What exactly does it mean to have a broken circle? Well, let’s start by looking at a few key word definitions.
The New Webster’s Dictionary defines the word broken as: the past part of Break, fractured, interrupted, uneven, emotionally crushed, violated, betrayed, or imperfectly spoken (esp. by a foreigner).
Webster’s third definition of circle is: a group of persons with a common interest. And it defines friendship as a relationship of mutual affection and good will, or harmonious cooperation. Relation refers to the way in which we associate or deal with each other.
So when a relationship is “broken”, the “circle” or common interest is interrupted. The harmony becomes fractured or uneven in some way. To state it more clearly, something in the relationship becomes off balanced, which results in either a shift or fracture of the circle. Unfortunately, many times, those within the circle become emotionally crushed, violated, or betrayed.
There is no way that I could possibly list all of the situations by which a circle can be broken, but I am certain that you can think of a personal example, so let’s leave it at that.
If there is anyone who understands relationship circles and what it feels like to have one broken, Jesus Christ does. He was betrayed by Judas (John 18:2-5), denied by Peter (Matthew 26:69-75), and doubted by Thomas (John 20:25). His own father, God Almighty, could not look upon him in his dark hour upon the cross (Matthew 27:46).
Young, old, married, single, wealthy, poor, believer in Christ, non-believer, business man, housewife….It does not matter what your status or title is. If you are a human being on this earth, then you have either experienced some type of “broken relationship” or will face one in the future.
I have found that human relationships tend to fall into the following three categories: Group relationship, which includes groups such as family, work associates, church, school, etc. and Partner relationship which includes close connections such as friends, intimate couples, siblings, teacher/student, etc. The 3rd and most important relationship is spiritual, being a personal relationship with the Savior, Jesus Christ.
The “Broken Circles” devotional series will explore these three relationship categories and the Biblical healing process that is vital for personal renewal when one or more of them is broken. My prayer is that this blog series will bless you by opening the door of your heart to the beautiful healing hand of God.