The word contrition comes from the Latin word, meaning to crush. What a vivid description of how we should come to the Lord with our burdens. We should be crushed by the weight. Even the smallest of our wrongdoings are like filthy rags to God. He looks at all sin in the same way – with total disgust and repulsion.
On the other hand, God is also merciful and loving. He came to earth in human flesh to suffer and die so that we could be free of sin and guilt. He became our sin bearer and was crushed for our iniquities. This is one of those inconceivable things about God. We, in our human understanding, would be quicker to judge and much more severe in our sentencing. He then overcame the power of death, by raising from the grave and appearing to many afgterHis resurrection.
God uses certain circumstances in our lives to crush us and even take us down a peg or two. He does this, not to punish us, but because of His insurmountable love for us. Everything that happens in this life is another lesson leading us to depend on God in all things. He knew in advance that His Son, Jesus, would be crushed physically – that he would be humiliated and scorned, yet He also knew that those things were necessary for our redemption. What a great love that is.
An artist creating a piece of pottery will often reshape the clay and pound heavily on it at times, and the heat of the kiln only adds to its strength. The finished product will often become a piece of beauty. All the battering and bruising we received in this life will be replaced with peace and forgiveness in the next. When trouble comes to our lives it is for our benefit, even though we rarely think so.
God also wants us to know that He’s with us every step of the way – even in our darkest hour – He is there. When we are truly sorry and saddened by our sins, God will forgive and restore us. Will we be contrite today? How about tomorrow? Remenber that you are not alone in any of it.
Psalm 34:18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.