"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."Romans 5:8
Prison is full of broken people – those with anger issues, impulse control problems, dysfunctional social skills, and a variety of addictions. Some of us are better at hiding it than others, but we’re all broken in many ways. That brokenness has led many of us to choices and actions that hurt us and the people around us.
The world outside of prison really isn’t much different in this respect. It’s filled with broken, troubled people – some who flaunt it, some who try to ignore it, and some who hide it in shame. God’s Word does not exaggerate when it says we all have gone astray (Isaiah 53:6).
Thankfully, His grace meets us just where we are, in all the ruined areas of our lives. In spite of our flaws, our failures, our self-destructive behavior, and the ways we’ve hurt others, Christ died for us. Though we often cling to our shortcomings and vices, He loves us. When we bring our brokenness to the One who was broken for us, He turns our shattered lives into beautiful creations that can be used for good.
So take me as you find me
all my fears and failures
fill my life again.
(Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan, 2006)