WHEN to do the will of God means that even my Christian brethren will not understand, and I remember that “Neither did His brethren believe in him” (John 7:5), and I bow my head to obey and accept the misunderstanding, THIS IS BROKENNESS.
WHEN I am misrepresented or deliberately misinterpreted, and I remember that Jesus was falsely accused but He “held His peace,” and I bow my head to accept the accusation without trying to justify myself, THIS IS BROKENNESS.
WHEN another is preferred before me and I am deliberately passed over, and I remember that they cried, “Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas” (Luke 23:18), and I bow my head and accept rejection, THIS IS BROKENNESS.
WHEN my plans are brushed aside and I see the work of years brought to ruins by ambitions of others, and I remember that Jesus allowed them to lead Him away to crucify Him (Matthew 27:31) and He accepted that place of failure, and I bow my head and accept the injustice without bitterness, THIS IS BROKENNESS.
WHEN in order to be right with my God it is necessary to take the humbling path of confession and restitution, and I remember that Jesus “made Himself of no reputation” and “humbled Himself…unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:7-8), and I bow my head and am ready to accept the shame of exposure, THIS IS BROKENNESS.
From Brokenness by John Collinson (Read in Breaking the Bondage of Legalism)