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What is Wholeness? Can We Experience it after Spiritual Abuse?

According to Miriam Webster, “wholeness” is a condition of being sound in body.  According to the Free Dictionary, “wholeness” means to be sound or unhurt, containing all components; complete; not divided or disjoined; not wounded, injured or impaired; and an entity or system made up of interrelated parts.

According to the Bible, “wholeness” refers to the state of being perfectly well in spirit, soul (intellect, will, and emotions), and body.  As Christians, we believe that God’s Holy Spirit comes to us to transform our souls, to heal us in our emotions, our decision-making, and our thoughts.  God’s Holy Spirit can also heal our spirit and our physical body.  The wholeness that the Lord brings is pure gift, especially when we’ve been deeply wounded.

When we’ve experienced spiritual abuse, our thinking process, our belief system, our emotions, and our behavior are altered negatively because of the trauma of maltreatment, manipulation and exploitation by others.  We are no longer in the state of being unbroken or undamaged.  The trauma of spiritual abuse can leave us in shock, disrupt relationships, destroy trust, skew our thinking, and create a tsunami of emotions.

Make no mistake about it.  God wants you whole.  God loves you.  If you’ve been spiritually abused, He wants healing and joy for you.  When you enter a healing process, whether that’s through counseling or spiritual direction, or prayer, or enrolling in appropriate courses, the wounds can be made whole. 

Two Scriptures express my prayer for you and me:  “…We are children of God...When we hope in him, he purifies us wholly.  (I John 3:2) 

“May the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.”  (I Thessalonians 5:23-24)

May the God who created us to be whole, come to us now and heal us with his all-encompassing love.

What part of you seems to feel the wounds of spiritual abuse more – your spirit, your soul, or your body? 

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And remember, you're awesome!  May God bless you and hold you in the palm of His hand.



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