Sustenance from the archives+: Whole

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The Merriam-Webster  dictionary defines “whole” as complete or full, not lacking or leaving out any part. And just in case I was still struggling to understand the meaning of whole, it goes on to tell me, “whole implies that nothing has been omitted, ignored, abated, or taken away.

Whole.
We are all broken, by virtue of being human and heirs of the legacy of the first man and the first’s woman’s disobedience.
How is wholeness found?
How do we become whole?
Not through another human, regardless of what the romantic novels say,
as articulated in statements such as, “You complete me.”
Not so.
Not true.

There is only one Who completes us –
The One Who was all man and all God.
Christ Jesus.
Here this truth spoken in Colossians 2:9-10,
“For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.”

Broken? Flawed?
We all are.
But we do not have to remain that way.
There is One who makes us complete.
Whole.


Today’s post is for Day 27 of the series, “Sustenance from the archives+,” that is part of the 31 Days Free Writes writing challenge. The prompt is, “Whole.” The original version of this post was published as, “Five Minute Friday: Whole,” on April 10, 2016. To read Day 26’s post, please click on the link below.

Day 26: Moment

Only

 

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John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

“In this is the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” 1 John 4:9.

Only. Defined as “alone in in a class or category.” In this the last day of the 31 days series, it is fitting to turn my attention to the Only Son, Who God give for us and Who also willingly offered Himself up for us.

The Son.

The One Who is the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us.

The One through Whom grace and peace came.

The pioneer and perfecter of our faith.

The One Who is the only mediator between God and mankind.

The One Who is God but made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant. And being found in an appearance as a man humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death, even death on the cross.

The One Who is the Light of world.

The One in Whom the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily.

The One in Whom we are complete.

The Beloved in Whom we are accepted.

The One Who is our High Priest.

And our Shepherd.

And Who ever lives to make intercession for us.

The Lamb.

The Lion.

The Soon coming King.

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Day 31 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes challenge. Today’s prompt is “Only.”

Click here to read previous posts for the series, 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes.

Thanks to every one who read one, some, or all of the posts in the series. Special thanks to GiGiMandy, Ladymanni, and Granonine.

Five Minute Friday: Whole

Joining, on a Sunday, Kate Motaung and other members of the caring and encouraging Five Minute Friday Community, for our weekly writing adventure. To learn more about Five Minute Friday, click here. This week’s prompt is “Whole.”

“Whole”
Merriam-Webster defines “whole” as complete or full, not lacking or leaving out any part.
And just in case I was still struggling to understand the meaning of whole
It goes on to tell me, “whole implies that nothing has been omitted, ignored, abated, or taken away.

Whole.
We are all broken, by virtue of being human and heirs of the legacy of the first man and the first’s woman’s disobedience.
How is wholeness found?
How do we become whole?
Not through another human, regardless of what the romantic novels say,
As articulated in statements such as, “You complete me.”
Not so.
Not true.

There is only one Who completes us –
The One Who was all man and all God.
Christ Jesus.
Here this truth spoken in Colossians 2:9-10
“For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.”

Broken? Flawed?
We all are.
But we do not have to remain that way.
There is One who makes us complete.
Whole.

Five Minute Friday: Gift

He is the Ultimate Giver, this Father of ours. Think John 3:16. He so loved the world that He give His only begotten Son. The Son in Whom dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

Romans 8:32 encourages us by the reminder that He did not withhold His own Son but give Him up for us, and if He has already made the ultimate sacrifice, what else will He not freely give us. No gift too big after the Ultimate Gift.

He gives us gifts daily. Psalm 68:19 reminds us that He daily loads us with benefits. Think of a front end loader full of gifts. That only approximates what He gives.

Some gifts are easily recognizable: like the breath in our lungs (which we too often take for granted), or unexpected finances, the love of family and friends. Even the heart shaped leaf I found as I walked this morning.

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Thing is though, all of His gifts are not easily recognized. Coming in the form of tribulation, trials, hard times. But these are also gifts because of what He uses them to accomplish in our lives.

Romans 5 v3-4

Joining Kate Motaung and a group of courageous writers for Five Minute Friday. The prompt is “Blue.” To learn more about Five Minute Friday (and perhaps join us?) click here.