"On the night that Jesus was betrayed, He took bread...and broke it..." (1 Cor. 11:23-24a).
God uses broken things. Broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume. It is a broken Peter, weeping bitterly, who returns to greater power and service than ever.
However, we must remember that self-condemnation and gloom block God's way to us. The key is to let yourself be loved in your brokenness. And to leave the broken, irreversible past in His hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.
"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise" (Psalm 51:17).
Any concept of grace that makes us feel more comfortable sinning is not biblical grace. God's grace never encourages us to live in sin; on the contrary, it empowers us to say no to sin and yes to truth. And any concept of repentance that does not include forgiveness is not Godly or true.
As we partake of the Lord's Supper, let us remember to give God our brokenness and have faith enough to accept his forgiveness.
"While they were eating, Jesus...took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, 'Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins'" (Matthew 26:26-28).