BrokenHearted: Loving God Through Painful Times

When I’m feeling brokenhearted, loving God doesn’t come as easily. It’s easy to trust that God loves me when things are going well but being faithful during hard times is a difficult test of my commitment to Him.

Whether you’re a new believer or have followed God all your life, feeling God’s love during a difficult time isn’t easy. But it is possible, and God is always with us.

There are a few truths I return to when times are tough to find my way to spiritual healing. I hope they comfort you, too.

Love Is Not a Feeling

Just like love for others, love for God isn’t dependent on how you feel. Loving God is both the daily decision you make to stay faithful and the actions you take to keep your relationship with God strong.
These acts of love for God will help build your faith during difficult times, even when warm, calm feelings are hard to come by:

  • Prayer: Praying is our way of communicating with God. Why stop talking to Him when we need Him most? Even if it’s for a short time, praying each day will help you ground yourself in your faith when times are hard. You can be 100 percent honest with God about how you feel, and how you need His help to heal a broken heart.
  • Worship: Whether you worship alone or in a faith community, praising God for the things He has given you is a big help when it comes to shifting your perspective. I find gratitude is one of the surest ways to rediscover hope when I’m hurting.
  • Reading Scripture: Reading encouraging Bible verses is a great way to find solace in your faith during a heartbreaking time.

God Loves You No Matter What

Sometimes, the reason I’m heartbroken and feeling distant from God is because I feel guilt or shame. Maybe I’ve struggled in my faith, maybe I’ve hurt someone I care about, or maybe I’ve neglected to keep my word.

Whatever it is, the feelings of shame I have about myself during struggles often cause me pain.

But there’s good news. God’s forgiveness is abundant, and His love is eternal. We have the chance every day to renew our commitment to God, and to reach out for His protection and love.

You’re Not the Only One

One of the most comforting things I’ve learned about faith and spiritual healing is this: There is always someone else who has felt a pain like mine or been through similar struggles.

Your faith community, a prayer group, or a faith-based support group can be great resources when struggling to connect with God’s love during a hard time.

And we’re here for you, too. Talking to a HopeCoach at TheHopeLine is a great way to feel more connected to people who can encourage you on your journey to spiritual healing. We believe in you, and we want you to know how much God cares for you, no matter what you’re facing in life.

Are you experiencing a resentment towards God, because of your pain? Read our friend's story on how she overcame addiction and suicidal thoughts to accepting the love of God.

Dawson McAllister
Dawson McAllister, also known as America's youth pastor, was an author, radio host, speaker, and founder of TheHopeLine. McAllister attended Bethel College in Minnesota for undergraduate work where he graduated in 1968, began graduate studies at Talbot School of Theology in California, and received an honorary doctorate from Biola University.
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