So often, we are hindered by failures, which leave us feeling deficient and incomplete. But God’s Word tells a different story. Take the Greek word holokléros, for instance. It is used only twice in Scripture (1 Thess. 5:23 and James 1:4), and it means “complete in every part, sound, perfect, entire.”
But its more literal definition is even more encouraging. According to Strong’s Concordance, the word means “all that is included (apportioned) through divine lot.” So, though we might feel completion is lacking, that is far from the truth. It’s our portion, our share. Freely given. That is freedom.
There’s no final component to be found, no striving required. The peace that comes with redemption is already ours. All we need to do is rest in the knowledge that we are whole and, better still, deeply loved by the One who attained the victory for us.
Think about it
• Christian philosopher Dallas Willard wrote, “Grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning.” What does this mean to you? Have you been trying to “earn” the blessings that are already yours?
And that’s the memo.
By InTouch Ministries