adj: free of wound or injury, free of defect or impairment; complete, unbroken
“…by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.” John 3:16
These are two of the words that define the Middle English word hool, and the Old High German word heil. From these we get the word whole, which is just packed with meaningful connections to things that feel right and good.
Whole food, whole body healing, whole recovery, whole-hearted…
Most of us want to know this healthy, unhurt feeling. We agree that whole sounds like an amazing way to live. But most of us don’t feel it. We are broken, we feel weak and tired, and our bodies and our hearts get really hurt. Sometimes it seems like something is missing, like we are incomplete.
So, what does this verse mean? “Anyone can have a whole and lasting life?” How?
Here’s the rest of it–
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.”
This is how much he loves us. Even though this world keeps breaking us down, tearing us apart, chipping away at our souls; Jesus keeps making us whole. He constantly puts our pieces together, he builds us back up, he strengthens our hearts and refreshes our spirits. He pours his life into ours and gives us what we need to be made complete.
He will not let us be destroyed because he loves us. God sent his only Son Jesus to die in our place to show us how real and how big love that is. And now we are part of his family. We who believe in him, belong to him.
Life all put-together. Healthy. Unhurt. Whole and lasting.
Simply by believing in Jesus. And letting ourselves be loved by him.
Invite him in:
Trust Jesus to stay ahead in this battle for your heart and your soul. Believe and live in his overwhelming love for you. He will keep making you whole faster than anything can break you down. He will restore you with deep healing, real hope, and the assurance that his death and resurrection makes everything complete. He holds all things together. Including you.