Not only can our heart be broken, meaning that our soul is shattered, but the spirit can be broken as well. In order to understand this, we will look at two passages.

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives” (Isaiah 61:1 KJV)

Jesus Christ came to heal the brokenhearted. When we understand that the heart is equivalent to the subconscious, being the lowest regions of the soul overlapping upon the spirit, we get a whole new grid for the depth of meaning hidden in this passage. The heart is where our belief systems reside and where dissociated parts of us abide. Dissociation is a manifestation of brokenness, and the Bible says in several places that our soul is torn in pieces.

“How long will you torment my soul, And break me in pieces with words?” (Job 19:2 KJV)

“Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.” (Psalm 7:2 KJV)

 Though the depth of the meaning of broken heartedness is profound, it is not the full picture of what brokenness can look like in an individual. In the following passage, we see that brokenness is also attributed to the spirit.

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.” (Psalm 51:17 KJV)

In this passage, the word of God adds to the idea that there can be a broken heart. There can also be a broken spirit. The word broken in this passage comes from the Hebrew word Shabar. This word means to break in pieces or to shatter like one would shatter a vase. The spirit is just as capable of being broken as the heart. Thus, we must realize that coming to a place of wholeness and full alignment with God’s kingdom requires wholeness in the spirit and the soul (and also the body). This takes us back to the following verse:

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23 KJV)

If you'd like to learn more about the spirit, soul, and heart, we would suggest that you take our Inner Healing Ministry Fundamentals course on the Bride Ministries Institute. You can find it a the link below.

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