness and kindness long-term because all of our beautiful pieces are scattered across the floor. Yes, hurt people certainly hurt other people as well as themselves.
It seems like a never-ending cycle, a downward spiral that ends in the destruction of humanity. Before you cast your lot on the day this will downward spiral reaches its end, see the hope. For this cycle was never God’s plan. If anyone tells you they’re anything but broken, they’re lying because we all are, yet God offers us a way out. He puts our broken pieces back together to form the most beautiful lamps.
Through our painful cracks, his light breaks through. Without God, humanity would be done for. There’s no way any broken person could avoid breaking others, even if they tried to be good, they’d lash out at some point. You can only keep up works for so long. For works alone can’t lead to salvation, yet faith leads to action.
My heart aches for the broken. As Jesus said on the cross, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:24a ESV) It’s not like everyone’s walking around with the intention of hurting others, but when your hurt without a healer, you can’t magically erase your burns and scars. Sometimes, we knowingly hurt each other, others we do so unintentionally, but in Christ, we find life.
In Christ, there is joy and healing. Healing is most certainly a process, but nothing, not even one moment of your brokenness will be wasted. When someone wrongs you, don’t always take it to heart. Yes, there is a place for justice undoubtedly, but they too are broken. It shows more so how desperate they are for a savior than it reflects on your worth.
Pray for them, forgive them. There is a way out of this downward spiral. Just outside of this twister is the most beautiful picture. An artwork of stained glass being pieced together with every brokenness we give to God. Through it, together as the body of Christ, we can shine his light and hope into this dark world. So someday the phrase may not be “Hurt people hurt people”. Maybe the phrase will be, “Out of the darkest night, comes the brightest light.”
Romans 8:28 (ESV)
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Ezekiel 33:11 (ESV)
Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?