God Hurts My Heart

Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.” – Isaiah 6:8

Before you get all up in arms, hear me out. Have you ever noticed that there are certain events that just hurt your heart. Like seeing a homeless person on the side of the road, or a single mother have to put groceries back because she doesn’t have money. Things that are good can hurt your heart too, like seeing your newborn baby for the first time, or seeing your bride walk down the isle. All of these things hurt your heart, but not always for bad reasons, but they give you a burning aching sensation deep down that is unexplainable.

I consider these instances where God is pointing something important out to me. The burning aching sensation is His way of getting my attention. I love the hurt that comes along with Him talking to me.

When it hurts for a reason, like seeing a homeless person, I feel like God is bringing him or her to my attention, so maybe I can help them. Pointing out to me ways I can live the way Jesus would want me too. I could cringe at the mother with no money, or I could offer to help her buy her groceries. The burning in my heart is for someone’s else’s benefit as well as my own.

This burn however, can go ignored. Most people don’t offer help, thus ignoring Gods communication with them, but that’s the beauty/burden of free will. We choose weather to act on this hurt or not, God merely points out the ones in need.

The good pain is God’s way of showing me the moments I don’t want to forget and what’s important. The love I feel for some people makes my heart ache and like I am in literal pain. The thought of Gods love for me, makes me cry and my heart want to explode, because I am so unbelievably blessed and I know I am so not worthy.

But why pain? Why does He have to make us hurt in order for us to pay attention? Because if God tapped us on the shoulder most of us wouldn’t pay much attention now would we? This temporary burning ache we have in our hearts, can make a lifelong impact in our own lives, and the lives of others.

So I say God hurt my heart in order to heal others. Make my heart hurt so I’m willing to step out and do your works for the good of someone else. Send me to anyone and everyone that needs help, even if I cant help them myself.

If you are looking to help someone try volunteering at your local shelters or donate to your favorite non profits. My personal fav and one that’s close to my heart is CITY OF REFUGE here in Atlanta. I’ve volunteered there before and the works they are doing are truely life changing. 

21 thoughts on “God Hurts My Heart

  1. Idle Muser says:

    Rightly said. πŸ™‚
    My favorite line of all is ‘God hurt my heart in order to heal others’.
    Unless something pinch our hearts, hardly will be the chances of us helping the ones who need our help.
    Soon I will also volunteer for a non profit, this is my wish which way too long pending now. But anyhow, I will do it soon. πŸ™‚

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    • Angela Love says:

      I, too, have experienced a love for some people that makes my heart ache—as though I am in literal pain. It’s probably understandable when that person is a spouse, or a child, or a parent, but when it’s someone who has no familial connection to you at all, that’s when it really makes you think. Have I just seen God within that person’s eyes?


  2. w1nt3l says:

    I enjoy reading your posts despite being an atheist for the last several years. I appreciate and respect the faith that others have and would never imply they were wrong in believing in their religion. When you describe feeling hurt about the homeless or the single mother than can’t afford food as God talking to you, I see this from my point of view as human compassion. Regardless of how we get there, the important message I take from your post is that we all have a responsibility to help one another, whether in faith, compassion, or it just being what we know to be right. That is something that I think a lot of us has forgotten and messages such as yours are a reminder of what we need to do and how we should be regardless of faith or station in life.

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  3. deborahanndykeman says:

    I absolutely love that as Believers, the Holy Spirit resides within us. I fully believe that the hurt and twinges you spoke of are the nudging and that they physically affect us. I too am thankful for this! Without conviction, compassion and joy, life would be pretty awful in my humble opinion. Thank you for a great post!

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  4. Ancient Faith, Fresh Faith says:

    I’ve been feeling much of this deep ‘hurt’ lately. You wrote this article and addressed my hurt at the right time! Thank you. J. Michael


  5. Agent X says:

    You said: “But why pain? ”

    John 9:3 – Jesus answered, β€œIt was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him….”

    God paints his self portrait on the canvas of human suffering (Isa. 53 for starts). Wanna see God and live? Then lay down your life and BE his healing touch…

    Agent X
    Fat Beggars School of Prophets
    Lubbock, Texas (USA)


  6. michaelabrown says:

    I love this! I just recently got back from a mission trip and I can totally agree. I think a lot of times when we hurt, God is speaking through us. I love your perspective on this!


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