Men, Healing and the Gospel

Brokenness is something everyone has experienced whether they grew up in a broken home, lost a job, or had a relationship end. Even I have experienced brokenness as my parents divorced when I was sixteen years old. The fact that broken homes exist should not come as a surprise to us because broken homes are the direct result of living in a fallen world. Pastor Burk Parsons notes, “Our present hope for our broken homes is the redeeming, forgiving, reconciling, and transforming gospel of God for God’s people.”[i] The Gospel is not doing good things believing that our good works will balance out our sin. That mistaken notion comes from our sinful nature which tells us that we deserve the grace of God, when truthfully all we deserve is eternal separation from God. Growing up I had a faulty view of God as Father because my earthly father verbally and emotionally abused me. This affected my walk with God as I approached Him as One who wanted to smite me rather than embrace me as His adopted son through Jesus Christ. Many men have experienced the pain of abandonment and abuse by their fathers, which is why I want to address the question, “How does the Gospel heal broken men from broken homes?” The Gospel is good news for sinners like the Prodigal Son in Luke 15 who spent...

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